Have you ever found yourself in pain and unable to find a heating pad? Well, there is no need to suffer and kick yourself for not having one handy. You can make one using items you already have in your home. Here are my tips on how to make a rice heating pad.
Things You'll Need
- Eucalyptus leaves (optional)
- Sewing needle
Choose a sock or mitten to make the rice pad with. This sock does not necessarily have to be attractive as it will not be seen. In a hurry, you can just grab any sock out of a drawer or use a sock that has lost its match.
Fill the sock with standard white rice (whatever you have in your kitchen). Fill it about two thirds full and also add a few eucalyptus leaves. You can purchase decorative dried eucalyptus inexpensively at the hobby store.
Sew the rice sock closed using tiny tight stitches so that no rice can spill out.
Insert your rice sock it into another sock. You can sew it closed as well or leave the end open so that you can wash it. For your outside sock, you should look for something with a fun pattern. I like to purchase fun striped and patterned socks on clearance sales and keep them to make rice socks for myself and to give them away as gifts.
Place your rice sock in a microwave for one minute to heat it up and place it wherever you feel muscular aches and pains. This heating pad will be good to use for a year or two.
Tips & Warnings
- These rice sock heading pads make great gifts. Consider making these for your family and friends and as birthday and holiday gifts.
- Never put your heating pad directly against your skin as it is hard to predict just how hot the rice sock will get.
- Do not put brown rice in your rice sock as it can spoil and get rancid.
- After about one year, empty and refill your rice sock heating pad.
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