Fleshlights, sleeves, pocket pussies ... there are so many varieties of masturbators to choose from. It can be hard to narrow it down!
Ever since Fleshlight initially hit the market back in the late '90s, penis-owners everywhere have been clambering to get themselves one.
You may think that they are only designed for masturbation or solo-sex. However, they are also great for couples who possess an inner-voyeuristic desire.
With so many brands and varieties out there, it isn't always easy to choose just one. What is even worse is the question of how the h*** do I clean out my masturbator?
Don't worry; we're here to help.
We'll get into the different types of masturbators in a minute, but there are a few things you need to know about before you choose the right style for you.
We know it can be a bit daunting when it comes to the different varieties available. Here is a straightforward guide to the different styles you have to choose from:
Each make and model can vary, so always carefully read the manufacturer's instructions that come with your toy, or check on their specific website. In general, there are a few steps you should follow every time you want to clean your masturbator.
Using warm, not hot, water with a significant amount of water pressure, rinse and clean out every single area of your masturbator as thoroughly as you can. The increased water pressure can help knock out the dried "gunk" hidden in the dark corners. If your model allows you to turn the flesh-like tube inside out, then do that as well. You'll want to make sure you're getting every spot possible.
We always suggest airing on the side of caution when it comes to cleaning. Use a generous amount of toy cleaner on every inch of the surface inside and out. Allow it to sink in for a moment or two afterwards. Please, do not use soap unless the manufacturer's directions specifically say so. Often soap can damage the materials.
After allowing the toy cleaner a moment or two to work its magic, rinse your toy as thoroughly as possible. Again, inside and out, to make sure that every part of it is sparkling clean.
Allow your toy to AIR DRY. Please do not use a blow dryer. Please do not use hand towels. You can use the toy again while it is still wet if you're in a pinch. If you can turn the toy inside out, make sure both sides are entirely and 100% dry. You can lay the toy on its side on a bench surface. You can try and stand it up straight to allow the water to drain out. Many models even come with a hook or hanging mechanism to let you hang it up.
It is expected that your toy will become sticky over time. This is due to the combinations of materials that make up the flesh-like substance inside.
Please don't panic, and don't throw it away!
Many companies make Renewal powder like this one from Satisfyer. The majority of these powders are just 100% organic cornstarch. So if you happen to have an organic market nearby, stop in and pick some up!
Once you have it, rub the inside and outside of your masturbator thoroughly with the cornstarch or renewal powder, allowing it to be absorbed. You won't need to rinse it afterwards, so leave it on! Your toy should be just like new the next time you want to use it.
We hope this helps you choose your perfect masturbator and that you've learned a thing or two as well!
Get out there, Get in there, and Get off there!
Elaine S. Turner
Sex Coach, Sexual Wellness Brand Consultant, & Sexuality Educator
6 min read
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