Whether you use your favorite toys for more adventurous sex with your partner or keep them around solely for your own pleasure, you should be using them in the safest way possible.

If they’re not cleaned properly, sex toys can cause yeast infections, breed bacteria and fungi, and spread sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to health experts. In fact, it’s been shown that STIs can live on surfaces outside the body for weeks or months. Planned Parenthood advises that sex toys be cleaned after every use for maximum safety.

Using condoms when sharing toys with your partner will also help prevent the spread of STIs.

Check the material

Sex toys come in all shapes and sizes and are made of many materials, all of which factors into how best to clean them after use. For instance, sex toys made of porous