How do I STORE my new...NON Jelly toys, safely?

Bignuf Bignuf
Having tossed out the many garbage bags full of my previously beloved Jellies, I am not getting some Elastomer and Silicone toys.

While doing my major TOY PURGE of last weekend, I DID notice that some of my Jellies were "melting" (ie TACKY..and that tacky feeling would NOT wash out...I tried just to experiment).

I always cleaned the heck out of my toys and put them in a clean ZIPLOC bag. It is possible they were not always dry as they should be. That WAS a mistake on my part.

However, I am not sure if it is a good idea to store my NEW toys that way? Will possible humidity trapped in the bag damage the material? Can it interact with the plastic in the BAG?? Are they best kept in "open air"????

What is BEST for elastomer (never had ANY toys made of it, that I know of, despite owning TONS of toys) and Silicone, of which I only have a few toys...mostly plugs?

Please advise if you have experience with this.

I appreciate the input and assistance.
09/27/2011
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Antipova Antipova
The safer materials are a lot more stable to store, actually!

With silicone, lots of people put them in plastic bags just to keep the lint off. I keep mine in a wooden lint-free drawer and just wash them off before use. Silicone can touch other silicone no problem, but sometimes if it gets TPR touching it, the TPR can melt onto it. So keep silicone with silicone.

Glass is easy, of course, just keep it from getting scratched.

Elastomers, TPR, TPE, WTP... I keep each one separate (I only have 4 that are this kind), just in a silky bag, or the original packaging, or a ziplock bag is fine too. When I use ziplock bags, I don't actually zip them in case it would trap moisture. Just the bag around it is fine to keep it from being in prolonged contact with something else. Also, most of these it's actually fine to let touch other things, but a few can react badly so I keep them all separate just to be on the safe side.

This thread (on the last page) here has a few pictures of how a few people store their stuff. One person has a trunk, with things in tupperware. I've got drawers. (Join the thread with your new safer collection if you want!)
09/27/2011
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
Antipova pretty much nailed it. Silicone is fine with silicone (assuming it's 100% silicone - composites might react with one another). Glass, metal, and wood aren't going to react with anything. Plastic won't either, as evidenced by the fact that it's bound to be used in most vibrators of any material.

I don't have any toys in other materials (at the moment), so I can't verify if any other materials are okay together, but generally keeping everything in a separate ziplock bag is a cheap, space-efficient way to keep toys together without the risk of them actually touching.

Your jelly toys were likely breaking down from age. Some jellies come fresh out of the packaging feeling tacky, which isn't a good sign.
09/27/2011
Illumin8 Illumin8
I've been noticing that "melting" with one of my jelly toys. Definitely going to get rid of it.
09/27/2011
indiglo indiglo
Antipova is exactly right. (Not shocking. lol ) If you decide you just don't want any of them touching each other to be on the safe side, you can get some socks and use those as toy bags. That's what I do and it works really well! Each toy that doesn't come with a pouch goes into a sock, and then into a ziploc bag to keep the right battery pack with the right toy. That way I can store all my toys in the same place and not worry about any of them touching or hurting each other. The better materials really are MUCH easier to store, I think you'll be really pleased.
09/27/2011
edeneve edeneve
I've started being careful about storing my toys after reading about a few toy disasters.
One of the things that concerned me was the possibility of a toy not being completely dry, unbeknownest to me, when I put it in it's plastic bag.
What I've done to help absorb any leftover moisture is putting a folded papertowel in the bag leaving it there for further toy storing till the bag will need replacing. Then, the papertowel gets tossed too and a fresh one inserted into the bag. So far, it's working.
08/01/2012
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