Basic Product Care and Cleaning Instructions

Cleaning Your Toys
Proper cleaning of sex toys is essential to avoid bacterial infection or transmission of STIs. While some STIs die once the fluid they live in dries, others (such as hepatitis and scabies) can live for weeks or months outside of the body. If you want to prevent pregnancy, it is also important to remove sperm that may be on the sex toy before using near or in the vagina. It’s important to keep the instructions for cleaning each sex toy and to follow them carefully. If you feel that cleaning the toy properly would be too time consuming or unrealistic for you, think about buying a different toy. The information provided below gives a general overview for cleaning different types of toys and 
is not meant to replace the manufacturer’s instructions.

For basic toy care, always remove any batteries. Never submerge electrical components in water. We always suggest a Toy-grade cleaning product, which we make sure is always available in store. Toy Cleaners are always anti-bacterial and toy safe, whereas certain soaps can have harsh chemicals which may contribute to breakdown of the toy or leave an unsafe residue. Because many toys are inserted within your body, we stress the importance of proper cleaning. Use a damp washcloth with toy cleaner to care for your electric toys. 

Cleaning non-porous materials: glass, stainless steel, hard plastic, and silicone

  • Glass: Wash glass toys with cleaner and water. Pyrex toys are dishwasher safe. While glass can be used for moderate temperature play, do not expose glass to extreme temperatures.
  • Stainless Steel: If attached to an electrical device, use warm water and cleaner, being careful so as not to submerge any electrical components. If there are no electrical components you have 4 options:
    • Spray on cleaner as directed and let sit for the time allotted on the bottle for disinfection. Rinse and let dry.
    • Boil in a 10% bleach-water solution for 10 minutes. Rinse and let dry.
    • Soak in a 10% bleach-water solution for 10 minutes. Rinse and let dry.
    • Place it in the dishwasher.
  • Hard Plastic: Clean with water and toy cleaner. Do not boil.
  • Silicone: You can choose from 3 options to clean a silicone toy:
    • Spray on cleaner as directed and let sit for the time allotted on the bottle for disinfection. Rinse with warm water and let dry.
    • Boil for 5-10 minutes. Do not use bleach.
    • Put it in your dishwasher (on top rack).
Do not boil silicone vibrators because you will destroy the vibrator mechanism.

Cleaning porous materials: rubber, vinyl, cyberskin, nylon, and leather

  • Rubber materials: Rubber materials are porous and difficult to clean. In addition, their composition is not always known or may contain phthalates, chemicals which have been shown to be harmful to your health. For these reasons, it is recommended to use condoms with these types of toys.
  • Cyberskin, UR3, and Vinyl: Cyberskin is soft and porous, often used for dildos. Wash cyberskin, UR3, and vinyl toys delicately with warm water only. If you feel you must use cleaner, do so sparingly. Air dry and lightly coat with Refresh Powder to keep them from getting sticky.
  • Nylon: Nylon harnesses and toys can be machine or hand washed with a mild anti-bacterial soap.
  • Leather: Wipe leather products with a damp, soapy cloth or with leather cleaner. Do not soak leather. After cleaning, you may recondition your toy using a leather conditioner. Protect metal parts from tarnish by applying a coating of clear nail polish.
Storing Your Toys 
Keep toys stored in a container or pouch (to keep them clean) and in a cool, dry place.

Never allow silicone toys to sit touching each other in storage for very long, if at all. Silicone and silicone-derived materials, while perfectly body safe and often doctor recommended when properly cared for, can become "unstable" when put in contact with each other.

Silicone is hyper-reactive with silicone.
This means that silicone on silicone causes degradation and chemical leaching, among other things. If you've ever seen toys get "gummy" or fuse together into a Frankenstein-esque sort of "sex toy monster", then that is why. The same thing happens with fishing lures all the time when you toss them in a tackle box together!

This is also the reason that you never use a silicone lubricant with a silicone toy!
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