Vibrator 101:Cleaning & Caring For Your Buzz Buddy

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I just got my first vibrator. How do I clean it? Can it spread diseases?

ChickRx Expert Amy Levine, MA, CSE, Sex Coach and Founder of Ignite Your Pleasure says…

Congrats on your first vibrator! I’m sure you’ll enjoy your new buzz buddy! This is a great question, so thanks for asking. A lot of people don’t realize that the material of the toy determines how you clean it.

Sex toys can be made of materials that are either porous or non-porous.

The porous materials include acrylic, cyberskin, jelly rubber and plastic. These types can’t really be disinfected and each of these material needs to be treated in a different way to “clean them.” So, it’s best to ask the salesperson or find out from the manufacturer how to care for the product. Normally, you can wipe or wash non-porous toys with soap and water, letting them thoroughly air dry before putting them away.

Non-porous materials include glass, pyrex, silicone and stainless steel. These can be disinfected. Typically, these toys are more expensive, so you’ll definitely want to care for them properly. Again ask the salesperson or the manufacturer how to care for your prized purchase, so it lasts a long time and is safe. Some non-porous toys can be washed with soap and water, others can be put in the dishwasher, or be boiled to kill any bacteria or viruses that can linger. It really varies, so ask for info and do your research

Here on Gurl, we talk about masturbation as a safe way to explore your sexuality and it is…if you’re safe about it. When it comes to toys, they’re safest if they’re used by one person and never shared. Bacteria and viruses can lurk on vibrators and toys and infect or re-infect the user. Not sexy at all.

If you want to play nice in the sandbox, so to speak, and share, remember that it’s never advised to share a toy if you’re not certain you and you’re partner are STD free. If you’ve both been tested and you want to share, you can stay safe by using a latex condom over your vibrator and completely cover it from top to bottom. Use a new condom each time, and clean the toy as directed after use.

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  • curiousgurl

    can I ask how old a gurl must be befor usin a vibrater. I hav just started mastebatin..n..ummm.. sumtyms I feel I wanna push sumthn inside of me..is tht bad?

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      While there’s no age limit, I think that you at least have to know proper grammar before you start using a vibrator.

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  • Roryy

    When I bought my current vibe I was a little broke, so I went for a 15 dollar plastic one because I was in need. The lady said the little seem on it would be an excellent place for bacteria to build up easily. I came up with the idea of putting condoms over it during each use. Its worked out great.

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