Silicone Toy Care
Why Silicone Rubber?Platinum (addition) cure silicone is an extremely durable and flexible, man-made, elastomer type polymer that has properties similar to other rubbers. However unlike rubbers such as latex TPE, TPR, and "jelly" rubbers, when it is properly cured, platinum silicone:
- is non-porous (it can't trap bacteria beyond a surface level)
- can withstand temperatures of up to 200 C (you can boil it to sanitize it)
- is non-toxic and never off-gasses VOCs (unlike rubbers that rely on softeners like phthalates to make them pliable)
- is not only hypoallergenic, but it is classified as "inert" when fully cured (it is extremely unlikely to react with your body)
- is very difficult to tear or break
What Silicone do we use?Our toys have been poured with following products from Smooth-On: DragonSkin 10A, Ecoflex 0050, Ecoflex 0030, and most recently, Ecoflex Near Clear 0045 and Ecoflex Near Clear 0031. These particular lines are certified to be skin safe*.
How should I clean my Silicone Toys?All of the toys we make and sell are made with 100% platinum (additive) silicone. Before you use any of our toys, we recommend you wash them thoroughly with unscented soap and water. We also recommend boiling your 100% silicone* toys to further sanitize them**. Fill a pot large enough to hold the toys you want to clean with water and bring it to a rolling boil. Carefully place the toys in the water*** and leave them in there for at least five minutes (preferably 8-10). Remove the toys when done, and let them cool before handling. Sanitizing is especially important if you are sharing toys with other partners, using them for anal play, etc. If your dishwasher has a sanitize function, you can also put your toys on the top rack and run it without detergent. Alternatively, spraying or wiping your toy with isopropyl alcohol can help to kill some germs.
Should I use antibacterial toy cleaners?
Our recommendation is no. The United States' Food and Drug Administration banned 19 antibacterial chemicals from use in consumer products. The main targets of this ban were products that contain triclosan or triclocarban. While they have largely been removed from products in the US, they may still be present in other parts of the world. These chemicals have been found to be "environmentally persistent endocrine disruptors that bioaccumulate in and are toxic to aquatic and other organisms", as well as having carcinogenic properties. Regular use of any antibacterial products can create strains of microbes that are antibiotic resistant, as well as modify the natural microbiome.
Isopropyl alcohol with a concentration of 70% can be an effective alternative to chemical-based antibacterial sprays. (90% concentrations may evaporate too quickly to be effective) There are some essential oil and plant-based antibacterial products on the market, but we cannot speak to their overall effectiveness.
What kind of lubricant should I use?
Use a good quality, water-based lube (that is free from parabens and glycerin) with silicone toys. Because of its natural, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, organic coconut oil is an OK lube, too. Be aware however, that natural oils will degrade any condoms or other rubber items that come in contact with it. We do not recommend the use of any oils other than coconut for use as a lubricant. Silicone lubricants may permanently ruin the surface of your toy, by bonding to it and making it sticky.