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How to care for your sex toys

Sex toys are great, and they can be a lot of fun. They're also very versatile and can be used to spice up your sex life in many different ways. While they can be great tools for pleasure, they should also be taken care of properly.

Always clean your toys after they come into contact with bodily fluids.

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You should always clean your toys after they come into contact with bodily fluids. This can be done with soap and water or a toy cleaner.

Wash your hands before touching any surface of the toy (this includes its packaging). You can even have a clean towel nearby to place the toy when not in use, this saves you from having to clean it in case it rolls off and lands on the floor. (Been there too many times to count, and it’s SO annoying)

After you have cleaned your toy, use a soft cloth to dry it thoroughly. If there is any water trapped inside, it may corrode the metal and other parts of the toy, so be sure to dry completely before storing.

Don't use harsh chemicals on your toys.

Don't use harsh chemicals on your toys. Chemicals like alcohol and bleach can damage the materials of your toy and irritate sensitive skin. Dishwashing soap is also bad for sex toys, as it can leave residue on the toy that will attract bacteria.

Soap and water is best for cleaning your toy. Be sure to rinse off any soap or cleaner completely before putting your sex toys away!

Try using condoms on sex toys.

You can use condoms on sex toys to help them last longer and keep them fresh. If you have an open-ended toy, like a Fleshlight, it’s easy to slip a condom over the end of it before putting in your favorite lube to help prevent bacteria growth inside the toy and make clean-up quicker.

If you have a closed-ended vibrator or dildo, use a non-lubricated condom to protect the surface from damage and to further avoid harmful bacteria that could cause infections.

Also remember that any toys that aren't waterproof, should be used with condoms on! (This also applies to toys made from TPE, Jelly, Rubber, “Cyberskin” or Vinyl. These are not body-safe and shouldn’t be inserted without protection!)

Store your toys in a cool, dry place.

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The ideal storage environment for sex toys is dark and dry, with room temperature ranging from about 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 24 degrees Celsius). Never store your toys in direct sunlight or in areas of extreme heat or cold.

Avoid storing your toy in areas exposed to dust or moisture; this can compromise the integrity of the materials used to make it.

Whether you're just getting started with sex toys, or have been an avid collector for years, there are some precautions that cannot be overlooked. Take care of your sex toys, and they will take good care of you.

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