Will boiling silicone sex toy to sterilize it damage it?

cleaning sex toy

The straightforward answer to the question, "Can you boil silicone sex toys?" is yes, you can! Unlike some other sex toy materials like TPE that are sensitive to heat and can be damaged, medical-grade silicone is highly heat-resistant. You'd need an exceptionally high temperature (2577.2 °F) to melt it, which is practically unattainable. However, it's important to note that while silicone is heat-resistant, it doesn't necessarily mean your specific silicone sex toy is. Before you decide to boil it, make sure to read the information below to avoid any unintentional damage to your toy.

Why are people boiling silicone sex toys?

While you might assume that boiling a silicone sex toy is an effective way to get it clean, there's more to it than that. The process is partially accurate but not entirely. It's crucial to clean your toy thoroughly before boiling it. Boiling alone may not yield the desired results if the toy's surface still has foreign substances on it. Sterilizing the surface won't be very effective if there are lingering contaminants. Inadequate cleaning may allow microorganisms to survive, potentially leading to bacterial infections even after boiling your silicone sex toy. Always ensure the surface is impeccably cleaned before resorting to boiling for sterilization.

Disinfection & Sterilization

The primary objective of boiling silicone is sterilization, not cleaning. Sterilization aims to eliminate 100% of microorganisms, including bacteria and viruses, on the toy's surface. This process minimizes the risk of immediate bacterial infections post-sterilization. However, proper storage is essential to prevent bacteria growth on the toy over time.

Sanitization is a similar process to sterilization but is less effective. It eliminates most bacteria but does not address viruses. As with sterilization, appropriate storage plays a vital role in preventing a resurgence of bacteria on the toy.

Silicone & silicone blends

Boiling a pure silicone toy is generally safe, but when it comes to "silicone blends," it's not advisable. The problem with boiling a silicone blend lies in the uncertainty of what other materials are blended with the silicone. Most likely, these blends contain porous materials like PVC or TPE, which have lower boiling points than silicone. While the silicone itself may not melt, the other materials in the blend could be damaged or altered by boiling. Therefore, it's best to avoid boiling silicone blend toys to prevent any potential harm.

Can I boil my silicone vibrator?

If you're still curious about whether you can subject silicone vibrators to boiling, the answer remains a resounding no! To reiterate, avoid doing this.

As mentioned earlier, when it comes to silicone blends, the silicone material itself can withstand boiling without harm, but it's a different story for sex toys made of silicone that also contain electronic components.

Boiling a silicone sex toy may not harm the toy's exterior silicone, but it is highly likely to damage the internal electronic components. Consequently, your beloved vibrating, pulsating, or thrusting toy will no longer be capable of performing its intended functions!

How to Clean a Silicone Sex Toy

cleaning process

The Cleaning Procedure Prior to considering boiling your silicone sex toy, it's crucial to thoroughly clean it. Thankfully, you can easily accomplish this with water and antibacterial soap. Follow these steps for an effective clean:

  • Rinse the toy with water and soap, ensuring every part is cleaned.
  • Subsequently, rinse the toy with water again to eliminate any soap residue.
  • Once all the soap is completely removed, you can proceed to either store or sterilize your silicone sex toy.

This cleaning process is suitable for both non-porous and porous sex toys. Non-porous materials like silicone, glass, or stainless steel lack microscopic pores where bacteria can hide, allowing them to be sterilized. In contrast, porous materials such as PVC have

sterilization process

For sterilization, you should begin by locating a sufficiently large pot that can fully immerse the toy.

Once you've secured an appropriate pot, fill it almost to the brim with water and bring it to a boiling point. Carefully place your sex toy into the boiling water and leave it submerged for at least three minutes. After the allotted time, remove the toy from the boiling water.

drying process

After cleaning and sterilizing your toy, it's vital to ensure it's thoroughly dried before storing it. Failing to do so would render your cleaning and sterilization efforts futile.

Bacteria thrive in moist environments, so eliminating moisture is crucial to preventing bacterial growth on your toy. If your toy doesn't have a specific drying machine, you can easily follow these steps:

  • Gently pat your sex toy dry using a paper towel.
  • Allow your toy to air-dry completely by leaving it out (you can use a fan to expedite this process).
  • Store your toy in a clean and moisture-free environment.

By following these steps, you'll maintain the hygiene of your sex toy and ensure it's ready for future use.

What if I don't have a clean silicone sex toy?

Irrespective of the material, all reusable sex toys must be cleaned regularly. Sex toys come into contact with various contaminants, such as sweat, oils, lubricants, and bodily fluids, which can leave moisture and create an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Even if a toy goes unused, it can accumulate dust and dirt.

Neglecting the cleaning of your sex toys can lead to infections, such as bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, or urinary tract infections (UTIs). When used anally, there's also a risk of contracting E. coli, Salmonella, parasites, hepatitis, and other bacterial infections. Moreover, uncleaned sex toys shared between multiple partners can potentially transmit sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

The primary advantage of using a silicone sex toy is its non-porous nature, which allows for sterilization. However, failing to clean it properly can still lead to bacterial buildup, defeating the purpose of choosing a silicone sex toy. To maintain your health and well-being, it's essential to be diligent and clean your sex toys after every use.