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Ladies, you’ve got to stop making these 5 mistakes while cleaning your sex toys

Published on:20 March 2021, 16:10pm IST
You need to take proper care of your sex toys to avoid vaginal woes. Which is why cleaning them the right way is of the utmost importance.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Pleasure is pious and there should not be any judgments around it, because even science believes that self-pleasure has health benefits. However, problems can knock on your vagina when you use sex toys like vibrators and stimulators—and don’t clean them properly.  

For starters, you need to wash your sex toys before pleasuring yourself. Why?  Well, that’s because the biome of your vagina is super-sensitive. Any contamination can lead to vaginal infections like bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection, and UTIs. And all of these can make things really very uncomfortable down there.

That’s why, just running them under water won’t help because microorganisms will still persist on the surface. You need to learn the proper cleaning technique for each and every sex toy you own. 

But unfortunately, people make many mistakes while cleaning their sex toys. Today we are going to highlight them so that you don’t make the same silly mistakes.

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Here are five cleaning mistakes that you need to avoid to protect your vagina
1. Not cleaning them as soon as you get them

We agree that your vibrator comes in a packed box, but that doesn’t mean that the product has never been touched. Plus, microorganisms could very well be sitting on the surface on your sex toy—so you need to ensure that you clean them as soon as you get it. In fact, you should clean them before every use.

2. Cleaning porous sex toys with water

Not every sex toy needs water to be cleaned. Only the non-porous ones should be cleaned with liquids. That’s because porous ones soak water, which lead to dampness, and ultimately bacterial and fungal growth.

3. Keeping them wet

Just wiping the water off doesn’t ensure dryness. You need to dry them properly using a hair dryer or letting them air dry by keeping them at a sanitized station where no one can touch them. Once your sex toy is completely dry, only then should you store it or use it.

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4. Using harsh and/or scented soaps to clean

Scented soaps and harsh cleansers can alter the pH balance of your vagina and make it vulnerable to bacterial or fungal growth. So, either buy a proper cleanser that is made for sex toys or use your vaginal wash. Just remember, you don’t want chemical-laden residue on your product to mess with your vaginal biome.

5. Not washing them after using

Pre and post cleaning of sex toys is a mandate for a simple reason because the vaginal mucus on the toy can interact with the pathogens that are around. This will make the sex toy a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus.

So ladies, always remember that your vagina is self-cleaning but not your sex toys. So you need to be extra cautious and try to avoid these mistakes while cleaning them.

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.