Sex Toy Materials: Quick Guides

There are a so many sex toys to choose from! Unfortunately, there are many hazardous adult products out there. Yet, very fortunately, there are just as many safer options! Sex toys are considered “Novelty” or “Not Intended For Use” and therefore not regulated in the United States.

These quick guides talk about sex toy material safety (with sex toy tips!) for shopping online and in-stores:

3 easy safety tips when shopping for sex toys

1- The smell test. Your sex toy shouldn’t smell like anything at all, although sometimes reputable manufacturers use scented soaps during sterilization. We recommend always cleaning your toys after purchasing or throw your fave condom on it! If a product has a strong chemicalĀ or wet paint odor to it, that’s not a good sign. It likely contains a toxic chemical called phthalates, which are a known carcinogen.

2- The pore test. “Is this made of a porous material?” If it is, it won’t matter how well you clean and take care of it. Bacteria (and more) can harbor inside your sex toy. There are some really great non-toxic but porous products out there, and a condom* is recommended for those. (Condoms make for quick access and clean up too!)

*Make sure to use water-based or non-lubricated condoms with silicone products. Silicone lubricant is found on most condoms and can damage your silicone sex toys.

3- The seams test. Some sex toys contain more than one non-porous material. If there is a space where the two materials meet on an area that may touch your body, bacteria can hide inside as well.

Sex Toy Material Quick Guide

(can be useful when shopping online: If you’d rather shop at the privacy of your own home through mytulip.com, we are very meticulous with our product selection & always 100% discreet. Our mission in your pleasure, health and safety!)

Silicone

Porosity: This is a bit tricky because platinum silicone is non-porous (and in our opinion the best material!), while tin-cured silicone (or lower grade silicone) is porous. Also beware~ just because the packaging says “Made of silicone” doesn’t mean it’s 100% silicone.

Toxicity: Platinum-cured silicone is non-toxic (and hypoallergenic!)

How to Clean platinum silicone: Warm water and antibacterial soap, top shelf of your dishwasher or a couple minutes dipped in boiling water (or your favorite safe sex toy cleaner!)

Recommendations: Don’t use a silicone-based lubricant with silicone sex toys because it can damage them!

Click on Name to View Faves: Fun Factory, Jimmyjane, Je Joue, Tantus, Lelo and Vamp Silicone just to name a few!

Medical Grade Stainless Steel

Porosity: Non-porous

Toxicity: Non-toxic

How to Clean: Warm water and antibacterial soap, top shelf of your dishwasher or a couple minutes dipped in boiling water (or your favorite safe sex toy cleaner!)

Recommendations: Play around with temperature by placing in the fridge or cold water OR warm water. Be careful not to burn or freeze-burn. As always: play at your own risk!

Click on Name to View Fave: Njoy

Elastomer

Porosity: Porous

Toxicity: Non-toxic

How to Clean: Warm water and antibacterial soap (or your favorite safe sex toy cleaner!)

Recommendations: Using a condom on fun Elastomer sex toys means easy clean up, quick and less risk of an infection!

Click on Name to View Faves: Vibratex

Pyrex Glass

Porosity: Non-porous

Toxicity: Non-Toxic

How to Clean: Warm water and antibacterial soap, top shelf of your dishwasher or a couple minutes dipped in boiling water (or your favorite safe sex toy cleaner!)

Recommendations: Pyrex glass is the way to go because of it’s resistance and containment of temperature. Play around with temperature by placing in the fridge or cold water OR warm water. Be careful not to burn or freeze-burn. As always: play at your own risk!

Click on Name to View Faves: Pyrexions

ABS Hard Plastic

Porosity: Non-porous

Toxicity: Non-toxic

How to Clean: Warm water and antibacterial soap (or your favorite safe sex toy cleaner!)

Wood & Ceramic

Porosity & Toxicity: This is tricky because it depends on how it was sealed, check with the manufacturer and ensure they are reputable

How to Clean: Warm water and antibacterial soap

TPR

Porosity: Porous

Toxicity: Non-toxic

How to Clean: Warm water and antibacterial soap (or your favorite safe sex toy cleaner!)

Recommendations: Using a condom on TPR sex toys means easy clean up, quick and less risk of an infection! As always: play at your own risk!

If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to contact us, we’re standing by! customerservice@mytulip.com

We hope these quick guides were helpful when choosing your dream sex toys!

Sex Toy Materials: Silicone

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