5 Essential Tips for How to Clean Your Sex Toys

5 Essential Tips for How to Clean Your Sex Toys

After reveling in post-climax bliss, it's crucial to clean the device that sent you over the edge. Otherwise, you run the risk of getting a yeast or bacterial infection or even, if you've been sharing with an infected partner, an STD the next time you use it. Follow these germ-killing guidelines from cleaning expert Jolie Kerr, author of My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag...and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha.

First, when buying a toy, find out what it's made of, since its material and the presence of a motor will determine how it's washed. Usually, this info will be on the packaging, but if it's not, ask a sales associate or do a product search online, says Kerr. Then, if it's made out of...

Silicone, glass, stainless steel, or wood—and it's motorized: Use mild soap and a damp cloth to wipe the toy clean.

Silicone, Pyrex, stainless steel, or stone—and it's not motorized: For a deeper clean, place it in boiling water for eight to 10 minutes, or run it through the dishwasher without soap (seriously--the hot steam will help sterilize it, says Kerr).

Cyberskin: Use only a little soap and warm water to clean it. Too much sudsing can damage the sensitive material.

Hard plastic, elastomer, thermoplastic elastomer (TPR), or jelly rubber: These porous materials can still contain bacteria and STDs after washing with soap and water. Use a condom if you're going to share with a partner, advises Kerr.

ONCE YOUR TOY IS SQUEAKY-CLEAN, Kerr says to dry it off completely with a clean paper towel and store it in a case or silk bag to protect it from other bacteria-laden items.

Source: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/sex-and-love/cleaning-sex-toys