Sex Toy Materials

When purchasing a sex toy materials, you should consider what it is made of… not just for the sensation, but also for your health. Just as you would be cautious about buying food or hygiene products that may have toxic materials in them, you should also be aware that some sex toy makers aren’t using materials that are food or medical grade. This in turn may lead to health problems down the road.

Government Classifications For Sex Toys

Concerns come into play because the government has not been willing to work with the adult industry, rather they attack and repress it. Instead of acknowledging sex toys as being for sexual behavior they insist that manufacturers label them as novelties or medical devices (the latter being quite a challenge for sex toy manufacturers to achieve).

Because the U.S. Government is not requiring sex toy regulations, sex toy manufacturers classify their products as “novelties” and avoid having their products regulated as well as you might think. This is also why it is rare to find user manuals on how to actually use the products, as this would define them as something for sex, which affects their product classification. Often, what you end up having are companies that make sex toys and companies that make literature and videos about sex toys rather than having the ability to buy a sex toy with a manual for use. It cheats the consumer from really being able to fully enjoy their sex toy and be fully educated about it.

Perhaps in the future the government will stop pretending that sexuality is not a natural and healthy part of who we are and begin giving consumers assistance in more easily obtaining quality sexual products with legislation that provides respect, acknowledgment, support and freedom for the adult novelty industry and its consumers.


Silicone is one of the most popular materials for sex toys these days as it is a nonporous and an easy to clean material. There are sex toys that are made with silicone blends which can affect which lubricants you can use with them. It is always a safe rule to use a waterbased lubricant when in doubt. Silicone is a very smooth material and if it is 100% medical grade silicone, it is hypoallergenic. Silicone sex toys tend to be more expensive; it is also very durable and will last a very long time. While these sex toys tend to be more expensive, over the years, you actually save money from not having to replace them as often. Most other sex toys only last a couple of years at most, whereas, silicone sex toys can last many years.

Cleaning: Silicone sex toys can be boiled on the stove (3-5 minutes) to be sterilized. It can also be cleaned in the dishwasher if it does not have mechanical components. If there are no mechanical components to your sex toy, you can even put it in the dishwasher to disinfect. If the sex toy is not 100% silicone you should use sex toy cleaner to make sure that you do not damage your sex toy.

Realistics / Skin

Cyberskin™, Fauxskin™, Futurotic™, NeoSkin®, UltraSkin™, Soft Touch™ brands are also known as thermal plastic. These sex toys feel like skin and are very popular with people who want a realistic feel to their sex toys. The material warms when it is used and feels very much like skin on skin contact. The material is very porous and can tear easily so you must be careful with these sex toys and not be overly rough with them. Because of their pores they can harbor bacteria making them one of the more difficult sex toys to keep clean. They also require a special Cyberskin powder to keep them dry and realistic feeling when not in use.

Cleaning: The best thing you can use is a spray-on sex toy cleaner. Some say you can use a mild soap, but the problem with soap is that it goes into the pores and then froths up again once you put lubricant in it, if you have not gotten it all out; and getting it all out is a challenge. The spray-on toy cleaners go into the pores of the skin-like material and then is more easily rinsed out as it does not adhere like soap or get reactivated as easily. If you do use soap, avoid harsh soaps as they may damage your sex toy. To use the spray-on sex toy cleaner, spray it on generously, let it soak in for a few minutes, then rinse it off well and let it air dry. Making sure it dries adequately is very important because if you leave unwanted moisture in there it will increase the chances of mold, mildew, fungus and bacterial build up.

Once it is dry you can then sprinkle the Cyberskin powder on it, however, as typically those are made with corn starch, you can buy organic corn starch at your local health food store for a more pure form of it. Be sure to stay away from using talcum or baby powder as these have been linked to a possible cause of ovarian cancer.


There are different types of jelly sex toys. Some have phthalates (toxins that you want to avoid) and some do not. If it is phthalate free you can be sure it will be advertised as sex toy retailers will always want to let you know that to market such sex toys. You can of course always ask as well as we are happy to help you. Jelly toys are very flexible and while they are not smooth like silicone, once lubricated they can feel slick. They tend to come in translucent designs in very bright colors and are usually very eye catching. These sex toys are typically made from rubber, however you would have to access manufacturer information in order to be certain. If you have a jelly sex toy and you are not sure if it has phthalates in it you can always put a condom over them for added protection. As these sex toys are porous you will need to take care to clean them well.

Cleaning: Mild soap and water or sex toy cleaner.


Rubber is firmer than silicone or jelly toys and are low cost alternatives. Latex sex toys tend to wear out much faster than silicone and jelly sex toys but their lower price tags tend to make that comparable. People who may be allergic to latex should use caution. The allergic reactions you can have can be quite serious.

Cleaning: Rubber sex toys can be used with condoms to make clean up easy. They can be cleaned with mild soap and water or sex toy cleaner.


Plastic is hard and smooth. It is also a low cost material. Some plastics can contain phthalates and some do not. Make sure to look for labeling to determine if it is phthalate free. Plastic vibrators are not the most ideal sex toys for thrusting in and out as they can feel overly hard. They are however good for clitoral sex toys as they often give off an intense vibration.

Cleaning: Plastic can be wiped down with sex toy cleaner or rubbing alcohol.


Metal sex toys have become more popular over the years. You can choose from stainless steel, aluminum and even gold and silver. You will want to be careful that the sex toys that you purchase are pure metals and buy from a reputable sex toy store as they can be harmful if not crafted well.

Cleaning: Metal is nonporous so clean up is very easy. You can use a 10% bleach solution, boil them and use a mild soap and water. We do not recommend a dishwasher as some rinse agents are bad for some metals. You should also not use jewelry cleaners on them. Make sure that you dry your metal sex toy carefully as you do not want them to rust where there are cervices if there are any.


Vinyl is quite similar to rubber and is porous. They are light weight and easy to keep clean They come in a variety of forms and colors.

Cleaning: Mild soap and water or sex toy cleaner.

Pyrex Glass

Pyrex glass is a special grade of glass that is much stronger than normal glass and is what makes it safe to use as a sex toy. It is often used in kitchens as it is much more durable. It is nonporous and very easy to clean. It has a smooth and rigid surface. Take care not to use glass sex toys that have been painted. One company that you can be sure to trust is Phallix glass

Cleaning: The easiest is just to put it in the dishwasher although if you have kids or company remember you put it in there or you could have some fast ‘splanin’ to do!” Rinse well with warm water after any kind of cleaning. You can also use a 10% bleach solution or just use soap and water. Remember to not to use any type of abrasive cleaner so as not to scratch it and dull the surface.


These sex toys tend to be quite firm, however you may want to check to make sure they do not contain phthalates as some sex toys may have them.
Cleaning: Mild soap and water or sex toy cleaner.

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