Dildo life time

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Dildo life time

BiancaBi BiancaBi
How long can I use the same dildo before I have to buy another one?
05/13/2008
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Originally posted by BiancaBi
How long can I use the same dildo before I have to buy another one?
Hm, that really depends on what dildo you choose...A jelly or rubber dong will wear out after less than a year, a silicone, glass or metal dong can last a lifetime.
So I'd say that time of usage depends on the material the dildo is made of and on the way you are taking care about your toys.
05/13/2008
Nashville Nashville
It all depends on the material, how it's been stored, and whether or not you've used compatible lubricants.You have to be careful with realistic materials, I've actually had some toys melt because they touched other toys or I used the wrong type of lubricant. I know silicone can really stand up to the test of time, as can wood and metal. If you share your toys, using a condom can extend the life of the toy- unfortunately, a lot of materials cannot be 100% sterilized and some bacteria will linger on porous materials. Just make sure to wash your toys before
05/13/2008
deceased deceased
Interesting question. I'd toss jellies within 6 months. I did a little experiment with some jellies in a box, they all melted together at room temp. Also, I was able to tear jellies apart with my bare hands, and I'm a little person. Rubber, while a little less porous degrades pretty fast and you really won't notice it changing. I was able to pierce a pure rubber Doc Johnson dong with a plastic picnic fork easily. I did put it outside in the shade at a temp of 80 degrees on average. It didn't melt or show any new signs of physical decay, but it was oilier, soot covered, the soot was hard to wash off, and the fork was still intact.
Cyberskin, well I can tear it easily with my hands, it looked pretty beat after a week with a picnic fork in it, the fork had fallen out, and the soot was even harder to remove than the rubber dildo.
I was unable to pierce a silicone (platinum) with a picnic fork, it sat out in a window at an average temp elevated by glass to up to 120 degrees, it remained unchanged. However, leave a few silicone dildos in a box together for a month and they got a little dented on the sides. Also, I tried coating them with a silicone based lube and letting them sit for two days. The previously shiny, reflective surface became dull and despite polishing it with soap, a cloth or boiling it, it remained dull. I also froze the dildos and found cyberskin and jelly were more fragile after freezing.

I now only use glass, and silicone. I own a few elastomer and silagel but I treat them like jelly products (condoms, etc)
Great choices for dildos that can last till you die are Pyrex, (not all glass is created equal) aluminum (personally I would not use) stainless steel (excellent choice, we use stainless steel in surgery all the time) ceramic (inert, they even make knee and hip replacements from ceramic) and silicone (inert in the body). Granite is also a good choice, its a very dense stone.
06/21/2009
Luscious Lily Luscious Lily
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Originally posted by deceased
Interesting question. I'd toss jellies within 6 months. I did a little experiment with some jellies in a box, they all melted together at room temp. Also, I was able to tear jellies apart with my bare hands, and I'm a little person. Rubber, ...
I am in awe. Thanks for doing such experiments on your toys! The info you brought is very useful, though it cost some toys their lives.
06/21/2009
Purple Foxglove Purple Foxglove
Wow, that's some extensive experimentation. Nice work! lol
06/22/2009
deceased deceased
I was really interested in how toys degrade, especially after seeing a box of dildos I put in a cool drawer degrade into mishappen objects with oily liquid underneath them. It really freaked me out. I would also like to grow out lube on agar to see which ones break down fastest and allow bacteria to thrive at different temperatures but unfortunately my home microscope got destroyed on my recent move. So that will have to wait......
06/22/2009
Luscious Lily Luscious Lily
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Originally posted by deceased
I was really interested in how toys degrade, especially after seeing a box of dildos I put in a cool drawer degrade into mishappen objects with oily liquid underneath them. It really freaked me out. I would also like to grow out lube on agar to see ...
Ooh, if you ever get a chance to actually do this, let us know! As I no longer have access to such supplies at work (moved from a microbio lab to a behavioral neuro lab) I can't indulge in my curiosity.
06/22/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
So what would make you guys toss a toy?
06/22/2009
deceased deceased
Flaws, wear and tear, boredom, dead motor.....
06/26/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
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Originally posted by deceased
Flaws, wear and tear, boredom, dead motor.....
What I meant was - what signs show that a toy has run its course material-wise?
06/26/2009
Nashville Nashville
Quote:
Originally posted by Adriana Ravenlust
What I meant was - what signs show that a toy has run its course material-wise?
Some translucent toys after a while will lose their color .Case in point is a phthalates-free jelly dong - this is what the manufacturer said- I had that was originally a purple, I never used it and kept it sealed in its original shrink wrap plastic packaging. I go back to it a year later and it has this overwhelming powdery smell and low and behold, it's now CLEAR. CLEAR after being purple!

Or the clear ones will turn a nasty yellow.

If a toy has absorbs smells that cannot be washed or boiled out.

If there is tearing in the material, holes, cuts, or gouges.

If it sweats excessively.

If it has fused with another toy or object.
06/26/2009
deceased deceased
Any flaws- color changes, cracks, change in color or texture or smell. Appearance of" drying out". Bubbles forming between outer layer of toy and inner layer of toy as in the case of jelly vibes (not that I would buy one to use as a toy).
Wear and tear - does not bounce back to its original shape, or in vibrators develops a rattle or is rusting inside. Or a waterproof seal proves no longer water proof.

Or if the toy falls in an incredibley contaminated area or is found being used as a chew toy by a pet or a child. (children get into anything and put anything in their mouths. We've retrived all kinds of things from toddlers bellies like cat toys, keys, change, marbles....)
07/14/2009
Red Red
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Originally posted by deceased
I was really interested in how toys degrade, especially after seeing a box of dildos I put in a cool drawer degrade into mishappen objects with oily liquid underneath them. It really freaked me out. I would also like to grow out lube on agar to see ...
Oh that is SO COOL

I want to see a sex toy/product testing lab. Where materials are dissolved in solvents and analysed and whatnot, and now also lubes are culture mediums. Kuuipogal, you're awesome!
07/14/2009
Ciao. Ciao.
Ooh I am so glad someone took the time and effort to stress test some toys, that sounds way fun!


As others have said: glass, silicone, metal should all last a lifetime if cared for properly. Other materials while they will last a while will break down with age and wear and tear (and need to be kept cleaned more thoroughly).

My rule is to throw things out if they break (even if it is just a minor tear since bacteria love that), or if they simply look/smell like they are too worn. Generally if they wear out they're not that expensive to replace period...so yeah, no big deal. The good toys last longer, and with good care any toy lasts for at least a fair bit of time.
07/14/2009
M121212 M121212
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Originally posted by deceased
Interesting question. I'd toss jellies within 6 months. I did a little experiment with some jellies in a box, they all melted together at room temp. Also, I was able to tear jellies apart with my bare hands, and I'm a little person. Rubber, ...
Wow, what experiments!
06/06/2011
slynch slynch
Get silicone, it will last forever
06/07/2011
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
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Originally posted by slynch
Get silicone, it will last forever
The silicone may last forever - but the Vixskin products that we have, may not. I'm guessing that after several years of use, they may need to be replaced.

But stay away from jelly toys.
07/23/2012
Girly Juice Girly Juice
Porous materials should be tossed after 6 months to a year (or ASAP, really). Nonporous toys can theoretically last a lifetime, especially ones that don't contain machinery (i.e. dildos).
07/24/2012
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