Because of the extraordinary times we live in today, experts have advised against having sex with someone you don’t live with. As such, men around the world have turned to sex toys and other devices to get them the satisfaction they need. But until self-cleaning sex toys are invented, these toys are something that have to be cleaned and taken care off. It’s no wonder that a lot of the questions that our team at the Adam4Adam Store get is about cleaning and storing these toys.
Just so you guys have a resource to look at before sending any questions, here are some tips about cleaning and storing your sex toys.
How to clean your sex toys
Sex toys go in and out of some very intimate and irritable places, so it really is a good idea to keep them impeccably clean whatever the situation is with the rest of the world. There are a number of ways you can do it, but the simplest way is to use soap and water.
Latex manufacturers actually suggests the use of soap and lukewarm water when washing latex items. As for toys made out of silicone, hard plastic, elastomer, metal, or glass, Refinery29 says soap and water work really well at cleaning them. Do use a soap that is mild and is not scented or anti-bacterial as it may end up irritating your private parts. You can also choose to clean your toys with something like this cleaner.
Also be sure to really get in all the nooks and crannies of toys that have ridges, since that can be a breeding ground for bacteria that might give you an infection. Use a toothbrush to clean those ridges and bumps.
Leather toys — such as straps or harnesses — can also be cleaned with leather cleaners as well as a damp soapy cloth. Don’t soak it! Afterwards, you can use a leather conditioner on them to recondition the toys.
If you’re using a sex toy with lube — water-based, silicone-based, or oil-based — you should wash them after use. Wash out the lube with water first before using soap on it. And if you’ve cum into the sex toy? Definitely wash it afterwards as well.
Most manufacturers and even sex toy reviewers agree that for the most part, toys that are well taken care off and washed after use will last you for a lifetime. This is the case for toys that are made out of materials like glass, stainless steel, gold, and ABS plastics.
It is trickier when it comes to silicone toys. Because of the materials they’re made of, there are a number of things to keep in mind. If the toy is made of pure silicone, it should last as long as glass, stainless steel, gold, and ABS plastics ones, as long as they do not come in contact with other silicone products, such as lube or a lubricated condom, or even other silicone toys.
Silicone toys that are blended with thermoplastic rubber (TPR) or PVC will not last as long, even with regular cleaning. While there isn’t a hard number when it comes to how long they last, a good rule of thumb is that you should replace toys when they no longer smell the same, feel the same, or change color. So if you have a masturbator like this one and it starts to smell no matter how thoroughly you clean it, then it’s time to get yourself a new one. We strongly suggest to change your masturbation sleeves regularly, for obvious reasons.
How to store your sex toys
Experts and sex toy sellers will tell you that you shouldn’t just throw your sex toys into a drawer after cleaning it since you don’t know what kind of dust or food crumbs can be found there. In general the best thing to do is to keep your toys in a cloth bag. Even the cloth bags themselves should be laundered regularly.
If you’re storing latex outfits like this one, you have to store them in plastic zip lock bags that do not have any prints on them. This is because that print may end up transferring on your latex and ruining it. Be sure to store it in a dark, dry place.
You may not think of lube as a sex toy, but it is definitely an integral part of sex play and should be taken care of if you really want to get the most out of it. Store your lube in a cool, dry place that is away from direct sunlight. Lube is also meant to last for one to three years if stored properly, so be sure to remember when you first used it. If you can’t, you can always tell by smelling it or feeling its consistency. If it smells or feels different from before, it might be time to get yourself a new bottle at the Adam4Adam store. Why not try out our best selling water-based lube from the store, it’s super affordable and its size is perfect for regular use.
Silicone toys — such as this one — can be kept in plastic containers, so long as they are free of dust. Be sure to put them in a cool, dry place as well away from heat sources, otherwise your toys will degrade as well. If your bathroom constantly steams up, it may not be the best place to store your toys as they will contribute to degradation.
Just like the other toys mentioned, condoms should be kept in a cool, dry place so that they can last the three to five years that they were meant to last. If your box of condoms don’t have an expiry date printed on them or you have trouble finding it, you can always tell if you should throw away a condom if it is smelly, sticky, dried up, or too watery. When your condoms end up like that, it’s time to buy yourself new ones. You can buy yourself packs of 24 or packs of 100 on the Adam4Adam Store!
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