Dildos come in a wide array of materials from silicone, to glass, metal, jelly, and thermoplastic rubber, not to mention several branded “realistic feeling” materials. Different materials are great for different purposes and some need extra care and caution.
Rubber: This latex material is commonly used to make dildos. It has a pungent odor and can cause allergic reactions. It has a pungent odor and can cause allergic reactions. If you buy a rubber sex toy, be sure to use it with a condom because it is porous.
Stone dildos (like the Laid D.1 and D.2) are made of semi-precious stones that are smoothed and finished so as to be functionally nonporous. Wood toys are safe if they’re coated in multiple layers of body-safe varnish, like Nobessence toys are. Cleaning Your Body-Safe Sex Toys
Jelly material is just about the cheapest material when it comes to sex toys. And as you may have guessed, it almost always comes with tons of phthalates. The material uses rubber as a baseline, and adds phthalates to make it flexible.
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The one thing all those materials have in common is that they’re either non-porous or can be made that way with a coating. Porous materials contain tiny holes that aren’t visible to the human eye. Even after washing, they can harbor bacteria. Most of the items that you might pick up to use as a makeshift dildo are porous, however.
Rubber is the material used to produce dildo balls. It is anti-bacterial, easily washable, and sturdy. It can withstand bouncing of a 100-120 kg body and remain intact.
Choose a dildo made with non-porous materials such as body-safe silicone, glass, or metal. Use plenty of lubricant, but avoid using silicone lubricant with silicone toys.
So, even though Fine says phthalates (and PVC) are much less common in sex toys nowadays, look out for toys that say phthalate-free and are made of silicone or other non-plastic materials.
** Silicone is the only non-porous material that’ll be able to be made into realistic dildos (such as flesh-coloured dildos). So if you’re buying a realistic dildo, it’d better be silicone. Think Tantus , Vixen Creations , We-Vibe , and FemmeFunn .