Cleaning your Gear

Some gear is super easy to clean, such as anything made of 100% silicone. Tantus Paddles, Ruby Cups, and New York Toy Collective packers, for example, can all be cleaned with soap and water or even boiled. Meanwhile, things like rope, soft skin packers, and canes sometimes require a little special care.

Here are some cleaning tips to help you keep your gear in top shape:

100% Silicone Menstrual Cups

Clean regularly with water and a pH-neutral soap or brand-specific cleanser. Boiling your cup at least once a month is highly recommended. Fill a small pot with water and bring to a boil. Boil your cup for approximately 3-10 minutes.

Useful tips:

  • If you use an anti-bacterial soap to clean your cup, make sure to rinse it off thoroughly. Remaining soap residue can disrupt the pH balance of vaginas.

  • Try adding 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda to the water when boiling your cup. This can help prevent discoloration.  

  • If your cup starts to discolor, try scrubbing it with baking soda and water (use a toothbrush.)  

  • If you use lubricant to help insert or remove your cup, choose a water-based lube, as silicone-based lubes are not always compatible with menstrual cups.

100% Silicone Packers

Clean with warm water and soap or boil 3-5 minutes to sterilize. If your packer feels a bit sticky after washing, dust it with a body-safe cornstarch. This will absorb excess moisture.  

Soft-Skin/Cyberskin Packers

“Softskin” or “Cyberskin” is the most realistic-feeling material out there. It warms well to body temperature and is very resilient.Clean with water and mild soap and let dry completely away from direct heat. Dust with body-safe cornstarch to take away any residual stickiness. Store in a cool, dry, dark place when not wearing. Keep in mind, this material is porous and impossible to get completely clean. It can absorb bacteria and might also absorb the colour from your pants/underwear. Don't store your Softskin/Cyberskin packer next to other soft materials, as they might stick together.    

Binders

Wash in cold water. Most binders are machine washable, but will fare better in the longterm if washed by hand. Lay flat or hang to dry. Do not put binders in the dryer.   

Vegan Leather

Wipe clean with a damp, soapy cloth. Don’t dry your faux leather in direct heat. Unlike other imitation leather brands, Lorica (used by Dresden manufacturer Kinky Vegan) is water-resistant and can also be submerged under water for easier cleaning.  

Rubber

Clean with warm water and a gentle soap. You can use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe your rubber gear clean. Dry thoroughly before storing. Don't store in strong heat or light as this can damage or discolor some types of rubber. Our rubber is bpa- and phthalate-free, but does contain latex.    

Latex-Rubber (bicycle tubes)

Scrub clean with warm water and soap. Latex tubes are made of natural rubber and are porous, so they cannot be fully sanitized. Keep this in mind if sharing your toys with others.  

Nylon-Spandex

Hand or machine wash in cold water. Lay flat or hang to dry. Do not put in dryer.

Metal

Clean with soapy water and dry completely with a paper towel. Our metal parts are normally either chrome- or nickel-plated. Polishing these metals with a soft cotton cloth is usually enough to keep them nice and shiny.  To remove harder stains, soak a clean cloth in white vinegar and use it to scrub the dirtied area of the metal plating. When finished, wipe excess vinegar off with a water-soaked cloth. 

Note: Some people have metal/nickel allergies. If contact with metal results in skin irritation, avoid these metal parts.

Rotan and Manilla Canes

Our canes come in different varieties: pure unskinned Rotan or Brazilian Manilla; and skinned Rotan or Brazilian Manila (peeled from their skins and sanded afterwards). For best results, soak canes in water for about an hour before using. This increases the stinging sensation and prevents the filaments from going loose at the tip of the cane.  

Hemp Rope

Our hemp rope is made in Germany, from a blend of natural hemp plants sourced from Egypt and Bulgaria. It is not bleached or treated with herbicides and is pre-washed. The rope will soften with repeated use.

Putting dry rope in a plastic bag in the freezer for 2-3 days should kill most bacteria. Washing hemp rope is generally not recommended as it is a long and laborious process that can harm the integrity of the hemp.

If, however, you do choose to deep-clean your hemp rope, hand wash it in a bowl of clean water (under 40 degrees) mixed with gentle detergent. Transfer the rope to a bowl (or bathtub) of fresh warm water to rinse.  Throw the wet rope over a chair or beam to dry. Enjoy the smell of wet rope for 2-3 days!

Jute Rope

Clean with a damp cloth. Jute is not water-resistant, so don't get your rope too wet. Made from natural jute plant, this rope consists of strong fibers that may release some short, loose hairs when used. Jute rope doesn't change length or shape under pressure/tension. The rope will soften with repeated use. When your rope starts to feel dry, treat it with oil. Jojoba oil is recommended as it doesn't go rancid like other oils. Put a small amount of oil onto a clean cloth and run the oiled cloth along the rope.  

Karma Ropes: Natural jute ropes, pre-treated (singed, oiled with Jojoba oil, and baked). Made in Germany. 

Nylon Rope

Nylon is a popular general-purpose bondage rope. Its silky texture feels soft and comfortable on the skin (just be careful of rope burn!) and its knots are easy to untie. Nylon rope is strong, durable, low-maintenance, and waterproof. Keep in mind that nylon rope stretches, so it's more suitable for some bondage configurations than for others (great for hogties, but definitely not recommended for suspension harnesses!). Flame-melt the rope ends so they don't unravel. Hand- or machine wash in cold or warm/cold water with a bit of skin-friendly detergent. For best results, let rope air dry.

Cotton Rope

Readily available, cotton rope has its advantages. Cotton is a natural fiber with no distinctive smell that won’t rub or chafe. It's soft to the touch (and further softens with repeated washing) and its non-slip texture makes secure knots. But cotton rope stretches significantly, which sometimes makes knots difficult to untie, especially when wet. Knots can also tighten unexpectedly, making the knot uncomfortable and unsafe. Cleaning cotton rope is as simple as cleaning cotton clothing. But note: cotton rope with a core can retain moisture, which may lead to bacteria/mold growth.