What precautions should I take with sex toys?
The use of sex toys is common practice for many people. Many toys are made of silicone, glass or other non-porous materials that are easy to sterilize. Be sure to sterilize between use with different partners or use condoms for additional protection. Some toys are made from rubber or other porous materials that can never be fully sterilized.
Without using condoms, bacteria can grow resulting in infections for yourself or your partner/s. Be sure to use condoms over any porous toys and consider limiting the use of those toys to only one person.
Here are some general recommendations regarding toy cleaning:
Rubber/Jelly: These are porous and can trap a lot of bacteria, so a thorough wash with soap and water or rubber-specific toy cleaner is a must.
Silicone: Silicone isn't porous so a gentle soap and water wash is sufficient.
Glass, Pyrex, or stainless steel: Similar to silicone. Pyrex can also go in the dishwasher (as long as it's not battery or electrically operated).
Cyberskin, Neoskin, and other skin-like materials: Depending on material, these can be porous so a thorough wash and dry is the way to go. Sometimes cornstarch is used to keep these toys maintained.
Here are some other tips for cleaning: