If you’re like most people, your collection of sex toys probably lives in one of a few places—your nightstand drawer, the back of your closet, or maybe even under your mattress for easy access. While it may not seem like a big deal just chucking your vibrator in your underwear or lingerie drawer, it turns out that this habit of convenience can actually be detrimental to you and your toys.
Improper sex toy storage can cause sex toys to degrade more quickly and require you to clean them much more often. We don’t know about you, but having to stop in the middle of sexy time to clean the dust bunnies off your butt plug kinda dampens the mood. That’s why we’ve created this FunLove.com guide to the best sex toy storage for every type of adult toy, from silicone to glass and everything in between.
Silicone Sex Toy Storage
These days, sex toys made from silicone are some of the most popular sex toys on the market. Silicone is silky smooth, non-porous, and generally free of phthalate and latex. Toys made of silicone are usually waterproof, and are easy to clean, with no weird smells or tastes. Silicone also just makes for an aesthetically pleasing design. That being said, silicone toys do require some upkeep and safe storage to keep them looking and performing their best.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that many silicone sex toys should not be stored in close proximity to other toys made of silicone or rubber*. Why, you ask? It’s for the same reason that you should never use silicone-based lubricant with silicone sex toys—silicone on silicone can lead to texture changes, increased porosity, and increased fragility. The same is true for rubber or jelly toys, which are more porous.
*There are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if you know a company produces sex toys made with premium silicone, the risk of degradation is much less of a concern. LoveHoney, for example, carries two adorable silicone storage cases that are perfect for storing their Happy Rabbit line of premium rabbit vibrators. They also have extra room to store your charger and a bottle of lube.
In general, it’s best to store silicone or rubber sex toys in individual cloth bags in a cool, dry place. Make sure to clean your sex toys regularly, and thoroughly dry them before putting them in storage. The Sugar Sak is perfect for storing silicone, rubber, or plastic sex toys, thanks to its patented Bioshield 75 seal that keeps away bacteria, fungi, yeast, mold, mildew and viruses. The Sugar Sak is machine-washable, lint free, and comes in two different sizes: the large is 7″ x 12″ and the extra large is 9.5” x 13.5”.
Many sex toys come with a cloth pouch that you can use for storage or travel. In a pinch, you can use a clean, low-lint towel or dishcloth to wrap and store most sex toys. Fabric bags are also generally a safe bet, but avoid plastic bags to prevent any unwanted chemicals leaching into your sex toys.
Glass & Metal Sex Toy Storage
Glass sex toys are awesome for many reasons; they are incredibly smooth, don’t require as much lube, and can be great for temperature play. They are also easy to clean, eco-friendly, and long-lasting. When it comes to storing glass sex toys, the biggest concern is breakage. Although the borosilicate glass used in many glass toys is very strong, chipping and breakage can occur if you’re not careful. One easy way to keep your glass sex toys safe is by storing it in its original packaging. You can also wrap it in a bit of clean bubble wrap if you’re on the go or want to stop it from rolling around your nightstand.
For sex toys made of metal, storage is similarly easy. After cleaning and drying thoroughly, you can place it back in its original packaging, in a clean cloth bag, or even a cardboard or plastic box. Like glass, metal is non-porous and sturdy, making it easy to store without too much fuss. For hygiene reasons, we still recommend storing glass and metal sex toys in their own separate bags or containers to prevent cross-contamination (especially if you share your toys with more than one partner).
Discreet Sex Toy Storage
For those who live in shared spaces with kids or nosy roommates, you may be looking for something a little more discreet in order to store your sex toys. If this is the case, look no further than the Love to Love Secret Box. This inconspicuous box is lined on the outside with elegant black velvet and on the inside with soft satin. Best of all, the Secret Box comes with a coded padlock which means even if someone does stumble across your sex toy stash, your secrets stay safe. Product dimensions are 11.8” x 5.12” x 2.76”, with plenty of space for a few toys, your favorite lube, some toy cleaner, and condoms.
UV Sterilized Sex Toy Storage
For the man or woman on the go, the Giddi UV Sterilizer Bag is a must-have. This bag is a sanitizing device, travel bag, an sex toy storage bag all in one. Sleek and unassuming, the Giddi is easy to slip into your luggage and TSA approved. UV light technology can kill up to 99.9% of all germs in just three minutes, which means you can get down and dirty without sacrificing cleanliness where it matters the most.
Giddi is the perfect size for most sex toys, clocking in at 10” long with a built-in power system. You’ll also love the look of this double-zippered, high-quality vegan leather bag with a convenient carrying handle. It even comes with a 1-year warranty.
Article courtesy of Funlove.com