Homemade Recipe: DIY Pole Grip for Sweaty Hands

If you have sweaty hands like me, you’re in for a rollercoaster on your pole dancing or stripping journey. Mind you; it gets tiring keeping an eye on your pole grip aids to know if you’re out or not. On days when you’re out, you either skip your pole dancing exercise until your new order arrives or get creative with some DIY pole grip for sweaty hands.

That’s where I come in. It’s not your fault that you have sweaty hands, and you don’t have to burn a hole in your pocket to buy some professional or commercial-grade grip aid.

So here are some simple hacks; call them homemade recipes or DIY pole grip for sweaty hands.

Homemade Glycerin Mix

The homemade glycerin mix is perhaps the most popular option in the poling community and among strippers. It’s pretty easy to make and can be used right away!

Ingredients needed:

  • Glycerine
  • Vodka
  • Distilled water
  • Spray Bottle

How to make your homemade pole grip:

Mix your glycerin, distilled water, and vodka in a 1:4:1 ratio, that is, 1 tablespoon of glycerin to 4 tablespoons of distilled water and 1 tablespoon of vodka.

For example, if you’re mixing 3 tablespoons of glycerin, then you’ll use 12 spoons of distilled water and 3 tablespoons of vodka.

Mix all three ingredients in your spray bottle and shake vigorously for about 2-4 minutes. Then it’s ready to use

How to use your homemade DIY pole grip:

I recommend using a spray bottle for the mixture to improve application and dispensing. But you can also use sealable bottle caps or depressable bottle caps.

Apply the mixture to your pole contact areas, that is, your thighs (inner and outer thigh), the upper hip area, and your inner elbow. Allow your skin to absorb the mixture while you wash your hands and clean your dance pole in preparation for the new session.

Once done, hop on your dance pole and enjoy your session.

P.S.: Wash and dry your hands after applying this mixture, as it makes the hands slippery too.

Please note that you may need to reapply this mixture occasionally, especially when you begin to lose grip.

Shaving Cream

Some pole dancers in my class swear that they’ve tried shaving cream and it has worked wonders with their pole grip. This is something I haven’t particularly tried. I recommend not using shaving creams if you have any allergic response to the product or specific ingredients in it.

My Australian friend says shaving cream is a big deal among pole dancers in the region. They say it actually works and I’ll try it out myself!

If you do, however, try a shaving cream – please share your experience with us! We are always happy to learn and update the information on this blog.

UPDATE: It works! It’s an amazing alternative, but you shouldn’t rely solely on it.


A few people in my pole dancing community have also shared the wonders of toothpaste to improve pole grip. I do not recommend this for long-term use, especially as your skin may be sensitive to the chemicals contained in the toothpaste in use.

While this may be a one-time DIY pole grip for emergencies, I do not recommend recurrent use. Also, make sure to wash your hands with gentle soap and cold water after your pole dancing session.

Hairspray for Pole Grip

This is another alternative that works just fine to improve your pole grip and reduce sweat in your hands. To use this, get an extra hold hair spray from your local convenience store and apply sparingly on the pole contact areas of your body.

Note: Spritz just a decent amount of the hair spray on your palm and pole contact areas. Avoid overdoing it.

I recommend washing your hands with mild soap after the session to remove the hair spray layer. You can also pack some wet wipes in your pole dancing bag for easier cleaning.

Baby Powder for Pole Grip

Powders can be great for improving dryness but they may not be the best option for your pole grip. Powders can create a slippery and sliding surface on your pole, making your grip worse than you started with.

My advice is to use baby powder moderately. Get some powder on your hands, rub them together and dust the excess powder off your palm. By doing this, you can get rid of excess powder while giving your palm just enough grip for your session.

Chalk for Pole Grip

Chalk is also a common alternative to commercial grip aids. Many of my students use chalk when they have to and it acts just like baby powder. The chalk absorbs moisture from your palms, thus giving you better grip on the pole.

So, there you have it. Our inbox is always open to readers who wish to share more information about their personal experiences and what has worked for them. Have any other DIY Pole Grip for Sweaty Hands solutions? Feel free to email us!

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