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The Playboy Advisor: Sex Toys and Size
  • July 17, 2012 : 14:07
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Question: How do you get the smell of plastic out of sex toys? We have used different cleaners and soaps without success.—C.R., Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Answer: That’s not surprising; we haven’t found any way to remove the odor of latex, rubber, PVC or jelly from certain sex toys. In fact, because they are porous, which makes them attractive to bacteria, it’s best to place condoms over these types of toys before use. They may also contain plastic softeners called phthalates, which some research suggests could be unhealthy. People usually buy smelly toys because they’re cheap, then upgrade to silicone, which has no odor, transmits vibration better and can be cleaned with hot water. In Sex Toys 101, the founders of Babeland.com suggest a monthly “dildo soup”—a 10-quart pot of boiling water in which, using tongs, you immerse your silicone or Pyrex-like glass dildos and butt plugs that don’t have electronics inside. (Don’t add anything else; it’s not like stone soup.) Remove the toys after 10 minutes and air or towel dry. You can also place silicone toys that don’t have electrical parts on the top rack of a dishwasher for a regular cycle. Other nonsmelly toy options include those made from elastomers and hard plastics or acrylics.

Question: I’ve read you have a fairly thick erection if you can’t fit it inside a toilet-paper roll. I’ve also read you are fairly thick if you can’t wrap a dollar bill around your erection. I gave it a try, and the two ends of the bill barely touch each other. I’m six inches around and a bit more at the base and head. What’s the minimum you need to be considered thick?—R.S., Easton, Pennsylvania

Answer: A 2007 review of a dozen studies that measured penis size found the average girth at the middle of the shaft to range from 4.72 to 5.12 inches in circumference. (The average erection ranged from 5.5 to 6.3 inches.) A dollar bill is 6.14 inches long, and the toilet-paper tube in our emergency sex-toy bag measures 4.71 inches around. So that’s about right. If the dollar doesn’t touch or you can’t satisfy the Charmin, you’re above average. You’ll find many women appreciate that more than length, for reasons involving the clitoris that we discussed earlier.

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4 comments

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Sex toys smell because they are not made with quality materials. Luxury sex toys that are made from medical-grade silicone or green materials don't have that plastic smell. If something smells that badly, should you really use it?
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    Anonymous
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