No matter how experienced you are with sex toys, sometimes when you’re in a rush it’s easy to forget that some materials cannot be in contact with each other. Stuff your expensive silicone vibrator, strap-on dildo and wand massager all together in one drawer and you’re liable to come back to a melted, deformed mess. Use the wrong lube and you could end up with a sticky and ruined toy. With our Sex Toy Cleaning and Storage tips, make the most of your new purchase for years to come.
Sex toys are made from a huge range of different plastics, rubbers and elastomers that can often reach with each other to cause splits, cracks, melting and even the release of unpleasant odours and gasses. To avoid ruining your newly purchased toy, always store your sex toys away from each other. This doesn’t necessarily mean in separate drawers across a room but just make sure there is some sort of barrier between the materials. Our sex toy storage bags are ideal for this purpose and a low-cost way of ensuring that your high-price toy stays pristine.
You’ll even find that with some of the luxury toys available (from Lelo and We-Vibe in particular) you’ll receive a storage bag included in the box!
It’s easy to forget in the heat of the moment but using a silicone based lubricant with a silicone toy could destroy the surface of your lovely smooth vibrator or dildo. Although hard ABS plastic toys (like the Rocks Off RO-80mm) are compatible with silicone or oil based lubricants, it’s a good rule of thumb to only use water-based lubricants with sex toys.
Of course water-based lubricants will wash away in the bath or shower, so if you intend to use your toys underwater and need some extra lubrication always check that a) your toy is 100% waterproof and b) it is compatible with silicone or oil based lubes. Luckily many silicone toys take on a gloriously silky and slippery texture underwater anyway so extra lubrication is less likely to be needed.
Although silicone on silicone doesn’t produce a violent, explosive reaction it’s never worth getting the two together, even for short periods of time. Even if you can’t see anything happening, chances are the materials will be reacting together on a molecular level; slowly wearing down the surface and destroying your toy.
If your new toy is battery-powered, as with any electrical item, always make sure you use the correct batteries for the product and that they are inserted the right way around. Where possible, always remove batteries from your toy after use to prevent leakage and eliminate the chance of it being turned on by accident!
Plenty of the high-end vibrators available from us are fully rechargeable so the battery cannot be removed but always ensure that you charge your product using the included mains adapter to avoid damaging the internal battery.
Soap and warm water will do at a pinch but your best bet for making sure your sex toys are squeaky clean is a sex toy cleaner. Anti-bacterial, sex toy cleaner ensures that your toys won’t hold on to any nasty germs and is especially important for toys made from porous materials like Fleshlights, jelly dildos and Tenga products. You can even make sure that the original texture of your Fleshlight is maintained with their special Fleshlight Renewing Powder.
Sharing of soft, porous toys is generally not encouraged but if you do choose to share a silicone or plastic toy with a partner, always make sure that you clean it thoroughly each time.
By following this really simple and quick rules, your sex toys will have a long life and you’ll enjoy them for many years to come.