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How do I protect my new leather harness for a lifetime of tough love? Which lubes can I use with my dildo collection? Is neoprene safe for people with latex allergies? Read about keeping your toybox healthy – love your toys, and they’ll love you back.

Leather Care
Cleaning
Blot spills then wipe with a slightly damp cloth – avoid a lot of rubbing. Avoid saturating with water. Don’t clean with household products or solutions containing alcohol or ammonia. Clean with a product designed specifically for leather. Suede can be lightly brushed afterwards to restore its texture. If your toy has faux-fur lining and the fur gets wet, blot it first then dry with a hair dryer set to the lowest temperature.

Storage
Store out of direct sunlight and away from humidity or excessive heat. Avoid folding and storing in plastic or coverings that prevent the leather from “breathing”. Most viruses and bacteria cannot live long on a dry surface – hang your leather toys in a well-ventilated, cool, dry area for a few days after use.

Conditioning
Avoid waxes and aerosols, and products containing mineral oil, petroleum or silicone. Cleansing agents can remove leather’s natural oils, so after cleaning, restore suppleness by applying a conditioner to dry leather. We recommend Dr. Tanner’s Leather Wipes for garments and floggers, and Lexol products for heavier weight leathers like restraints.


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Silicone Care
Cleaning
Clean silicone with non-abrasive antibacterial soap and water or a 10% bleach solution before and after use. Silicone toys that are not battery-operated can also be washed in the top rack of a dishwasher or sterilized by boiling. Remember to remove any vibrating units before cleaning.

Storage
Remove batteries (if any) and store out of direct sunlight. Be sure your toy is rinsed well and is thoroughly dry before putting it away, since most viruses and bacteria cannot live long on a dry surface.

Compatible Lubricants
Don’t use silicone based lubes with silicone toys! Use water- or oil-based products. We recommend Eros Liquid. Avoid breaking the surface of your silicone toy. Surface damage can compromise the toy’s cleanliness, and while silicone is a resilient material, it can tear easily once a crack has formed. So take care with teeth and fingernails, and use a bit of lube when fitting your toy into a harness or replacing its vibrator in models that have one.


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Neoprene (Synthetic Rubber) and Nitrile Care
Cleaning
Neoprene and nitrile can be cleaned with non-abrasive antibacterial soap and water.

Storage
Be sure your toy is rinsed well and is thoroughly dry before putting it away – most viruses and bacteria cannot live long on a dry surface.

Compatible Lubricants
Silicone, oil-and water-based lubes are compatible with neoprene and nitrile toys.

Latex Sensitivity
Because neoprene and nitrile are synthetics, these are generally safe materials for individuals with latex allergies. Always do a “skin patch” test to determine sensitivity if you are uncertain about a material.


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Latex, Cyberskin, and Jelly Care
Cleaning
Clean latex and jelly toys with non-abrasive antibacterial soap and water before and after use. Avoid getting moisture on any electronic components. Never use rubbing alcohol on jelly products. Latex and jelly are porous and cannot be sterilized, so we recommend using condoms on these toys. Romantex brand condoms are high-quality latex condoms at an affordable price – perfect for toy use.

Storage
Remove batteries (if any) and store out of direct sunlight. Be sure your toy is rinsed well and is thoroughly dry before putting it away, since most viruses and bacteria cannot live long on a dry surface.

Compatible Lubricants
Don’t use oil-based lubes with latex or jelly toys! Use a water—based product such as Eros Liquid.

Latex Sensitivity
If you or your partner is allergic to latex, try a silicone toy or one made from hard plastic, acrylic, glass or metal, and use non-latex condoms, such as Avanti.


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Hard Plastic, Acrylic, Pyrex (Glass) and Metal Care
Cleaning
Clean with non-abrasive antibacterial soap and water before and after use. You can also use isopropyl alcohol on plastic, acrylic, glass and metal. Acrylic and Pyrex toys can be boiled if they’re not battery-operated. Avoid getting moisture on any electronic components. Avoid very sudden changes in temperature with glass toys.

Storage
Remove batteries (if any) and store plastic and acrylic out of direct sunlight. Be sure your toy is rinsed well and is thoroughly dry before putting it away – most viruses and bacteria cannot live long on a dry surface.

Compatible Lubricants
Silicone, oil-and water-based lubes are compatible with hard plastic, acrylic, glass and metal toys.

About Hard Surface Toys
For your safety be sure to inspect your toys carefully for any scratches, chips or breaks before use – never insert a hard plastic, acrylic, glass or metal product with any visible surface flaws.


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