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35 Slippery Good Lube Substitutes, How & When To Use Them & Ones to Avoid

Oh no! You are out of lube. What will you do? Don’t worry, you don’t need to make a mad dash to the store. Here are some lube substitutes you can try.

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Sometimes you need to have sex now, like right now. Of course, when you’re in the moment, you’re rummaging around your house trying to find your XY lubricant gel. But you can’t find it! What are the best lube substitutes for your store-bought lube? We have just what you need.

The importance of lubricant

Lubricant is an essential commodity that couples cannot go without during sex. Not only does it create extra pleasure and comfort, but it also provides protection from nasty abrasions that come during the act of sex. 

The vagina is good at keeping itself moist, especially when aroused. Fluid from the cervix and secretions from two pea-sized glands at the entrance of the vagina helps keep it lubricated. [Read: How to use lubricants to liven up your sex life immediately]

However, occasional vaginal dryness isn’t uncommon, so there are times when it’s best to use a lubricant. Artificial lube replaces natural vaginal secretions, and it can reduce any discomfort the partners might have.

When to use lube substitutes

So, how do you know when to use an artificial lubricant? Here are some situations when you might have to use it. [Read: Oil as lube? How to know what’s safe to use and what’s to be avoided]

1. She is taking a medication that reduces lubricant

There are certain medications that can reduce the amount of lubricant that a woman produces naturally. So, check the prescriptions that she is taking to see if this is part of the problem. If so, ask your doctor for an alternative.

2. Changes in hormone levels during or after pregnancy

Pregnancy and childbirth cause a woman’s hormones to go a bit wild for over a year. So, this can also influence how wet she gets during sex. 

This is something that will come back with time. But meanwhile, you might want to use some artificial lube. [Read: Tokophobia – the fear of pregnancy and everything you need to know]

3. Menopause

Just like pregnancy and childbirth can change hormones, so do menopause and perimenopause *the years leading up to menopause*. 

As a result, the woman’s vagina doesn’t produce as much lubricant as it did pre-menopause. [Read: Midlife crisis for women – 27 signs, how it hits you and what you feel inside]

4. Long sessions of sexual activity 

Some people love having long marathon sex sessions. While that can be a lot of fun, sometimes a woman’s vaginal lubricant can “dry up.” There are a number of reasons for this, but it’s pretty common.

5. Pain or itching in the vagina

If a woman is experiencing pain or itching in her vagina, then the vaginal tissue can become very dry. That is another situation where you will benefit from using an artificial lubricant.

So, when the unfortunate happens and the woman runs out of her natural lubricant, don’t just go for the nearest slippery liquid in place of a standard lubricant. Read this list instead. [Read: 15 best lubricants hiding in your kitchen]

Considerations for lube substitutes

There are three types of commercial lubricants. The most commonly-used variant is the water-based lubricant composed of water-soluble glycerin or cellulose-ether solutions. 

This type is common for three main reasons: (1) their raw materials are easily obtainable and affordable, (2) they are condom-friendly, and (3) less risk of allergic reactions.

It is best to choose a lube substitute that mimics the commercial brand properties. [Read: How to have safe sex in every single way it is possible to]

However, there will be instances when you compromise one or two of the benefits of commercial lube, so it is wise to know the properties of the lube substitute that you will be using to adopt some precautionary measures prior to use.

1. Safety – know if your lube substitute is condom-friendly

As a rule of thumb, only water-based lube pairs well with most types of condoms. So, if you’re planning to use an oil-based substitute for your lube, you risk breaking the condom. 

It is best to discuss an alternative birth control measure with a partner if an oil-based lube is considered. [Read: How to be a condom know-it-all in five minutes]

2. Safety – know if you have allergies

Good lube substitutes, especially those coming from natural oils, may have allergic effects for some. If you have certain allergies, avoid those kinds of lube substitutes that might trigger them and instead choose a safer alternative.

3. Safety – hygiene and infection risks

Remember, lubricant substitutes are still foreign substances that you’re applying to your genital areas connected to the insides of your body. 

Using lubricant substitutes, especially those that can be a potential bacteria breeding ground, poses an infection risk which can be mitigated by observing proper washing and hygiene after use. [Read: Vaginal odor – 35 secrets to making your vagina smell good and taste even better]

4. Safety – do not multi-use massage oil

Massage oil is used for one thing and one thing only: massages. You’re probably thinking that you could double the oil as a lubricant. In theory, it doesn’t sound like a bad idea. 

But, if you’re thinking of saving a couple of dollars, well, having a kid is much more than $2. So, don’t cheap out.

5. Ease of use

Some lubricants are easier to use than others. It could be because of availability or even convenience. [Read: Big health benefits of sex and more that’ll help you live longer]

Something that you have laying around in your kitchen already is better than needing to go to the store to find a lube substitute. So, choose something that is not only safe but easy to use.

6. Expect unpleasant stains and smells

Finally, using certain types of lubricant substitutes may leave undesirable stains and smells on your bedsheets. 

Some types of oils may be safe for your skin, but leave a tell-tale mark on your bed sheet. [Read: The 7 smelliest body parts that can ruin perfectly good sex]

Know whether your alternative lubricant is also safe for your bed covers or place an additional cover on your bed if you really want to use that lubricant.

7. Be gentle when cleaning

If you’re a woman, another cause for vaginal dryness could be over-washing your vagina. If you wash your vagina over two times a day, you actually disrupt your body’s pH balance which causes vaginal dryness.

Different types of lube

Regardless of the lube you end up using, there are three types of lubricants: oil-based, water-based, and silicone-based.

To figure out which one is the best one for you, you need to know the differences between them. [Read: Queefing – what it is, 23 reasons why girls queef, and secrets to make it stop]

1. Oil-based 

You can easily find oil-based products around your house. Maybe you were considering using baby oil or mineral oil as lube. 

Well, that would be a disaster if you’re using a latex condom. They’ll eat it up in no time.

2. Water-based 

These are the most common type of lubricant. [Read: The nooner – what it is, how it works, and 22 tips to enjoy a sexy siesta]

Because they’re water-based, it’s less likely to cause an allergic reaction and they’re great for sensitive skin. It also doesn’t taste like lube, so it’s more natural.

3. Silicone-based 

Silicone-based lubricants are long-lasting compared to water-based lubes, and they’re also safe to use with condoms. 

If you’ve felt silicone before, you’ll know the soft feeling they leave you with. [Read: When sex hurts for women – The causes of painful sex]

Foods to use as a lube substitute 

Sure, the packaging is nice, but you don’t have to go name-brand in order to lubricate yourself. Lube is lube, so we’re here to tell you some of the other options for having a good time. And they all work.

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has been used in natural hair moisturizers for after-sun care, but many people never thought about its lubricating properties. Aloe Vera makes the vaginal skin extremely soft and also prevents yeast infections.

Not only that, aloe vera has anti-bacterial properties, helping you lessen the risk of infection down there. [Read: What does a vagina taste like? People tell it like it is]

If you are planning to use aloe vera as a lubricant, it is advisable to use 100% of the pure stuff rather than those with additives. 

2. Yogurt

You probably didn’t think of this one, but it’s a great alternative as opposed to conventional lubricants. But don’t get the blueberry-flavored ice cream. [Read: How to get turned on – 26 sexy secrets to turn yourself on and get in the mood]

Keep it plain. Aside from acting as a lubricant, it also doubles as a pH balancer and yeast infection fighter. What more could a girl ask for?

3. Egg whites

This one probably causes you to raise an eyebrow, but don’t be skeptical. It works. 

This is usually used to cure your hangover, but you can also use it before the hangover as well. Just make sure to separate the yolk from the whites – you don’t need to make an omelet up there. [Read: How to use lubricants to liven up your sex life instantly]

Natural oils as lube substitutes

There are certain types of natural oils suitable as an alternative to lube. However, couples should remember oils could damage condoms. Consider choosing another form of protection when using natural oils.

1. Almond oil

Almond oil is the third contender for oil-based substitute lubes. Compared to other natural oils, almond oil stands out due to its pleasant nutty-sweet scent. 

It is also mild on the skin and doesn’t leave any color stains on the fabric. However, people with nut allergies should be careful around almond oil. [Read: 48 sexy secrets to have better sex and explore new things to try in bed]

2. Vitamin E

You might be wondering how those amber-colored pills can be used as lube but inside those tiny pockets of soluble gelatin is just the right amount of oil to serve the purpose. Vitamin E comes in pure oil form or as the more common pale amber pill in bottles.

It is arguably more expensive to use this as lube but if you don’t have any other choice then you can have this as an option. 

Vitamin E is made up of omega fatty acid compounds that have antioxidant properties. Aside from this, it is good for the skin and contributes to healthy hair growth too. [Read: How to squirt – 22 squirting orgasm secrets to make yourself or a girl squirt]

3. Cornstarch and water

If you are in a hurry, then this might not be the best lube alternative because it requires some work. You can combine four teaspoons of cornstarch into one cup of boiling water. Stir the pot continuously. If you don’t, the lube will get lumpy. 

For thicker lube, you can add four more teaspoons, and if you like it thinner, then use only two. 

Stir the cornstarch and water for about 15 minutes and then let it cool naturally. Just don’t put it in the refrigerator or else it will get lumpy. [Read: Sexual foreplay – 26 lusty secrets to do it well and make them hot and horny]

When it’s cooled off, pour the lube into a bottle for safekeeping and store it at room temperature. This lube is very condom-compatible.

4. Olive or vegetable oil

This isn’t ideal for vaginal penetration, but it can be used as an external vaginal or anal lubricant. 

The drawback to this is that because it’s an oil, it’s not good to use with latex condoms. [Read: How long do condoms last? 23 tips and mistakes that make them expire fast!]

But if you don’t need to use them, then vegetable oil is something that most people have in their kitchens, so it could be a good alternative when you’re in a hurry to find something to use.

5. Coconut oil

Coconut oil can literally be used for anything; it’s the magical fruit that everyone should have a jar of. 

Not only is it used for skin and hair, but guess what, it can also be used as a lubricant. It’s completely natural so you don’t have to worry about chemicals or parabens. [Read: Sex tutorial 101: 15 things they didn’t teach you in sex ed]

But, because this is an oil, you shouldn’t use this with latex condoms. It weakens them and makes them prone to breakage.

Other good substitutes for lube that work perfectly well

Now let’s take a look at the other good lube substitutes and alternatives that work.

1. Seaweed massage gel

Seaweed is a good source of water-based gelatin similar to aloe vera and is used to create long-lasting massage gels for erotic massage. [Read: Sensual massage techniques to leave your partner wanting more]

It is also skin-friendly and serves as a good moisturizer. The only drawback of this substitute is you’ll have to purchase it in bulk as it is mostly used in large quantities.

2. Foreplay

Foreplay is a great way to get the vagina to create its own lubrication. Women take longer to arouse than men, so invest some time in foreplay. 

You want to warm up the vagina, then she’ll naturally start to lubricate herself. [Read: The best sizzling foreplay games to get the night rolling]

3. Ladies, stay hydrated

People don’t drink enough water. You probably just groaned. However, for women, staying hydrated is extremely important for vaginal lubrication. 

If you’re chronically dehydrated, a symptom of that will be vaginal dryness. If you’re running to the kitchen right now, we don’t blame you.

4. Sweat, girl! 

Yeah, you probably groaned at this one too, but working out actually increases vaginal lubrication. [Read: How to make yourself wet – 19 ways to get yourself all lubed up]

You don’t have to run a marathon, but before having sex, go for a half-hour brisk walk or jog. That’ll help get the juices flowing.

5. Omega-3 fatty acids

If you’re a woman and you want to naturally increase vaginal lubrication, try taking an Omega-3 supplement. 

Omega-3 helps to increase your vaginal lubrication, and you can find it in fish, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin. [Read: Nom-non no-nos: 17 foods to avoid before sex]

List of lube substitutes you should avoid

While the items on this list might seem like a good idea to use as lube substitutes, just don’t do it. Here’s why.

1. Butter

Butter is something that you should just use on your toast! It may be greasy, but it’s not a good idea to use it as lube.

That’s because butter contains milk solids, salt, and trace amounts of sugar which can alter the pH of the vagina. This can lead to irritation or infection. [Read: Dry down there all of a sudden? Fastest ways to go from parched to wet]

2. Baby oil

Baby oil is an inert mineral or vegetable-based oil that keeps skin soft and supple. The oil is usually meant for cleansing and maintaining the skin’s moisture.

But even though it’s very slippery because it’s an oil, you still shouldn’t use it. Leave the baby oil for the babies, not your sex life! 

3. Whipped cream

Many women use whipped cream to indulge in sexual fantasies and to add more excitement to the bedroom. So, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can use whipped cream, just don’t use it as a lube. [Read: 32 hot and slippery ways to make yourself wet and aroused really fast]

It contains a lot of sugar and also has the potential to disturb your vaginal pH level. This could cause infections too, so you should avoid this one.

4. Shortening

Vegetable shortening is made from a blend of soybean and palm oils. It’s very greasy, which is good when it comes to lubricants. However, it degrades barriers made from latex, including condoms.

So, this could put you and your partner at risk for unintended pregnancy or an STD. Plus, you shouldn’t use it if you are prone to vaginal infections. [Read: Alternatives to porn – 16 ways to get hot and wet without porn]

5. Lotion and soap

Lotion and soap might seem like a good substitute for lube since it pretty much contains similar ingredients to your bottle of commercial lube. But don’t use it.

It might cost you more than lube and it dries faster with friction compared to lube which is designed to withstand the rough action of sex. Plus, the artificial scents, oils, and other compounds wouldn’t be that friendly to the vagina.

6. Saliva/spit

If you’re out of lube, you might be tempted to use spit because it looks a little porny, and it’s free. But just don’t do it. [Read: The types of nipples, what’s normal and not, and 17 must-know nipple facts]

Using saliva as a lubricant is harmful because you can get or pass an infection through intimacy. People who use saliva as a form of lube during sex can get gonorrhea or even a yeast infection.

7. Petroleum jelly *Vaseline*

Petroleum jelly might cause more harm than good. It has many ingredients you should avoid.

There are seven major ingredients that can be harmful – parabens, silicone oils, phenoxyethanol, glycerin and glucose, propylene glycol, chlorhexidine, and petroleum-derived ingredients. [Read: The causes of painful sex for women and what you can do about it]

Risks when you go DIY

While some of these substitute lube suggestions might sound harmless, as we have discussed, some of them can change the pH level in the vagina and cause all sorts of infections and problems.

So, you are taking a risk when you try them. 

If you want to play it safe, then foreplay is the way to go. Having a lot of foreplay will allow the woman to naturally lubricate herself, which could save you a trip to the shop. But if you’re experiencing some dry problems, it’s best to stick to commercial lubes.

[Read: Stealth sex – What it is, 19 ways to prevent stealthing, and why men do this]

Found out that you’ve run out of lubricant in the middle of sex? Never fear. With a little bit of improvisation, you can use several common household items as good lube substitutes and alternatives for lube. 

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Vinod Srinivas Serai
Vin Serai
Vin Serai is the founder of LovePanky.com, and has delved deep into the working of love and relationships for almost two decades. Having dipped his feet in almo...