Best Lube Substitutes from Your Pantry
Natural Lube Alternatives You Probably Have in Your Kitchen
It’s the end of a hard-working day, and you’re laying in your bed, getting ready to work off some stress with your trusty sex toy of choice. Everything is locked and loaded, so you reach for the lube so that you can finally give yourself that orgasm (or a few) that you’ve been looking forward to all day.
Only, the lube is empty. Now what?
When the Lube Runs Out
Well, ideally, you’d have a backup bottle of water-based lubricant in your nightstand (or your bathroom). However, we don’t live in the perfect world. Sometimes, lube runs out, and sometimes, we simply can’t let that stop us when it comes to naughty carnal ministrations.
What can we use as lube alternatives to reduce friction and make everything just the right amount of slippery and wet? Sure, we can rely on our own personal lubricant, but some orifices simply aren’t as magical as others and need extra lubrication.
Best Lube Alternatives
When our water or oil-based lubes run out, our baby oil is sadly at its very end, and we’re fresh out of petroleum jelly or vaseline, then we have a situation on our hands, don’t we?
But no worries. Nothing is unsolvable. We can simply run to our pantry and see what we have handy. Surely you’ve heard of those old wive’s tales that egg whites make for excellent lube, right?
Although that’s not necessarily the best choice, it’s also not your only one. So here are the best options for a homemade anal lube (or just regular lube, for that matter).
Aloe Vera for Moisture and the Extra Slippery Effect
A natural lubricant and moisturizer, aloe vera is our go-to response when we’re asked what can be used as lube. However, it really has to be 100% pure aloe vera for it to be body-safe. If it is, then you can go wild. You can use it both for sex toys, as it doesn’t break down silicone like some other lubes (alternative or otherwise) do, and with condoms (latex and non-latex alike).
Cooking Oil as Lube
When it comes to lube alternatives, vegetable oil is most people’s first guess. It’s the most wide-spread of all household items on our list and probably the most used one as well.
Vegetable oil mixes nicely with sex toys, especially if you’re using glass or metal ones. You can also use it to lube up your silicone toys. However, remember that latex condoms and oil are frenemies. The oil will break down the latex making the condom obsolete and potentially ruining your fun (and private areas).
If you’re going to reach for oil to ease your sex toys (or partners) in, then make it a high-end olive oil, right?
Well, yes and no. Although olive oil is smoother than the vegetable one, it also has a strong smell that bothers some people. It’s also quite clingy and can be hard to clean off of toys. Not to mention, if you have sensitive skin, it’s a yeast infection waiting to happen.
If you’re looking for something for anal play and aren’t that picky about smells, then olive oil is the way to go.
Vitamin E Oil Is Another Great Moisturiser
Vitamin E oil is something that many menopausal women will recognize as a great way to plump up their nether regions. However, keep in mind that, just like any other oil, it doesn’t play well with latex condoms.
So if you’re playing with a partner, make sure to either use non-latex condoms or find another lube alternative.
Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is the best option (at least when it comes to oils). It has antifungal properties, and it’s generally great for skin (and hair, but that’s beside the point).
However, it’s an alkaline compound, while vaginas tend to be more on the acidic side. In other words, just like many other oils, coconut oil may mess with your vaginal pH balance.
When You Have None of These on Hand
If you’re extremely hard-pressed and need some lube urgently — we get it. We’ve been there (hence the list). Now, if you have absolutely no oils in your home, and you’re fresh out of aloe vera, check your pantry for corn starch.
Yes, you heard us right. You can mix some corn starch with water until you have a lube-like substance and use that to make things more enjoyable for yourself. Since this is (clearly) a water-based lube alternative, you can even use it with latex condoms.
It’s not the most pleasant one, though, and you have to mix it really well before use. However, it’s better than using yogurt, for example. Some couples who experiment with food will tell you that yogurt acts as a great lube replacement, but it’s kind of smelly and not particularly slick if we’re completely honest. It will work in a pinch though.