Homemade Heating Pad

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Introduction: Homemade Heating Pad

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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

1 Pair of Socks (make sure there are no synthetic materials in socks!)
1 1/2 cups of Rice

Step 2: Making the Heating Pad

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

Put the heating pad in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Makes sure to keep an eye on it so it doesn't smoke.

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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97 Discussions

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FelineHostage
FelineHostage

4 weeks ago

Great Idea, and your step-by-step is clear and easy to follow. I rescue abandoned and feral kittens & cats in my neighborhood (mostly those who are left behind when families move). This winter, I've used long-acting (18 hr) hand-warmers, tucked under the bedding in each shelter. But your rice heating pad idea will be much easier on my budget. Thanks for posting this! I'll be sure to note the url when I pass the idea along to other rescue-minded friends. (Plus, we can even use it on humans!)

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mysticmandy77
mysticmandy77

Tip 5 weeks ago

I used a long knee-high sports sock from when my daughter was in soccer. It was a child's size large sport sock and it was long and thin, so it worked well to wrap around a joint (y)

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Solitaremom
Solitaremom

Question 1 year ago on Step 3

How many times can you re-use the heating pad?

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lefuulei
lefuulei

Answer 5 months ago

I've used mine hundreds of times. As long as you don't get the rice wet, it should keep for a long time.

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kdjunious
kdjunious

Question 1 year ago on Step 3

What happens if you use synthetic material. How do you know it is synthetic material

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lefuulei
lefuulei

Answer 5 months ago

Synthetic material will melt when you heat it up. Most socks are made from cotton and wool but if you're ever in doubt, check the packaging and look up the materials to see if it's synthetic or not.

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lefuulei
lefuulei

Answer 5 months ago

Hi there, you don't need to and shouldn't add water. The rice should be dry and will absorb moisture from the microwave but it shouldn't ever cook unless you want moldy rice in your socks.

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BurntToastOriginal

Works great on animals! This was before I saw this post but One time we found an injured rabbit and we used two of these to keep the rabbit from freezing until it healed.

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masoud6542
masoud6542

2 years ago

I'd recommend using salt instead of rice. it keeps the heat, doesn't go bad, and wouldn't introduce bacteria and microbes over time. cheaper as well!

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JuliaR74
JuliaR74

2 years ago

Very easy to make, I am excited to use this after long days at my desk!

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BeckyB53
BeckyB53

4 years ago

I heat the rice in a small measuring bowl I have with a spout. You can use a bowl or cup also. I use a fuzzy long sock and pour it in. That way i don't have to worry about a fire. Works great. If you want you can pour essential oils on the rice after heated. I use lavender for ear infections. Im not sure why it unclogs my ear but it does. I read it online. Tried it and it worked. We did it once to heal a poisonous spider bite also.

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Sunnydog
Sunnydog

4 years ago

Do you have to like replace the rice or can you just keep it

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Yellowgal
Yellowgal

4 years ago

It worked REALLY well!!!!!!!! Thanks a million!!!!!

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AmandaP67
AmandaP67

4 years ago

Great idea it helps me a lot !Before you take any action you should try manipulating the pad. I also follow these heating tips for better results.

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DeeThePro
DeeThePro

4 years ago

My friend showed me this... I guess Ill try it

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Leei1337
Leei1337

4 years ago

great instant fix for my wife's sore back, took 2 minutes and I came in like a hero! thanks :)

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VictoriaS42
VictoriaS42

4 years ago

This is awesome! I used it for my belly :) I get bad period cramps and this is I deal for those! I don't have a camera to post it! Loved it! I will definately be using this in the future!

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okbutdude
okbutdude

4 years ago

Important thing: don't do this with arborio rice. Any moisture in the sock, it will absorb. I don't think it's too dangerous (I mean it smells ricey but hey), but your sock does, uh, expand... a little