Safe Sex Toys

You’re more likely focusing on how to stay silent as your housemates hover outside your room, or your brains being swept with waves of pleasure (if you’re doing it properly).

But seriously, the safety of your sex toys can be a concern.

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Buying cheap vibrators off the internet can end up leaving you with a bunch of sexual health issues – from infections to messing with your hormones.

A recent release from consumer watchdog Choice found that plastics containing damaging compounds such as Bisphenol A, phtalates, PVC, and BPA can disrupt endocrine, causing issues including infertility, breast cancer, and heart disease.

Which isn’t great. So here’s how to make sure your sex toy stash is safe – not only in terms of scary plastics, but in all other regards, too.

1. Check out the details of your vibrators

Don’t just buy a sex toy willy-nilly. Look into the product description and find out what it’s made of.

If it features phatalates and BPA, it’s probably not a good thing to putting in your vagina or anus.

2. Pay close attention to the price

If a vibrator is super cheap, that’s probably because it’s made with super cheap plastic.

It’s worth splashing out on a slightly pricier model from a reputable brand, so you know that what you’re getting is safe – and will actually do the job.

3. Choose non-porous materials

Such as hard plastic (rather than the jelly-like stuff), silicone, or metal. These don’t let bacteria or dirt get lodged in the surface, so they’re easier to clean and are less likely to swirl nasty stuff around your bits.

4. Only use toys designed for anal play for anal play

Sex toys designed for anal play will be designed with a flared base or stopper, so you don’t end up losing a toy inside yourself.

Don’t use your regular vibrator in your bum. The risk of an embarrassing trip to A&E is too damn high.

5. And don’t use any toys for both anal and vaginal

The bacteria in your bum doesn’t belong in the vagina.

Keep toys separate. Some are for anal. Some are for vaginas. Never shall the two meet, unless it’s a fancy two-pronged model.

6. Clean your sex toys after each use

Don’t just throw your vibrator in your sex box after it’s been in, well, your other sex box.

Most sex toy brands will offer special wipes that won’t damage your vibrator’s material, but if you can’t be bothered with that level of faff, a wipe with a cloth and hot water should be brilliant.

Don’t submerge your toys in water, mind, as this can cause damage.

Be mindful of the material of your toy, as this will affect the best way to wash it.

How to clean your sex toy

Silicone, glass, or pyrex toys should be washed with soap and water. Glass can’t be put in the dishwasher, but silicone and pyrex can.

Steel toys need to be boiled for 10 minutes to kill bacteria, then washed.

Plastic and rubber toys can’t deal with high temperatures, so hand-wash them with a cloth and soap.

Make sure you don’t submerge any toys that are battery operated, and always dry them off before storing.

7. Have a place to store your sex toys

A clean, tidy drawer or box will do brilliantly, as will special soft pouches for each toy so they don’t rub against each other.

Don’t put your vibrators in plastic tupperware, as BPAs and other plastics can transfer onto sex toys.

8. Look our for strong smells

A strong plastic-y smell from a vibrator tends to indicate phtalates, which can cause issues.

Any other strong smell implies the vibrator isn’t clean, so it’s probably best to throw it out.

9. Be careful with lubes

If your toy is silicone, don’t use a silicone or oil-based lube as this will break down the material.

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