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Boilable, bleachable, AND dishwasher safe...

Entropy Entropy
Okay so I've cleaned my Tantus toys via bleaching and using a dishwasher, but has anyone ever boiled theirs? I've heard a handful of sketchy reports that boiling could lead to destruction of a silicone toy.
01/14/2012
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Kitt Katt Kitt Katt
I have boiled mine with no issues. Tantus suggests boiling as a cleaning option on their website. They state that their toys are safe up to 600° Fahrenheit.
01/14/2012
Ansley Ansley
I boil them all and nothing bad to report as of yet. But, I boil the water, remove it from the eye and then drop pre-rinsed toys inside.
01/14/2012
AndroAngel AndroAngel
I have yet to boil my silicone toys, but I Boil my silicone menstrual cup all the time. The only thing I have to suggest is do not let the silicone sit against the bottom or side of a metal pan (this was part of the boiling instructions of the cup.) as the metal can get hot enough to damage the silicone in the right conditions, even if the water generally won't.
01/14/2012
indiglo indiglo
Yeah, in fact I just boiled mine the other day. My Tantus and my dual density Vixskin toys. Everything came out just fine!
01/14/2012
Ghost Ghost
I haven't tried boiling yet. I will... one day.
01/14/2012
Coralbell Coralbell
I've boiled some Tantus toys, including an O2, and never had any problems.
01/14/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
Every so often I gather up all my silicone, non-motorized toys and line them up for boiling. I've never had any issues. Even my Super Soft and VixSkin toys come out just fine.
01/14/2012
Silverdrop Silverdrop
I pour boiling water from the kettle over the toys in a casserole dish, rather than boiling them on the stove top. It's my preferred method since I don't like handling bleach and the dishwasher usually has dishes in it.


Dildo bath!
01/14/2012
Kindred Kindred
Technically speaking, none of these methods will truly sterilize toys. However, boiling for 3-5 minutes or a 10% bleach solution will kill most pathogens of concern. You can use a dishwasher to clean toys, but it typically does not attain hot enough temperatures to clean as with boiling water. This is a common misconception about dishwashers.

@Silverdrop - While your method is probably sufficient, it is not the same as boiling the toy for 3-5 minutes and there are potential risks involved.
01/14/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Silicone has very high melting point, upwards of 1400 deg F. It is used in bake ware and kitchen utensils for this very reason. So boiling it will cause no harm. I have heard that putting a wash cloth or dish towel will help prevent problems if you are worried about it.

Now this pertains to pure silicone, NOT TPR silicone and this is where problems come up. Some manufacturers will call a material "Silicone" just because it has silicone in it. The good part is the package has to have the right info on it to save them from a false advertising lawsuit.
01/14/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
Technically speaking, none of these methods will truly sterilize toys. However, boiling for 3-5 minutes or a 10% bleach solution will kill most pathogens of concern. You can use a dishwasher to clean toys, but it typically does not attain hot ...
So true, to truly sterilize silicone you would need an autoclave. We all have one of those, eh?
01/14/2012
Silverdrop Silverdrop
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
Technically speaking, none of these methods will truly sterilize toys. However, boiling for 3-5 minutes or a 10% bleach solution will kill most pathogens of concern. You can use a dishwasher to clean toys, but it typically does not attain hot ...
Thanks. I'll keep that in mind if I ever start to share my toys. As it is, I'm only making sure they don't keep my own germs on them between uses.

Mostly my worry about using the stove is that I'll forget it's there and it'll boil dry. It's bad enough when you do it with a tin of beans, but I really don't want to make that mistake with a high end expensive toy.
01/14/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
Quote:
Originally posted by Silverdrop
I pour boiling water from the kettle over the toys in a casserole dish, rather than boiling them on the stove top. It's my preferred method since I don't like handling bleach and the dishwasher usually has dishes in it.


Dildo bath! ...
I find the phrase "dildo bath" to be oddly adorable, for some reason.

As for worrying about it boiling dry, I find kitchen timers are most helpful, since you only really need a few minutes. Though unless you're sharing, I wouldn't really worry about it.
01/14/2012
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
Silicone has very high melting point, upwards of 1400 deg F. It is used in bake ware and kitchen utensils for this very reason. So boiling it will cause no harm. I have heard that putting a wash cloth or dish towel will help prevent problems if you ...
Yup, I always leave my silicone kitchen utensils in the pot or wok while I'm cooking, and all of them are still in great shape.

I've boiled my Tantus Echo in bubbling water for up to ten minutes before, and nothing has happened to it. I did have one cheap silicone plug (don't remember what brand it was) that deformed a little, after sitting in the bottom of the pot for a few minutes. Obviously that plug was not 100% silicone, probably some kind of silicone and plastic blend.
01/14/2012
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by Silverdrop
Thanks. I'll keep that in mind if I ever start to share my toys. As it is, I'm only making sure they don't keep my own germs on them between uses.

Mostly my worry about using the stove is that I'll forget it's there and ...
Set your timer, I'm sure you have a timer built-in on your stove, or your microwave!
01/14/2012
spineyogurt spineyogurt
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Originally posted by Rossie
Set your timer, I'm sure you have a timer built-in on your stove, or your microwave!
hahaha I agree with this!
01/14/2012
Silverdrop Silverdrop
Quote:
Originally posted by Rossie
Set your timer, I'm sure you have a timer built-in on your stove, or your microwave!
Nope! Practically antique kitchen appliances here. I do own a timer, but I never seem to be able to find it when I need it. And the dildo bath works for now, since I'm the only one using my toys.
01/14/2012
slynch slynch
We've boiled some dildos before.
01/14/2012
MrWishyWashy MrWishyWashy
I have had no problems with boiling silicone toys....was scared at first, but went pretty well and they did not burn....
01/14/2012
Antipova Antipova
Quote:
Originally posted by Silverdrop
Thanks. I'll keep that in mind if I ever start to share my toys. As it is, I'm only making sure they don't keep my own germs on them between uses.

Mostly my worry about using the stove is that I'll forget it's there and ...
When I'm boiling dildos, once I get the water boiling, I'll start some cold water in the tea kettle so I'll get a "go check the water!" whistle after ~5 minutes.

What would I do without a whistling teakettle? Sure I've got a watch, but there's a lot of opportunity for user error without my teakettle

Edit: heh. Everyone else recommends timers... timers don't do double duty and get water ready for your tea!
01/14/2012
indiglo indiglo
Quote:
Originally posted by Antipova
When I'm boiling dildos, once I get the water boiling, I'll start some cold water in the tea kettle so I'll get a "go check the water!" whistle after ~5 minutes.

What would I do without a whistling teakettle? Sure ...
OMG, that is genius! I just may have to steal that idea.
01/15/2012
ScottA ScottA
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Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
So true, to truly sterilize silicone you would need an autoclave. We all have one of those, eh?
Nah, you can use a pressure cooker at 15 pounds for 10 minutes.

Boiling in an open pan at near sea level will come very close, pouring boiling water over silicone toys in another container won't because the water will rapidly cool off. In a reasonably heavy pan (clad or disk-bottom) that is kept full of water the metal conduction will be sufficient to where the silicone won't get up anywhere near the danger zone.

I've boiled silicone sometimes with no problems. I don't do it as a general rule because it's so much trouble and for most toys a simple wash will do. The only time I'd consistently boil would be anal-> vaginal or if the toys were used by someone other than my wife or I - in which case I'd probably pressure-cook them.

Sanitizing with boiling water or 10% bleach works just fine in most cases, provided that neither party has a compromised immune system or is known infected.
01/15/2012
lalapetitee lalapetitee
Quote:
Originally posted by Silverdrop
I pour boiling water from the kettle over the toys in a casserole dish, rather than boiling them on the stove top. It's my preferred method since I don't like handling bleach and the dishwasher usually has dishes in it.


Dildo bath! ...
This is what we do!
01/16/2012
Ahatmadeofshoes12 Ahatmadeofshoes12
Quote:
Originally posted by Entropy
Okay so I've cleaned my Tantus toys via bleaching and using a dishwasher, but has anyone ever boiled theirs? I've heard a handful of sketchy reports that boiling could lead to destruction of a silicone toy.
Its not supposed to destroy them if you only keep them in the boiling water for three minutes maximum. The silicone might be a little soft when you first pull them out but they should return to normal hardness pretty soon.
02/03/2012
True Pleasures True Pleasures
Quote:
Originally posted by AndroAngel
I have yet to boil my silicone toys, but I Boil my silicone menstrual cup all the time. The only thing I have to suggest is do not let the silicone sit against the bottom or side of a metal pan (this was part of the boiling instructions of the cup.) ...
This is why I have a scrap of fabric that I use as a cradle. It keeps the toys from touching the pot, and it's much easier to remove them than with tongs.
02/03/2012
Kitt Katt Kitt Katt
Quote:
Originally posted by Silverdrop
I pour boiling water from the kettle over the toys in a casserole dish, rather than boiling them on the stove top. It's my preferred method since I don't like handling bleach and the dishwasher usually has dishes in it.


Dildo bath! ...
Silverdrop,

Be careful pouring boiling water into a cool casserole dish. The sudden temperature change could cause the dish to explode.
02/04/2012
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