What soap is best for cleaning silicone toys?!

What soap is best for cleaning silicone toys?!

DreamyLove DreamyLove
A friend of mine posted a similar question in the vaginapagina community on Livejournal and alot of people are squabbling over it.
This particular friend does not have a stovetop in which to boil water to clean her silicone toys, nor does she have a dishwasher, so the soap and water method is the only method she can use. I know Fun Factory's toys are fine to clean with soap and water and make sure they're rinsed well, but she's wondering which soap is best? She's allergic to ingredients in most spray on toy cleaners as well if that matters, hence again, why the soap and water option.
02/27/2009
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Cinnamon Chambers Cinnamon Chambers
10% bleach solution.
02/27/2009
Miss Cinnamon Miss Cinnamon
If she just wants to clean it, not sterilize it, I think regular antibacterial soap would work too. I live in the dorms so there's no stovetop where I can boil water, except for in the communal kitchen. Yeah... I can't see myself stirring a big pot of silicone and glass dildo soup while waving hello to passing dorm-mates. All my glass and silicone toys I clean the same as I would my other, more porous toys. The 10% bleach solution that Cinnamon Chambers suggests would be the way to go if she wants to 100% sterilize it, though.
02/27/2009
Miss KissThis Miss KissThis
Agreed on the 10% bleach solution if she wants to sterilize (just remember to rinse with warm water after).

I use (and love) Pjur Med Clean wipes (there's a spray too). They don't contain alcohol, like many other toy wipes/cleaners, so they are safe to use on silicone. I'll just take a blurb from the description instead of restating everything:

"Certain soaps that are suitable for skin can actually break down or chemically alter some sex toy materials over time, making them unsafe. By using a cleaner like med clean, developed especially for sex toys, you can avoid this problem. Free of alcohol, it is safe for latex, rubber, silicone and other sensitive materials. Free of perfumes and scent, it is also suitable for those with sensitive skin."

They are dermatologist approved and anti-bacterial. She should look into either.
02/28/2009
That Weird Guy That Weird Guy
I have a question concerning bleach and its discoloring/fading effects on other products..

If I use bleach on a toy I happen to like the color of would it change the color of the toy over time after multiple bleachings?
02/28/2009
Miss KissThis Miss KissThis
Quote:
Originally posted by That Weird Guy
I have a question concerning bleach and its discoloring/fading effects on other products..

If I use bleach on a toy I happen to like the color of would it change the color of the toy over time after multiple bleachings?
Since the bleach is so diluted, and it's not remaining on the toy very long (you just wipe the toy with the solution, and rinse off) I highly doubt any discoloration would happen.

It probably would if you were to leave your toy just sitting in a higher potency bleach solution, but I don't know why you would do that.
02/28/2009
ScottA ScottA
For silicone you can use almost any soap that you'd use on yourself. I've started to favor either dishwashing detergent or shampoo, because they seem to do a good job of cutting through any lubricant residue (oil-based lubes can be a problem sometimes) and getting rid of odors, or at least covering them up. Neither of these sterilize, so you do need to boil or bleach before switching partners (unless you're fluid-bonded), and I'm more comfortable sterilizing when moving from anal to anything else just in case.
02/28/2009
Sammi Sammi
I usually use an antibacterial liquid soap on mine.
02/28/2009
Cinnamon Chambers Cinnamon Chambers
I soaked a My Little Pony in pure bleach for over a week (long story) and it didn't discolor it. They are made of PVC.
02/28/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
I just use whatever soap I have at the bathroom sink
03/01/2009
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