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DIY sex toys are now a thing, but here's why you shouldn't make your own

In 2016, Oliver Dietmann accidentally killed his mistress with a cucumber they had been using as a sex toy. Picture: Pexels

In 2016, Oliver Dietmann accidentally killed his mistress with a cucumber they had been using as a sex toy. Picture: Pexels

Published Apr 22, 2020

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The national lockdown has been a frustrating time, even for those who are self-isolating with partners, but for them it's a chance to try new things; go beyond the usual routine of "sex only on weekends".

But now it appears some couples have resorted to extreme measures. With adult toy shops not deemed as essential services, many are looking to DIY versions to keep things spicy in the bedroom. 

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Online market place  OnBuy.com  found more Brits were researching how to make their own sex toys and lubricants. Google searches for "make sex toys", "make dildo", "make vibrator" and "make lube" were the most commonly-searched-for terms.

It turns out that using your electric toothbrush for any other use is not advisable. And when it comes to home sanitiser, best not use it as a lube replacement.

"When it comes to sex toys and sexual lubricant, always opt for tried-and-tested over homemade," licensed GP and medical director Dr Earim Chaudry told British newspaper  Metro.

"With homemade sex toys or sexy toys with dubious origins, you run the risk of coming into contact with toxic chemicals. 

"Using either unclean homemade toys or sex toys that contain toxic chemicals can produce reactions like burning, rashes, blistering skin, carcinogen exposure, allergic reactions, bacteria infections and so on," added Chaudry.

And if you think death by sex toy isn't real, think again. In 2016, Oliver Dietmann accidentally killed his mistress with a cucumber they had been using as a sex toy. He was later convicted of negligent homicide.

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