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Silicone Dildo

Updated: FEBRUARY 18, 2022
Reviewed by Kinkly Staff
on February 18, 2022

A silicone dildo is a non-vibrating phallic sex toy made from silicone. Silicone dildos offer a soft, smooth and yielding texture that's still firm enough for insertion and internal stimulation. Many people prefer dildos made from silicone because the material is flexible, so the sex toys feel more realistic than dildos made from glass or other hard substances. Silicone dildos are also good for people with allergies and other sensitivities as they are skin-safe and phthalate-free.

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When it comes to body-safe sex toys, pure silicone is one of the top materials available because the material is non-porous, body-safe and very durable. This means that the toys can be cleaned thoroughly (or even sterilized in boiling water for dildos that don't contain a motor) and that they last a long time. Because silicone is chemically stable, experts consider it to be nontoxic and safe for contact with food and drink. For example, Health Canada states that there are no known health hazards associated with the use of silicone cookware. Medical-grade silicone is regulated by the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health for use in medical devices because the material is considered to have a low potential for toxicity and to be highly stable.

As a material for dildos and other sex toys, silicone has few drawbacks beyond mere preference. While many people like the "squish" and more lifelike sensation a silicone dildo can provide, other people prefer an unyielding dildo made of steel or glass. Other materials are also better for temperature play. Silicone dildos may also break down if used with pure silicone lube. Check with the toy manufacturer about which lube types are best or stick to a water-based lube to be safe.

Silicone dildos are non-porous, so they don't have the potential to hold onto and grow bacteria like some other skin-like materials like cyberskin or jelly rubber. However, proper cleaning is still crucial, especially when sharing toys or using them both anally and vaginally. They should always be washed after use with warm water and a mild soap. For a more thorough clean, disinfect them in boiling water for five minutes, run them through the dishwasher, or soak them in a mix of 90% water, 10% bleach for 15 minutes.

While silicone is durable, make sure to keep your dildo away from sharp objects that may tear or puncture its surface.

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