Spring has nearly sprung, which means it’s the perfect time to clean out your sex toy drawer! Though you may not be able to use the KonMari method for your sex toy spring cleaning, as hopefully all of your sex toys have brought you joy at one time or another, we’ve got some ideas that can help. Sex toys, as you may already know, are not meant to last forever, and if your collection has not been refreshed in a while, use our sex toy spring cleaning checklist of questions to make sure the toys and tools you own are body-safe, clean, and exactly what you need.
#1 – Is It Body Safe?
Let’s get out all of those old sex toys, the condom you forgot was in your wallet, and the lube that has one centimeter left in the tube. The first thing you need to ask yourself is whether or not these items are body safe (and maybe, whether or not it has expired!). Don’t know how to tell? You’re in good company. Basically, what we mean by body-safe is that all the materials and ingredients are safe for the body. In the US, sex toys are unregulated, which unfortunately means that many are made of materials that cause infection and deteriorate in the body or over time. The experts here at Vibrant have written a long-form guide to body-safety, and if you’re a sex geek or a toy aficionado, you’re definitely going to want to check it out. But if not, I’ll break down the big ideas here.
Materials that are body safe are silicone, elastomed, ABS plastic, stainless steel, and borosilicate glass. In the gray area is elastomer (TPE) and phthalate-free TPR. They are considered body safe because they do not leech chemicals into the body; the problem is they are porous and cannot be sterilized. So, proceed with caution. If you are unsure what your sex toy is made from, check the manufacturer’s website. If you can’t find it, it’s better to be safe than continue using a toxic sex toy. So, throw it out, and wash your hands afterward.
#2 – When Is the Last Time I Cleaned It?
Cleaning your sex toys is probably the least sexy but most important part of using them. Well, it’s a close second, anyway. You can choose from three basic options for cleaning your sex toys: surface cleaning, sanitizing, or sterilizing. Basically, cleaning means removing surface dirt, sanitizing goes a bit deeper to remove some microorganisms, and sterilizing means removing all microorganisms. So, for everyday-type use, surface cleaning will do the trick. Changing partners or using the toy in a different area of your body (for instance, moving from anal to vaginal stimulation)? You’re going to want to sanitize.
The process differs depending on what material your toy is made with and whether or not it has a motor. Some toys you can just throw in the dishwasher on a sterilizing cycle, but you’re definitely not going to want to do that with anything that vibrates. Check out our complete guide to cleaning here, and remember that if you don’t know what your toy is made from, your best bet is tossing it. Start from scratch with some body-safe toys for people with penises, people with clitorises, or toys that anyone would like.
And don’t forget your cleaning tissues for easy clean up in between uses! The Afterglow Tissues are handy for quick cleanup after you play, and they are safe to use on all sex toy materials.
Lastly, no sex toy collection is complete without the Shine Sex Toy Cleaning Spray. This body safe and environmentally sound toy spray is made from organic ingredients like aloe and tea tree oil; plus, it’s hypoallergenic!
#3 – Is It Right for Me?
Whether or not you’re into phalluses, you don’t have to have a phallic toy! On the other hand, if you’re into phalluses, super-realistic toys are out there, too. If you travel all the time, you should have a travel-friendly toy. Sex toys can reflect your personal style as well, whether you want a toy that was inspired by Cleopatra or one that was inspired by Marie Antoinette, a beautiful dildo that could double as art, or a fancily-dressed penguin vibrator, chances are, there is a sex toy that matches your personal style to the t.
#4 – Do I Need a New Toy?
Sometimes sex toy spring cleaning just won’t cut it. If you haven’t bought a toy since that episode of Sex in the City piqued your interest in a rabbit, you’re definitely overdue, especially because that toy may not be body safe! When you shop at Vibrant, you can be sure all of the choices are body-safe, and that part of your money goes toward funding Planned Parenthood. Plus, they have friendly sex toy connoisseurs at the ready to help guide you along your shopping journey.
After Your Sex Toy Spring Cleaning Is Done, Check Out Vibrant’s Collection of Body-Safe Toys!
Vibrant has an array of body-safe sex toys for every body. Check out our curated collection of toys! Or, chat with us, and we can help recommend the product that’s perfect for you. We’re available 9am-9pm EST daily on our website chat (just push the purple button at the bottom right!) or call us at 866-316-VIBE(8423).