BDSM Education-Care and Cleaning of your Toys

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Always clean your toys between and after each use.

Insertables

Insertable toys are best for single person use.  If shared with others, cover with a condom.  If you have battery powered or mechanical parts do not get fluids into the battery compartments and do not soak or immerse them in water.  Store you toys where they will be moisture free as this will keep mold, dust and lint from harming your toys and help maintain a longer toy life.  If battery operated, remove the batteries for storage.

Silicone - Use soap and water to clean your insertables, these are non porous.  You can also wash them in the top rack of your dishwasher or boil them for about 5 minutes.  If your insertable becomes cracked or break discard and get a new one. 

Jellies - Use soap and hot water to clean your insertables, these are non porous.  These are more flexible that most and some look like they have air bubbles inside.

Rubber - Use soap and water to clean your insertables but be aware rubber is porous.  Condoms help keep these clean.  

Softskin/cyberskin - Use soap and water to clean your insertables or rub lightly with alcohol, these are semi porous.  Powder with cornstarch on the inside and the outside.

Vinyl - Use soap and hot water or nonoxynol-9 cleaner to clean your insertables, these are non porous.  

Glass - Use soap and hot water or nonoxynol-9 cleaner to clean your insertables, these are non porous.

Acrylic - Use soap and hot water or nonoxynol-9 cleaner to clean your insertables, these are non porous.

Lucite - Use soap and hot water or nonoxynol-9 cleaner to clean your insertables, these are non porous.

Metal - Use soap and hot water or nonoxynol-9 cleaner to clean your insertables, these are non porous.

Latex toys/apparel

Latex should be washed in soap and cool water.  Hang to dry for 24 hours.  NEVER iron or place in a dryer.  Use non-toxic powders that are water soluble or corn starch to powder the latex (see warning), this helps prevent oxidizing.  Store in air tight bag (lots of latex companies recommend a black plastic bag).  Avoid wearing jewelry since some metals (especially copper) can cause discoloration or catch and tear the latex.  Avoid touching the latex with hand lotion, oils, make up, Vaseline, nail polish remover, etc. as they destroy the latex.  Some synthetic material contain agents that can damage latex, so store away from other textiles, metals or colored latex.  Silicon and some plastic items like dildoes should NOT have long latex contact, or you will damage your latex. 
Some people like to shine or lubricate their latex, be sure to use a silicone base product.  Some folks swear by AmorAll, others Perv-O-Shine, Son-of-a-Gun or Cocoon latex polish, just to name a few.  There are many on the market, so pick what one suits you.  Brand names listed here are for identification purposes only and do not imply endorsement.

WARNING: Talc powder has been linked to cervical cancer in women.  FDA states that cornstarch reduces the skins natural moisture and oils and can cause dryness or cracking which can allow infectious agents, chemicals etc. to penetrate the body.  Some medical studies have shown that ADP cornstarch used in latex gloves could be a potential route of exposure to latex protein allergens (latex allergy).
Ideas- Baking soda, arrowroot powder (which looks and feels like cornstarch), fuller's earth or rice powder, any one of these should do the trick.
Bath powder recipe (if you want a scented powder)- 1 cup arrowroot powder 1/4 tsp essential oil.  Mix till thoroughly blended.  You may want to sift it to break up any clumps.  
Dusting powder recipe (if you want a scented powder)- 2 cups arrowroot, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2-1 tsp fragrance.  Mix till thoroughly blended.  You may want to sift it to break up any clumps.  


Mr. Orange Coast Drummer 1991 wrote a book on leather and latex care.


Leather and Latex Care

Vibrators

Vibrators can be wiped clean with betadine, warm water or alcohol.  Attachments usually can be put in the top rack of the dishwasher or cleaned with soap and hot water.  Remember don't immerse in water unless it's a waterproof vibrator.

Whips

There doesn't seem to be a way to decontaminate leather.  Only 100% way to never pass communicable disease is to never use any toy on more than one person.  Since that doesn't seem very doable, cleaning is something you must do to reduce the risk of passing disease.  DO NOT use the same implement on different people if playing at the same time.  Staphene Spray Environmental Disinfectant is popular for whip cleaning.  You spray it on leave it the recommended number of minutes or let it dry.  If no visible bleeding the very least you should do is spray or soak the ends of your whips, cat 'o nine tails/floggers, etc. with H2O2 (peroxide) and let them air dry overnight before using them again.  Try as much as your can to avoid using water, and chemicals.  You can also clean with 15% bleach by sponging-never soaking and dry as quickly as possible to avoid stiffing of the leather.  To clean specific parts use 70% Ispopropyl alcohol and air dry.  You may have to re-treat your leathers so they don't become damaged or crack.  Remember any chemical can alter the color of the leather.  TIP - It is best to avoid breaking skin when using a whip.

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Madacide is popular for hard surface toys and non porous toys.  Staphene Spray Environmental Disinfectant is popular for whip cleaning and porous toys.  Betadine is also popular but stains.  Some still use 10% bleach soak (1 part bleach, 9 parts water) for 15-20 minutes.  Leather will not survive this for very long, where metal, plastic, fiberglass type toys can survive.  Wood, some rubber, cloth and nylon crackers hold up pretty well to 25% bleach/water soak.  With any of these be sure and use soap and water to remove the traces of the chemicals, do this before using them the next time will also help prevent pitting/corrosion of metal toys.

Disclaimer: Remember the best you can do is reduce the risk of passing disease.  In general you don't have to worry about saliva, perspiration, pee or shit on the outside of the body.  You DO need to be concern about blood, semen and vaginal secretions that go from one to another.  Always check with a trusted medical doctor, medical authority, or disease control for the latest information about cleaning of toys and disease transmission.

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