Contributor: Lioncub Lioncub
A friend asked me today for help and I have no idea so thought I'd bring it you all for help.

She stated that even after cleaning her toys, mostly of which are Silicone she can still smell her scent on them. She has tried to wash them but it still lingers on them. The newest one that did that was Fun Factory's Flora. Does anyone have any other ideas or suggestions?
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Contributor: PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
Someone once mentioned to me that a baking soda paste works well. Add only enough water to make it easy to spread, cover your toy in it, and let it sit for a while. Rinse it off, and you're good to go! If she finds it to be an issue still, maybe she should try using toy covers/condoms?
Contributor: charmedtomeetyou charmedtomeetyou
Is it the silicone that holds the smell? or is some fluid getting in the cracks/places where the silicone meets plastic?

I've had to take a toothpick or a toothbrush (one set aside for that purpose ) to brush the places where silicone meets plastic, as sometimes lube or fluid gets in there and doesn't wash out so easily.
Contributor: Lioncub Lioncub
She said it's the silicone itself. Has also happen with a Tantus Dildo, not sure which one. I'm not going to go smell for myself so just going off what she says.
Contributor: Jenna@Tantus Jenna@Tantus
Sorry I'm so late to the party - I haven't popped in a a week or so. There was a great discussion of this in this thread a while back:


To quote Scott, "It is adsorption, which means that certain chemicals are attracted to the surface of the silicone (just like the red color from tomato sauce that can get on plastic containers). The problem is generally limited to anal use (though if you soak them in tomato sauce you might get the red problem as well), and it isn't a safety issue - the dildo is still nonporous and can be cleaned and sanitized even if it smells."

What I usually advise people who experience this is to aim for a more intensive cleaning (not just soap & water, more like a run through a dishwasher/boiling if possible). Then, once the toy is sanitized, make sure it's someplace it can get some airflow around it. Adsorption is a surface process, but I find that if the toys are immediately closed up in a bag or drawer, it's more difficult to get rid of whatever that odor-causing layer is. You'll want to air it out. If you're worried about someone finding them, just put 'em on the top shelf of the closet or something.

Hope this helps!
Contributor: Holly Wood Holly Wood
Some people try extreme cold or extreme heat to get rid of smells. Not necessarily boiling, but either baking (I've never tried this, nor would I, but I repeatedly read about people baking their silicone for an hour or more since it's food grade) or freezing for several days. The odors are caused by pathogens that have absorbed INTO the silicone (it IS porous, it's just micropore, so it's not as noticeable and not as easy to absorb).

Also see this thread for more suggestions (and my answer at the very end about some of the random misinformation about silicone as a material and sterilization as a whole). link
Contributor: RebelSentry RebelSentry
Thanks Jenna And Holly Wood, A friend of mine actually has this problem too I will remember to let her know, and remember these things for future reference!!