Sh! Spring Dildos

Spring Cleaning Your Toy Box

Spring have finally arrived and if you are anything like us, you’ll be ready to welcome the  warmer weather by getting rid of the grime that’s collected in corners over the colder months. Along with gleaming windows and dust-free skirting boards, now is also a great time to delve deep into the toy box and look at what needs to go…

Melting Materials

Picking up old toys is best done with latex gloves covering delicate skin, as they are probably teeming with nasty bacteria. Sex toys of old were usually made from jelly, a porous material that not only traps lube and bodily juices however well you clean your toy, but also contains the chemical softener phthalates.IMG_6271-(1)

If you see evidence of ‘melting’, the toy is most likely made of jelly and needs to be disposed of sharpish.

Also, if you spot a crack in your toy, it is time to invest in a new one. Silicone dildos last for years, but if vigorous play, sharp nails or pet teeth causes a break, the silicone is no longer non-porous and we recommend investing in a new exciting toy!

Missing Parts

Bullets are teeny-tiny buzzing wonders, but thanks to their petite size, they easily go missing (often to be found under the bed or at the back of the sock-drawer). If your cock ring is missing its magic-maker, chuck it and invest in a new rechargeable version. It’ll be stronger, it’ll have a longer guarantee and you’ll never run out of batteries at inopportune moments!IMG_6273-(1)

Another thing that often go missing are the small plastic lids for any toy that take batteries. Let’s face it – you are unlikely to ever find the pesky lid, and sello taping the batteries in just isn’t a good idea.

Upgrading to a rechargeable vibe takes care of so many issues: no lids, no leaky batteries, it becomes cheaper in the long run…

Discolored Materials

When they say “don’t judge a book by its cover” or “it’s what’s inside that counts”, they are not talking about mucky vibes, rings or plugs that have lost their shine. Sex toy materials can discolor for a number of reasons, but the main ones will be poor materials, incorrect storing, left in baking hot sunshine or cleaning with unsuitable detergents.IMG_6272_3

If your vibrator looks like this it’s time to upgrade and treat yourself to a new, sexy vibrating playmate.

Keep Different Materials Stored Separately

How you store sex toys matter, for sure. Storing them directly on the floor under the bed seems to be a popular option, but it is not something we recommend. Dirt, dust and house pets (or even kids!) will get at your toy and before you know it, the bacteria comes into contact with delicate nethers and itchy infections may take hold – and they tend to hold on tight!

Always store different materials separately. This may mean individual pouches for each toy, or separate storage boxes for silicone and cheaper-material toys. These days, vibrators often come with a dust-free bag to store it in  – make sure to use it.

Batteries & Chargers

Removing batteries from toys after play should be a regular occurrence, but if it isn’t, you should try it. Battery power will last longer, and the motors will feel happier too.

Dispose of all old batteries safely at your local recycling center or even supermarket if they have a special bin provided. If the batteries have leaked inside the battery compartment, please dispose of both battery and toy carefully.

Rechargeable toys is the way forward. Keeping the charger stored with the toy in its pouch will ensure you never get chargers mixed up.

Keep the cord lose – wrapping it tightly around the plug will ensure a breakage at connection point and the charger will be of no use…

Plugging in rechargeable toys every three to six months is good practice. This keeps the motor happy, which in turn will keep you happy!

If you find random chargers that doesn’t belong to anything, dispose of them safely.

Out of Date Lubricant

Are you a bottle half-empty or bottle half-full kinda person? Actually, that doesn’t matter: if the bottle is half full, is it time to invest in a fresh one. Gunky, half-empty bottles aren’t sexy and this is an excellent time to try something new. You can go paraben-free, flavoured or even opt for a warming glide.

Water-based lubes are body-friendly and safe for use with any toys, so a bottle of this lush stuff should always be within reach.

Silicone-based lubes are great for sessions in the bath or shower, but not suitable for use with silicone toys (or toys made from porous, soft materials).

Condoms

Check dates of all condoms to make sure they are not expired. If they’ve been stashed in a bedside drawer for a long time, it’s definitely time to get yourself a fresh box – you don’t want to be caught short.

It’s always a good idea to keep a few different sizes in your toy box, especially if you are single & ready to mingle, have a new partner you haven’t yet gotten hot & heavy with or if you share sex toys with your partner/s.

As well as a selection of condoms, a small pack of latex gloves and dental dams should also be among the safer sex supplies in your toy box.

Cleaning Sex Toys

Cleaning your toys before and after use is important. Lubes and juices will be coating them after a play, so regular washing with a gentle sex toy cleaner or anti-bacterial hand wash & hot water is a must.

 

Sexual Health Week 3

Sexual Health Week: Safer Sex & Toys

Today we’re going to share some important information on how to keep up the safer sex stuff when using sex toys. Keeping your toys clean is just as important as keeping your bits happy & healthy. No one would deliberately set out to catch an STI and attitude should be the same when it comes to toys.

The Safest Sex Toy Material is Silicone

Cupid 3 Silicone DildoSilicone is the best material for all your sex toys, be they clitoral vibrators, rabbit-style vibes or butt plugs. Whatever you’re into, choosing body-friendly and safe toys should be a priority.

You may have heard of phthalates? Phthalates are chemicals that are often mixed into cheaper materials in order to make them softer and more transparent. Whilst studies into the damaging effects of phthalates are limited, we do know that there is some evidence linking phthalates to interference with sperm production, for example.

Other safe materials are glass and stainless steel, but as these toys are super-firm and unyielding, they are not to everyone’s taste. Silicone is soft, strokeable and bendable, thus ensuring a very comfortable ride.

A word about silicone sex toys & lube…

We recently came across an article that had us furrowing our brows with disapproval. This article stated that silicone lube could and should be used when playing with silicone toys. If there had been an social media-style “dislike” button, we’d have hit it.

Silicone-based lube is great for a number of things, like when you want long a session in the bath or if skin-on-skin anal play is on the menu… But it’s not great for use with sex toys made out of silicone.

We argued this point with a well-known supplier of (very good) silicone-based lube a few years ago. They shipped us vats of the stuff and we dunked silicone toys into it, before leaving the lube to do it’s thing.

The silicone lube damaged the surface of the toys, shapes were distorted and dildos ended up resembling a colourful collection of Loch Ness Monsters. The supplier had to agree: it’s advisable to use water-based lube when playing with silicone toys.

 

Ribbed Condoms

Sharing Sex Toys Safely

You can absolutely share your favourite sex toy with one or several partners – as long as you either wash it, or cover it with a new condom between each partner.

Our trick is to cover the vibrator or dildo in several condoms, and then you can just whip ’em off one by one as your games progress. Easy!

Going From Back to Front

Make sure toys are washed thoroughly, or covered with a clean condom, before being dipped into a new orifice. This is especially important if you are planning on going from back to front, as you may otherwise end up with an unpleasant vaginal infection.

Always make sure any toys used for anal play are safe.

By “safe” we mean that the toy must have a handle or flared base.

The anal muscle is strong and if something gets sucked in, your only option is to head to nearest A&E…

Best avoided for so many reasons!

Cleaning Your Sex Toys

Using a sex toy cleaner is the easiest way to keep all your favourite toys squeaky clean. Simply spritz, wipe down, rinse under warm water and leave to air dry.

Another good way to clean your sex toys is to use anti-bacterial hand wash and hot water.

Our own-brand  silicone dildos can be boiled in a pan of water for up to 5 minutes, or put through the top rack of a dishwasher. Again, there are sex toy companies out there who will tell you that the dildos will melt, but this isn’t true. At Sh! Towers, we regularly sterilize demo dildos by putting them through a hot cycle. (Just make sure to remove the small bullet vibe if you have a vibrating dildo).