Worried your bedroom routine has become a bit too routine? It happens – even to dedicated kinksters and 24/7 sex machines. Adult life is demanding and relentless. Once we’ve finished our professional, personal, family, and domestic obligations for the day, it’s tempting to flop onto the couch.
This isn’t necessarily a problem but it can take the zip out of our sex life. Good sex requires energy, creativity, and the willingness to be present. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to shake things up and get back into the groove.
Sex toys are a great booster shot because it’s impossible to say “toy” without feeling a little playful. Just browsing what’s available online can pique your interest. But you don’t have to buy before you try. Many ordinary household items are just dying to show you their hidden wild side. So read on. But be warned. You may never be able to look at a wooden spoon the same way…
1. An Electric Toothbrush
Your standard oral hygiene upgrade can stand in for an actual vibrator. It lasts longer than your cell phone and it’s more portable than your washing machine. (Of course, if you want to take this act into the laundry room and rock that spin cycle, go for it.)
For sanitary purposes, you’ll want to cover the toothbrush head with a condom. And you may wish to toss it afterward, so this is best done with the cheapo variety. A fun variation if you’re using this as a sex toy is to loop a thick rope snugly over the erogenous zones and hold the toothbrush against it. It delivers the vibrations all along the rope length.
2. A Leather Belt
Goes with everything. Always in season. It’s a timeless classic. It’s also a good starter whip for couples just starting to experiment with impact play (which means hitting your partner for fun and pleasure), or a handy substitute if you’ve left home without your flogger.
To prevent injury with this sex toy, never allow the metal parts of the belt to hit your partner. Stick to the buttocks and outer thighs if you’re new at this. (And if you’re really new, read our Beginner’s Guide to Spanking – your butt will thank you later.) Take care to prevent “wrapping,” which is when the end of the belt wraps around the body and strikes an accidental target such as the face. This is best prevented by shortening the belt. Grip it in the middle or wrap it around your wrist.
And go easy. A belt can deliver intensely painful sensations without much force. Best practice is to give yourself a few wallops before starting in your partner so that you know what it feels like to be hit with this belt. And remember, every belt and every person is different.
3. An Ice Cube
Held over your blindfolded partner, it will drip cold water onto them at random intervals. Stroked over their back, it will send a shock that some people find extremely arousing. For a truly novel sensation, pop it in your mouth before you go down on your lover.
Don’t put ice straight from the tray onto skin as it could stick. Run it under water for a second before you use it. And don’t over-ice your lover. Keep it moving.
4. Latex Gloves
The kind you’ve got a box of in the garage from when you painted the dining room last year. Slather them in lube and they become amazingly slippery smooth sex gloves.
Rub them everywhere. Caress the belly button. Circle the nipples. Stroke between the toes. Try filling a finger or two with water and popping it into the freezer for a frozen love glove. (This sex toy feels amazingly intense if you insert the ice fingers into your partner.)
Or try this classic two-hand combo move: Press one hand against balls, cock, or clit, grip gently, and stroke. With the other hand, insert as many fingers as your partner likes, anywhere they like your fingers, and massage slowly. Build up speed and pressure. Then take a bow.
5. Warm Towel
This standard barber’s treatment is extraordinary when applied lovingly to a partner’s sensitive spots. Add a little pressure and motion, and it will draw moans from even an exhausted lover. And when you’re done, they’ll be clean enough to get extra dirty.
6. Baster Brush
The kind you use to apply oil to your brussels sprouts. Made of soft silicone, it can also be a sex toy that feels great everywhere. Pro tip: combine this trick with the warm towel. Drape the towel over your lover’s eyes and begin caressing their face with the brush. Then move down to the chest, stomach, and thighs. Tease them by circling around their go button before going in for the big finish. Just remember to remove the towel before it gets cool.
Use with caution. These babies really pack a pinch. The mildest sensations are created by using them to grip flesh without completely releasing them. (But be careful not to lose your grip.)
If your partner craves more intensity, you can gently release your fingers, leaving the clothespin in place on their inner thigh or stomach. Only the boldest will ask you to apply this sex toy to nipples or genitals, so don’t start there. And be advised that lots of people find clothespins too painful to be fun, so proceed with caution if you want to try this.
8. Wooden Spoon, Hairbrush, or Ping Pong Paddle
These all make good improvised paddles with varying amount of sting. Start slowly and make sure your partner enjoys the feeling before increasing force. Again, it’s best to use these implements on yourself before trying them on someone else. They can hurt much more than you’d expect.
Paddling your partner with a household item allows you both to sample the sensation without investing in specialized gear. If you learn that you both love it, there are gorgeous paddles created just for spanking. And shopping for these sex toys together can be a whole new kind of foreplay.
Creativity is sexy. So start looking at your everyday household items with an artistic eye. And be prepared to get excited in the kitchen supplies aisle of the supermarket.
Looking for more inspiration? Read our article on 20 Sexy Role Play Ideas.