Materials Glossary

A pocket guide to the materials of sex toys


ABS Plastic

Lego bricks are made from ABS plastic
Lego bricks are made from ABS plastic

ABS, short for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, is a strong, temperature resistant plastic used in many consumer goods. It's used in all sorts of products from golf club heads to recorders to Legos to vibrators. Pretty much any application for a rigid, waterproof plastic is perfect for ABS. Benefits include:

  • Non-porous and smooth, making it very easy to clean.
  • Firm, making it a good medium for transmitting vibrations. ABS vibrators will often feel more powerful than a similar toy made from a softer material.
  • Durable, meaning it will last a long time, provided it's cared for properly.

Note: If your ABS toy is cracked, its compromised and should be thrown away.

Cleaning Instructions: Clean surface with toy cleaner, or antibacterial soap with water. Don't use more harsh cleaners like alcohol, dish soap, or steel wool, etc. They will scuff the surface, and weaken the structural integrity of the toy. Over time enough surface damage may fracture or discolor the toy.

Its also important to not boil ABS. Above 80 °C / 176 °F ABS is subject to warping and other general permanent damage. Fun fact: if you get the plastic up to about 400 °C / 752 °F, it will decompose into it's constituent chemicals, some of which are carcinogenic. Below that temperature, there is no inherit hazard in exposure to ABS.

Care: Silicone, water, and oil lubricants are all safe to use with ABS.