The many benefits of silicone sex toys

Want a sex toy that is not as hard as a rock, is non-porous, hypoallergenic, easy to clean, holds up well over time, can be sterilized, and warms to body temperature semi quickly?

Your looking for a 100% (or close to it) silicone sex toy.

Silicones are inert, synthetic compounds which are completely heat-resistant up to 250°F and can withstand sterilization at temperatures past 350°F easily.
Silicone is water-resistant and has the ability to repel water and form watertight seals.
Silicone is resistant to oxygen, ozone and UV light making it have a very long shelf life compared to most soft rubber sex toys.
Unlike many other soft sex toy materials silicone is free of phthalates so you need not concern yourself over that issue.

My favorite soft toys are all made of 100% silicone.
The biggest reason for that is because I share my toys.
When it comes to softer toys, only silicone may be cleaned and sterilized so easily.

Basic cleaning:
Wash with soap and water and let air dry. (It doesn’t get any more simple than that)

How I do it…
Boil for 5 to 10 minutes on high and then run it through your dishwasher. (Easy)

If you have a silicone toy that can’t be boiled because the silicone can’t be separated from the vibrator part of the toy you may use isopropyl rubbing alcohol, or bleach to clean your toy.
Please note:
1) Rubbing alcohol is not a sterilization agent. It will disinfect to some extent only.
2) Chlorine bleach is a liquid sterilizing agent.
Diluted to 1/10 your basic household bleach kills off most everything and is considered an affective way of sterilization.

If you use bleach on your sex toys remember that you must wash them thoroughly afterwards with soap and water.

A “silicone sex toy” is not the same thing as a “100% silicone sex toy.”
Many manufactures use silicone in their products to make them last longer and clean up easier while still using various rubber mixes as part of the composition.
These mixed toys may not stand up to the high temperatures of 100% silicone toys and may be damaged by soaking in bleach solutions.
It should also be noted when considering silicone/rubber mixes that the manufactures of such products are under no obligation to show the material makeup and should be treated as if they are jelly rubber sex toys and not silicone when it comes to sharing of the toys and possible allergic reactions.

Silicone sex toys may vary in density so if you are not a lover of soft toys you may still enjoy the benefits of a silicone sex toy.
Silicone can be made very hard though most silicone toys are of the softer variety. They are never as hard as a true plastic however and always have a bit of give to them which is a plus because even the hardest silicone toys are less likely to break.

You may be wondering why all sex toys are not made of silicone if it is so great.
There are a three main reasons.
Besides the obvious personal preferences many people may have for toys made of hard plastics, glass, stone, etc…
Silicone is not as low-cost to work with as other materials that pliable sex toys are made from.
PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is a low-cost material that manufacturers can make toys from and sell for close to the same prices as silicone products.
Lower costs and higher profits rule the decision-making process of these manufactures.
The next big reason is that silicone based lubricants are the lubes of choice for many people and silicone-based lubricants are usually not recommended for use with sex toys that are made from silicone because they dissolve the surface and ruin the toy. (Read your labels when choosing what lubricants to try with your silicone sex toys)
Lastly we get back to cost – this time on the consumers end.
When looking at two similar sex toys and one is labeled for instance “jelly rubber” while the other is labeled “100% silicone” it is hard to pay more for what appears to be a very similar product  if  not informed of the differences.
Most of the time the person seeking a sex toy has no clue about what the differences are in material makeup.

As I said in the beginning… all my favorite softer toys are silicone toys.
They are my favorites because they last, they carry vibrations well, they can be safely shared, and I don’t have to worry about any adverse health effects from using them.

In my opinion it is well worth spending the extra few dollars to have those benefits.

Does that mean I have given up using toys made of all the various other rubber/plastic mixtures?
Not a chance. I enjoy my non silicone and silicone/rubber combination toys very much.
I just wish they held up a little better and I was able to easily share them as I do with my 100% silicone toys.

This article was written by Miranda.
It is Miranda’s personal viewpoint.

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