There are few better self-care routines than taking a long, relaxing bath, but we can think of one sure-fire way to improve bath time… that’s by bringing a toy (or two) into the tub with you! But getting the right toy is important, not just because you need to be sure they’re waterproof.
Here’s our ultimate guide to bringing toys into the tub.
A few safety pointers
Don’t slip! Avoid falling in the tub.
Avoid infection and UTIs. Penetrative toys should be properly cleaned so that they don’t cause yeast infections, pH imbalances or bacterial infections. After using an antibacterial spray or cleanser, clean the toys thoroughly. The fact it has been in your bath water isn’t enough to properly clean it.
Toys that claim to be waterproof should only be used! If toys are waterproof, and at what depth, they will state this on the packaging. If a toy doesn’t specifically say it’s water-proof, never risk it! This should be obvious. Never Never plug a toy into the bathroom sockets.
What toys are the best?
Bullet vibrators are a great beginner’s toy. They’re small and discrete, sometimes easily mistakable for a lipstick (meaning you could even stow one in your bathroom cabinet with your makeup). There are many options for intensity settings, and there is a wide variety of price points. A general rule of thumb is that the more expensive the bullet, the higher the intensity setting it will have. You can also play with different vibration rhythms.
Toys for clitoral suction and air pulse
These are great for people who often experience too much stimulation of their clitoris, as well as those who may have trouble reaching Big O.
Air toys are different than vibrating toys in that they stimulate the brain without touching it. Instead, air pulses provide a different type stimulation. They can range from extremely gentle to very intense. There are many choices. Some also combine air pulse with vibration within the same toy, which might be a good option if you know you like vibes, but haven’t tried an air pulse toy before. They’re also absolutely whisper quiet – ideal if you share your household with others.
Vibrators for fitting-to-hand
These small vibrators can be used over a finger or part of the fingers. These vibrators are great for those who like vibration as well as rubbing. They can be used in the shower, but not the tub. These are great as a surprise gift for a partner, although they can be quite expensive.
A note on lube
It may seem contradictory but water is very drying for your vagina. Water is drying because it removes all the natural juices your body makes. A little lubricant can help to counteract this. Here is where things get more technical. These lubricants are waterproofer than silicone, but you should not mix them with silicone toys. Use a water-based product if you have silicone toys.
Whatever you do, remember to have fun and relax.
Abby Moss, a freelance writer on sex and relationships, is an abbymoss. Her work has been published in VICE Magazine, Refinery29, and The Huffington Post. She lives with her partner in Hackney, London.