DOs and DON’Ts of Sex Toys

DOs and DON’Ts of Sex Toys

Being one of the original Sex Toy Communities, we’ve seen and heard our share of wacky things people do with their toys. So, while we encourage ‘outside of the box’ thinking and we’re definitely pro-experimentation, there are some general guidelines that every toy owner should follow. Take a look at some of our Do’s and Don’ts of owning toys.


  • DON'T share toys

    If you must, make sure to clean them thoroughly and use condoms.

  • DON’T go from back to front with the same toy

    Playing this way is like giving bacteria a first class flight into the vagina. Save yourself a trip to the hospital and never share between orifices.

  • DON’T put it up your bum unless it has a flared base

    Another good way to end up at the doctor’s. Toys without a flared base might get sucked in, travel up the cavity and get stuck there. You will need a doctor to fish them out.

  • DON’T use torn or broken toys

    For obvious reasons. You might hurt or cut yourself down there. Also, tears in the material are spa resorts for bacteria.

  • DON’T brag about toys

    We share your enthusiasm when it comes to toys, but your neighbour down the street might not. We come to brag about our toys to the forum; you’re invited as well.

    DON’T brag about toys
  • DON’T boil toys with motor

    Vibrators need to be cleaned with special toy cleaner, water and soap, or 10% bleach solution, if materials permit. Check with us if you’re not sure which cleaning method is best for your toy.

  • DON’T throw toys in the trash

    There could be electrical components and plastics that are not good for the environment, and some (especially really old toys) could even leach harmful chemicals. Eden has a wonderful recycling program that will help you get rid of your unwanted toys properly.

  • DON’T be scared to try new things

    If one type of stimulation doesn’t work for you, switch positions and try again. Or another toy — there are always new options on the market.

    DON’T be scared to try new things


  • DO read reviews

    We have over 71,775 independent, unbiased, well-written reviews. Researching will give you a good idea of whether this product is going to be for you.

  • DO check what the product is made of

    You know what materials your body likes and what you’re allergic to better than anyone. Purchase toys only from a reputable seller and pay attention to the materials.

    DO check what the product is made of
  • DO check the specs of the toy before you buy

    Know the size, weight and the circumference as well as the functions and special features of the toy before you purchase.

  • DO clean before and after each use

    Take care of your toys and they’ll take care of you. Invest in quality cleaning products and take time to learn proper care for each toy you own.

  • DO sterilize

    Once in a while, perform a "spring cleaning" in your toy box and sterilize. If the toy permits, a quick run through the dishwasher or a dip in boiling water will take care of the germs.

    DO sterialize
  • DO store in a clean, dust-free, locked case

    Invest in a good storage case. Keeping your toys there will keep them out of the way and away from prying eyes; plus, they will last longer.

  • DO pick proper lube

    This is an important step, as some lubes can react with the toy’s material. For example, use only water-based lubes with silicone toys. For guides and information, visit our lubricants page.

  • DO talk about them with your partner

    Let go of your inhibitions. Toys can open up a whole new wonderful world of "spicing up".

Do enjoy!