When we’re buying sex toys, we usually pay plenty of attention bdsm toys to what they actually do. Do they vibrate? Rotate? Twirl? Pump up? Feel real?
But we often forget to check what they’re actually made of until it’s a little late! If you’ve ever melted a perfectly good silicone toy by accidentally using silicone lube on it, or boiled the wrong type of plastic toy, you’ll understand the disappointment. Today we remind you to check the box to find out what material your new best friend is made from… and give you a quick guide to caring for each!
Silicone Sex Toys
Silicone sex toys are very versatile, and have a pleasing semi-real feel with a reasonable price tag. To care for silicone toys:
- If it doesn’t have a motor or wires, you can boil it or put it in the dishwasher between uses
- Use soap suitable for your skin and water to wash them off
- DON’T use silicone lube with silicone toys. They’ll react and lose their shape. You can put a condom on your toy first if you only have silicone lube available – just make sure the lube doesn’t spread down past the bottom of the condom.
Cyberskin Sex Toys
These luxe toys feel amazing… you’ll want them to last. To care for Cyberskin:
- DON’T use silicone or oil based lube with Cyberskin either
- Wash with antibacterial soap and warm water after every use
- Store Cyberskin toys like you would a musical instrument – out of direct sunlight (get that dildo off your front windowsill!), between 5 and 25 degrees Celsius, etc.
- Wrap your Cyberskin toy in a cloth or something soft before you store it.
Elastomer / Jelly Toys
These softer toys are quite budget friendly and feel nice, but cannot be completely disinfected because the material is porous. To care for them:
- Wear condoms on elastomer or jelly sex toys if you want to share them
- Wash them with antibacterial soap and water immediately after use
- Don’t boil them
- However, you’re free to use whichever type of lube you prefer with elastomer or jelly sex toys