While the last thing you want to do post-orgasm is clean your toys, it really is very important if you want to avoid bacteria building up on the product—and, consequently, getting potential infections from them.
Your cleaning routine will look a little different depending on what your toy is made of. For example, toys made only of silicone can be boiled to sterilize them (after a quick wash in soapy, warm water). The same goes for toys made of glass or stainless steel. Toys that have motors and/or batteries must never be boiled; instead, you can clean them with a warm water and soap combination.
Also remember that if you’re going to share anal sex toys with a partner or partners, they should be washed in between their journey from body to body, or a new condom should be placed on them. Sex toys have the ability to transfer STIs in the same way that body parts can. (For a deeper-dive, read our full guide on how to clean your sex toys!)
When you’re not using your toys, they should be stored somewhere where they won’t gather dust—a plastic box with a lid under the bed works just fine. (Also: If your toy has a motor, make sure you always recharge it after use. No one wants to be caught mid solo or partnered session with a dying vibe!)