Toy washing - Does soap type matter?

Toy washing - Does soap type matter?

toxie m toxie m
I couldn't find anything on here, but I've heard that when one is washing toys with soap, they should use only clear, antibacterial soap that doesn't contain any moisturizers or else the soap could work to degrade the toy. I assume that if this is true, it's more relevant for some materials than others - does anyone know any details? Are all soaps fine? What brands/types do you use?
09/24/2011
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Ghost Ghost
I think it would depend on a material. If you have a material prone to oxidation (PVC, TPE, TPR, rubber, latex), you may want to use something that does not leave a residue (such as a moisturizer).
09/24/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
Would it be safe to use a dish detergent soap like Dawn? Or would that be too harsh?
09/24/2011
Ghost Ghost
Dawn without bleach would be ok for the toy, but can leave residues that you would not want in your body, so I wouldn't recommend for any toys destined for internal use.
09/24/2011
K101 K101
Never heard anything like that, but I can see how that might happen. Probably not from just one or 2 washes though. I use dawn dish soap always. It cleans and kills germs well and leaves them all looking extremely shiny! I clean all glass materials including my huge decorative glass vases and other glass decorations with dawn. Nothing makes it so shiny and beautiful.
09/24/2011
toxie m toxie m
Quote:
Originally posted by K101
Never heard anything like that, but I can see how that might happen. Probably not from just one or 2 washes though. I use dawn dish soap always. It cleans and kills germs well and leaves them all looking extremely shiny! I clean all glass materials ...
Yeah, glass wasn't really the one I was worried about. I can see how something like Dawn would make it lovely, though. I was more wondering about TPR and the like
09/24/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
Quote:
Originally posted by Ghost
Dawn without bleach would be ok for the toy, but can leave residues that you would not want in your body, so I wouldn't recommend for any toys destined for internal use.
Good to know! Thanks
09/24/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
I make my own hand soap from watered down Bath and Body Works body wash. I put a couple of squirts of the body wash into a foaming soap dispenser and the rest water.

I wash everything from silicone, to TPR, to the accessories for my Wahl, which are made of PVC. Of course, the glass toys are fine with it also.
09/24/2011
Antipova Antipova
I don't really have any degradable toys, so I use non-antibacterial, non-bleach Dawn, and rinse it off very very thoroughly. It's been fine for my silicone and my glass (and my WTP, actually, too).
09/24/2011
ScottA ScottA
I use all silicone toys, and usually clean them with dish soap. It seems to do a very good job of stripping lubes (even oil lubes), and also usually pulls off scents.

I avoid antibacterial soaps for cleaning toys. They don't do much as far as keeping you safer and have definite downsides - they encourage resistant bacteria and on a porous toy they can be carried into the body. Most antibacterials are things you do not want in your body.
09/24/2011
Wild Orchid Wild Orchid
I noticed that nothing cleans glass dildos as fast and thoroughly as dish-washing liquid - no repetitions needed. I rinse them well so it doesn't cause any issues. For the rest I use a standard bar of hand soap.
09/24/2011
Love Perpetua Love Perpetua
All my toys are silicone, and I just clean them with a mild, unscented Castille soap and hot water.
09/27/2011
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