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    The Science of Sex: Clean That Clone-A-Willy!

    by David Claus, Ph.D.
    Now that you've created an exact copy of your favorite Willy, you'll want to be sure to take proper care of it. Don't take the cleaning of your Clone lightly; one of the most common ways to get a bacterial infection is from unclean or improperly cleaned sex toys. Thankfully, the care and cleaning of your Clone-A-Willy is a cinch!
     


    Your finished Clone is made of a medical grade, platinum-cure, pure silicone, the “gold standard” of sex toys. Pure silicones are nonporous and extremely easy to clean and care for. Simply wash it with a mild or anti-bacterial soap and warm water. Be careful not to submerge the vibrator, though. While water resistant, it isn’t waterproof, so if you wish to submerge your Clone, remove the vibrator to keep the electrical components dry. To remove the vibrator, wiggle it back and forth while pulling on the silicone Clone. It may stick a little, but it will come out. Once removed, clean it by simply wiping it down with soap and warm water or rubbing alcohol.

    Note that for overall cleanliness, storing your Clone in a dry, clean place is important. As long as it’s kept clean, a box or bag made of virtually any material will work just fine. Be sure to completely dry your Clone before storing it to discourage mold and mildew. If there are other toys in your box/bag, keep each item separated, as some materials are not compatible with one another and may cause melting or discoloration when exposed to extreme heat, cold or direct sunlight. Lastly, if storing for extended periods, remove the batteries so they can't leak. 

        For those extra cautious types, a couple more cleaning options:
        Remove the inside vibrator and drop your Clone in boiling water for 3-5 minutes or run it through the dishwasher.  Either of these will essentially guarantee complete sterilization.

        If cleaning in general seems like too much of a pain and you use your toy often, you can always put a latex condom over it. Just be sure to use a new condom each time you switch from one person to the next, or from one sexual area to another.

        All in all, take good care of your Clone by keeping it clean and it’ll reward you with many years of safe and sexy fun!