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Silicone is a non-porous, hypoallergenic material commonly used in sex toys. All silicone toys are somewhat pliable, but depending on the exact formula of silicone used they can range from very flexible to somewhat rigid. Non-mechanized silicone toys can be disinfected by boiling for five to 10 minutes or run through a full cycle in a dishwasher. As a result, silicone toys are a good choice for anal play or use with multiple partners.
Silicone toys should not be used with silicone lubricant because in some cases, silicone lube may cause a silicone toy to degrade.
A number of years ago, quality silicone toys carried premium price tags and were generally only available from luxury sex toy companies. Today, many manufacturers offer silicone toys at affordable prices. It is important to note that because the sex toy industry is not subject to government regulation, a manufacturer can say their product is made of silicone even if it only contains a small percentage of that material. To ensure the product you are using contains 100% silicone, opt for items that use food-grade or medical-grade silicone.