Re-posting this from a thread in our FL Group.
Thanks 0celot for transcribing and posting this very detailed guide on toy care!
Our order from Pleasure Chest was accompanied by a rather comprehensive and concise pamphlet on toy care. Thought it’d be useful to share it here since I can’t find it on their website.
Here’s the PDF version, reproduced below.
**Please excuse any typos – had to OCR the pamphlet as the scanned version was rather difficult to read.*
MATERIALS: CARE AND CLEANING
may be shared safely after proper disinfecting
- Aluminum is a lighter weight metal that warms quickly to body temperature but can also be cooled or warmed with water for temperature play. It can be used with all types of lubricant. Clean with soap & water or toy cleaner. Disinfect with isopropyl alcohol or boiling.
- Ceramic toys are double fired & covered with body-safe glaze to be non-porous, hygienic & durable. They may be warmed or cooled with water for temperature play & can be used with any type of lube. Clean with soap & water or toy cleaner.
- Glass can be used with all types of lube & washed with soap & water or toy cleaner. Do not expose glass to extreme heat or cold & discontinue use if it becomes cracked or chipped. Disinfect with isopropyl alcohol.
- Medical-grade plastic & Elastomed are non-porous. They are compatible with all types of lube. Clean with soap & water or toy cleaner. Disinfect with isopropyl alcohol.
- Pyrex is glass that is more resistant to impact or extreme temperature. Clean with soap & water or toy cleaner. Disinfect with isopropyl alcohol or boiling.
- Silicone is hypoallergenic, hygienic & durable. To clean, wash with soap & water. Toys without electrical components can be cleaned by boiling for 3 minutes or on the top rack of your dishwasher with no soap. Silicone toys should not be used with silicone lube.
- Stainless steel toys are prized for their hardness, heft and hygiene. Try cooling them down or warming them up with water tor temperature play. They can be used with all types of lubricant. Clean with soap & water or toy cleaner. Disinfect with isopropyl alcohol or boiling.
- Wood used in high-quality dildos is coated with various (depending on the brand) food-safe and in some cases medical-grade finishes that make them non-porous. Read labels on how to use & care for individual products. In general they can be used with all types of lube & should be cleaned with soap & water or toy cleaner. Do not boil & retire or discard if deep scratches occur.
are not safe to share without a condom, as they may transmit STIs & harbor bacteria & yeast.
- Acrylic can be used with all types of lube. Clean with soap & water or toy cleaner.
- Cyberskin (also sold as Ultraskin, Softskin & UR3) is very delicate & must be used with water-based lube only. Most require a gentle & thorough wash with soap & water & air dry, but see individual manufacturer for specific instructions. To maintain the feel of Cyberskin & keep it from getting sticky, powder it lightly with cornstarch (never use talcum powder on or near the genitals) & use a plastic bag for storage. Condom use with these toys is highly recommended.
- Elastomer & TPR (Thermo Plastic Rubber) are durable, hypo-allergenic soft plastics free from phthalates. Use with water-based lube only. Clean with soap & water or toy cleaner.
- Hard plastic (yes, it’s porous!) can be used with any type of lube. Clean with soap & water or toy cleaner.
- Jelly-Rubber is a soft rubber that contains phthalates & may contain latex. Clean with soap & water or toy cleaner. Condom use is highly recommended.
- Leather can be cleaned with soap & water, with leather cleaner or a rubbing alcohol solution. Once leather is cleaned, it should be allowed to air dry for at least 24 hours. You may want to use leather conditioner to keep the leather soft & supple. Never soak leather.
- Neoprene should be washed with soap & water or toy cleaner. Allow to air dry fully.
- Nitrile is a latex-free synthetic rubber compound that is now used in many cock rings & gloves as an alternative for those with latex & other sensitivities. Dispose of all gloves after use for sanitary reasons. Clean nitrile rings with soap & water or toy cleaner.
- Nylon can be washed in the washing machine on the delicate cycle or by hand. Using a lingerie bag in the wash & air-drying can protect straps & help them keep their shape.
- Silagel, Silicone blend & Vinyl toys can be cleaned with soap & water or toy cleaner. They contain lower levels of potentially problematic chemicals than jelly-rubber, but they may still be present. Condom-use is recommended.
- Phthalates (pronounced “thal-ates”) are plastic softeners that are known to have carcinogenic properties. We do not recommend inserting them into the vagina or anus, the most absorbent areas of the body, without a condom.
SAFER WAYS TO SEXY
can not only increase the quality and duration of penetrative play, but also make sex safer for both partners, providing a slick cushion that prevents tearing.
- Never use any lubricants that contain the spermicide Nonoxynol-9 because it can irritate the skin & actually make you more susceptible to STls.
- Glycerin-free water-based lube is recommended tor vaginal sex, especially for women who are prone to yeast & urinary tract infections.
- Use extra lube for anal sex & never use oil-based lube with a latex condom.
- Do not use silicone lube with silicone toys.
Condoms, Gloves & Dams
are a must-have for safer sex with partners & toys.
- Never use oil-based lube with latex condoms, gloves or dams.
- For those with latex sensitivities, polyurethane or polyisoprene condoms & darns, plastic wrap & nitrile gloves are great alternatives. Polyurethane (NOT polyisoprene) & nitrile can be used with oil-, silicone- & water-based lube.
- Be sure your plastic wrap is the non-microwavable type, as microwave wrap has tiny holes & will not protect from infection.
- To create a slippery sensation & increase pleasure for the receiver, use gloves to apply lube to the area beneath the dam or plastic wrap before cunnilingus or analingus.
- Use fresh condoms, gloves or dams when switching between partners or from the anal to the vaginal area.
TIPS FOR A LONG AND HAPPY TOY LIFE
- Wash toys before their first use & immediately following each subsequent use.
- Always remove batteries when storing vibrating toys.
- Know whether your toy is water-resistant (“splash proof”) or water-proof. Only water-proof toys should be submerged.
- Be sure the rubber ring around the battery compartment of your water-resistant or water-proof toy is present, intact & tight. Do not use it in water if it is not.
- A bit of electrical tape around the wire or cord can strengthen & protect wired toys.
- Store porous toys separately in plastic bags.
- Never pull on or use the cord at a vibrating bullet as a “handle”. If you plan to insert it, put it inside a condom.
COCK RING SAFETY AND FUN
Cock rings made of rubber, silicone, wood, leather, metal and other materials keep the flow of blood In the penis, which creates an erection that is more sensitive, harder and may last longer. Many people also love the way they look.
WARNING: Do not use cock rings if you have a blood-clotting disorder or any nerve disease. Use caution if you take drugs for erectile dysfunction.
- Cock rings should be worn against the body, surrounding the base of the penis and the testicles. The fit should be snug, but comfortable. Some cock rings, such as smaller ones made of wood or metal, are designed to be worn around the shaft only. Always read manufacturer instructions.
- Adjustable cock rings are recommended tor new users. They are often leather with snaps or rubber bolo styles.
- Put on the cock ring before the penis becomes hard. Non-adjustable cock rings should be entered one testicle at a time then tuck the penis through head first. Lube can ease this process, but be sure to hold the ring until you’re completely hard to avoid slippage.
- Do not wear a cock ring for more than 2 hours and remove it if the swelling is overly pronounced and accompanied by pain, numbness or cold genitals.
- Wait until you are flaccid to take off your cock ring.
G-SPOT AND P-SPOT
The G-spot, also known as the urethral sponge, is not as elusive as you may think. It is the area inside a woman’s vagina that fills with fluid when aroused. It’s located at the front wall of the vagina and can feel textured & bumpy. Pressure applied to the G-spot can feel very pleasurable and some women are even able to ejaculate liquid (which is not urine) from the urethra.
The Prostate, also known as the P-spot or male G-spot, is a gland located between the rectum and bladder. During arousal the prostate fills with fluid which helps semen travel through the urethra upon ejaculation. The spot can be felt through a man’s anus as an area similar in size and texture to a walnut. Stimulation of this area heightens pleasure for many men.
To locate the G-spot or P-spot, insert a finger or fingers 2-3 inches into the vagina or anus and press upward gently towards the belly button using a milking or come-hither motion. It helps to use lube and for the receiver to be very relaxed and comfortable.
- Toys with a gentle, upward curve aid in solo or partner G-spot or P-spot exploration. Be sure all anal toys have a base.
- Clit stimulation during G-spot play can enhance arousal and orgasm.
- Position is crucial for G- or P-spotting during partner penetration. Remember to angle upward, toward the belly button.
- If you’re trying to experience female ejaculation, a.k.a. squirting, bear down and pull the toy/penis/fingers out of the vaginal canal during orgasm as a full vagina can hinder ejaculation.
- Bodies will respond differently to different types of stimulation so experiment with pressure, rubbing, tapping and vibration of the G- or P-spot to find what feels best.
- Your goal should be pleasure, exploration and fun!
ENTERING THE BACK DOOR
When engaging in anal play, it is essential to relax and use plenty or lube. Unlike the vagina, the anus is not self-lubricating. One of the key things to remember about anal adventures with a partner is the incredible amount at trust Involved. Practice open communication with your partner and let the person being penetrated control the action, at least in the early stages.
- Use a lot or lube. Silicone lube is great for butt sex because it stays slick for a long time, but water-based lube can be thicker and more cushioning for delicate anal tissue. Experiment to find what’s right for you.
- Avoid numbing tubes or creams that are unsafe because they inhibit the body’s pain response and could cause you to overdo it.
- Only use toys with a handle or flared base, otherwise they can slip inside the rectum during use. Cover porous toys with condoms for safer sex and easy cleanup.
- Condoms, gloves and dams are not only great tor safer sex, but can reduce friction during anal play.
- Before entering, use a finger to stimulate the sensitive outer area of the anus to excite and relax it. When penetrating with a finger, enter pad-first to avoid scratching. Short fingernails and/or wearing gloves help.
- During butt play, don’t enter the vagina with the same toy/finger/penis without thoroughly washing it or changing condoms. This can lead to infection.
- Always pull out of the anus gently and carefully.
Source: “PLEASURE PRINCIPLES: Tips, Tricks & Toy Care” from Pleasure Chest