How long do you keep your silicone toys?

Pink Lily Pink Lily
I just got my first vibrator a couple of months ago and I'm completely hooked (yay!), but I'm still trying to get a hang of the safety aspect behind toy materials. I know silicone toys are the best toys, but realistically how long do they last? How long can I keep them before I should replace them?

Thanks!!!
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<3 months
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3-6 months
6 months - 1 year
1-2 years
1
3-5 years
1
Forever!
75
Other...
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Total votes: 87 (85 voters)
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12/14/2012
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Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
So long as they're taken care of and kept clean, silicone toys can outlast their owners. Unless the material shows obvious signs on deteriorating, which shouldn't happen under normal conditions, there's no reason to get rid of them.
12/14/2012
Pink Lily Pink Lily
Quote:
Originally posted by Rin (aka Nire)
So long as they're taken care of and kept clean, silicone toys can outlast their owners. Unless the material shows obvious signs on deteriorating, which shouldn't happen under normal conditions, there's no reason to get rid of them.
Thanks! I was just wondering because I was wandering around Wikipedia and another use for silicone is in Menstrual cups, and it said they should be replaced every 5-10 years. I use my toys WAY more than I would use cups and I wasn't sure if the "wear and tear" would affect the lifetime of the material.

I figured Menstrual cups would be the closest thing to sex toys in the medical-grade silicone department.
12/14/2012
roskat roskat
As long they look fine... Actually, I've never even thrown a silicone toy away.
12/14/2012
Gracie Gracie
So far I have not gotten rid of any of my silicone toys, but soon I am going to thin them out. Not because they are worn out, just that I need to make room for my favorites. I have several rechargable toys and someday they wont hold a charge anymore. when that happens then I will toss them, but that is about the internal parts, not the silicone.
12/14/2012
travelnurse travelnurse
I haven't had any problems with any of them and I would say that they will last forever as long as they are taken care of.
12/14/2012
Curiouscat Curiouscat
Forever. As long as you take care of them they will be around for a long time. A very clean and durable material for a toy.
12/14/2012
kitty1949 kitty1949
As long as that shit keeps workin!
12/14/2012
edeneve edeneve
replace them when the motor wears out unless the silicone is deteriorating.
12/14/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
Quote:
Originally posted by Pink Lily
Thanks! I was just wondering because I was wandering around Wikipedia and another use for silicone is in Menstrual cups, and it said they should be replaced every 5-10 years. I use my toys WAY more than I would use cups and I wasn't sure if the ... More
There's two reasons for that. One is that cups are a personal hygiene product, which will generally come with a recommended lifespan. The other is that it helps to generate repeat sales.

You can basically keep using the same cup as long as you want if you remember to care for it properly (even the instructions for my Diva Cup stated that while replacing it every year is recommended, it's ultimately up to the user). Same for silicone toys.
12/14/2012
dawnkye dawnkye
All my silicone toys are still going strong. =)
12/14/2012
sXeVegan90 sXeVegan90
As long as you take proper care of them, they should last a lifetime. Mine are still in the same shape I got them.
12/14/2012
*Camoprincess* *Camoprincess*
I have yet to have to replace a silicone toy. If its a dildo I am sure it will outlast me if it is a vibrator then it will get replaced the day it stops vibrating
12/14/2012
kkizzee05 kkizzee05
I think that as long as the toy is kept clean and has no signs of ware or damage that you shouldn't have to throw them away.
12/14/2012
Incendiaire Incendiaire
I'm never getting rid of any of these babies.
12/14/2012
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
As long as they last - I expect that eventually they'll need to be replaced, no idea how long.
12/15/2012
BlooJay BlooJay
As long as I can.
12/15/2012
brevado brevado
Other than too many, I've yet to get rid of a silicon toy, especially one I like
12/15/2012
Feisty Feisty
I would assume a very long time as long as you take care of them properly.
12/15/2012
MrWishyWashy MrWishyWashy
I have had all of my silicone toys since the day I purchased them and they are all still in showroom condition!
12/16/2012
spiced spiced
Nothing lasts forever, but so far all my silicone toys are 100% intact. I've had some of them for 5 years now.
12/18/2012
llellsee llellsee
I plan on keeping them forever or for as long as they are in good condition.
12/18/2012
RonLee RonLee
I'm pretty sure it was well over ten years ago that I'd bought a Vixen Creations "Randy" for my spouse. I ran across it not long ago and it's in like new condition. Of course it hasn't been used in quite a while, she passed several years ago now.
12/18/2012
Gluesnffr Gluesnffr
For a very long time.
12/18/2012
lildrummergrl693 lildrummergrl693
With proper care, for a very long time!
12/18/2012
Ciao. Ciao.
While "forever" might be wishful thinking, I'm thinking that "a long time" is very reasonable for high quality silicone toys. My oldest I got in 2006 and it's showing no signs of real wear.
12/18/2012
Shanedawson608 Shanedawson608
Quote:
Originally posted by Pink Lily
I just got my first vibrator a couple of months ago and I'm completely hooked (yay!), but I'm still trying to get a hang of the safety aspect behind toy materials. I know silicone toys are the best toys, but realistically how long do they ... More
Till they show the end of their usability.
12/20/2012
ToyGeek ToyGeek
Since it can be sterilized, silicone will never become dangerous to use the way jelly does -- it's bacterial buildup that's responsible for the need to throw away jelly toys after a few months.
12/20/2012
ScottA ScottA
I've only had to toss because of physical damage, though not being careful with silicone lube or meltable toys can also cause problems.
12/22/2012
Vanille Vanille
Quote:
Originally posted by Pink Lily
I just got my first vibrator a couple of months ago and I'm completely hooked (yay!), but I'm still trying to get a hang of the safety aspect behind toy materials. I know silicone toys are the best toys, but realistically how long do they ... More
With proper care and feeding silicone toys are basically "for life".

Thus why I aim for silicone toys always.
12/22/2012
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