8 Playful And Fun DIY Homemade Items You Can Use As A Vibrator

If you’re jonesing for an orgasm and want a helpful homemade way to get there, give one of these vibrator alternatives a whirl — they might just surprise you.
Woman Holding Electric Toothbrush With Playful Expression On Her Face

Whether you’re feeling creative, living on a tight budget, are embarrassed about trying sex toys, or your favorite vibrator needs to be fixed, finding things you can use as homemade alternatives to vibrators can be a fun adventure.

The bonus? They’re free — because you’ve already got them laying around the house! Right now!

If you’re in a pickle and feeling randy, we came up with a list of exciting (and legit) DIY substitutes you can use instead of a vibrator — and they’ll get you off just as well.

In this article, we’ll cover:

Editor’s Note: This article is part of our Complete Guide To Vibrators and Everything Vibrators hub, in-depth and evolving resources that comprehensively explore all aspects of vibrators from the different types and how to use them, to materials and safety — created to help you achieve the sexual pleasure you deserve.

8 Homemade Or DIY Things You Can Use As A Vibrator

Properly made vibrators and sex toys are hard to beat, but things you can find around the house can bring you to orgasm just as easily.

Whether you’re afraid of getting “caught” with a vibrator, aren’t in a position to own or buy one, or your favorite vibe finally gave up the ghost, vibrator alternatives might look unconventional — but they’ll get the job done.

There are plenty of DIY vibrators available — you just have to use your imagination!

Things you can use as a vibrator include:

  1. Electric toothbrush
  2. Cell phone
  3. Back or neck massager (including a massage gun)
  4. Showerhead
  5. Stereo speaker
  6. Electric facial cleansing brush
  7. Game system controller
  8. Vibrating toys

If you’re ready to start exploring any of these vibrator alternatives, we’ll give you the rundown on how to use them.

1. Electric Toothbrush

Photograph Of Woman's Hand Holding Black Electric Toothbrush

Yes, a toothbrush looks a little phallic so it’s no wonder that people often reach for an electric toothbrush to use as a vibrator.

To use this DIY vibrator, simply turn the toothbrush on and nestle it against your clitoris or vulva.

The electric toothbrushes of today have some powerful vibrations that can rival most vibrators — but the tricky part is the bristles, which can be pretty sharp.

For this reason, we suggest using the flat backside of the bristled end of the toothbrush — with the bristles pointing away from your clitoris — or you can use the handle itself if the vibration is strong enough.

If you try using it with the bristles pointed toward you, use your underwear or a washcloth as a barrier so you don’t hurt your most sensitive area.

One thing to note: Never put either end of an electric toothbrush inside you. This should be used only for external masturbation of the clitoris or vulva.

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2. Cell Phone

Hip-Level Photograph Of Woman With Cell Phone In Front Jeans Pocket

Did you know there are apps built for your phone that vibrate to mimic an actual vibrator?

You can choose from various patterns and pulsations to stimulate exactly how you like it, placing the phone against your clitoris and vulva.

For safety’s sake, it’s best to hold your phone against your vulva while wearing your underwear as a protective barrier.

Cell phones can get pretty germy and you don’t want to risk any bacteria coming into contact with your naked vulva.

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3. Back Or Neck Massager

Rear View Photograph Of Woman Using Massage Gun On Her Shoulder

Everyone loves a good back or neck massager to get the kinks out but what if you want to use one to get your kinks on?

These types of massagers often have long bodies and rounded ends which make them perfect for an intense clitoral orgasm.

Just slide it between your legs and start on a low setting so you can get comfortable because body massagers can be pretty intense, particularly if using a Theragun or massage gun as a vibrator.

Always double-check what your back or neck massager is made from.

Since they aren’t specifically made for masturbation they could be made from toxic materials. For this reason, it’s best to use them over your clothing.

If your massager makes direct contact with your bare genitals, it must be cleaned before and after every use — just as you would any other sex toy.

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4. Showerhead Or Bathtub Faucet

Close Up Photograph Of Running Water From Detachable Showerhead

If you’ve got a tub and jonesing for a vibrator, you’re in luck!

Turn on the faucet, lay on your back, and let the water rush between your legs. You’ll want the stream to pinpoint your clitoris.

And if you have a removable showerhead, that’s even better!

You can adjust your water pressure and hold the handle so the stream hits exactly where you please.

Shower play spray is a great way to start your day!

Just make sure not to spray the water up and into your vagina — keep it aimed at your clitoris and vulva, only.

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5. Stereo Speaker

Close Up Photograph Of Stereo Speaker

If you’ve got a stereo system with a subwoofer or a big bass speaker, get ready to try something new.

Make sure to clean your speaker’s surface before you take a seat — although we recommend you at least keep your underwear on — then

put on some good music with deep bass tones.

You’ll be getting yours in no time!

The throbbing vibration will help you feel the music deep inside if you know what we mean.

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6. Electric Facial Cleansing Brush

Photograph Of Electric Facial Cleansing Brush

This popular skincare tool can work similarly to the electric toothbrush — and you may want to point the bristles away from your clitoris when using one as a vibrator alternative.

The bristles on an electric cleansing brush are soft, so you can place it directly on your clit — plus it rotates.

Just make sure to clean it well before and after use, and never put it inside your vagina or anus.

If the bristles feel too harsh, use the brush over your underwear or a washcloth so you won’t harm your most delicate area.

When you’re done, make sure to clean your facial brush with warm water and soap before using it on your face.

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7. Game System Controller

Photograph Of Single Hand Holding A Red Video Game Controller

Modern game controllers for consoles like Playstation or Xbox have a “rumble” function that adds a sensory element to video game play.

It can also add a sensory element to your clitoris, too.

The hardest part of using a game system controller in this manner is maintaining a rumble that is constant (or consistent) enough to get you off.

You may need to experiment with this one a bit, depending on the games you’ve got on hand and how much their activity rumbles your controller.

Additionally, game system controllers (much like cell phones) have a surface that’s regularly touched by hands — meaning they’re usually covered in germs.

For this reason, it’s best to use a game controller as a vibrator over your clothing, and never against your bare skin.

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8. Vibrating Toys

Close Up Photograph Of Teddy Bear With Quizzical Look On Its Face

Although you don’t want to rub your nethers over a random children’s toy — especially if it belongs to a child! — vibrating toys of the non-sexual variety can provide a clitoral thrill.

These can be a great alternative to have on hand if you’re in a situation where you can’t own a vibrator at all.

Instead of building a sex toy collection, keep your own regular-toy collection to play with — and no one will be the wiser.

Plenty of kids’ toys have vibrating elements that are either battery-operated or wound up and those can be pressed against your genitals whenever you need a little release.

Just don’t store them anywhere that’s easily accessible to others — keep these out of reach of actual children.

Additionally, they should never be inserted vaginally or anally.

If using a toy as a vibrator, it’s best to do it over a layer of clothing, such as your underwear, to protect your genitals from the potentially (and very likely) germy surface.

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  • Should You Use Lube With A DIY Vibrator?

Although lube is a great idea for sex toys, it should not be used with homemade vibrators.

Since most of these are not waterproof, a personal lubricant could damage any electrical components.

If you can’t live without your lube, you may want to consider using a lube-friendly vibrator instead.

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Can You Put A Homemade Vibrator Inside You?

No, you should never put a DIY vibrator inside your vagina or anus.

We encourage you to have loads of fun with your makeshift vibrator — as much as you can stand — but we want you to do it safely.

Do not ever insert anything into your body that wasn’t made specifically for that purpose.

By following that advice, you will avoid a very humbling trip to the emergency room.

This goes not only for vaginal insertion but anal, as well.

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DIY Vibrator Safety

Since these vibrator alternatives were not created for sexual use, you want to be careful.

Make sure to clean them conscientiously.

You can use a clean cloth, mild soap, and warm water before masturbating and after you’re done.

Always check the item’s material before cleaning it to make sure you don’t damage it — for example, a cell phone should never be doused in water.

Safety tips to keep vaginal infections far away:

  • Wash your hands and whatever you’ll be using as a vibrator if it is going to come into contact with your bare genitals. Always. You can use some warm water with a clean cloth and a mild soap or a reputable sex toy cleaner and rinse thoroughly. If a DIY vibrator cannot be cleaned in this manner, it should not come into contact with your bare skin.
  • Just as with sex, it’s a good idea to clean yourself afterward. Always pee after masturbation to reduce the risk of any infections — this is especially important if your homemade vibrator is used against your bare vulva or penis.
  • After you’re done, clean your makeshift vibrator again. Most of these vibrator substitutes are not waterproof so you should use a clean cloth, dampened with warm water and mild soap followed by a good rinse. If your vibe substitute can’t be cleaned this way, it should be used over your clothing only.

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In Conclusion

If you’re jonesing for an orgasm and you need a helpful homemade alternative to get there, give one of these DIY vibrators a whirl — they might just surprise you.

There’s nothing wrong with diddling yourself by using random things you find around the house, plus you can bring something new and exciting to your sex life without spending any money at all!

If you’re still searching for your perfect vibrator, take a look at our Everything Vibrators guide and explore all of your options — there are a lot of them!

And if you don’t know what kind of vibrator you should try, take our vibrator quiz to find your ideal match!