Sex toys melt when chemical reactions take place between the toy material and an outside source. There are two main sources of toy meltage: improper lubricant and improper storage. Improper Storage Do not just toss toys of different materials into a box or drawer. Different materials have different chemicals which can react causing toys to melt.
Keep your sex toy storage away from sunlight and heat - plastic and acrylic toys are also prone to melting and/or losing color, so you really risk your bright pink dildo turning into an unappealing worm-like sausage.
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To really see the bigger picture with my infamous Jar of Melted Sex Toys (aka Jar of Horrors) it helps to see the progression of the jar all at once. This month marks 3 years since I first decided to toss some manky sex toy bits into a glass jar and begin my Smitten-Kitten inspired experiment. Over these three years the jar has changed a lot and if you take a step back from the initial "ew, so ...
In fact, sex toy blogger Dangerous Lilly created a “jar of horrors” initially filled to the brim with jelly toys, which can be seen melting over time. When using toxic toys the plasticizers will leak out and cause rashes and burns for a few days.
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With standard plastic sex toys we have always stored them in a bedside drawer just tossed in (after being washed of course) or sometimes a duffel bag. But after finding out about the germs and cancer risk caused by normal plastic toys (porous) we have upgraded to safe, sterile silicone and glass only.
Yes, you can store silicone in plastic bags. But also, 99% of the horror stories you hear about "silicone" toys melting from contact with each other aren't actually silicone. Solid silicone is inert. Silicone products can be all up in each other's business without problems. I've had my toys jumbled together for years.
Dangerous sex toy materials — in a nutshell: There are 2 main things that make a sex toy material unsafe: (1) porosity and (2) toxicity. Porous Material: A toy material that is porous has tiny micropores in the material itself. These pores usually can’t be seen by the naked eye, as it has to do with the density of the structure of the material.
Please wash with soap and water before first use and always wash with soap and water before and after each use. Pat dry with a clean cloth. Never store product with other soft plastic sex toys. As the plastics can react with each other causing a common problem known as "melting".