Toy Care

Here’s everything you’ll need to know about how to clean your toy, what lubricants to use and some basic how-to’s.

Toy Care 

Toy Materials


  • Silicone is a phthalate free material that is considered the most hygienic on the market. It is widely used due to its durability and ease in cleaning/ability to sterilize.
  • Silicone can be soft, firm, and/or flexible.
  • 100% non-porous, inert substance, so it cannot harbor bacteria
  • CAN be sterilized
  • Durable
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Will not change color, or develop a smell or taste
  • Conducts vibration and body heat
  • Easy to clean (dishwasher/boiling safe)!

Latex/Elastomer/Jelly/TPE (Thermo Plasticized Elastomer)/TPR (Thermo Plasticized Rubber)

  • These products are commonly used in adult toys due to cost effectiveness and ease of manufacturing. These materials can range from soft and flexible to firm and stiff. Elastomers and Latex do NOT require plasticizers to make them soft, therefore they do NOT have phthalates in them. Jelly rubber toys, more often than not, need plasticizers to make the rubber soft. This is why FORBIDDEN FRUIT promotes Elastomer toys over Jelly.
  • Rubbers have an excellent range of texture (from soft to firm, flexible to hard)
  • Durable
  • Porous, which means they CANNOT be 100% sterilized
  • Jelly is made with PVC with phthalates
  • Elastomer is a phthalate-free polymer and is safe for those with a latex allergy

What are Phthalates?
Phthalates are a family of compounds whose primary use is as a vinyl softener. They are colorless, oily liquids with some odor and low volatility. Phthalates are the primary plasticizer in use today because of performance, cost, durability, and overall product sustainability benefits. Primarily, phthalates are an important ingredient in making flexible vinyl products. No long term studies have been done in the US re: their effects as ingredients in adult toys, however, they have been banned in children’s toys and the EPA is currently investigating their potential volatility in other products.


  • This toy material is well known for its EXTREME soft realistic feel. Made out of PVC, TPE, and/or a Silicon/Latex blend. This material is NOT considered hypoallergenic, due to the mixes of different types of materials.
  • The feel is very soft and realistic
  • The material IS extremely porous, therefore it CANNOT be 100% sterilized
  • May contain a blend of silicone and latex, TPR, or PVC.
  • Best if allowed to completely air dry after cleaning and stored in an airflow friendly container (cotton/organza bag)


  • Glass is another hypoallergenic toy material, that is also 100% non-porous. Glass may seem a little intimidating or daunting at first glance, but these toys are superior due to their durable and sterile nature. Made like Pyrex cook wear, usually out of borosilcate glass (same as science beakers) glass toys go through an EXTREME heat process to ensure that they will NOT break, splinter or fracture during use. IF the toys breaks it will break in chunks, and should never shatter. The only way to break this toy is to throw it onto a concrete or tile floor with tremendous force!
  • Glass CAN be sterilized
  • Non-porous
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Will not change color, develop a smell or taste.
  • Great conductor of vibration
  • Durable
  • Can be warmed or cooled by placing in hot or cold water- this material can conduct body heat as well.
  • Do NOT heat in any type of oven or cool in a freezer.

ABS/Hard Plastic/Urethane

  • ABS is a common hard plastic with tough, impact resistant properties. Plastic is non-porous, easy to clean and safe for those with latex allergies. Can crack if dropped/mishandled.
  • Hard body
  • Durable
  • Phthalate free
  • Non-porous
  • Easy to clean
  • Excellent conductor of vibration

How to Clean Your Toy
Forbidden Fruit recommends using a dedicated toy cleaner whenever possible as these products are designed to thoroughly clean and then rinse film free from your toys, but there are methods and products that will work just as well. Read on and remember, take care of your toys and they will take care of you!!!


It’s always important to clean your sex toys, before and after each use. Cleaning not only ensures that you avoid infection and irritation but keeps your toy in better shape for longer. See the sections below to find out what type of cleaning agent will work best for the materials of your toy.


The general rule is: “One person, one hole, one toy.” However, you can boil metal, glass, silicone, or ceramic toys and reasonably sterilize them. Boiling a toy is not medical sterilization. Use this cleaning information in conjunction with information about the health status of yourself and your partner.

Medical Sterilization

This type of sterilization can only happen in an autoclave. This type of equipment combines heat, pressure, and steam to 100% sterilize a toy. Although unnecessary for personal use, sterilizing a toy ensures that you can share!



  • Silicone is one of the more easily cleaned materials due to its highly inert surface qualities.
  • Antibacterial dish or hand soap may be used to hand wash your silicone toy ( 4 to 1 ratio soap to water)
  • Rubbing alcohol may be used to sterilize
  • 10% bleach solution (soak for at least 3 min to ensure sterilization)
  • Top rack dishwasher safe (as long as the toy has NO electrical components)
  • Submerge in boiling water (boil for 3 min to ensure sterilization, and ONLY is toy has no electrical components)


  • Commercial toy cleaner is recommended for best results
  • Mild antibacterial hand soap may be used, BUT dilute 1 part soap to 4 parts water
  • DO NOT use any abrasive cleaning agents such as dish soap or alcohol
  • DO NOT boil


  • Dedicated toy cleaner is highly recommended for best results
  • Mild antibacterial hand soap can be used but must be diluted 1 part soap to 4 parts water
  • After washing you MUST pat dry with a lint-free cloth, then allow to completely air dry
  • Once dry, dust lightly with toy care powder (cornstarch may be used for this, but NEVER a talc powder)
  • Store in a light air circulating friendly bag/container (such as cotton).


  • Glass is another material that is very easy to keep clean!
  • Antibacterial or dish soap may be used to hand wash
  • Rubbing alcohol may be used to sterilize
  • 10% bleach solution (soak for at least 3 min to ensure sterilization)
  • Top rack dishwasher safe (as long as the toy has NO electrical components)
  • If you detect a crack or chip in the glass, discarding is recommended

ABS/Hard Plastic/Urethane

  • Commercial toy cleaning is recommended for best results
  • Mild antibacterial hand soap can be used but diluted 1 part soap to 4 parts water
  • DO NOT use abrasive cleaners such as dish soap or rubbing alcohol as these will damage the item over time. Some sources may recommend using alcohol, but FORBIDDEN FRUIT advises against this, as it can deteriorate the surface quality of the item, making it more prone to cracking or discoloring.
  • DO NOT boil the item! This will damage the toy material, even if it is waterproof

Anal Play
More and more people are exploring the pleasures of anal play. Some women enjoy anal penetration with a toy during intercourse as it increases their sense of vaginal fullness, as these 2 canals mirror each other for several inches in most people. Men enjoy the added bonus of prostate gland stimulation which can help in achieving erection for some men or result in a more intense orgasm for others. At Forbidden Fruit, we encourage you to always remember these safe and sane rules of anal play:

  1. Never share anal toys or use on other areas- anal toys are for anuses- no ifs and or BUTTS about it!
  2. Only use toys designed for anal play as they have safety features (like flanged bases) non-anal toys do not!
  3. You can always cover your toys with a condom for even safer play and easier clean-up!
  4. Be mindful of using desensitizing agents! It is better to stay aware of what is happening to avoid overly rough play that could cause tears, lesions and future hemorrhoids!

Cock Rings aka Erection Rings or C-rings
What are they? How do they work? How long can you wear one?

Cock rings apply pressure to either the penis or the genitals, partially restricting blood-low in the process. They can help achieve an erection or maintain one even after ejaculation by not allowing a backflow of blood from the penis. There are two main types of cock ring:

  • Type 1 – sits at base of penile shaft. This can be a stretchy, flexible ring that you slip down to the base of the penis, usually after you achieve an erection. It will help maintain the erection, but it will not keep you rock hard, so do not count on that. At best the ring will keep you semi-erect, and in some cases, this can be rigid enough for intercourse. Type 1 rings are usually made of a rubber or silicone compound. They are inexpensive, and well worth a try if you are having early erectile difficulties.
  • Type 2 – Encircles entire genital area, going around scrotum. This type of cock ring is more like a “genital” ring. It encircles the base of the penis and top of the scrotum, providing a gentle squeeze to the entire area. Many men find this pressure pleasurable and it is the more popular of the two types. It also restricts blood-flow to the entire area vs. just the penile shaft, like the type 1 ring. This version can be made of a stretchy material, such as silicone, but can be often found in leather with snaps for adjusting the size. Leather with a Velcro fastener can be the easiest to apply and quickly removed if the area becomes irritated.

IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER- Leaving a cock ring on longer than 20-30 minutes is NOT recommended as they can/do restrict blood-flow, and leaving them on too long can possible do damage. If they are too tight or if there is ANY discomfort remove immediately!
Here at Forbidden Fruit, we believe using lubricant is essential to sexual pleasure and toy use! Oils found in the house, even if edible/body safe, should never be used in place of lubricant!

Why We Love Lube:

  • Diminishes bad or negative friction.
  • Increases positive friction!
  • Extends the period of intimacy
  • Allows some women to produce more of their own natural lubricating agents.

There are four basic types of lubricant: Water based, silicone based, oil based and hybrids. Try all types of lubes and listen to your body! It will let you know which is best for you!

Silicone lubricants are extremely slick and silky and therefore a little dab will go a long way! Silicone is thicker than water and thus tends to last longer topically as the body does not absorb it as easily, but tends to clough it off over time. Because silicone does NOT contain any water,and in fact can repel it, it basically never dries out, making it excellent for anal play and shower fun! But, we recommend only using the highest quality silicone lubricants with equally high quality silicone toys. Silicone is attracted to itself on a molecular level, so if you put silicone lube on a silicone toy, the lube could begin to break down the solidity of the toy. The lube and toy will fuse together altering the topical texture and appearance of the toy over time! And no one wants that! The only time you can put a silicone lubricant onto a silicone toy is if both the toy and the lube are 100% medical grade silicone. If you are unsure try a spot test! FORBIDDEN FRUIT loves silicone lube for many reasons including:

  • It will NEVER be sticky or tacky
  • Never has a smell or taste
  • Excellent as a skin/tattoo conditioner
  • Excellent to use in place of a shaving cream or gel (silicone conditions the skin as well as keeps the blade to a razor sharper for a longer amount of time)
  • Picks up body heat
  • Condom and toy safe and compatible
  • Hypoallergenic

Water based lubricant is the GO TO lubricant for everything! The majority of lubricants out on the market are water based, which generally contain purified water, glycerin, preservatives and sometimes artificial flavoring. A glycerin and paraben free water based lube is generally preferred amongst our customers. Glycerin contains some low level natural sugars and may feed yeast causing irritation in SOME. Parabens are a wax-like preservative that may also cause irritation, but not for everyone. The selection of water based lubricants found at FORBIDDEN FRUIT will never be sticky, gummy, tacky or stringy. Water based lubricant is easily absorbed into the skin therefore you may have to re-apply. Properties include:

  • Slick
  • Condom safe
  • Safe for use with ALL toy materials and
  • Will NEVER stain sheets
  • Can be flavored for oral play
  • Can have additional sensitizing agents added such as heat/cool etc…

Hybrid lubricants are the best of both worlds, they are a mix of silicone and water based ingredients. This makes for the perfect lubricant,as you get the long lasting slickness of silicone and you can use it on a silicone toy! There is not enough silicone in a hybrid to damage a silicone toy. Properties include:

  • Silky and slick
  • Long lasting
  • Non-staining
  • Condom safe
  • Safe for use with ALL toy materials and types
  • Great for anal play
  • Never sticky or tacky

Oil based lubricants will not be found at FORBIDDEN FRUIT. Oil based lubricants weaken latex and may cause condom breakage. Oil can change the pH balance of the vagina causing irritation and possibly create a climate for bacteria growth, which in turn may cause infection. Oil based lubes can be used for male masturbation and anal play but that is all! Massage oil is completely different and can be found in our store, but it is highly recommended to be used TOPICALLY only for massage!