|"Only Double A but I'm thinking Triple X" -Peaches|
In 2006, the Coalition Against Toxic Toys sent a variety of sex toys from some of the largest manufacturers to an independent chemical testing lab in California to determine what they were made of. Surprise, surprise: Many of the sex toys contained toxic chemicals like phthalates and other plasticizers.
Good news: There are safe sex toys and the coalition created a shopping guide to help consumers identify them. They suggest seeking toys made from non porous materials like: "100% silicone from a reputable manufacturer (some manufacters just claim their products are made with silicone), glass, surgical steel, sealed ceramic, and medical-grade plastics."
Below are instructions on how to clean sex toys adapted from Brown University Sexual Health website. To green your cleaning, I recommend using diluted Dr. Bronner's with tea tree oil added to it as an antibacterial soap and using hydrogen peroxide or a non-chlorine bleach to soak toys.*
For basic electric toy care, remove any batteries. Use common sense and never submerge electrical or vibrating components in water. Use a damp, soapy washcloth to clean your electric toys, preferably with antibacterial soap.
Glass: Wash glass toys with soap and water. Pyrex toys are dishwasher safe. Do not expose glass to extreme temperatures.
Stainless Steel: If there are no electrical components you have 3 options: Boil or soak in a bleach-water solution (50:50 ratio) for 10 minutes, or place it in the dishwasher.
Hard Plastic: Clean with antibacterial soap and water. Do not boil. Silicone: You can choose from 3 options to clean a silicone toy. Either boil for 5-10 minutes, put it in your dishwasher (on top rack), or wash with antibacterial soap and warm water.
*I am a blogger not a doctor. While this is the best information I have available to me, please use this information at your own risk.
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