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How to clean your sex toys

After getting down and dirty in the bedroom, the last thing you probably want to deal with is cleaning off your sex toy. But here's the case for why you need to.

If you put your vibrator or other toy away without washing it properly first, bacteria left behind from bodily fluids can breed out of control. Next time you use your pleasure pal, the bacterial buildup could trigger a vaginal infection like bacterial vaginosis. This can happen even if you're the only one using it.

After getting down and dirty in the bedroom, the last thing you probably want to deal with is cleaning off your sex toy. But here's the case for why you need to.

If you put your vibrator or other toy away without washing it properly first, bacteria left behind from bodily fluids can breed out of control. Next time you use your pleasure pal, the bacterial buildup could trigger a vaginal infection like bacterial vaginosis. This can happen even if you're the only one using it.

The material of the toy and whether it has a motor determines how it should be washed. The label on the toy should tell you what it's made from,If the label is long gone, you can also search the manufacturer’s website.

If your toy is metal, glass, or wood and isn’t motorized, submerge it in mild, unscented soap and water and wipe it clean. Placing it in boiling water for about 10 minutes will also do the trick. If it's glass, it can even go in the dishwasher.

The key to cleaning motorized toys made out of silicone, metal, glass, or wood is still unscented soap and water—just be sure not to immerse your buzzy buddy in water and accidentally ruin the motor. All you need to do is wet a paper towel and wash it thoroughly.

For toys made of plastic, jelly, or other porous materials, you have to clean them more carefully, since germs love to sneak into tiny grooves that can form in these after a little wear and tear. Soap the toy up with warm water, but rinse it thoroughly to make sure you clean the surface as well as any grooves, which can be extremely small.

Once your toy is squeaky clean, dry it off with a paper towel or clean cloth towel and store it in a cool place out of the sun, like a desk drawer. Sure you could just toss it aside on the floor, but that won't prevent household bacteria and other yucky things like dust, lint, and pet hair from settling on it . . . and possibly landing you a vaginal infection next time.

Still not sure? Let the below guidelines covering how to clean your sex toys help. It’s written specifically with the Thruster in mind, but applies to most toys.