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
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
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.
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