Parting is such sweet sorrow, especially when it comes to your sex toys. You’ve come to rely on them – even treat them like trusted friends – but all good things must come to an end, and that includes your relationship with your favorite sex toys.
High-quality sex toys pretty much last forever if you take good care of them. But accidents happen and unfortunately machinery wears out. But unlike your toaster, when sex toys begin to show signs of wear and tear, continuing to use them could actually put you at risk for infections or injuries.
So how do you know when it’s time to invest in new sex toys?
- You notice openings. When it comes to using sex toys safely, cleanliness is key. That’s why, in addition to cleaning them off after every use, you should also toss any toys that have holes, cuts, nicks, or deteriorating seams ASAP. Bacteria might stick around in any cuts on the toy, giving it a fast track into your body too. (For more information about cleaning and maintaining your sex toys, click here.)
- Your toy starts to shape-shift. If you see a toy literally changing shape, chances are it’s fallen victim to heat and should no longer be welcome in your bed. Sometimes jelly toys can look as though they’re melting; if this is the case, you definitely don’t want to insert them into your body or use them around your more sensitive spots.
- The motor suddenly has a mind of its own. If your vibrator‘s lively buzz has become a quiet purr (or vice versa), that’s a good sign that it’s on the way out. While this doesn’t pose any danger, it’s probably not too effective. Take this as a sign to purchase something with a little more rumble. (Need tips for choosing a vibrator? Click here.)
- Its color is dulling. When a toy’s color starts to fade, it usually means the material is fading too, and the consequences are worse than just looking less pretty in your drawer. Eroding material can accumulate cracks, even if you can’t see them, which provide yet another entry point for bacteria.
To save your sex toys from any of these fates, make sure to store them in a cool place where they’re not touching each other.
And remember, sex toys aren’t something you should skimp on. Consider investing in a premium toy, and if you take care of it, you may never need to buy a new one.