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So, When Was the Last Time You Cleaned Your Sex Toys?

Everything you need to know about keeping your playmates clean.

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Santizing sex toys does not get nearly enough playtime as it should. It’s one of the most important aspects of having top tier sexual wellness and having safe sex, yet most people don’t know how to navigate it. Thankfully, there are many options for keeping your safe sex practices up to par.

One of the biggest misconceptions surrounding sexual hygiene is that you should only clean your toys after sex. Cleaning your sex toys should take place both before and after sex. Not cleaning your toys on both occasions can cause a number of issues such as carrying bacteria from your boudoir, into your body.

Sanitizing your playmates can be done easily using either a sex toy cleaner or warm water with unscented soap, depending on the type of toy. Some people opt for boiling their non-electronic toys which is okay if it’s made out of silicone or glass. Electronic toys can be cleaned using a washcloth and unscented soap that avoids the electric components.

When washing with warm water and soap, thoroughly sanitize for about 20 to 30 seconds. You can then air dry them or pat them dry with a paper towel. The safest bet for cleaning any type of sex toy is to use a sex toy cleaner like Taste Vita Inc‘s Foam Toy Cleaner. Simply spray on the cleanser and let your toy air dry.

No matter what your cleaning routine is, don’t forget to let your toys dry completely before storing or using them.

For more sex advice, visit our column, Ask a (S)expert.

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