How to tell you need a new vibrator (check out the pic!)

Blinker Blinker
While reading one of my favorite blog-sites, I noticed this nifty little article about a woman's old Hitachi Magic Wand. She references a different online sex shop, so I've taken that out, but take a look at the picture of the old Magic Wand (stained after she used it on her period) and the new one:



The article also lists great tips for cleaning and keeping your sex toys looking their best. Some of this information I had never heard before and was glad to find out! So, here's what I learned:

1.) Mild soap and water is best.
2.) Stay away from anti-bacterial soap. Studies indicate that prolonged exposure to the chemicals in triclosan or triclocarban can have harmful side effects.
3.) For bad stains, try a toy cleaner specially formulated to be safe on your girly parts.

You should throw out your toy if:
1.) The toy gets badly discolored, because it can be a sign that the material is breaking down.
2.) The material is torn or ripped, because bacteria can live in the torn section and won't get clean.
3.) The motor gets louder, because it's a sign that it's wearing out, which isn't harmful, but "could lead to disappointment at a crucial moment."

Materials - Jelly and rubber toys should be thrown away after a year. Bacteria can grow in such materials. Silicone and elastomer, however, are nonporous and don't break down, so they can last much longer, and it's likely that the motor will wear out before the material does.

Storage - The batteries should be removed from battery-operated vibes in order to lengthen its lifespan. Also, prolonged exposure to the sun could be damaging, so shut your shades, put it in a drawer, or stop playing with yourself outside all the time.

You get what you pay for - A $25 vibe will probably last about a year when using it a few times a month. If you spend $100 or more on a vibe, you should be able to use it more frequently and for a longer time. Also, more expensive vibes typically come with a one-year warranty, while the company Jimmyjane offers a three-year warranty for one of its vibes.

If it ain't broke, don't replace it - If your vibe merely looks gross, but is properly cleaned and cared for, you can have it for up to 20 years, so long as the motor doesn't wear out. The most important aspect is whether or not the toy is working for you. If it gets you off, then it's serving its purpose.


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08/06/2010
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NuMe NuMe
That's a great article!
08/06/2010
Envy Envy
Ewww to that hitachi, who would want to use it when bleeding and not have some sort of cover on it? o_O;
08/06/2010
Blinker Blinker
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Originally posted by Envy
Ewww to that hitachi, who would want to use it when bleeding and not have some sort of cover on it? o_O;
Well it was hers and only hers, so she could do what she wanted. I do get what you mean, though. It is a little ooky.
08/06/2010
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
See? This is why Vixen needs to make a soft, squishy, round head for the Hitachi, from Vixskin!
08/06/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
wow...battle damage!
08/06/2010
kck kck
Quote:
Originally posted by Carrie Ann
See? This is why Vixen needs to make a soft, squishy, round head for the Hitachi, from Vixskin!
That would be... amazing.
08/06/2010
TitsMcScandal TitsMcScandal
Yeah, that's gross and grody. I mean, yeah she's only using it, but still, I like to keep my toys clean.....
08/06/2010
Annemarie Annemarie
Quote:
Originally posted by Blinker
While reading one of my favorite blog-sites, I noticed this nifty little article about a woman's old Hitachi Magic Wand. She references a different online sex shop, so I've taken that out, but take a look at the picture of the old Magic Wand ... More
That's gross. But totally interesting.

Thanks, Blinkahhh!
08/06/2010
Blinker Blinker
Quote:
Originally posted by Annemarie
That's gross. But totally interesting.

Thanks, Blinkahhh!
Hehe, no prob, chica! Gross and interesting is my forte (insert French accent mark thingy).
08/06/2010
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
wow...battle damage!
It does look like it went through a battle! The yellowing is what happened to one of my "massagers" that I've had for donkey's years but I always put a cloth over it during my monthly to protect the toy. Still it was hers alone and she has some major guts to publish this photo LOL
08/06/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
it almost looks like an antique...
08/06/2010
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
Wow gross lol. Sounds like a great buy though lol.
08/06/2010
MuffysPinguLove MuffysPinguLove
I was looking at the picture and my boyfriend said: "Ew what's that thing on the right?"
08/06/2010
Miss Naughty Kitty Miss Naughty Kitty
this totally cracked me up "Also, prolonged exposure to the sun could be damaging, so shut your shades, put it in a drawer, or stop playing with yourself outside all the time. "

how did she know ? LOl actually i never have


yea that hitachi is discusting
08/06/2010
littlelady13 littlelady13
Quote:
Originally posted by Blinker
While reading one of my favorite blog-sites, I noticed this nifty little article about a woman's old Hitachi Magic Wand. She references a different online sex shop, so I've taken that out, but take a look at the picture of the old Magic Wand ... More
wowwwwww that's some hard usage. Glad she got her money's worth!
08/06/2010
Waterfall Waterfall
Kind of gross lol, but the information was very helpful
08/06/2010
Kitty Vixen Kitty Vixen
She needs an Off With Your Head!
10/19/2010
Darling Jen Darling Jen
Woooow. It's more than stained! Does anyone else see the very obvious lean to the head of that old Hitachi??? I mean, it's a powerful beast and I couldn't imagine holding it so tight to my sensitive parts that the head bends permanently over time! And perhaps that also explains the explosion fluids that stained it as well. Goodness gracious!

Other than that, a good reminder to those out there to clean your toys!!!

"This is your Hitachi. This is your Hitachi on drugs... er... on your period without cleaning."
10/19/2010
SexyTabby SexyTabby
eww gotta be clean and pristine or it'd be a serious turn off for me. Poor hitachi but I guess it won the battle if it was still going lol
10/19/2010
Illusional Illusional
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Originally posted by ~LaUr3n~
Wow gross lol. Sounds like a great buy though lol.
Yeah, I'm just a little grossed out... but.. good deal.
10/19/2010
dv8 dv8
The overall discoloration, including on the cord, makes me wonder if magic wand had been in an environment with plenty of cigarette smoke.
12/06/2010
Hot'n'Bothered Hot'n'Bothered
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Originally posted by dv8
The overall discoloration, including on the cord, makes me wonder if magic wand had been in an environment with plenty of cigarette smoke.
Yeah, or something like that. Surely she wasn't bleeding over the entire thing..
12/06/2010
Redboxbaby Redboxbaby
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Originally posted by dv8
The overall discoloration, including on the cord, makes me wonder if magic wand had been in an environment with plenty of cigarette smoke.
My thoughts exactly! I wonder how many years that old one was running. Still, yuck!
12/06/2010
leatherlover leatherlover
Ok, so she got a "little" bit of blood on its head. But how in the world did it work all the way down the handle of the toy and onto the cord.
12/06/2010
LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
Ew. Just ew. I would never use a white toy during my period.
12/06/2010
Harlequin Harlequin
gross!
12/09/2010
Shellz31 Shellz31
Nasty.....lol.
12/10/2010
tiname25 tiname25
really good article
05/10/2011
indiglo indiglo
I think a bit of that was just discoloration from age. Sure says a lot about a Hitachi though - that it lasted so long! I hope some of my favorites last that long. Good reminders!
05/10/2011
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