What’s the best way to store sex toys?
Even those of us with especially large collections of sex toys and fetish equipment know that it’s not always appropriate to have these items on full display in your home.
Also, even if you don’t mind having your unmentionables out on the dresser, you don’t want your toys collecting dust when they’re not being used. Otherwise, they’d need to be cleaned every single time you wanted to use them, and when it’s time to play, patience isn’t always a virtue.
Safely storing your sex toys makes sure that they all stay clean and completely private.
Below, we’ll go over some easy tips and methods for maintaining the quality of your toys and keep them far away from other family members and curious pets.
Set Your Budget
Before getting started on safely storing your sex toy collection, you should try to set a budget. This may seem a bit silly at first, but just remember that the number one priority here is to protect your toys and help them stay in great condition for years to come.
If you have lots of expensive toys in your possession, then it would be helpful to use higher-end materials and new purchases to store them, rather than repurposing items you already had around the house.
If your collection simply consists of a few basic dildos and vibrators that weren’t all that expensive to begin with, it’s still important to protect these toys, but you won’t need to use expensive or brand new materials to store them.
Clean Your Collection
If you clean your favorite sex toys on a weekly (or even daily) basis, then you’re already on the right path to carefully preserving your collection.
But if you’re the type who tends to forget about your toys altogether right after you’re finished playing, then now would be a great time to give all of your toys a good washing.
Thankfully, cleaning sex toys doesn’t require much effort, although it is necessary to keep your toys, and yourself, happy and healthy.
Wash each toy individually with a mild soap. Regular dishwashing soap tends to be rather mild and shouldn’t have a negative effect on your toys or the materials they’re made of.
If you have electronic toys that aren’t waterproof, never submerge these toys completely in water as this could permanently damage the device. Instead, wipe it down with a cloth soaked in soapy water, then rinse and dry quickly so that the water doesn’t find its way inside the toy.
If you have any leather toys or fetish gear, don’t keep them wet for very long. Once they’ve been scrubbed down and rinsed, dry them off as soon as you can, rather than letting them air dry.
Otherwise, the leather may become cracked or even start to shrink, making it harder to use these toys in the future.
Lastly, you may be tempted to use your dishwasher to clean your toys quickly and with minimal effort. This is generally a bad idea. Dishwashers tend to use harsher soaps and won’t treat your toys with the delicacy they deserve.
Making sure that your toys are clean after use ensures your own health as well as your future pleasure. So as much as you might want to, don’t skip this step.
Sort Toys By Type and Accessories
Bringing all your sex toys together is also a great opportunity to make sure that you also have all of the necessary accessories.
Electronic toys require batteries or chargers, and getting these confused could make for a big letdown in the heat of the action.
This can also be a chance to decide whether or not it’s time to retire certain toys that have seen better days.
If you do decide to dispose of a few toys, do some quick research to find which method will be most environmentally friendly based on the toy’s material. For example, dildo cemeteries were previously a popular ritual but have proven to be environmentally unsound.
Purchase Bags for Each Toy
When it comes to storing individual sex toys, your best option is to have a bag ready for each toy. Ideally, this will keep your toys safe from dust and other contaminants, as well as keeping them safe from each other, as silicone can sometimes make other plastics and materials feel sticky.
The types of bags you choose for each toy will depend on several different factors, which we’ll briefly discuss here.
First, you need to make sure that each toy has a bag with plenty of room for the toy. This is self-explanatory, sure, but it’s especially important when you have larger toys or toys that might seem to just barely fit the bag you chose.
Choosing a bag that’s a tight fit for a specific toy could lead to the bag tearing, and if the storage bag tears when you’re not paying attention, your toy is exposed to the open air once again, and you’re right back to square one. Ill-fitting toys can also ruin zipper bags at the drop of a hat.
Also consider that if specific toys have chargers or other accessory items, you’ll probably want to keep those right with the toy as well, so make sure the bag you choose has plenty of room for both.
Keep Tabs on Your Bags
As we mentioned above, you may choose to use Ziploc bags to store your sex toys, and there’s nothing wrong with these basic plastic bags. They’re a solid, inexpensive option that you can find in just about any grocery or drug store.
But plastic bags, even pricier ones, have a shelf life. If you put toys back in their bags without cleaning them first, then bodily fluids on various lubricants could eat through the bags completely.
This is just one of many reasons why you should keep a close eye on your storage bags. No, they probably won’t fall apart overnight, but neglecting their condition for too long could lead to your collection sitting in a dirty box with no real protection, just like they were before you started.
If you’re looking for a much more durable storage option, then you may consider purchasing small nylon or cotton bags for your entire collection.
This will definitely be a slightly more expensive option than standard plastic bags, but these varieties will last years longer and keep your toys in great shape.
Another great feature about bags intended for reuse is that many can be washed alongside your laundry to remove lint, dust, and other contaminants.
Find a Container for the Whole Collection
Exactly how much storage will you need for your toys? Take out all your freshly cleaned toys and their associated chargers and accessories. Impressive, isn’t it?
If you only have a few, then you might be able to get by with a few plastic bags and an old shoebox.
If you have a much larger collection, then you may want to consider a large under-bed organizer or Tupperware.
Generally speaking, there aren’t many sex toy-specific storage options on the market today. So for most of us, stores like Bed Bath & Beyond and Target or online marketplaces like Amazon will be incredibly helpful.
Visiting a brick-and-mortar store will make it easy to decide how big your storage container will need to be. We’ll just add a note here that if you’re planning to expand your collection at any point in the future, you’ll want to buy something bigger than you need right now.
Next up, you’ll want to figure out how private your collection container needs to be. For example, if there are children or other prying eyes in the house, then you should probably try to find a container that uses solid materials, rather than translucent plastic.
If you’re looking to be extra sneaky, you may even want to find a container that allows for a basic lock to be attached.
Decide on Placement: Easy to Access, Hard to Find
So you’ve cleaned all your toys, sorted out those pesky chargers and batteries, and found the perfect storage solution for the whole collection.
Last but not least, it’s time to decide where you’re going to put it all.
Since your toys are already in a container and individual bags, you won’t have to worry too much about environmental factors like direct sunlight, although temperature should always be a consideration.
But much more important is finding a location where your collection will be easy for you to access, but hard for others to find.
A classic choice is underneath the bed, where you’ll be able to reach under and take out your collection quickly and easily.
This spot has the added bonus of letting your collection blend in with other storage boxes you may already have there.
Closets and bathrooms can also be great choices, depending on your personal preferences.
Above all else, getting your sex toy collection in order is about making sure that you can have healthy fun with your toys whenever you want. If you follow these simple steps, you’ll always know exactly where to find that special something.