If I run out of lube at home, what else can I use?

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Oh no! What a dilemma to have. Next time you’re out, stock up. It’s an important “extra” for sex (especially anal sex, as the anus does not self lubricate). In the meantime, here are some household items you can use for massage, masturbation, and sex to keep things slippery and stimulating.egg whites

Believe it or not, egg whites make a great lubricant. They are pure protein, like sperm. Just make sure they are refrigerated and fresh. Salmonella is the last thing you want in your vagina.

If eggs-vagintene isn’t something you’re willing to try, opt for a household oil. Baby oil, Vaseline, even mineral oil can all make great lubes.

(Big note of caution about latex condoms and oil: Oils and latex do not mix. In fact, oil eats away at latex, quickly leaving you with a broken condom or dental dam. Check out this video if you don’t believe us! If you’re using latex condoms or dental dams, avoid oils of all kind and opt for water-based lubes only.)

 almond_oilThen there are oils like sesame, almond, and coconut, which taste delicious, are good for the skin, and can be used as lubricants. Even olive oil can be used in a pinch. But again, freshness is key. Don’t use anything in the anus or vagina that can be a breeding ground for bacteria. 

Last, and perhaps the oldest trick in the book, is saliva. When cavemen and women needed a little something extra, they didn’t pull out a bottle of KY—they used spit. The one drawback is it’s high percentage of water—meaning it dries out quickly. Avoid saliva if you have a sore throat, infection, mouth sores, etc, as they will all be passed to your lover.

And if you’re looking for a really fun foreplay technique, try out this homemade lube recipe. You might not even make it out of the kitchen.

Have fun and happy Friday.

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