The Complete Guide to Sex Toy Materials
If you have ever shopped for a sex toy – and you most likely have – you notice many things about the description of the item. One very important bit of information is the type of material that toy is made of. There are many different types of materials used to manufacture sex toys and products and each of them has specific care instructions, restrictions and even lubrication compatibilities. It is important that you understand what material your toy is made from and how to care for that material so that your items do not break down.
Well cared for toys are maintained in a proper manner, used with compatible lubricants, and will remain long-lasting. For some people, there may be allergy conflicts with certain materials – like those with latex allergies. So, take a minute and familiarize yourself with the different materials used in sex toys and you will be able to make more informed choices when you purchase your next toy!
One of the most common and cost-effective materials for a basic sex toy is jelly. Jelly toys feel soft, squishy and sometimes slightly sticky. They are very pliable and are popular for vibrators and dildos because you can feel the vibrations through the material. They are made from a mixture of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) and rubber. They sometimes have a particular “smell” when you first open the package, but it usually fades quickly. Jelly is a very porous material – this means, there are tiny, microscopic holes and air pockets within the form. These tiny holes are what make jelly toys not as long lasting, as they tend to rip and tear after many uses. Also, these pores can gather build-up, so you will want to wash it thoroughly after each use. The best advice is to use condoms when playing with jelly toys. This will help the toys last longer.
LUBRICANT CHOICE: You want to only use water-based lubricants with jellies.
STORAGE: Storage of jelly toys is VERY important. You always want to wash and dry your toys after each use. Never store them in any place that is hot or damp. Always separate your toys so that they do not merge together. Also, these toys are rather tacky, so always check to make sure nothing is attached to it (hair, dust, lint, dirt) as that would be unpleasant to have inside you.
ALLERGY INFORMATION: Some people with latex allergies will react to a rubber toy (as most rubber toys may contain latex). So, pay attention to your body’s reaction to it. If you get itchy, red or any other allergic reactions occur, stop use IMMEDIATELY.
LUBRICANT CHOICE: Use a water-based lubricant with rubber toys.
STORAGE: Storage of rubber toys involves carefully cleaning your toy in warm, soapy water, drying it, and storing in a cool, dry place away from other toys.
LUBRICANT CHOICE: You should use a water-based lubricant with an elastomer toy for the best results.
STORAGE: You would want to always wash your toy with warm, soapy water and dry it thoroughly before storing. Store in a cool, dry place separated from other toys. Elastomer is less likely to merge with other toys, but it is safer to keep them separated.
LUBRICANT CHOICE: It is extremely important to NEVER use a silicone lubricant with a silicone toy. Silicone lubricants will react with the toy and cause a melting or breakdown which could be dangerous. Always use a water-based lubricant.
STORAGE: Silicone toys are very resilient. If you have a toy that does not have a vibrator or any battery or mechanical components you can actually boil it to sterilize. This is not usually necessary though, as a good washing with warm, soapy water and a thorough drying will do the trick. Store in a cool, dry place.
Important Sex Toy Features You Should Know
LUBRICANT CHOICE: ONLY use water-based lubricants with a Cyberskin (or any type of RealSkin) toy. Silicones or oily lubricants will damage and break down the toy.
STORAGE: The best way to maintain the skin-like feel of Cyberskin is to dust the toy with cornstarch or renewing powder after you have cleaned and dried your toy. You will want to clean your toy with warm, soapy water and then dry it completely. Before storage, dust your toy with cornstarch or renewing powder and put in a cool, dry place. Some sites will say to use talcum powder, but this is not recommended due to some evidence that talcum powders (or baby powders) can be linked to cervical cancer, and may break down the material.
LUBRICANT CHOICE: Water-based lubricants are the lube of choice with a TPR toy.
STORAGE: You want to make sure to wash your TPR toy in warm, soapy water and dry thoroughly. Then, store in a cool, dry place.
LUBRICANT CHOICE: You can use any type of lubricant with an acrylic or plastic toy. Silicone would be most suggested.
STORAGE: You can wash these toys in warm, soapy water, dry thoroughly, and store pretty much anywhere.
LUBRICANT CHOICE: You can use any type of lubricant with a glass toy.
STORAGE: These toys can be submerged in warm soapy water or they can be stored anywhere, including the refrigerator for a cool experience later.
LUBRICANT CHOICE: You can use any type of lubricant with steel, silicone is recommended.
STORAGE: You can boil or put steel toys without mechanical components in the dishwasher or wash with warm, soapy water. You can store a steel toy anywhere.
Quick Guide To Cleaning Your Sex Toys
LUBRICANT CHOICE: You can use any type of lubricant with an aluminum toy.
STORAGE: Wash with warm, soapy water, dry, and store anywhere.
LUBRICANT CHOICE: You can use any type of lubricant with a wood toy.
STORAGE: Clean with warm, soapy water, dry thoroughly, and store wherever you would like.