Your Body’s Guide to Safe Sex Toy Materials

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Using sex toys is the best experience, either solo or with a partner. One factor you have to focus on is your safety. There are no guidelines for making these toys. Hence, manufacturers use several materials, some of which are not safe sex toy materials.

Should you go for porous or non-porous sex toy materials? Are the toys made of Sil-a-gel the same as those made of pure Silicone? You may also have wondered if toys made of borosilicate glass will break inside you 😲. The answers to these questions lie in this post. So, let’s get to it.

Porous Or Non-Porous Sex Toys?

Porous Sex Toys

Most porous adult toys are soft, while others include hard plastic components. The con of porous sex toys is that they attract dirt and bacteria. Microbes can become stuck and impossible to remove. As a result, you can contract a yeast infection, bacterial infection, or see an outbreak of a pre-existing STD. Your partner can also contract these infections or diseases.

You can only keep porous sex toys clean for a longer period by using a condom every time you use them. No home method can completely disinfect these products.

Another reason why you should avoid porous sex toys is the presence of Phthalates. Phthalates is a dangerous chemical family used to soften PVC and also used as a solvent. The family poses several health risks when using porous adult toys. No, not all adult toys in the porous category contain phthalates. Yet, there is a good chance that they do, especially if the materials are of cheap PVC. People exposed to this chemical will develop allergic reactions. They may also develop serious health problems including: liver, lung, kidney, digestive tract, and reproductive system damage.

Porous materials include the following:

  • PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
  • Latex
  • Thermoplastics
  • TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer)
  • TPR (Thermoplastic Rubber)
  • Silicone blends
  • Jelly
  • Rubber
  • Materials with a high level of realism, such as Cyberskin

Silicone blends, TPE, and TPR do not leech chemicals into the body and may be safe to use at first. Yet, they are still porous, which means you cannot completely disinfect them.

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Non-Porous Sex Toys

Non-porous sex toys, unlike porous ones, are of higher quality and safer. Non-porous items, unlike porous ones, do not trap bacteria because they do not have pores. You can also sterilize or disinfect them with ease.

In general, non-porous materials are hard. To be sure, you can check the toy’s label if it falls into the non-porous category. Non-porous materials include:

  • Metal
  • Glass made of borosilicate
  • ABS is a type of hard plastic.
  • Treated wood
  • Pure Silicone
  • Ceramic
  • Wood
  • Stone

What Are Some Body-Safe Sex Toy Materials


To consider a sex toy body-safe, it should be pure Silicone. You should make sure the label states so before buying.

Some manufacturers also create silicone blends. Although silicone blends are porous, they do not leak chemicals inside your body. You cannot disinfect them, and their use may be hazardous.

Aside from blends, there are also toys made of Sil-a-gel. Because of its name, Sil-a-gel may seem like pure Silicone, but it is not. There is no regulation guiding the making of sex toys. Hence, manufacturers can use proprietary material names to entice consumers.

The most well-known body-safe adult toys are sex toys made of pure Silicone. Other outstanding features of pure silicone sex toys include:

  • Non-reactive
  • Simple to clean and disinfect
  • It warms up to body temperature.
  • Not prone to microbial growth

Pure silicone sex toys are available in two grades: food-grade and medical-grade. While both are body-safe, there are some differences. Adult toy manufacturers cure food-grade Silicone with tin, whereas medical-grade Silicone is platinum-cured. The medical-grade, platinum-cured sex toy is more resistant to base chemicals. Hence, you won’t ruin it if you use the wrong lube on it. You cannot say the same for food-grade, tin-cured sex toys.

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Borosilicate Glass

Borosilicate glass is also known as Pyrex. The material makes lovely toys that are ideal for cozy settings. Sex toys will have higher durability due to the tempered glass. They can also withstand extreme temperatures.

These sex toys come smaller than those made of Silicone – the firmness and rigidity of the glass cause this. Even so, the smallness does not detract from the pleasure they provide. The rigid structure makes up for it by caressing the G spot or prostate.

You may also wonder if the glass can break inside you. Well, it can’t. Reputable manufacturers have conducted many drop tests to support this claim.


Manufacturers use several materials to make sex toys. These include Silicone, Sil-a-gel, silicone blend, borosilicate glass, PVC, rubber, and many others. Some of these materials may be safe to use, while others are not. So, why not learn what sex toy materials are good for your usage, and keep yourself safe!

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