I want to preface this article by saying that none of the household sex toys below will beat the effectiveness of an actual sex toy. Which is pretty understandable, since these items were primarily created to perform other, less sultry tasks, like cleaning your teeth, clothes and unknotting your hair.
But if you're on a budget or too shy to enter a sex shop — or perhaps even too shy to purchase a sex toy online — there are many household items that double as sex toys that can do a heck of a job making your sexual exploits a little more exciting. And nobody has to be left out of the equation: Couples can even use these makeshift sex toys to get off together. In fact, many do — according to a 2018 survey of 976 people, ages 18 to 71, by Superdrug Online Doctor, 70% of women have used a household item for sexual pleasure.
Since these items aren't primarily intended for sexual use, it's important that you be cautious with each of the items suggested below and make sure they're thoroughly cleaned with soap and water or sex toy cleaner prior to getting it on, to avoid getting a UTI.
If you want to add a little something new to your sex life without spending a dime, give these household stand-ins a shot.
1. Shower Head
Your shower head can make for a fantastic clitoral stimulator. If you haven't tried this out yet, turn your shower on, and experiment with a variety of temperature settings and speeds.
“many a vulva owner's first orgasm was produced by this baby,” sex educator Lola Jean tells Elite Daily. “The steady flow of water and pressure can lead to some excellent orgasms and pleasure because of the stimulation.”
2. Banana Peel
If you have bananas in your fridge, anyone with a penis can use the peel as a masturbatory sleeve. To do this, cut a small slit in the skin and tip, scoop the majority of the banana out and slide the peel over the shaft. “This is similar to grapefruiting,” Jean says, “For extra sensation, try heating it up”
3. Scarves Or Thigh-High Stockings
Head into your closet and grab some of your scarves or thigh-high stockings. These garments can serve as formidable blindfolds and handcuffs (when securely tied to the bedposts).
Jean also attests that scarves and stockings can be used directly on the body during foreplay. “I love using stockings, lacey, or silky materials,” she says. “Either using them to masturbate through the material, or dragging it along the skin to provide a different sensation.”
4. Ice Cubes
There are many ways to incorporate ice cubes into sex. Try running a cube over your partner's body teasingly, not excessively. It's a fun, innovative way to add a little something new to your foreplay routine. Additionally, ice cubes are also a great tool for oral sex.
“I like to hold the ice cube and warm it with my hand to control where the drips go,” Jean explains. “As opposed to applying it directly to someone’s skin. You can also suck on the ice cube before you go down o someone to give another different sensation. Additionally, follow this up with a more heated activity using oil, body heat, or the heat of your mouth.”
5. Bathtub Faucet
While the handheld shower head may be a more buzz-worthy sex object, you can also use the bathtub faucet to the same effect. Just lay down on your back with your legs vertically against the wall, and let the water stimulate your clitoris. Be sure to keep the water on the colder side to avoid burning something.
“The bathtub faucet can be as effective as the shower head,” Jean tells Elite Daily.
6. Electronic Toothbrush
The vibrating sensations of an electric toothbrush can be gentle enough to feel spectacular. Additionally, many of these items can be charged, which means you can save money on batteries.
”I believe this was the world’s first vibrator,” Jean says. “ Vibration provides something a human cannot do with such ease: repetition and consistency. If you have a penis, vibration in the perennial area or on the frenulum can also be quite nice. However, I’d recommend using an actual vibrator and not a toothbrush.”
Into spanking? Head to the kitchen for a spatula. For the best results, seek out spatulas made from rubber or silicone. Or, if you have neither, a wooden spoon can work, too. However, before engaging in any kind of sexual activity, it’s imperative to have a conversation with your partner about consent, boundaries, and intentions.
"All sex is based on this very important concept of consent. Skipping the consent discussion means you risk doing significant harm to others and to themselves,” erotic coach and sex educator Dawn Serra told Bustle.
8. Washing Machine
Turn on the spin cycle, take a seat, and let the washing machine do all the work while it cleans your laundry. Additionally, intercourse on top of the laundry machine can also be incredibly stimulating and erotic.
“As a perennial humper, I like what the sensation provides in addition to any gyration that may be occurring above the surface,” Jean says. “The vibration is large enough to influence the bones and areas inside of the body that will stimulate the G area or P spots, depending on your genitals.”
9. Back Massager
Like the electronic toothbrush, the key to the back massager is its vibration capabilities. A back massager already has many settings to play around with and can deliver a much more intense orgasm.
“Believe it or not, the Hitachi Magic Wand was initially made and marketed as a back massager,” Jean explains “Because that what it was manufactured as.”
10. Your Phone
In order to masturbate with your phone, download a vibration app, and play around with the various intensity levels. “You can put your phone on a really high vibrate,” Jean says. “Then let the moans you make become your new ringtone.”
Lola Jean, sex educator, mental health professional, and former domme.
Dawn Serra, sex educator, and erotic coach.
Additional reporting by Iman Hariri-Kia.