- Sex toys should always be kept in a clean, dry place. Toys made of jelly and thermal plastic are particularly bad about picking up dust and dirt.
- Individually wrap each toy in cloth and do not let them rest on each other in storage.
- Always store vibrating toys without batteries when not in use. This preserves the life of the toy, the life of the batteries, and is necessary for safety reasons. Batteries complete an electric circuit which is active even when the toy is not on. This causes corrosion in the battery case and encourages batteries to leak battery acid. Leaks damage the toy and if skin is exposed to battery acid, it can crack and break leading to bleeding, irritation, and great discomfort. In serious cases, scar tissue will desensitize the area.
Remove the batteries of battery operated toys before cleaning. If there is any sign of corrosion on the inside of the battery case, it can be cleaned off with a small brush and baking soda. Put a very small amount of Vaseline on the area to prevent further damage. Allow to dry before replacing the battery case cover.
Always store vibrating toys with the batteries removed. Batteries complete an electric circuit which is active even when the toy is not on causing corrosion in the battery case and encouraging batteries to leak battery acid. Leaks damage the toy and if skin is exposed to battery acid, it burns. In serious cases, scar tissue will desensitize the area. Some rechargeable batteries are not recommended because they are more likely to leak.Guard yourself against bacterial infections
Toys pick up germs in use. Bacteria, disease, and infections (such as yeast or urinary tract) can be picked up by a toy. Even after a physical problem has been cleared up, it can be re-introduced into the body by an infected toy. The best way to keep toys clean, is to use a new condom on the toy with each use.
Pores - Toys made of porous materials are particularly prone to harboring bacteria and germs and it is impossible to completely sterilize a porous toy. If a toy is porous, that means there are tiny pores in the surface of the material that can retain germs. A toy is considered porous if any of its exterior parts are made from a porous material.
Anal Use - The anal cavity is actually very clean, but it can contain bacteria. This bacteria, if introduced into the vagina, can grow and cause serious infections. Any toy or body part that enters the anus can pick up this bacteria. Any toy used on the anus should be carefully cleaned, sterilized, and dried after each use. Once used anally, toys (especially porous toys) should not be used on any part of the body that is susceptible to bacterial infections. This includes, but is not limited to, all parts of the vagina, the mouth, and any cuts, sores, or abrasions on the skin.
Changing Holes and Sharing - If someone really wants to use a toy both vaginally and anally, they should put a new condom on the toy before each use, before changing holes, and before sharing with a partner. Some toys come with multiple parts and attachments for simultaneous vaginal and anal use. It is very important that the user keeps track of what parts are used for anal play and only use them for that purpose. Toy owners should make this very clear to their partners so they do not accidentally use the wrong toy.Don't let your toy get too hot
All vibrators produce some heat. To avoid toys getting too hot, users should keep them clear of excess clothing and blankets that can trap heat. If the vibrator becomes hot to the touch, users should discontinue use immediately. If a toy becomes hot to the touch almost immediately in the first five minutes of being turned on, it is defective.Be careful of the cords
Cord for battery packs, controls, or easy handling or carrying are not intended to be pull cords. These do NOT make toys safe for anal play. Users should not try to remove a toy from vaginal or anal insertion by these cords and ropes. They may snap or become detached from the toy. Users should also avoid picking up or carrying toys by the power cord as this can decrease the life of the toy.Playing with your toy in water
Do not use vibrators under water that are not waterproof. Do not use vibrators that are not water resistant even in running water like a shower. Non-water soluble lubes like silicone-based lubes are best for water play because all other lubricants are washed away too quickly and often dissolve in water. If using condoms to keep toys clean, they may not be as effective as water can wash germs in and out of beneath the condom. Keep in mind that chemicals, oils, and beauty products found in bathtubs, swimming pools, and hot tubs can sometimes deteriorate condoms and toys.
|Do not use on unexplained calf pain.||Many vibrator owners use vibrators for massage as well as sexual play. Women experiencing unexplained pains in their legs should not use vibrators to massage them. This pain could be a symptom of Deep-Vein Thombrosis (DVT, blood clots in the vein that can travel to the lungs and sometimes cause death) which can be made worse by the vibrations.|
|Do not use on inflamed or swollen flesh or skin eruptions.||Vibrators are good for relieving muscle soreness, but should not be used on potentially injured spots where they could cause bleeding or tissue damage including bleeding beneath the skin where you cannot see it. Swollen, irritated, or tender spots should not be treated with vibrating massage. Open sores, cuts and abrasion on the skin, and other irritations should also be avoided. Vibrations can make all of these problems worse.|
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No medical claims are warranted or implied by the use of this product.
|Manufacturers use this disclaimer because otherwise, toys could be considered therapeutic (they are often recommended by sex therapists and other medical professionals for various reasons). With this disclaimer, they avoid claiming any therapeutic effects of their product and the FDA regulation that comes with such a claim.|
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|Porous?||Ability to Conduct
|Silicone||no silicone||non-porous||very good||very flexible||very durable|
|Vinyl (Jelly)||no oil or petroleum||porous||good||somewhat flexible||somewhat durable|
|Thermal Plastic||no silicone||porous||okay||very flexible||somewhat durable|
|Tempered Glass||all||non-porous||good||inflexible||very durable|
|Metal||all||non-porous||very good||inflexible||very durable|
|Latex||no oil or petroleum||non-porous||okay||flexible||not very durable|
Seams in hard plastic toys are often hard and ill-fitting. They can pinch and scratch tender flesh and harbor bacteria. Even though plastic is a non-porous substance, if the toy has seams, it should be treated as though it were made of a porous material.Silicone
Silicone is considered the Cadillac of sex toy materials. Next to thermal plastic, it is the most life-like feeling material. It is an artificial rubber made from the element silicon. It has a very velvety feel and can be quite flexible. Silicone toys usually last longer than most other toys, although once the surface of the toy has been broken, the toy will tear very easily. Toys made from this material can be manufactured in any color and just about any shape.
Silicone toys are completely non-porous, but unlike plastic, metal, and glass, offer some give to pressure. This makes silicone an ideal material for anal toys as anal play requires a great attention to cleanliness and safety.
Silicone can be warmed in water or the microwave. It can be cleaned in the top rack of the dishwasher or boiled over the stove for sterilization. However, if it is a vibrating toy, do not put it in the microwave or dishwasher and only submerge it in water if it is completely waterproof.Vinyl Rubber (Jelly Rubber)
This is currently one of the most popular material used in manufacturing sex toys. It is usually soft and a little squishy. Toys made from it can come in every color and are easily molded into unique shapes. Sometimes, new jelly toys have a vaguely vinyl smell, but this smell goes away after a short time. After a long period of time, the jelly rubber may start to discolor. These toys should be cleaned with gently scrubbing with anti-bacterial soap and water. Harsh scrubbing will damage the toy. They should not be used with petroleum or oil based products as they contain some latex and will be deteriorated by such products.
Jelly Rubber is a synthetic rubber based on polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Since this is usually a hard substance, it is softened for use in sex toys to give it a more jelly like feel. That is why it is sometimes called vinyl and sometimes called jelly. The most common way to soften PVC is with a chemical group called phthalates. Most sex toys contain phthalates. Phthalates are a toxic, environmental hazard connected with kidney, liver, and testicular problems. They have been banned in children's toys in 15 countries. No studies as of 2003 have been published proving or disproving health hazards of jelly rubber in sex toys.
Thermal Plastic (CyberSkin, etc.)
This material is so new to the market that not as much is known about how or of what it is made. The most popular belief is that it is made from a combination of other materials used in sex toys such as silicone, latex, and jelly rubber. Consequently, it is possible they also contain phthalates as jelly rubber does. It is the most lifelike material for sex toys and is often used by transgendered persons for its human skin-like feel. It is very resilient and will go back to its shape after any pulling or stretching.
It is very incompatible with many substances. Contact with silicone-based lubricants, silicone toys, other thermal plastic toys, jelly rubber toys, or oil or petroleum based products will cause the surface of the toy to appear to be melting. It is recommended to use toy cleaner and lubricant specifically designed for thermal plastic with these toys.
For the Fleshlight, only water is recommended for cleaning. For more intense cleaning of the Fleshlight, rubbing alcohol may be used.
Glass toys are made of a type of glass that is harder and more durable than typical glass. This is done by the way and temperature at which it is heated and cooled in the manufacturing process. Non-vibrating toys made from glass can be washed in the dishwasher, sterilized by boiling over the stove and heated in warm water or a microwave.
Acrylic is plastic made in such a way that it is somewhat softer and more pliable, but still very firm. Because of this, seams are less problematic. Acrylic can be manufactured to look like glass. Toys designed to stimulate the prostate gland or g-spot are often made with acrylic because the strong, durable material is perfect for applying the firm pressure most people enjoy applied to these sensitive spots. Some toys are made from Lucite, which is simply a specific, brand of acrylic plastic.
Metal is usually only used to manufacture fetish toys, but some other toys may also have metal parts. It has many of the same properties as plastic.
Latex toys are rarely sold in the U.S. and are hard to find. Where they do appear, they are usually black (like a tire) and are inflatable. They are incompatible with oil or petroleum based products and can aggravate or cause latex allergies.