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Ceramic is a hard clay material used to make a variety of consumer goods, including sex toys like dildos and butt plugs. Ceramic is created when a refined clay called kaolinite is mixed with water, shaped, and heated to between 1200 and 1400 degrees Celsius in a kiln. Ceramic for sex toys is made non-porous for safer play through vitrification or glazing.
There are several advantages to sex toys made from ceramic. The material is very strong and durable so ceramic sex toys can last for years. Ceramic sex toys are hard and heavy to provide unique, intense sensations when used vaginally or anally. The smooth surfaces of ceramic sex toys create far less friction than rubber toys, especially when paired with a silicone- or water-based lubricant. Ceramic also resists thermal shock, so you can heat up or cool down ceramic sex toys in water for sensory play. Since they’re natural and non-porous, ceramic sex toys are ideal for people with allergies and sensitivities. Sustainably minded consumers should also note that ceramic sex toys are very eco-friendly as they’re made from entirely natural products.
While ceramic sex toys are non-porous to reduce the risk of bacterial growth, you still need to maintain them for your safety. Clean them with warm soapy water and a smooth cloth after play every time. They’ll also survive a trip through the dishwasher! Make sure they’re thoroughly dried before storing them in their own cloth pouches.