Babeland's Tip Sheet

Tips & Tricks for Toys

Care and Cleaning

Non-porous Materials (glass, pyrex, silicone, stainless steel)
  • Glass should be washed with soap and water. Do not expose glass to extreme temperatures.
  • Pyrex, a heat-resistant glass, can be boiled, put in a dishwasher, or washed with soapy water.
  • Silicone is our material of choice because it will clean easily and thoroughly. To clean, wash the toy with soap and water or place it in the top rack of your dishwasher. Immersing silicone in boiling water for 10 minutes will disinfect it. Silicone may be shared safely after disinfection. Never use silicone lube with silicone toys; this will break down the surface of your toys.
  • Stainless steel can be boiled, soaked in a bleach and water solution, or run through your dishwasher.
  • ...more about these Sex Toy Materials
Porous Materials
  • Acrylic toys should be cleaned with soap and warm water.
  • Cyberskin (also known as Ultraskin and Softskin) is a delicate material; wash it gently with soap and warm water. Air-dry, then powder lightly with cornstarch (do not use talcum powder; it has been linked to cancer). Store the toys in a plastic bag containing a small amount of cornstarch to keep them from getting sticky. Cyberskin may contain some of the same chemicals found in jelly rubber. We recommend using a condom on Cyberskin toys.
  • Elastomer is a soft, phthalate-free plastic. People who wish to avoid contact with rubber softeners can choose Elastomer toys as a hypoallergenic, durable alternative. To clean, wash with soap and water. We recommend using condoms if sharing the toy and for easier clean-up.
  • Hard plastic toys should be wiped down with a soapy cloth and warm water.
  • Jelly rubber is a soft rubber that cannot be completely disinfected. To clean, wipe the toy with a soapy cloth and warm water. Store it in a cool, dry place away from other objects. Jelly-rubber contains latex and phthalates (pronounced “thall-eights”). Phthalates are chemicals used as softeners or solvents. We do not have conclusive information on the health effects they may have. Because of their porous nature and chemical components, we believe the only way to safely use jelly rubber toys is with a condom, every time.
  • Leather will wipe clean with a damp, soapy cloth or with leather cleaner. Do not soak leather. Wiping with a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution (rubbing alcohol) will disinfect leather toys. After cleaning, you may recondition your toy by using a leather conditioner. Protect metal parts from tarnish by applying a coat of clear nail polish. Always let leather air dry and store in a cool, dry place.
  • Neoprene is a synthetic, rubber-based polychloroprene. Wash it with warm water and mild soap, then air-dry.
  • Nylon can be hand or machine washed.
  • Soft vinyl toys have a smooth, flexible surface that is easy to clean with soap and water. These toys typically contain much lower levels of chemicals than those made of jelly rubber.
  • Vinyl will wipe clean with a damp, soapy cloth or rubbing alcohol.
  • Nitrile safe sex supplies are compatible with oil-, water-, and silicone-based lubricants. They protect against STDs and pregnancy. Masturbating with gloves, condoms, or dams can be a great way to further eroticize them. Buy differently-sized gloves in different colors to make it clear in the heat of the moment which are medium and which are large. To avoid cross-contaminating, use different color gloves for the butt and the vagina or use a marker to put an “X” on the gloved hand you will be using for the butt. Use dental dams or non-microwavable plastic wrap for cunnilingus and analingus. Put an “X” on the outside so when things get good and slippery you can tell the sides apart.
General Tips for Longer Toy Life We strongly recommend using a condom with toys that are made of porous material. This will help prevent transference of body fluids that can carry bacterial and/or viral infections.
  • Remove batteries when storing vibrators.
  • Never submerge electrical components in water. Use a damp, soapy cloth to clean electric toys.
  • Protect your water-resistant and waterproof vibes by making sure the rubber O-ring stays tight around the battery compartment. If the O-ring is missing or broken, the vibe is no longer safe to use in water.
  • For vibrators with cords, wrap a small piece of electrical tape around the vibrator/wire and wire/ plug connection points to strengthen them.
  • Rough edges on hard plastic toys can be filed down with a nail file.
  • If you are using a bullet vibe internally, put it in a condom and use the condom, not the power cord, to pull it out.
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G-Spot Tips

The G-spot, or urethral sponge, fills with fluid during arousal and

has a texture that can feel bumpy or crinkly when felt through the

front wall of the vagina. Pressure on the G-spot can cause some

folks to ejaculate fluid, which is similar to prostatic fluid.

    • To find the G-spot, insert a finger or fingers 2–3 inches into the vagina and press toward the pubic bone with a rhythmic “come'ere” motion.
  • Curved toys, like the Orchid G, are good for G-spot stimulation. Thumping, tapping, and vibration can also feel great.
  • Try combining G-spot play with oral stimulation of the clit.
  • Some folks prefer indirect G-spot stimulation; try pressing down on your belly just above the pubic bone or applying pressure toward the belly button during butt play.
  • Experiment with positions that angle toys, fingers, penis, etc. toward your belly button during penetration.
  • A full vagina may block ejaculate, so try pulling out toys, fingers, etc. when you orgasm, and bear down.
  • Finally, G-spot response varies dramatically, so enjoy all the sensations—try not to make it a quest.

P-Spot Tips

The P-spot, or prostate, is an almond-shaped gland locatedbetween the rectum and the bladder. The prostate produces fluidthat helps semen travel through the urethra during ejaculation.During arousal, the P-spot fills with fluid, which can make it easierto feel. When aroused, some P-spots feel similar to the musclebetween the thumb and forefinger when it is tensed.
    • To find the P-spot, insert a finger or fingers 2–3 inches into the anus and gently press toward the belly button with a “come'ere” motion. Use lots of lube and relax.
    • Try different techniques with your P-spot: stroking, massaging, tapping, vibration, or gentle thumping.
    • Play with your perineum (the soft, fleshy skin between the testicles and the anus); tapping here can access your P-spot indirectly. You’ll also be hitting the base of your penis.
  • Curved toys are especially good for P-spot stimulation—try the Aneros or Pandora. Make sure toys have a flared base to prevent them from getting lost.
  • P-spot responses vary. Try not to be goal oriented; instead, enjoy each new sensation along the way.

Cock Ring Tips

Cock rings restrict the flow of blood out of the penis; makingpossible greater sensitivity and a firmer erection. They can evenprolong erection. As with any toy, responses vary. Cock rings aren’trecommended for anyone with vascular or nerve diseases. If youexperience any discomfort numbness or tingling—take it off.
  • Secure the cock ring at the base of the penis, behind the testicles, so that it is snug and comfortable.
  • For new users we recommend an adjustable cock ring because one can remove or cut it off if it becomes uncomfortable.
  • Non-adjustable or stretchy cock rings should be put on while you are semi-flaccid. Hold the ring under your balls and insert your testicles one at a time. Next tuck your penis through head first. Hold the cock ring in place until your erection secures it. Lube it up to avoid pinching pubic hair.
  • To remove a cock ring, wait until you lose your erection. Don’t leave the cock ring on for more than 20 minutes and always remove it if you feel any discomfort before then.
  • Experienced users can play with how long to leave it on. If you plan to sleep in it, use an adjustable cock ring and keep it loose.

Anal Sex Tips

Always remember our mantra to help you on your back door journey:“Relaxation, Communication, and Lubrication”. When playing with apartner, it’s important that the person being penetrated be in control ofwhat’s happening, especially if you’re new to anal sex. Let your partnerknow what feels good and what doesn’t. And, of course, have fun!
  • Always use toys that have a handle or flared base so they don’t slip inside the rectum.
  • Always use lube—the butt does not self-lubricate—and begin slowly by stimulating the outside of the anus.
  • Ease your finger in pad-first to avoid scratching and poking.
  • Cover your toys with condoms for safe and fast cleanup.
  • Softer materials are easier on sensitive tissue and will follow the natural curve of the rectum. Bumps and ridges can feel good sliding in and out.
  • Angle your fingers, penis, or toy toward the front of the body.
  • Stick to the butt—going from butt to vagina can cause infections.
  • Numbing creams are unsafe—lube and relaxation are better.
  • Pull out gently and carefully.

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