Hard plastic. Is it shareable?

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Hard plastic. Is it shareable?

Oggins Oggins
This question has been bothering me for awhile now. Can plastic toys be shared safely? They can be wiped down with Isopropyl alcohol, right? Why can't they be wiped down with a 10% bleach solution? I mean, bleach is bought at the store in a plastic jug, right? Another wonderful feature of hard plastic toys is that they are non porous as well. So.....why can't they be shared? Or, can they? I'm so confused! =)
03/28/2009
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LilyLust LilyLust
I always thought they could be. If they can't I would really like to know why.
03/28/2009
Ciao. Ciao.
I would think that hard plastic toys could be shared (as long as they are properly cleaned in between or a condom is used), not sure about the bleach though, maybe it would discolor the toy? I dunno.
03/28/2009
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
I clean almost my entire house with a 10% bleach solution with no problems. I can't think of any reason it couldn't be used on a plastic toy.
03/28/2009
Sammi Sammi
I would also think it would be ok...
03/28/2009
Miss Cinnamon Miss Cinnamon
I know plenty of people who clean their plastic bath tubs with bleach and don't have a problem as long as they don't do it too much. I think that frequently bleaching plastic would eventually degrade it. Is there an EF product/materials specialist who could tell us?
03/28/2009
Oggins Oggins
I agree with pretty much everything that's been said here so far. I can understand how it might not be a good idea to wipe down a plastic toy that has a rubber-cote or a satiny smooth finish with a 10% bleach solution but as far as traditional hard plastic goes, I've personally used a 10% bleach solution on them before. I can get pretty obsessive about germs from time to time and bleach all kinds of things and I've never had a problem with bleaching plastic. My problem stems from when others ask me if a hard plastic toy can be sterilized. I'm like, "Duh...." because I just don't know for sure. I would love to be able to provide them with a definite answer.
03/28/2009
Femme Mystique Femme Mystique
I would also assume that hard plastic could be shared, since it's non-porous.
03/28/2009
DreamyLove DreamyLove
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Originally posted by Femme Mystique
I would also assume that hard plastic could be shared, since it's non-porous.
I'm going to have to agree with this one.
03/29/2009
Nashville Nashville
Personally, the only toys I share are ones that can be boiled. Fluids can be built up in cracks, crevices, and seams of toys that even when washing or scrubbing it down with cleaner or bleach, aren't guaranteed to be 100% removed.

Say you're lending a toy to a friend or swapping it and they have an STI, if you don't cover the toy with a condom then regardless of the fact plastic is nonporous and you've wiped it down with bleach, I wouldn't share it with them. Even with silicone toys that have electronic parts, if you can't boil it, why risk your sexual health?

My assumptions may be way off-base, but electronic toys regardless of what they're made out of, have seams and cracks that anything can get inside of, and naturally, I like to err on the side of caution.
03/29/2009
Oggins Oggins
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Originally posted by Nashville
Personally, the only toys I share are ones that can be boiled. Fluids can be built up in cracks, crevices, and seams of toys that even when washing or scrubbing it down with cleaner or bleach, aren't guaranteed to be 100% removed.

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Excellent points! I hadn't thought too much on the crack factor. I've never given advice that plastic could be sterilized either. I usually say that I'm not sure and you should just be safe rather than sorry. There's just not much sense in taking a chance either. I personally don't share well. I never have. =P

I guess I'll just stick with my old standby reply of, "Probably not a good idea" because it probably isn't! =)
03/29/2009
Brandonn Brandonn
Sharing toys is risky, no matter how well you think you have cleaned them
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