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What are dangerous sex toy materials and what are body safe?

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Dangerous sex toy materials, in a nutshell: Two main things make a sex toy material unsafe: (1) porosity and (2) toxicity.

Porous Materials Can Be Dangerous On Adult Toys

A porous toy material has tiny micropores in the material itself. These pores usually can’t be seen by the naked eye, as it has to do with the density of the structure of the material.

Porous toys can never be fully cleaned. They cannot be sterilized. Germs, bacteria, and mold will bloom in those micro-pores, even if you wash them thoroughly.

Bottom line: Avoid sex toys made of porous material.

Toxic Materials

Avoid adult toys made of toxic materials.

A toxic sex toy is a toy whose material had unsafe chemicals added to it. Toxicity is never good.

It’s also hard to tell when a toy is toxic, as companies aren’t under any legal obligation to state if they are toxic.

Cheap sex toy materials (read: porous) carry a high risk of containing chemicals that you really don’t want in your body, such as phthalates.

Phthalates 

Phthalates are chemical plasticizers used to soften toys. The FDA has banned them from children’s toys. Avoid them. See a soft toy made from jelly? See a translucent toy? Think Phthalates! and run. They’ve been linked to cancer. You do NOT want them in your body.

Phthalates tend to leech out. That’s the thing about porous sex toys… don’t expect that the chemicals within the material won’t leech out onto your skin. I’ve used jelly toys before (years ago) only to find that they give me a terrible burning sensation. Chemical burns from toxic sex toys aren’t unheard of.

Bottom line: Avoid toxic toys. No exceptions.

Here are a couple of rules of thumb:

  • Not all porous toys are toxic. Some porous toys are non-toxic (depending on the brand)
  •  All toxic toys are porous.
  •  Truly non-porous toys aren’t toxic.

How can manufacturers get away with selling toxic sex toys?

The legal classification of almost all sex toys is that of a “novelty item.” And this is fine as they are either that or “medical devices” which would be super hard and expensive for companies to sell.

However, unlike things like children’s toys, sex toy materials aren’t regulated. Unfortunately for consumers, that means that sex toy manufacturers aren’t legally responsible to disclose what their toys are made of or if there are any toxic chemicals in their toys.

They can even blatantly lie on their packaging and say that it’s a material that it isn’t. Legally, it’s all good. They don’t need to inform any higher regulatory authority of what they’re putting in the toys they sell to customers. They’re not responsible for any harm their products cause.

What are body-safe materials for adult toys?

Several materials are safe to use on adult toys. Let’s take a closer look at each of these, and find out why they are good.

Silicone

Silicone is a body safe adult toy material.

My #1 recommended sex toy material is of course: non-porous and non-toxic silicone. Won’t leech out anything, and won’t melt when touching other toys. Silicon is an inert, stable material.

It is hypoallergenic, odorless, non-porous, and free of phthalates. It’s sterilizable, meaning that you can safely use it for both anal and vaginal use if you sterilize it before jumping to the next orifice.

You can even share silicone toys between people, as long as you sterilize between each use. You can’t go wrong here (although cheaper silicone will feel like hard rock, though it won’t be unsafe).

Silicone is also durable and long-lasting. Unlike other materials, such as jelly or rubber, silicone toys do not degrade or melt over time. This means that adult toys made from silicone can last for a long time, and maintain their shape and texture.

However, make sure it’s a 100% silicone toy. Don’t go for “silicone blends” …those are not 100% silicone. Please note, silicone toys should not be used with silicone-based lubricant!

Silicone is the only non-porous material that’ll be able to be made into realistic dildos (such as flesh-colored dildos). So if you’re buying a realistic dildo, it’d better be silicone.

Borosilicate (Pyrex) Glass

Pyrex Glass Dildo Butt Plugs are safe to use sex toys

Borosilicate glass, also known as Pyrex, is a type of glass that is commonly used in the manufacturing of adult toys. This material is known for its durability, safety, and hygienic properties, making it a popular choice among those who use adult toys.

One of the main benefits of borosilicate glass is its strength and durability. Unlike other materials, such as silicone or rubber, borosilicate glass is resistant to scratches and breaks. This means that adult toys made from this material can last for a long time and maintain their shape and texture.

Another benefit of borosilicate glass is its safety and hygiene properties. Unlike porous materials, such as rubber or porous silicone, borosilicate glass is non-porous. This means that bacteria and other microorganisms cannot penetrate the surface of the toy, making it easy to clean and sanitize. Additionally, borosilicate glass is also hypoallergenic, making it a great option for individuals with sensitive skin.

Borosilicate glass is also versatile and can be used with various types of lubricants. Whether you prefer water-based, silicone-based, or oil-based lubricants, borosilicate glass is compatible with all of them, making it a great option for those who like to experiment with different types of lubricants.

Borosilicate glass is also temperature-sensitive, meaning you can heat or cool it to your desired temperature before use to enhance sensation.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel sex toys are body safe

Stainless steel adult toys have become increasingly popular among individuals looking for safe and hygienic options for sexual pleasure.

Made from high-quality, medical-grade stainless steel, these toys are non-porous and easy to clean, making them a great choice for those with sensitive skin or allergies.

One of the main benefits of stainless steel adult toys is their durability. Unlike other materials, such as silicone or rubber, stainless steel toys will not degrade over time or lose their shape. They are also resistant to heat, making them ideal for temperature play.

Another benefit of stainless steel adult toys is their ability to be sterilized. Unlike porous materials, such as jelly or rubber, stainless steel toys can be easily cleaned and disinfected using boiling water or a 10% bleach solution. This makes them a great choice for those who are concerned about the spread of bacteria or other germs.

Stainless steel adult toys are also body-safe. They are non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and will not cause any irritation or allergic reactions. They are also compatible with all types of lubricants, making them versatile and easy to use.

ABS Plastic

ABS plastic is a thermoplastic polymer that is known for its strength, durability, and ability to be easily molded and shaped.

One of the main benefits of ABS plastic adult toys is their durability. Unlike other materials, such as jelly or rubber, ABS plastic toys will not degrade over time or lose their shape. They are also resistant to heat, making them ideal for temperature play.

Another benefit of ABS plastic adult toys is their ability to be cleaned and disinfected. ABS plastic is non-porous, which means that it does not absorb liquids or bacteria, making it easy to clean and disinfect with mild soap and water or a toy cleaner. This makes them a great choice for those who are concerned about the spread of bacteria or other germs.

ABS plastic adult toys are also body-safe. They are non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and will not cause any irritation or allergic reactions. They are also compatible with all types of lubricants, making them versatile and easy to use.

Not all ABS plastic adult toys are made from medical-grade ABS plastic, which is a higher quality ABS plastic that is free of phthalates and other harmful chemicals. For best results, be sure to choose adult toys made from medical-grade ABS plastic for the best quality and safety.

Treated Wood

Some wooden toys are body-safe. Wood, by nature, is porous. However, if treated and glazed correctly with a non-toxic sealant, wood toys will become non-porous. The non-toxicity depends on the manufacturer though.

Stone

Adult toys made of stone are safe to use.

Adult toys made of stone such as granite, marble, and jade have become popular among people looking for safe and hygienic options for sexual pleasure. These types of stones are known for their durability, smoothness, and natural beauty.

One of the main benefits of stone made sex toys is their durability. These toys are made from natural stones that are known for their strength and ability to withstand heavy use. They are also resistant to heat and cold, making them ideal for temperature play.

Another benefit of stone toys is their ability to be cleaned and disinfected. Stone is a non-porous material, which means that it does not absorb liquids or bacteria, making it easy to clean and disinfect with mild soap and water or a toy cleaner. This makes them a great choice for those who are concerned about the spread of bacteria or other germs.

Stone adult toys are also body-safe. They are non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and will not cause any irritation or allergic reactions. They are also compatible with all types of lubricants, making them versatile and easy to use.

It’s important to note that not all stone adult toys are of the same quality, some may have a porous surface which could lead to bacterial growth, so be sure to choose a high-quality stone toy that has been polished and sealed properly.

Ceramics

Not ALL ceramic toys are non-porous. I’ve seen some pretty sketchy ceramic dildos on Etsy that I would not recommend.

But, if done correctly, ceramic dildos can be safe to use. To be non-porous, the creator must vitrify and glaze their product, so make sure that this has been done.

You’ll also want to make sure that there’s nothing toxic in the glaze itself, such as lead. Ceramic toys can’t withstand the same sudden heat changes as silicone toys and don’t use them if you notice any chips.

What about BDSM gear?

It is important to ensure that BDSM gear is made of safe materials to use.

When engaging in BDSM play, it is important to use safe and hygienic adult toys, to ensure that the experience is enjoyable and consensual for all parties involved.

Silicone is a popular choice for BDSM toys because it is non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and non-porous. Silicone BDSM toys include floggers, whips, paddles and other impact toys, ball gags, and cock rings.

Stainless steel is another safe and hygienic option for BDSM toys. BDSM toys made of stainless steel include cuffs, collars, and other forms of restraints, chains and other types of suspension equipment.

Glass is also a safe and hygienic option for BDSM toys. Glass toys are also temperature sensitive, meaning you can heat or cool them to enhance sensation. Glass BDSM toys include dildos, anal plugs, and other forms of insertable toys.

In conclusion, adult BDSM toys made of silicone, stainless steel, and glass are considered safe and hygienic options for BDSM play. These materials are non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and non-porous, making them easy to clean and sanitize, and are available in various forms of impact, insertable and restraint toys.

Conclusion

It is always important to practice proper hygiene and safety protocols, such as cleaning and sterilizing the toys before and after use, and using a safety word during the play.

Additionally, it is crucial to check the quality of the toys, and make sure they are made of high-grade materials and free from harmful chemicals.

Overall, adult toys made of silicone, ABS plastic, stainless steel, stone or glass are a great choice for those looking for safe and hygienic options for sexual pleasure.

Their durability, ability to be sterilized, be cleaned and disinfected and body-safe properties make them a great choice for individuals with sensitive skin or allergies.

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