7 Things You Should Never Do With Your Vibrator

There are a lot of rules that you technically have to follow but, at the same time, are also kind of annoying. Like, I know not everyone wears a helmet every time they ride a bike, even though they should. Same goes with vibrators–there are probably a lot of things you know you should be doing, but skip. Still, there are just some things you should never, ever do with your vibrator even though people seem to do them every day without thinking. And since talking about sex toys can be totally awkward, who’s going to tell you otherwise? Vibrators play by their own rules that are different than dildos or other beginner sex toys you might own, so pay attention. That toy has a motor! Handle accordingly.

Much like stopping mid-hook up to wrestle a condom out of a wrapper, remembering to clean your vibrator before and after you  use it is a huge buzz-kill (ha, get it – it’s a vibrator, and vibrators buzz? I’ll stop). It’s easy enough to make you stop being turned on. It’s just as easy, though, to do something totally wrong with your vibrator and wind up wrecking it forever and maybe getting yourself sick. Some vibrators can be totally expensive and fall apart easily if you don’t take care of them properly. So, if you just want to cut to the case and use your vibe, make sure you’re doing everything right and not accidentally ruining the quality of your vibrator without even knowing it. See for yourself and let us know if you (accidentally) do any of these seven things you should never do with your vibrator.


Store Them All Together

No, you don't have to find individualized different hiding spots for each of your vibrators if you have more than one, but you should definitely keep them stored separately. For example, don't throw them all in a cardboard box together and expect them to look and act the same when you take them back out. Some materials melt when they're next to each other! Cross contamination is a thing and they can grow mold or warp if you let them snuggle up. Ziploc bags are your friends, so get them in their own area if you want to keep them for a while.

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Forget To Remove The Batteries

Batteries conduct a low-charge while they're just hanging out anywhere. Not to mention, batteries can corrode the insides of a toy, so if you want your vibrator and it's batteries to last longer, you might want to consider removing the batteries while you're not using them. Some come in nifty battery sleeve-like things so it's a quick pop-in pop-out, but if it's not that easy, I get why it's annoying, but it doesn't mean you should just leave your batteries in there anyway.

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Move Your Vibrator From Your Butt To Vagina (Or Your Mouth)

You can move a toy from your mouth to your vagina to your butt, but never EVER work the opposite direction with your sex toys (or anything for that matter). Sticking a vibrator in or around your butt then putting it in your vagina or mouth is a hardcore no-no. Never ever do that unless you're stopping to sterilize in between or using two different toys. Same vibrator? Forget about it.

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Leave Them Plugged In

You know how leaving anything plugged in for a long time drains it: your phone, laptop, anything? There are tons of documentaries of Leo DiCaprio telling us to unplug our toasters when we aren't using them, so please please please unplug your Hitachi magic wand, too, okay? When you aren't using your vibrator, unplug it from the wall if it isn't battery operated. You're going to drain it of it's power since it's just sitting there conducting an idle charge so you have a half-powered vibrator and a bigger carbon footprint. See? Don't do it.

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Share Them With Other People

When I say share, I mean asking your friends to borrow theirs or swapping them around. That's just bad news for everyone involved. Think of the germs, dudes. No one wants that stuff hanging out in your vagina or glued to your favorite vibrator.

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Submerge Them In Water If They Aren't Waterproof

"Duh, if it says it isn't waterproof, I'm not going to take it in the bathtub!" Cool, but I bet you're still going to submerge it in water to wash it, right? Thought so. Don't do it! Once you sterilize it (not plugged in, without batteries inside), dunking the whole thing in water again to clean isn't a good idea if your toy isn't explicitly waterproof. Other sex toys? Fine. But since your vibrator is battery powered or plugs in to anything, don't do it, just clean it off with a sex toy cleaning solution or fragrance free antibacterial soap.

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Never Sterilizing Them At All

Some people skip this step completely! Using the excuse that it's fresh out of the box is not a real thing. You still need to sterilize your vibrator by putting it in boiling water before using it. Everything else you put in your vagina has to be sterile, like tampons and menstrual cups, so why would vibrators be any exception to the rule? Just because it's designed to give you pleasure doesn't mean that it's somehow inherently cleaner.

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Do you have a vibrator? Have you done any of these things with it anyway (no judgement)? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done with your vibrator? Let us know in the comments!

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