Whether you realize it or not, there are many situations in which knowing how to convert household items into homemade sex toys is a real plus. Maybe you’re away from home and realize you’re without your favorite sex toy; maybe things have gotten heated and you don’t have time to hunt for a vibrator; maybe you’re looking to try a new kink without investing much money. Or maybe you just want to surprise your partner (or yourself).
Whatever the reason, certified sexologist and author of Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century Barbara Carrellas says a DIY sex toy (which she calls a “pervertible”) is never far: “Pervertibles are every day, non-erotic items that can be easily converted into sex toys. They can be found absolutely everywhere, and once you start finding them, it’s hard to stop seeing the erotic potential in all sorts of everyday items.”
We spoke to a variety of sex educators and experts about their top picks for unassuming everyday objects you can bring into your sex life and masturbation. While there’s no true replacement for a body-safe sex toy, Rae Chen, sex and beauty editor of TheNotice.net, tells SELF: “There are a lot of household items that can double as sex toys for the brave (or very, very horny). Ideally, I recommend using only new, clean items.”
From spatulas to throw pillows, Carrellas says once you start looking for pervertibles, “you can expand your erotic imagination and increase your pleasure possibilities.” (And save money, too.) Below, we’ve rounded up a few of the best homemade sex toys, as well as expert recommendations for how to safely enjoy them.
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