Regularly cleaning your sex toys will keep the material and motors in shape, so that they last longer, says Claire Cavanah, co-founder of Babeland. Not to mention, your sex toys navigate sensitive terrain. While there’s nothing “dirty” about genitals, bacteria can build up on your toys and spread, so it’s important to clean them regularly, she says.

According to Cavanah, you really should be washing your sex toys after every single use, and possibly before, too. When you buy a sex toy, there should be cleaning instructions somewhere on it. But if you’ve tossed the packaging, or just don’t remember, ahead are some tips from Cavanah.