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Cheap, easy to make personal lubricant. Start to finish is about 10 minutes without cooling time. I'm assuming this is water based, since all it is is water and corn starch. If you are allergic to water or corn starch, do not use. USE EXTERNALLY! Also, since the comments are talking about this being glue, YES, you can glue things together with this, but it is a VERY weak bond since the promintent ingredient is water. The proportions are not correct for making a glue, and it takes a while for this stuff to dry out. I glued two sheets of printer paper together with a tiny dot of the stuff, but I separated the sheets like they were not glued once it dried.

Step 1: Gather Materials

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1 cup (8 oz.) water

4 tsp corn starch (I do not suggest putting the corn starch in a container. It tends to stick to everything. For the purpose of this guide, it is shown in a small bowl)

A cooking pot
I'm sorry Momma,
I was only tryna make lube,
I never meant to ruin your pot, but tonight
I'm cleanin' out my closet.
Joke 1) mmmm, personal lubricant. Joke 2) Why not just use some canola oil for your slippery needs. Joke 3) I like to make personal lube at home too. It typically invloves a willing female however. I don't think my instrucable would be allowed here
On #3: Please go ahead. I think a lot of the frequent instructable consumers would find it very, very interesting. I doubt you'd break any new records in internet indecency, and we are all grown up, aren't we?

Begging your pardon, but KIDS do read these. Please keep it very clean and remove innuendos. Thank you.

Depending on how you define "grown up."
If you laugh at fart jokes, your not grown up.

speak for yourself

If you don't laugh at fart jokes, you are boring.
not me
AshWilliams6 years ago
I want to try this because I'm too cheap to buy from a sex shop but will this ruin my Fleshlight at all? I mean, the Fleshlight site says to use only water based lubricants and like you said this is mostly water so I figure it might work but I want to hear what you have to say.
Just look out for ultrasonografic gel. Those are waterbased, and are the exact same thing as the expensive lubricants you can buy. Its about 4-5 Euros (7-8Dollar) for 1 liter, of course larger bottles are way cheaper in the end. Only use waterbased stuff with a "Flashlight", never use oily stuff or silicon.
he didn't mean 'flashlight' it's 'Fleshlite' its a sex toy

He could actually mean "flashlight". I've seen stranger things in the ER

Geez, you should read my text again. I'm talking about that sex toy, i just didn't want to name it here. But now i have to, because you forced me to. You're a bad person, you owe me an Ice Cream for that one.
freeza36 wupme3 years ago
I think it is a water-based lube, since 95% of it is water. I also use it with all my sex toys, including the fleshlight and it works fine, no damage at all! In fact, it works even better than other expensive lubes I tried b4 ;p
vaultshadow3 years ago
it works for buttplugs?
Favorite comment ever ^_^
kingneo3 years ago
i tried it with mixing up egg yalk less,it can work fine,idont know different ppl having different effects but its work fine for me
publicity3 years ago
Waw I can't believe this actually works!!!! THANKS MATE you just saved me a lot of $$$$$ !!!!!

I did use a bit more cornflour/cornstarch to make it slightly thicker, and I bottled it straight away, so I did not get any skin developing on the lube; so it's PERFECT!! It also lasts very long and it feels awesome! :D :D

Are you intending this to be used in a sexual way?
"Personal" lubrication. I think it is meant for a very special, eh, one person sexual activity.
IronManMC3 years ago

If your corn starch skins over, you're using too much starch. Cut the starch WAYYY back, use more sterile water, and cook it longer. The longer you cook it, the more the "stickies" stick together. A little vitamin E will help preserve it.

The slipperiest stuff I've ever tried is J-Lube. Google j-lube for a LOT more info, and farm supply places that sell it. Veterinarians use it to help calves out, and get their hands in the animals "business".

It's 25% some super molecule polymer and 75% some kind of sugar. It comes as a 10 oz squeeze bottle of dry powder. You don't need much. Three pinches will eliminate all friction in the known universe. You can sprinkle a *tiny* amount on "critical areas", then sprinkle or spray sterilized water on your junk, and slide right in. If she's completely clean (otherwise, it hurts), you can probably get away with it by telling her you're not "in" yet.

(Ladies, you ought to know by now that all men lie, always. Even this is a lie.)

You can also premix it. Sterilize everything (NOT the same as"neuter"). Then nuke it until it boils like Old Faithful on anabolic steroids. The microwave will require cleaning. Water and salt takes it right off. You can store this in the refrigerator for a week or two. I'm experimenting with preservatives. Vitamin E and just a little 91% alcohol kills all varmints I've exposed it to, but CAREFUL - alcohol also burns your junk! I have citric acid (AKA kosher salt), and am looking for a deal on bulk potassium sorbate.

feruruguay3 years ago
People: it is right to concern about contamination and bacterial grow.
All products made without preservatives woud be contaminated in a few days or hours.
So, the best is to prepare the lubricant shortly before use and discard the remanent. It is so cheap that it has nosense to keep it for long time
I've made a very simple personal lubricant for sexual intercourse and worked VERY well.
Just let a 1/5 teaspoon of Guar Gum to hidrate in 250 ml. of tap water. Shaked the bottle for a minute and let it stand. !0 minutes after that I shaked ir again and that was all.
A perfect lubricant for a ridiculous price. Compared to KY gel this is a a steal. Also, I could made such a quantity to soak all the body of my girl and mine for a very fun and exiting night.
The remaining gel was discarded.
Me and me woman named Nellie
Are adhered belly-to-belly.
Because sad to tell, we used Guar Gum gel
Instead of Petroleum jelly.
That`s so funny!!
Did you make it too hard? Or perhaps you let it dry after some hours. Since it is water based, evaporation of water would make the stuff more and more sticky.
Make the lubricant with plenty of water, it will function very well always

Petroleum gelly is not safe for condoms,
This is so funny! You people are so cheap! Buy some that's already made and save yourself the stress. I wouldn't let anyone make a batch of that for me! LOL!!!!! Making my skin crawl just thinking about it!
It's NOT about being cheap, it's about the creative/maker spirit.
_doug_3 years ago
Thanks folks for all your contributions!

Just tried this recipe (http://www.instructables.com/id/Personal-Lubricant) along with this self-made toy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e5GoVciKZA. Wow, what a joy! 8-))

You don't need to boil the water for long, just a few seconds will do.

I'll try xanthan and maybe xylitol later, and I will report back if I remember.

Btw, I also tried this, but with little success: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fbc-En-a1Bw. The consistency was a little too friable/crumbly; maybe I'll try again later.
_doug_ _doug_3 years ago
OK, meanwhile I got hold of some xanthan. (In Germany you can buy it for 3,40 EUR or so per 30 g at "Natuerlich Provence", which is the successor of "Spinnrad". Pharmacies don't seem to be allowed to sell xanthan any longer, and anyway it used to be more expensive there.)

It really works great, xanthan and water make for a superb lubricant! There was only one minor issue: It was not easy to dissolve the xanthan entirely, but maybe I took a bit too much of it for the given amount of water.
"Funky" eh? It burned like nuts when i was stirring the thing, and it reaches boiling then it goes foamy to the top like a volcano, i'm not sure if i am supposed to stir it when its boiling with the foam coming out of it or what, this tutorial is really starting to tick me off! :(
Stir for how long??
I am soooooo trying this, when my mom's gone to store or whatever. being 25 and having a hella-nice sex toy is easier than a girlfriend nowadays (personal experiences) I'm going to try this and see how it goes, thanks for the recipe! I'll edit this later to give my comments.
digitalia4 years ago
Still, there's nothing better (or cheaper) than good ol xantham gum and water. If you're concerned about bacteria, just make it up fresh. A pinch of xantham, and some water. Slickest stuff you ever used. And it's vegan!
gammaray0076 years ago
@mngarrison-- Personal lube *is* expensive when you need a couple of gallons, which is what is required for a really juicy "body slide" session, or the kind of body massage that is a part of the Japanese "soapland" experience. If anybody knows that secret formula, please post it!
Well, I just happen to have the answer for you. The slipperiest stuff on earth is made from a weak saline solution (water with a little salt in it) and a small amount of powdered soluble fiber, such as guar or xanthan gum. Xanthan is quite a bit better, and it dissolves to a completely clear gel. (Don't let the word 'gum' throw you, it's just what they call soluble vegetable fiber.) Experiment with proportions -- you'll know what feels good -- but start with sifting together 1/2 tsp table salt with 1/2 tsp powdered xanthan, then whisk in about 1 cup of water, just a tablespoon or two at a time at first to avoid lumps, or use a blender and just throw it all in at once. Bonus: The saline solution is pretty much the same saltiness as saliva, so there's no sting -- and it works as a preservative to keep your lube tasty (oh, yeah, you can eat this stuff; it's actually good for you).
okay so to be sure.. is this stuff vagina friendly?
Xanthan gum is actually the main ingredient in at least one store bought lube. Another I saw was using essentially very finely powdered cotton. Another seemed to be based on aloe vera thickened with a little bit of methylcellulose.
Meanwhile, I have heard the Japanese used yamaimo (the mountain yam) historically for lube.
The pH and salinity should be fine for vaginal use. The gums are completely natural and are sold as food products, but they could potentially lead to microbial growth (i.e., yeast infection), except for the xylitol, which is a microbial inhibitor. (And I would start with sterile water, of course.) All in all, it should work well vaginally or elsewhere. That said, I am not a professional pharmaceutical chemist or clinician... consult somebody like that that for a competent opinion. One caution: don't try to store it in your glovebox for six months and then expect it to be good -- it is a natural product and susceptible to spoilage.
I think that this comment is better than the instructable listed on this page, and that it should be made into an instructable itself. Because everything is made better with pictures.
Oh, yeah, one more thing... If you are concerned about yeast infection, just dissolve a little xylitol in the water before you make the gel. Xylitol is actually a naturally low-calorie sweetener (like sorbitol), but it has the added bonus of retarding microbial growth. That's why they add it to some toothpastes. And it kills yeast, too, without side effects. And it makes the lube sweet to the taste! You can get it at most health food stores in the sweeteners section (but not at Whole Foods, which has a strangely unscientific policy against processed sweeteners, even though xylitol is made from corn and occurs naturally in such foods as berries and grains).
thebigbird4 years ago
I have a question. Won't [harmful] microorganisms grow in that concoction if stored at room temperature? I mean you've got water there. and corn starch. Isn't it conducive to life?
Things like water mold can grow in that.
Sex parts are not even remotely free of microorganisms, however, so within reason microbes in the lube wouldn't necessarily cause any problem (because the body is equipped to handle such things).
I do wonder, however, if this recipe could benefit from a few drops of apple cider vinegar or something else to make it slightly acidic like a natural vagina.
Is this safe for anal sex?
7587597544 years ago
How would a plastic or metal spoon change things?
joosh6 years ago
whatever happened to good old smuckers.
lol wasn't that on family guy?
also on House M.D
Smuckers works, when you're in a jam.
HAH!!!!!!!!!!!! Voted #1 Reply on the Entire Website!!!!! (so far)
joey25426675 years ago
when I made this, I used about half and it worked good, but when I tryed to use the other half 2 days later, the whole thing was all skined over like one big glob of that top stuff you said to take off. So i tryed mixing it and its all gloppy. did I do sumthin wrong?
P.S.- yes I took the skin off the first time
E-chair6 years ago
Is corn meal the same as corn starch?
oh god no....
 BAHAHAHA!  Ha... haha.  Best response ever.  
kagera E-chair6 years ago
IceCadavers6 years ago
This has got to be one of the most unique instructables ever written. Looks like it's going on two years old and people are still commenting. But, I'm sort of surprised nobody has brought this up yet (though a couple people came close):

what about methylcellulose? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/methylcellulose

it's a water-soluble archival glue easily available (and as far as i can tell, reasonably cheaply) at art stores in powdered form. used traditionally in bookbinding/restoration, as paper sizing and wallpaper paste, as well as the main ingredient in some commercial lubes.

it's nontoxic, nonallergenic, long-lasting, easier to mix and keep, won't give you a yeast infection or melt your toys, plus if you get the urge to mount or frame posters/art, repair paper stuff, shoot your own bukkake video, or you suddenly find yourself immobilized by diarrhea or constipation, you'll be prepared.

and to the person who talked about explaining the k-y next to the cheerios to their kids (and anyone else concerned about discretionary jacking off) this also means you have any number of excuses to pick from if someone asks about your conspicuous jar of clear jelly :P
The primary issue with methylcellulose is that it stinks - it has an extremely characteristic unpleasant smell. You can smell it in lube, and that's when it is dilute.
zraax5 years ago
Ok so I tried this.. I cut the amounts in half (1/2 cup water + 2 tsp starch).  It sorta worked.. it did seem pretty much like lube, but it was a bit too thick.  It was the consistency of jelly.  Maybe from cutting the recipe in half, or maybe i cooked it too long and cooked off too much water. i dunno.. overall it was easy enough, and cheap, and didn't feel too bad, but if/when i try again i'll try maybe 1 tsp starch in a half cup of water and see how that is.  if i remember i'll report back and let you know how it went.
pinwheel0075 years ago
Most of this stuff sounds like it causes yeast problems in the va-jayjay. Ladies which one of these would you be okay with having inside you?
0_o intresstingg
we all know making lube is a million times less embarrassing and awkward than going too a store and buying an expensive tube of it and having to wait in line holding a tube of lube and if anyone you or your parents know is in the store it can be disastrously bad basically...a lot of explaining to your parents but this costs like a few cents to make and it is awkwardness free! IMO
lima8 years ago
you people are funny...i'm all serious over here trying to make a 'special' lotion so my kiddies don't have to see ky in with the cheerios.what does anyone think of like olive or grape oil.i'd hate to glue myself together with the cornstarch idea.thanx.
I think lima means shopping.
mngarrison6 years ago
It's not like lubricant is expensive or anything, come on.
whatuppp6 years ago
So would this not be recommended for say inserting items into holes?
no, oh god no...no one's holes
utzutz6 years ago
This stuff is great. Not very slippery (like spit but doesn't dry as fast.) To avoid yeast infection store in a clean tub (dark, cool place), use only 2 days and clean bodyparts thoroughly after use. I'd recommend using half of the amount since this gives a lot and you probably need just a fews drops.
kittybum6 years ago
Just to let you know, yeast LOVE cornstarch. So if you're particularly susceptible to yeast infections, I wouldn't use this recipe. Actually, who would want to even risk a yeast infection anyway? they're horrible, and a pain to get rid of. Who on earth would suggest ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL? are you nuts? keep that stuff away from a woman! because that's dangerous!
Female6 years ago
Doez Diz thing really work?
guymark6 years ago
An excellent emergency lube - and completely condom friendly. Much better than slapping in half a pound of butter and hoping for the best.. :)

For UK readers, for "cornstarch" read "cornflour" - same thing but different name.

You can make smaller amounts - as although it is cheap and cheerful to make, it is best NOT kept for long - for the same reason you should not keep a melon too long - it is basically a collection of stagnating water. So when possible, make enmough to last you a day or two - rather than weeks at a time :)

Emergency Water based lubricant - half way down page http://www.mark.lineisp.co.uk/hiv1.htm

Boil kettle, get small jar, add a teaspoon or two of cornflour to the jar.
When kettle boiled, add about half a wineglass full of water to the cornflour.
Stir like something possessed until you have a thick paste.
Add cold water until you have the consistency you want.
Wait for it to cool (!) and then apply liberally.
NOT ideal but much more condom friendly than anything oil based.
joseph11026 years ago
is there anything that happens if you put rapeseed oil in a vagina? like in terms of infections.....
im no doctor but i would avoid anything with the word "rape" in it.
canola oil... its safe for human consumption in small doses I dont think that it could cause 2 much of a problem but if you are worried about it go with your gut and dont use it. ky is fairly cheap.
brad R4Man186 years ago
Safe for human consumption != safe for the vagina.

You should not use any kind of cooking oil as a sex oil. Cooking oils are filled with stuff bacteria likes, and can lead to a UTI or yeast infection.

Also, you should avoid oil-based lubricants in general, as they break down latex. If you're curious, just blow up a condom and rub some Vaseline on it, it'll pop.
djkokalis7 years ago
i managed to make the lube but failed. i almost destroyed the pot. what am i doing wrong? i mixed 240ml (8oz) of water with 4 teaspoons of cornflour but nothing like the pictures happens. i was boiling it for almost 10 minutes. tha heat grade was 3 out of 3
i messed up too, it starts off great but after a day it gets all watery and doesn't work anymore Does anyone have a solution or at least know why?
What ever happened to good ol' spit and determination?
jdog18 years ago
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blodefood7 years ago
This is a great idea for a clean lubricant, as long as it is used very soon after it is made. You would have to keep it in the fridge for longer term use (no more than a couple of weeks) as it has no preservatives. It is better than storebought stuff as it has no harmful chemicals in it that cause irritation. If you can eat it, you can put it on your skin. I have tried something that works very well and has many other uses. Boil 1 tablespoon of flax seed for 5 minutes in a half cup of water. Strain and cool. Compost or discard the seeds. Keep refrigerated and when using part of it make sure your hands are clean. It tends to bind together so you'll need to "cut" off how much you need if you try to pour it into your hand. You can use it as a hair gel or skin emollient or whatever and it is good for your skin. You may be able to use it as a natural paper paste too. CAUTION: Make sure you rinse the pot you boil it in, the spoons and strainer as flax gel hardens and is hard to get off dishes once dry. Store it in a glass jar.
deathsithz7 years ago
there needs to be an anti personal lubercant! that helps you out of this, am i right?
deathsithz7 years ago
what happens when you fall asleep while doing various things? super glue works bettr
I sence an uh oh. http://www.instructables.com/id/ELOUC4BJ8VEP287AZX/?ALLSTEPS
unless you want to pull off a Jason Biggs american pie stunt, I wouldn't recoment this choice. On another note, all of the ingredients in KY Warming are nitrate-able.
30% glycerin
10% sorbitol
5% propylene glycol
<1% other stuff
Remainder water

Um, i uhh... glued my self.. to...uh... myself... umm... yeah
Pull harder... Um that came out wrong uhhh. Take a shower?
Just so everyone knows:
Most commercial lubricants contain glycerine.
Glycerin is like sugar or something (I'm no chemist so don't jump all over me)
Sugar = yeast infection

Dont put oil in a vag, it messes stuff up in there too.

Dont use silicone lube on silicone sex toys (it will melt them) and stain cloth.

I like the idea of DIY lube, has anyone actually tried this recipe? I'm thinking it might work . . . or maybe it breaks down and gets pasty?

How about adding Grapefruit seed extract as an antimicrobial? I had some "all natural" lube that contained that to discourage infections. What about yogurt culture?

In the meantime, SPIT !
Nah this is totally different, that other one uses potatostarch, this one uses corn starch. Corn starch, is there nothing it can't do? Thicken pies, prevent chafing, give your girlfriend a horrible infection. The list is endless.
it says that the potato startch can be substituted with cornstarch
ignore my typos =D
Tigger467 years ago
Thanks for the recipe! Most wont appreciate it. Thanks again
Hi I'm allergic to corn and many other foods. So I used your method with POTATO STARCH that can be purchased at most health food stores. All of the water based personal lubricants on the market contain corn glycerine except for one but that one contains kiwifruit extract and just my luck I'm also severely allergic to kiwifruit. Also, most feminine hygiene powders are straight up corn starch with added fragrance. Because I'm allergic to corn I use plain potato starch with a little organic all natural rose water or jasmine water. SO IF YOUR ALLERGIC TO CORN YOU CAN USE THIS GREAT LUBRICANT METHOD WITH POTATO STARCH AND WATER. Hopefully no one is allergic to both corn and potatoes but if you are you can try tapioka starch instead!
nice. but a great variation is to put 2 Tbsp flaked parrifin wax, and then stir that all in a little glass bowl (until the corn starch desolves) then put it in the microwave till it starts to bubble, then add half a Tbsp of cold water to it.
cracker948 years ago
if this stuff is some sort of glue i doubt people are gonna use it cos i dont think ure gonna want to glue yourself to your .....
lynzyroseup8 years ago
all i can say is yeast infection for the guys and girls thats gross
oh dam! i thought you meant something else... now what am i supposed to do?? ughhh..... it hurts!
sunnydayz8 years ago
Pure coconut oils is way easier than this whole recipe and you can use it for everything else, skin, cooking such a multitasker. I realized that after I bought some coconut oil lube from www.lovemenaturally.com where they had one blended with orange - so good. But really, if you want to save some $ the normal stuff works great.
oh I forgot, you can't use latex with coconut oil - only downfall.
Mz3FRS8 years ago
sounds like a good way to give a lady a yeast infection
uuummmm i don't remember him mentioning that it was for a lady.........
canida8 years ago
Forget the heating step and just make Oobleck personal lubricant for hours of non-Newtonian fun.

Or not.
trebuchet038 years ago
mmm... wheatpaste :P
rickharris8 years ago
Funny - for years my mother used a similiar mix as wall paper glue - You just might want to rethink things a bit. Cornstarch - Lubrication not two words that I would put together.
antirem8 years ago
What mighht this be used for.... ... Also on your journey to find the ultimate personal lubricant what other recipes did you try, not so much that im interested any other variants but im sure theres one hell of a horror story on your road to the perfect lubrication.
nak8 years ago
*fap fap fap*
flashmonkey (author) 8 years ago
netmasta10bt, that's a good idea, i'll try it later. if you have already done it, let me know if it works and i'll add a little blurb to the end of the guide.
I'm thinkin you may want to add some isopropyl alcohol to it afterwards to kill off bacteria that may want to live here... also if you added a lot of alcohol it may well be a cheap antibacterial gel that they sell for $3 for the little tiny bottle...
man i've been wondering how to do this!! this is great thanks!
Magicfap8 years ago
That would suck if you were allergic to water...
do we want to know more...... lol good instructable though