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When you've found your perfect sex toy, you want to make sure it stays in the best possible condition so you can continue to enjoy using it.

This doesn't just mean storing it in the right place and keeping it stocked with charged batteries, you also need to clean it.

Failing to clean your sex toys can result in nasty infections, not to mention spreading sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) between you and your partners if you use the toys together.

To keep your vibrators and dildos clean, follow our handy tips:

Know what material it is

Just as different surfaces in your home need different care, different sex toy materials require different cleaning techniques.

You should check the packaging to see what it is made of or check online if you no longer have the box.

If your toy is made of a porous material, such as hard plastic, cyberskin or jelly rubber, it is a good idea to use a condom if you're sharing. This is because it can be difficult to get these materials completely clean.

Mild soap

While wipes are a good way to give your toys a quick clean, you should ensure they are thoroughly washed using a mild soap.

This should be fragrance-free and gentle so as to not damage your toys and to avoid any discomfort due to soap residue when you use it again.

Washing your toys with a small amount of soap and warm water will keep them fresh and ready to use.

Mind the battery

If your toy is battery-powered, you shouldn't soak it in water as this will mess up the motor. Instead, take the batteries out and use a damp cloth along with your soap to get it clean.

You should even avoid running it under the tap, just to be on the safe side.

Submerge non-motorised toys

If your toy doesn't have a motor and isn't electronic in any way, it is a good idea to let it soak in hot water to ensure it is totally clean.

You may even want to put it in the dishwasher for a thorough cleaning, although you should check what temperature your sex toy can be cleaned at.