Did you know that you can make your own homemade lube? I bet you did not since you are probably just used to grabbing one from your local store whenever you’re in need of it. Lubricant, also known as lube is a gel-like substance that is made with the intent to reduce friction or coarseness thus making whatever surface you’re applying it on feel smooth and easy to work with. Your homemade lube will help to make the act of having sex feel smoother, less painful, and more comfortable whether you will be carrying out the act with your partner or with a toy.
Ideally, your home will be stocked up with the very best lube your money can buy or a homemade lube you whipped up but unfortunately, you mostly don’t plan for moments when you need a generous supply of personal lubricant. While in the act of lovemaking, you might be needing your lube asap and the only thing more mood-killing than a frantic fumble through your nightstand drawer is expanding your search into your bathroom or kitchen wondering all manner of un-sexy things like “is it safe to use groundnut oil as a lubricant”? Hahahahaha, couldn’t help but laugh at this point cos all thoughts of getting intimate will definitely vanish away within minutes of your search and thought process.
You may want to say that buying lube is pretty easy so why stress yourself making a homemade lube but there are other factors that may make the process of buying one daunting such as if you don’t have a lot of money at your disposal, you are under 18years of age and not able to buy lube from sex stores, can’t access a sexual health clinic for free samples, etc.
As a general disclaimer, it is advisable to carry out a skin patch test before using your homemade lube. This can be done by trying out the homemade lube on a different part of your body other than your butt or genitals just to see if you will have an allergic reaction or any reaction whatsoever which can of course ruin any romantic mood. A very good place to carry out this test will be inside of your elbow. Also, remember that you know your body best and you should be able to detect any slight anomaly in this process of determining which homemade lube works best for you.
Types of Lubricants
Water-Based Lubricant: This type of lubricant is probably the safest option for intercourse as it does not damage condoms. If you prefer a well-rounded lube, you should consider making a homemade lube that is water-based. However, the only disadvantage of this lube is that it can dry out fairly quicker than others but you can always reapply more.
Silicone-based Lubricant: If you will be using a sex toy, you will have to avoid a silicone-based lubricant as they cause damage to silicone products. However, this lube is good for latex-based barrier methods of contraceptives such as latex condoms.
Oil-based Lubricant: this lube has a likelihood of increasing the risk of pregnancy / developing an infection as it can damage sex toys and condoms easily. Oil-based lubes are safer for people who want to engage in sexual intercourse without barrier methods of contraception.
How to make your water-base homemade lube
You can always make your water-based homemade lube with the following easy steps:
- Mix one cup of water and 4 teaspoons of corn starch in a saucepan.
- Put the stove on low to medium heat and slowly bring the liquid to a boil.
- Once it’s boiling, stir the mixture frequently for about 30 seconds.
- Take the pot off the heat and let the mixture cool before using it.
Alternatives to Homemade Lube you should avoid
So many liquids that people believe will make a good lubricant might actually lead to infection and irritation such as:
- Spit: a recent study revealed that those who use saliva as a lubricant could spread gonorrhea. An older study also highlights saliva in oral sex might cause vaginal yeast infections.
- Vaseline: if you use Vaseline as your homemade lube, you may be at risk of triggering an infection. A study found females who used Vaseline as a lube were more likely to develop bacterial vaginosis. Additionally, Vaseline states that it is for external use only, so it is likely not suitable for penetrative or oral intercourse.
- Lotion and Soap: most lotions and soaps contain perfumes and preservatives, such as parabens which can irritate the genitals and lead to infection.
- Baby Oil: a study analyzed lubricant usage in intercourse among men, and found a link between baby oil and higher rectal infection rates. Using baby oil as your homemade lube carries the risk of poisoning, infection, and damage to barrier methods of contraception.
- Butter: if someone inserts butter into a vagina or anus and does not clean the area properly afterward, the butter may start to spoil and become rancid. This may cause an infection due to bacterial growth. Butter is a dairy product and requires refrigeration and not to be used as a homemade lube.
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