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Make your own heating pad at home in two minutes!

I often strain my neck after staring at a computer for many hours.  A couple weeks ago I strained my neck really bad and couldn't go into work for a couple days.  Jason gave me the idea to make an at home heating pad.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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1 Pair of Socks
1 1/2 cups of Rice

Step 2: Making the Heating Pad

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Pour rice into one of the socks.
Tie a knot at the top of the sock.
Put the sock with the rice in the other sock, knot side first.
Tie end of outside sock.

Step 3: Using the Heating Pad

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Put the heating pad in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.  You will be surprised how long It will retain the heat.

Place under your neck and lay down.  Don't watch t.v., use your computer, or do anything that will strain your neck while using the heating pad.
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Thanks so much! I just moved into a new apartment sans heating pad and forgot to pick one up at the store. This was so helpful for my cramps! 2 minutes was plenty for my low-wattage microwave.

However, just as a warning, mine steamed when I put it in the microwave - so make sure you're not right next to your smoke detector! It might have been the sock was damp or the rice had gotten damp after spending a few months in my cupboard.

Made this just now. Works perfectly. Thanks!!!

Elliemae14 months ago

You can also use dry kidney beans...they stay hot even longer. I use them all the time.

lnelmel5 months ago

So happy to find this! Making one today for our dog who has just been diagnosed with spinal issues. Part of his treatment is heat on his back a few times a day. Thank you so much!!

psychashley9 months ago
This really worked for me, i have been having horrible cramps and i dont own a heating pad, and its too late at night to buy one. This worked perfect, the heat stayed a long time!
Znaffi9 months ago
Wow! And they have an nice "rice aroma"
Great post!!
We here use same technique, we put red bean instead of rice. Work well too.
ceealice10 months ago
wonderful idea for sore neck or back !
This is great!
ccarreer1 year ago
OMG! I feel like facepalming here. xD

Friend of mine totally gave me one of these for Xmas, but I've worn it out already. I was trying to figure out how to make another one, and BAM! Duh! Sock!

Genius.
Suzi17s1 year ago
this is a realy good idea.
Great "waste to best " idea !! This will surely make the resources go well utilized :) Utility Heating pads.

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hanks
ktyrel2 years ago
i hurt my shoulder last year i cheerleading and this feels great on it. it probably inst going to heal but it feels a little better. and btw. i didnt want to cheerlead...ever but my mom made me.
GREAT POST!!!!!! THANKS!!!!
SIRJAMES092 years ago
and if you do not want a round pad, cut some material in the shape you wish, & sew it up after filling it with rice...OR, do this & have 2 or more heating pads. :)

This is just great!! Thank you for sharing Ma'am.
I love making these for gifts. The sock thing is great adhoc solution but I sew rectangular shaped ones out of just basic cotton broadcloth (cut up flat sheets from the clearance rack work great). I sew channels every few inches to keep the rice from bunching up on one side.

Then I make decorative covers out of flannel using a sham closure so they are easily removed for washing. I usually embroider the recipient's name on the edge of the closure. Here's a sham closure for anyone who is interested:

http://www.elizabethannedesigns.com/living/2010/10/07/how-to-make-a-pillow-sham/
TY Ma'am for sharing this website..

I stumbled across this instructable looking for something about making pillows...

TY Again. B0)
Mike732 years ago
Cool idea and easy to make. Maybe I make some, too. My wife always needs more than one of the pads we already have to warm up ;-)
kwthemale2 years ago
If only my microwave worked...
Made these with dried corn once, called em "Corn Bags" sowed them up like bean bags made you hungry for popcorn. Pop em in the freezer and they are great cold packs too.
hmaulana13 years ago
waw...
cantik
sanjay1173 years ago
CARLEYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
are you married?
i am ready to marry you for this!
joke apart!
great idea!
doxsys3 years ago
You forgot Step 4: Get foot massage from significant other. :)
jjinyancey3 years ago
I have fibromyalgia and neck problems, so this is a great help to me! I've been using my same rice sock for over a year......just reheat it when I need it, but NEVER for that long! I can only heat mine for 1 1/2 min., but then my microwave IS a big, built-in one; probably has higher watts. But good grief, PLEEEZ use a new, clean sock! I made mine out of a long, white tube sock and filled it about 2/3 full of plain, long-grain white rice before I put a simple knot in the end of it. Then, I wrote "1 1/2 min." on it with a perm. marker so if my husband needs to use it, he will remember how!
rxtrekker3 years ago
beans also work as a filling. (the dried ones, not the green ones!)
twighahn3 years ago
add heerbs and spices to make it smell good
rwhorton3 years ago
Should you wash the socks first??
what ? don't want athletes foot on the nape =D .

My Mom made 2 of these with dollar store river rocks.
White rice started to powerize .
peacenique3 years ago
Of all the things you can use to fill these, I wonder which keeps heat the longest.
mmaunder3 years ago
My understanding is that you must have some moisture in the microwave whenever you use it, so adding a bit of water is essential
No need to add water. We've never had to add water even in the winter with very low humidity. Rice is great at absorbing ambient humidity and will retain some moisture anyway.

It is this property that makes rice work well in salt shakers, for example. If you keep a few grains of dry rice in your salt shaker, the salt won't absorb moisture and clump up. The rice absorbs any moisture and keeps the salt dry.
Anianna3 years ago
I used my first rice sock when I was pregnant. A sock is the best size and shape for the lower back and for using under that heavy baby-filled belly! If you have a sock with a hole in the toe, you can tie off or sew both ends, so it's a great way to recycle some socks that aren't really good to wear anymore.

Good 'ible.
sebgonz3 years ago
I love these projects. I've been wanting to make these with cherry pits since they hold their heat better. I'll post it once I do. You can never have too many of these to choose from.
Anianna sebgonz3 years ago
I like to use cherry pits because a heat wrap with cherry pits is machine washable. ;)

The problem with pits is they are more expensive and harder to get hold of unless you have your own cherry tree. Rice is great because it is relatively inexpensive and when it starts getting funky, you can empty your wrap into the compost heap, wash your sock, and put some fresh rice in.
Very creative. Good-luck
Bryan Smith3 years ago
I have one that has field corn in it. I use it as a bed warmer and it keeps the heat for a couple of hours.
yasirafzal3 years ago
good one. Thanks for sharing.
dimpap3 years ago
WOW ! Nice .. PADs ! :)


mikchil3 years ago
popcorn works good and adds a great smell.
I'd be afraid the popcorn would pop!
poppet23 years ago
My daughter and I used to make heating pads to sell in our store. We sewed rectangles and long, thin (about like the sock idea only longer) pieces. Recently I bought one that has buckwheat and goes over shoulders, covering back, shoulders and chest...kind of like a filled shawl. It's nice, but it doesn't hold the heat well, and rice would be quite heavy, even tucked into smaller, sewn "quilted" areas. Field corn, however, is a good compromise, being lighter, but holding the heat well. You can scent these with oils, according to your choice.
But this was a great idea, so simple and everything right at hand. I'd keep one handy in the freezer and one out for the microwave. If you like these, don't put off doing this. They're more than worth the trouble, and this was done so nicely and simply.
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