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:
  1. is non-porous (it can't trap bacteria beyond a surface level)
  2. can withstand temperatures of up to 200 C (you can boil it to sanitize it) 
  3. is non-toxic and never off-gasses VOCs (unlike rubbers that rely on softeners like phthalates to make them pliable)
  4. is not only hypoallergenic, but it is classified as "inert" when fully cured (it is extremely unlikely to react with your body)
  5. 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, and Ecoflex 0030. These particular lines are certified to be skin safe*.
*All platinum cured silicone is technically body safe and inert when cured properly. However, products that are rated as skin-safe or food-safe do have an extra level of certification proving their safety for use with human bodies.

 

How should I clean my Silicone Toys?

All of the toys we make and sell are made with 100% platinum silicone. Before you use any of our toys, we recommend you wash them thoroughly with 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.  *Pure, platinum cure silicone can withstand temperatures of up to 200 C. Make sure all of your toys are pure silicone before boiling them. **There is some evidence that softer silicone can lose some elasticity and start to discolor after frequent boiling. ***Be sure to remove any vibrator inserts before boiling.
Note: Sometimes silicone toys can start to retain odors, especially when used for anal play. Don't be alarmed! This doesn't mean that your toy is degrading or isn't real silicone. This is just sometimes the nature of silicone. You can minimize this by thoroughly cleaning and boiling your toys after anal play. If your toys do start to retain noticeable odors, you can soak them in a vinegar solution, or rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol. Just be sure to wash them very, very, very well before using them again. 

Should I use antibacterial toy cleaners?

Our recommendation is to not. The FDA 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. On top of all that, antibacterial products are not shown to be any more effective than their non-antibacterial counterparts.

What kind of lubricant should I use?

Use water based lube with silicone toys. Silicone lubricants may ruin the surface of your toy, by making it sticky and prone to harboring bacteria. Because of its natural, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, organic coconut oil is an OK lube, too. Be aware however, that oils will degrade any condoms that come in contact with them.

How should I store my toy?

We recommend storing them in a lint-free cloth to keep them clean and safe. Contrary to popular lore, you can store your silicone toys with other silicone toys however, do this only if you are 100% certain the other toys are made from only platinum silicone as well. Storing silicone toys next to materials like rubbers and plastics that aren't platinum silicone can cause your toy to deform and discolor.