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Sex Toy Materials - Jelly Rubber

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What are jelly rubber sex toys made from?:


  • Jelly rubber is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) that has softeners (called phthalates ) added to it.
  • Phthalates have been linked to serious health problems in other areas, so it is recommended that these toys should be used with condoms.
  • Jelly rubber sex toys are inexpensive, soft, and usually come in translucent colors. They feel a bit more resilient than the older rubber mixes used to make sex toys.

How to take care of jelly rubber sex toys:


  • Jelly rubber is porous, so there are places for bacterial to hide, making washing your jelly rubber sex toys very important.
  • Use a very mild hand soap to clean. Using alcohol or bleach, or even dish soap will lead to the breaking down of the rubber.
  • Only use a water based personal lubricant with jelly rubber.

Health concerns related to jelly rubber sex toys:

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency released a study that found that using sex toys with phthalates did not pose a significant risk, unless you are pregnant or breastfeeding. But there is a body of evidence that shows the potential for health risks with exposure to phthalates, and if you are able to afford better quality materials, it is preferable. Putting a condom on a jelly rubber sex toy will reduce the risk of exposure to phthalates (but may not eliminate the risk entirely).

Safer sex and jelly rubber sex toys:


  • It is possible to transmit infections on sex toys that have not been sterilized, even if they have been washed.
  • Because jelly rubber sex toys cannot be boiled (like silicone sex toys ) use a condom to keep them clean and free of bacteria.
  • If you are going to share a sex toy with a partner use a condom on the toy to prevent transmission of bodily fluids.
  • While it is not recommended, if you are going to use a toy both vaginally and anally use a condom to prevent transmission of bacteria.
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