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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.