I recently bought a 100% silicone dildo and I am really excited to use it, but I’ve been hearing all these horror stories about silicone melting and toys being ruined. As this toy wasn’t cheap, what can I do to keep my dildo in one piece?-To Melt or Not To Melt
One hundred percent silicone toys are awesome. Along with coming in a huge variety of colors, shapes and sizes, silicone is a non-porous material, which means these toys are super easy to clean and sterilize (either boil in water for 3 min. or throw in the dishwasher – top shelf, no soap). As amazing as silicone is, there are unfortunately a few downsides as well. Before I get to those, let me just say that silicone toys are not like fine china – they are not delicate or easily destroyed. If you follow a few simple guidelines, you and your silicone toy can enjoy a long and healthy life together.
The first downside to silicone is that it doesn’t really like other silicone – which includes both silicone toys and silicone lube. Silicone on silicone contact is the best way to melt and subsequently ruin your toy. Fortunately, this is an easy problem to get around. Make sure that any lube you use with your toy is water based. There are other kinds of lube (oil, latex, etc.), but they really aren’t as popular and easy to get as water and silicone based lubes. Water based lubes tend to dry up a little faster than silicone lubes, but reapplying a few drops when that happens is way better than watching your toy fall apart. Sure you can get around this with a condom, but even the smallest amount of lube that finds its way around the condom and onto the toy can mess it up big-time. Oh, and lets not forget about going all-natural with the lube, which is perfectly fine for silicone toys.
Like I said above, silicone toys don’t like each other very much – to the point where they really shouldn’t even be next to each other. For some toys, even a few minutes of touching another silicone toy can begin to break down the material and start the melting process. And when I say melting, I don’t mean Wicked Witch, puddle on the floor melting. I mean the surface will start to get tacky and the silicone might get all Swiss cheese holey and the toy will generally be unusable. Not as dramatic as a full out melt, but ends just as badly. Wash your toys after you play, then put the away individually, or at least not touching other toys (better safe than sorry). Personally I use pieces of old cut up t-shirts to wrap my toys when not in use. It is soft, lint free and keeps my toys from touching each other and getting messed up.
One other piece of advice for silicone toys is to be careful with sharp objects around your toys – including teeth. The smallest nick or cut in the silicone can split your toy right in two and send it to the trashcan. Be aware of biting too hard if you are going down on your dildo as well. While flesh and blood penises may enjoy a little nibble, our silicone friend can’t handle that kind of play. Again, silicone dildos are not fragile, easily damaged delicates. They are just flawed in a way that makes them fairly vulnerable to certain behaviors and materials.
Basic point: If you like your silicone toy and want to keep it in good condition make sure to use water-based lube, keep your toys separated and your teeth to yourself. Enjoy!
Saving the world, one dildo at a time.