1 - With tender hands and heart.
2 - Mostly, depending on the material, with warm water and a good mild soap.
Pardon the pun but use your head when it comes to caring for your toys. Let's not be using the dishwasher for our leather harnesses and the power tools your girlfriend just purchased for you will not work to smooth the surface of your vibrator.
Here's a few tips for those of you who have discovered the joy of using Tulip's toys and want to make them last and last and last.
Even if you are not enjoying multiple partners it's beyond a good idea to use condoms on your dildos. It's a quick, easy and sometimes tasty way to make certain that the dildo is always ready to go. Germs accumulate fast on these objects and they do need to be cared for on a regular basis - like every time you use them.
Tulip recommends sex toys made with high-grade silicone because silicone is non-porous material that can be cleaned and sanitized by boiling. Silicone can also be washed with warm water and soap, in your dishwasher or boiled (a few minutes will do it) making it possible to sterilize your toys - something you will definitely want to do if you share your toys with others. Of course you should NEVER boil or place silicone toys in your dishwasher if they contain electronic components. You should let your silicone toys air dry or you can dry them with a lint-free cloth before putting them away. Silicone is also durable and tends to last longer which makes the higher price well worth it. In addition to durability, silicone toys are hypoallergenic so silicone is the way to go if you are concerned about using latex or jelly due to allergies.
Make sure you DO NOT use silicone-based lubes on your silicone toys as silicone lube will have a reaction on your toy! Water-based lubes only.
Sex toys made with latex, rubber or jelly materials tend to be less expensive then those made with silicone, but there is a trade-off for the lower price. Latex, rubber and jelly toys are very porous, can harbor bacteria and are generally considered less hygienic than silicone toys. You can clean toys made from latex, rubber or jelly with warm water and soap (Tulip recommends anti-bacterial soap). These materials can degrade so be very sure to rinse the soap thoroughly. Since these types of materials can degrade, Tulip recommends that you always use a condom with these toys.
Glass, hard plastic and acrylic toys can be cleaned with any non-abrasive, mild soap and warm water and dried with a soft lint free cloth. Pyrex toys can also be boiled or placed in a dishwasher. Glass toys can be damaged by sudden changes in temperature so be careful with glass.
Cyberskin (also known as Neoskin, Ultraskin, and Softskin) is the most realistic-feeling material on the market. Dildos, vibrators, men's toys and soft packs are all frequently made from this material. However, is it important to understand that while Cyberskin feels really good, it is extremely porous and must be used with a condom. Because Cyberskin is so porous, it can't be disinfected and may contain some of the toxic materials found in jelly and rubber sex toys. To clean, wash with mild detergent and warm water. Let your Cyberskin toy air dry, then apply a small amount of corn starch to restore its original feel. Without the corn starch, Cyberskin will begin to feel sticky. Do not use chemicals or talcum powder, they will break down the Cyberskin. Use only water-based lube with Cyberskin.
Call 1.877.70 TULIP if you have further questions about your Cyberskin toy.
Treat leather harnesses like you would any other leather product and be certain to wash nylon or cotton harnesses on a regular basis as well.
Take good care of your toys and they will take care of you. Keeping them clean will not only help them last longer - they'll help you last longer also. Wink. Wink.