31 Common Household Things To Use As A Dildo

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Although there is a bustling sex toy market, many women first experiment with insertables that weren’t designed for sexual use. If you’re grabbed something from your local produce aisle or have at least considered buying it to use as a dildo to masturbate, you’re not alone.

Safety Considerations When You’re Wondering What To Use As a Dildo

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There are three main concerns when it comes to inserting things vaginally when you are trying to reach orgasm.

  1. Can it transmit bacteria or cause infection?
  2. Can it break off?
  3. Will it cause injury?

The vagina is a sensitive place with its own delicate pH. If you’ve ever had a bacterial or yeast infection, which can be uncomfortable, then you already know this. Sex toy manufacturers have also come to respect this, which is why you’ll see shelves lined with body-safe silicone, wood, ceramic, glass and stainless steel dildos and vibrators.

The one thing all those materials have in common is that they’re either non-porous or can be made that way with a coating. Porous materials contain tiny holes that aren’t visible to the human eye. Even after washing, they can harbor bacteria.

Most of the items that you might pick up to use as a makeshift dildo are porous, however. This includes wood, rubber and even fruits or vegetables. Without some form of gamma radiation, you cannot completely kill all the bacteria.

Consider this: that zucchini might still have traces of pesticide on it!

Another factor that can lead to infection is sugar, which is one main cause of yeast infections. This is why chocolate syrup is actually a bad idea, but it’s not just refined sugar that can be problematic. Fruit such as bananas contain natural sugars that may also cause yeast infection, so you’ll want to be smart when choosing things to use as a dildo.

You can reduce the chances of infection by wrapping a condom over your banana or vegetable.

Note: Using a peeled banana is dangerous as it can break and get stuck in your vagina. Never use a peeled banana.

So What Can I Use As a Dildo Safely…Here’s 31 Ideas…

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Ok, here are 31 different things to use as a dildo….

(Just make sure to wrap them in a condom first)

  • Hairbrush
  • Electronic toothbrush (which also makes for a makeshift vibrator)
  • Regular toothbrush handle
  • Handle of spoon
  • Handle of make up brush
  • Handle of screwdriver
  • Handle of hammer
  • Handle of a razor as these often come with ridges (always with the razor blade detached)
  • Handle of saucepan
  • Perfume bottles
  • Shampoos bottles
  • Mascara bottles
  • Make up bottles
  • Baseball bat (if it fits!)
  • TV remote
  • Candle or a bunch of candles
  • Handle on a tennis racket
  • Handle of a riding crop
  • Markers
  • Pen or bunch of pens (just make sure they can’t leak)
  • Ice (just make sure it’s not so cold that you get ice burns and that it’s easy to pull out)
  • Popsicle

You can also use smooth vegetables like a:

  • Cucumber
  • Banana (unpeeled only)
  • Carrot (or bunch of carrots)
  • Zucchini
  • Small egg plants
  • Non spicy peppers – Be very careful here
  • Bunch of asparagus
  • Leek
  • Corn still on the cob
  • Rhubarb

Just make sure to wrap these items in a condom to help prevent yeast infections or worse.

Out of all of these items, the ice is probably the safest, but it’s not for everyone and can be dangerous if you it’s too cold and sticks to your skin. You’ll hear about plenty of unsafe items being used, too, including peeled bananas, frozen hot dogs, and vacuum attachments, which are just full of bacteria and can break apart and get stuck inside you! When considering what to use as a dildo, think beyond size and shape!

Many people have tried to use a water or soda bottle. This can potentially be safe, but you’ll have to thoroughly clean the bottle because bacteria can collect around the mouthpiece from use. A glass bottle with an especially narrow neck is probably the safest and sanitary option, but there is a small chance that a suction effect could occur or worse, it could potentially break. So my advice is to avoid using a glass bottle where possible.

How to Safely Play With Makeshift Dildos

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We’ve already mentioned condoms several times for their ability to reduce the risk of infection, but they’re not the only safety precaution. Using soap and water or toy cleaner to clean and sterilize your makeshift dildo before inserting it is a must. If you can boil an item for several minutes or spray it with a 10% bleach solution and let it sit for a few minutes, you can sterilize it as long as it’s nonporous. Don’t forget to rinse it off!

Just like you want to use lube to ease insertion with an actual dildo, the same is recommended for any item around the house, especially if it’s going to cause you to stretch. You can buy water-based or silicone lubes from most Walgreen’s. You can also safely use pure coconut oil as a lube.

The same is true for olive oil. However, it will be more difficult to wash these oils from your vagina, hands and even the item you’re using to masturbate with than water-based lube. Furthermore, oil-based lubes can break down the condom you might be using to protect from infection.

Pure aloe or carrageenan can also be used for lubes, and you’ll find these as ingredients in many store-bought lubes, too. Stay away from butter and cooking materials that contain sugar, which can lead to yeast infections. Furthermore, baby oil is generally a bad idea for internal use because it contains mineral oil. Additionally, it’s important to understand that lotions or any item with scents can upset your vagina and lead to an infection, too.

There are a number of risks that you face if you look for things to use as a dildo that aren’t safe. And as embarrassing as it might be to shop for body-safe dildos, it’s even more embarrassing to show up in your local emergency room because you’re got an infection or injury from something that was never intended to be inserted in the first place. If you absolutely must use an alternative to a dildo, using a condom and common sense goes a long way.


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