Wash all you like, that dick will never come clean
Wash all you like, that dick will never come clean.
Years ago I started working in a porn shop, um, make that, "erotic boutique." I thought it would be a fun sort of extra curricular kind of job. I mean hey, it's not rocket science. One day I was straightening up the display models. (as I'm writing this I know it sounds bad, but I assure you they were all unused.) I found two dildos that were melted together. I was mystified as to what had happened. The toys hadn't been left in the sun and the air conditioner was on. How could they melt together? I asked my boss what she thought happened, she had no idea. I asked her boss what might have happened, no thoughts there. I even called two distributors and a manufacturer. The closest answer I got was, "Sometimes they do that." I wasn't just irritated that nobody knew why toys just randomly melt together, I couldn't believe that nobody cared. Even as an amateur chemist, ok, not even an amateur, but even I knew it couldn't be good to put something inside you that can melt on it's own.
For the next few months I did quite a lot of research on sex toys, what they're made of, how they are made and what kind of standards are in place for adult items. Guess what folks, It's NOT rocket science!!
Unfortunately, at this time there are no government standards regarding the manufacturing of sex toys. This means that sex toys can be made from almost anything. The majority of the toys on the market today are made from "mystery plastics." Soft jelly toys, and some others, are made by taking a hard plastics, like PVC, and adding a plactisizer like phthalates. Phthalates are chemicals that soften the plastic. However, phthalates don't really bond to the plastic and therefore they leach out of your toy. You may have noticed the oily, or greasy feel to some toys. That's Phthalates. That smell that reminds you of a tire. Phthalates. (It's never good to have to air out your toys!) No matter how often you wash it, your toy will never be clean, or healthy. These phthalates laden toys also have characteristics of being soft and porous. This means your toy has tiny microscopic holes all over the surface it. Great places for bacteria to hide and grow. Ironically, the more you clean, the more you may be breaking down your toy. This can result in an increase in off gassing and microscopic holes in your toy. So, if the chemicals don't bother you the bacteria building up on your toy just might.
The two toys I was investigating melted together because they had a chemical reaction to each other. Studies on Mice and Rats suggest phthalate exposure can cause damage to the reproductive system, kidneys and even cancer.Phthalate exposure has also been linked to sperm damage in men.
A few companies are now trying to market "Phthalate Free" toys. Even though these toys are phthalate fee, these companies are using lesser known plactisizers which can be just as harmful. The United States, Canada and Europe are starting to implement restrictions on phthalates in children's toys, but adult toys are still unregulated.
I'm sure by now you are thinking, "What am I to do? Am I relegated to cucumbers and carrots the rest of my life?" Fear not. You don't need to shop in the produce department for your next date. Women are the largest growing demographic of the adult retail industry. With the emergence of women into the retail sector comes higher standards. Women are raising the bar for the industry. A few shining companies are rising, or have risen already to meet and exceed mainstream and luxury retail standards.
These forward thinking companies use materials such as medical grade silicone, surgical grade steel, and other healthy alternatives to less expensive phthalate toys.
How are you to tell the difference? How can you tell if the toys in your toolbox are harboring phthalatesor other chemicals? Here are a few tests you can do with your toys.
- First test, the vinyl shower curtain test. If your toy smells like a vinyl shower curtain, or a tire, put a condom on it.
- Does you toy melt on it's own, to another toy, or to the bottom of your drawer? Yes, put a condom on it.
- When you bought your toy did it have an oily, greasy feel? Yes, put a condom on it.
- Does it still have that feel a year later? Yes, put a condom on it.
- Has your toy given you irritation, ie a rash, yeast infection....Yes, put a condom on it.
Condoms are a great way to keep your toys healthy. Condoms also make clean up quick and easy. High quality, healthy toys are, unfortunately, often more expensive than non-hygienic toys.
As a woman, as retailer, and as an educator, I think we should not have to worry if our toys are going to be healthy. If it looks like a dick it should be able to be used as a dick. After all, isn't one of the greatest perks of sex toys, that they won't give you an sexually transmitted infection? (If you don't share them.) I don't like the, "Is it a good dick, or a bad dick?"game. Therefore all Pink Bunny products designed for internal use are non-toxic and phthalate free.