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What Lube to Use with What Sex Toy Material? 

Let's face it, sex toys are becoming increasingly popular with no end in sight. Every day, thousands of people take the leap and buy their first sex toy, vibrator, or cock ring and there is one serious question on their mind. How do you know whether or not their sex lube is safe to use with their sex toys?

Given that many of the higher end sex toys run in the hundreds of dollars, we can’t blame them for wanting to make sure their favorite lube isn’t going to ruin their new cock rings or prostate massager.  Keep reading to see exactly what lubricant types are safe to use with what sex toy materials.  Don't ruin your investment. 

Is Oil Based Lube Safe with Sex Toys?

First and foremost, lets immediately get rid of all oil based lubes if you are using sex toys and quite frankly, even if you are not using sex toys. Oil based sex lube is really only good for masturbation. Not only should oil based lubes not be used internally (they can coat the anus or vagina, and prevent your body from properly cleaning itself); they shouldn’t be used on sex toys.

Regardless of the sex toy material, oil based products (including lubes, creams and massage oils) will coat your toy, and the only way to get the oil off of them is by using chemicals that aren’t going to be friendly to either your toy or your body. Basically, keep the oil away from your sex toys, period. 

Is Silicone Based Lube Safe with Sex Toys? 

The next lube you should think about putting on the chopping block is silicone based lubricant. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though, silicone lube is actually very good to use with sex toys that are made from hard materials such as plastic, any metals, ceramic, wood, etc. 

Silicone lube will give your toys a very slick and luxurious texture while you are using them. Not only is silicone lubricant great for all hard material sex toys, its fantastic for sex in the water since it’s waterproof! Anal sex, vaginal sex, or masturbation, silicone will get it done.

Silicone lube is pretty easy to get off as well, just some warm water and soap should get the job done.

However, it is very important to keep your silicone lube away from sex toys that are made of or contain any silicone. While this may sound strange, silicone lube and silicone toys (really, any soft material such as PVC or Jelly) want to be the same consistency. 

Basically, the silicone lube will turn the silicone toy into a big blob of silicone, what a mess. The lube may also try and take on the hardness of the silicone toy which will turn the lube hard as well.

The lube will start to solidify onto the toy, and the toy will start to melt into the lube, leaving you with a toy that has a melted cheese-like consistency on the outside. Cool if you are into science, yes, but probably not what you want to happen to your brand new, medical-grade silicone cock rings.

This is the same reason that you should not stack or pile silicone toys in a drawer together, touching each other; you might come back to a giant blob of sex toys!

As an update, in more recent times, many of the higher-end sex toy companies are making silicone sex toys that are safe to use with silicone lube. Always check with the manufacturer first before trying to use together.

Can I Use Silicone Lube With My Fleshlight?

No! We have to highly advise against using any silicone lubricant with your Fleshlight (or any masturbator for that matter). 

As with other soft sex toys, Fleshlight's proprietary material is extremely sensitive and should never come into contact with a Fleshlight.  The silicone lube will turn your Fleshlight into a goopy silicone mess.

What About The New Hybrid Lubricants?

As with all industries, there is innovation.  The adult market is no different.  Several years ago a few manufacturers started playing around with combining water-based lube and silicone based lube.  The result is what we now know as a Hybrid Lubricant.   

These types of hybrid lube tend to be mostly water with a small amount of silicone.  They are usually creamy white in texture which mimics semen so many of the cum lubes out there are in fact a hybrid lube. 

Since hybrid lubricants tend to be made up of at least 80% water they are usually safe to use with all sex toys.  If you have a cheap silicone toy though, you may want to test it on a small obscure part of the toy just incase.  Cheaper silicone toys tend to have bad reactions to almost everything.

Hybrid lubricants are also condom safe so get to protecting your self and your partner!

Is Water Based Lube Safe with Sex Toys?

This leaves us with the clear winner of which lube to use with your sex toys. Water based lube should always be your go-to lube for sex toys unless you are absolutely certain that silicone is safe.

It does not matter what kind of water-based sex lube you are using, it can be flavored, warming, cooling, or any other type, water-based lube are all fine to use with toys.

Water-based lubricants might not last as long as silicone before getting a little tacky, but just add a little more water (or spit) to reactivate them and get it super slick again. Regardless of what your toy if made of, water-based lubes are safe for it. Just use soap and warm water to wash them or even an anti-bacterial sex toy cleaner.

Side Note

This best of list will be periodically updated as better lubricant become available or products simply no longer perform as well. As with all best of lists, this will be a living document.

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