Safely Warming Up Cold Lube

MeliPixie MeliPixie
Hi everyone! Long time no see! I have a question about lubricant in the winter time. So as many of you know from contact with me or from reading my reviews/profile, my boyfriend and I are huge fans of pegging, and our favorite lube is ID Glide original. But in the winter, our lube gets cold, and that makes it less pleasurable for him, so I have taken to keeping it in front of the heat vent. However, the last five or six times I wanted to strap one on and go to town, I had to continually add lube throughout the process, even though usually it lasts long enough with only one or two applications. Please note that even though we have had the bottle a couple years, the expiration date is actually October of 2017. I have not changed toys, and all our toys are the highest grade silicone, or glass.

Could this problem be because the heat has broken down our lube? Should we stop using it and get a new bottle? Is there some way I can heat up cold lubricant without damaging the product? I don't want to use a warming lube because we both have very sensitive skin. Any help anyone can provide will be greatly appreciated!
Feb 19, 11:19 pm
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js250 js250
About an hour before wanting to use our lube, I set the bottle on a heating pad turned on low...so far there have been no issues. I live in a cold area as well and if I need it warmed up a bit quicker, I just pour out an amount in a small glass and set it by the stove.
Feb 20, 12:30 am
MeliPixie MeliPixie
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Originally posted by js250
About an hour before wanting to use our lube, I set the bottle on a heating pad turned on low...so far there have been no issues. I live in a cold area as well and if I need it warmed up a bit quicker, I just pour out an amount in a small glass and ... More
Ooo, that's a good idea for when I've actually been planning to be naughty for a while
Feb 20, 1:55 am
js250 js250
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Originally posted by MeliPixie
Ooo, that's a good idea for when I've actually been planning to be naughty for a while
Hmmmm....that is kind of how we figured these little tricks out. I have also used a bottle warmer--but I did notice the lube getting a bit thin and not as 'wet' after 3/4 of the bottle was used.
Feb 20, 3:12 am
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by MeliPixie
Hi everyone! Long time no see! I have a question about lubricant in the winter time. So as many of you know from contact with me or from reading my reviews/profile, my boyfriend and I are huge fans of pegging, and our favorite lube is ID Glide ... More
While it's possible that the heat might make the lube break down over time, what is more likely is that you have drier air in the house due to the heater being on and therefor the dry air is sucking the water out of the lube faster and your drier skin is absorbing the water, too. I would recommend not always leaving the bottle where it's warm, but doing any of js250s recommendations. You can also fill a bowl or ziplock with hot water and then immerse the bottle in it. However, the best idea to avoid degrading the lube in the bottle is to remove whatever amount you want to use and heating just that, or decanting some into a smaller bottle and heating that (or leaving that smaller bottle in front of the heater), refilling as needed. Also consider that over time, plastic does slowly let air in and out of it, so a product will degrade just from that. Putting it in heat, light and having air blowing across it repeatedly will speed up everything. As long as the formula doesn't smell or look off, you can use it, but of course you want it to work the same.

As for the problem of it drying up, have you considered adding a drop or few of silicone to it? If you only put a fee drops and test it on your toys, you should really have no problem using it on silicone toys and such. This would aid in preventing the moisture from evaporating so quickly. And I personally keep a cup, bowl or spray bottle of water by me and revive my water-based lubes as needed, especially in this drier winter air. Another helpful tip is to have a humidifier placed in your bedroom and that should help with the lube drying out so quickly.

PS, please don't even think about using warming lubes if you're both sensitive, OMG, no, no, no, lol!
Feb 20, 2:51 pm
MeliPixie MeliPixie
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Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
While it's possible that the heat might make the lube break down over time, what is more likely is that you have drier air in the house due to the heater being on and therefor the dry air is sucking the water out of the lube faster and your drier ... More
Wow, that was all so helpful! I never realized that plastic was porous enough to let air pass through like that, it's crazy! Being by hot blowing air all day could certainly be a cause of the problem in that case.

I did think about getting some silicone lube to mix with ours, but considering how expensive our toys were I don't even want to take the chance. Those go inside our bodies, you know? I can be preeeeetty paranoid about that. I will definitely use your spray bottle idea. If only we had room to place a humidifier, this past flu season wouldn't have been quite so bad. Thanks for the help!
Feb 20, 10:49 pm
Kitt Katt Kitt Katt
Maybe your boyfriend is dehydrated or more porous.

We use a heating pad to warm a small bottle of coconut oil, which is solid at room temp. We refill it as needed monthly. We cycle through the refills pretty quick so we have not noticed any issues with its consistency.
Feb 21, 1:17 pm
Oriental husband and wife Oriental husband and wife
How about letting the bottle sit in very warm water for a while. My husband likes it cold though. He even chills it once in while.
Feb 21, 9:33 pm
November November
I know this is slightly off topic and I apologize, but the whole heating pad idea has me wondering, do you think that could work for silicone dildos? I hate playing with cold toys, and I was wondering if you had the warming pad on low and placed them on top, would it work? I know about heating them up in a warm bowl of water, but then they're wet and I use a water-based lube. Plus, keeping a bowl of water next to the bed is kind of a nuisance.

Sorry, MeliPixie, I'm not trying to highjack your thread. I just didn't feel like this question warranted a new thread.
Feb 21, 10:53 pm
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by November
I know this is slightly off topic and I apologize, but the whole heating pad idea has me wondering, do you think that could work for silicone dildos? I hate playing with cold toys, and I was wondering if you had the warming pad on low and placed ... More
Hey November! I use hot water mostly at the sink because I am washing them beforehand anyway just to make sure nothing is clinging like lint or hair. But, I get the water really hot and over heat the toy a bit so when I get back to where I am using it and lube it up, it's not all cooled off. HOWEVER, yes, I use a heating pad, but more in the winter like now. It's especially good for reheating without getting out of bed. Be careful though, they warm up fast and overheat when on too long which is fine for a dildo, but anything electronic...not so good I imagine. I enjoy the coldness of stainless steel and glass, but I have found that's better in the warm months.

@MeliPixie, you're welcome and you can store your lube in glass if you really want it to never dry out, but I think you'll use it before that would happen. It's weird that plastics are still permeable to some extent to air, but by no means is it a big deal unless you are doing something for long term storage... or you have it in front of a pretty constant blower of warm air. Glass (or metal or ceramic or mylar which is metallized plastic...) is the way to go for impermeability, but probably not thought to be the safest for lube containers that get slippery and can drop out of hands. As for the heating pad, you'll be surprised I think at how fast they heat up and if surrounding the bottle, they will warm it pretty quickly. Just watch out for overheating, ouchie! Always put on your hand or fingers first, then apply, just to be sure. Usually, unplugging the pad after it reaches a nice temp will keep the bottle warm wrapped around it if you put it back in, or just set it on top of it on the low setting for reuse.That sounds like I'm talking to a child, but honestly, I have thought a toy was at a perfectly fine heat, only to try it and realize it was too hot! Your sensitive parts are just that, sensitive, lol!
Feb 22, 6:39 am
November November
Thanks for answering my question WW! I'm going to try it!
Feb 22, 12:05 pm
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