Make a Great Heat Pack for a Quarter.





Introduction: Make a Great Heat Pack for a Quarter.

After watching my mom and sister spend $12 a pop on those store-bought disposable heat pads and around $30 or more on various gimicky microwaveable reusable ones, I stumbled upon this idea while marveling at how MUCH pee my nephew's diaper held.

A bag of 40 diapers costs about $10, so you will be spending about $.25 each. You can reuse these a couple dozen times easily, so figure on a penny per use (not including any energy cost for running your microwave, of course). Not bad, when compared to the $12 for one or two single-use disposable hot pads at the drugstore. These retain thir heat for a couple hours.

Step 1: What You Need:

A clean, dry disposable diaper and a good sturdy freezer bag.

Step 2: Open the Diaper.

Open up the diaper and spread it out so it is like a cradle.

Step 3: Fill With Water.

Take the disposable diaper (preferably clean) and run it under water, pouring the water into the hammock-like center until it is puffy and full. If you are interested and/or obsessively inclined you can measure one cup at a time. I found three cups is perfect for my nephew's size 4 Kirkland diapers, I doubt there is much variation needed.

Whichever method you use, try to get the water absorbed to all edges and press it around a bit so that it is nice and puffy end-to-end.

Step 4: Enclose in Freezer Bag.

Next get a gallon-sized heavy-duty freezer zip bag and position the diaper neatly at the bottom. Squish it around to make it perfect if you want to. I do.

I fold the outer edges inward to form a neat tubish rectangle and then stuff it into the bottom of the freezer bag. Again, squeeze it around and work it into the shape of the bag.

Step 5: Heat It Up!

Now place it in the microwave for about three minutes and thirty-three seconds (depending upon your microwave's power). Make sure to leave the bag partially unzipped or it might explode. Be careful while removing it, the heat can sneak up on you in spots!

Step 6: Cover It Up!

Now if you want you can make or find a cloth cover for it from an old sock, teeshirt or pillowcase etc.



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    I want to try in making a cap to heat my hair afeter oiling as it is done ine beauty parlour please advice

    Genius! am going to try this. It just so happens we have disposables on hand.

    My mom actually did this when my brothers were newborn, I used this method a couple times myself and it is fantastic

    I love this! I'm using it as we speak! I thik I have acute sinusitis and since its the weekend the doctors office is closed, so I started looking up moist heat packs for home remedies and I came across this! It is really helping with my pressure and tooth aches! Thank you for sharing!

    Can I use a disposable pad? Well they are almost the same thing..but I'm wondering.

    You know, I'm not absolutely certain, but I don't think feminine hygiene pads have the same weird gel inside that diapers do. After all, I can't think of any pad that would (or should) hold anywhere close to three cups of liquid! Also they are a lot smaller that the average diaper so they wouldn't cover as much area, but hey, a pad might be just perfect for one of those cold eye masks for when you have a headache, hangover or just puffy eyes! Why don't you give it a try and report back. You've got nothing to lose but a disposable pad, after all. You can use the freezer bad again with a diaper if it doesn't work. Cheers! Rupa

    They actually do have gel. I learned this just recently when my water broke! Also, you can just buy the gel alone in most garden centers. It is called soil moist. The container may not look big, but it only takes a very small amount to puff up a LOT! I made neck coolers with these that just tie around like a necklace. For that project I only use 2 tsp. of the granules and it fills up the cloth. You can soak them in cool water and it keeps you cool while you work outdoors in the summer.

    Well, I'm going to go ahead and point out, even though this was over a year ago now, that this comment was made by my wife who apparently didn't realize she was logged in as me. My water has never broke. I don't even have a "water".

    Disposable pads do have the same gel inside. It's like a powder at first, but then it turns into gel when wet. It's a very weird and toxic material. Some babies are even allergic to disposables, then they have to use cloth diapers. Heck, it's why a lot of women now converted to cloth menstrual pads. Lol. I'm one of those converts. heh! Thanks, I'll see if I can try :D

    Actually, babies are often allergic not to the gel but to the the scents used to cover the plastic smell of the shell material, or their skin is irritated by the "clothlike" material or by the non-breathability of the plastic shell materials.

    The gel is really benign ... unless you eat or inhale it. Even skin-to-gel direct exposure does nothing more than dry the skin slightly. It eventually breaks down in normal environmental conditions, but the shells of these items (both the spun "cloth" material and the nonpermeable plastic barrier) do not.

    Most women I know who have chosen to use cloth for babies or themselves have done so for environmental and cost reasons, because disposable options are both expensive and wasteful. These are much more compelling reasons to me that scaremongering about the absorptive material.