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Homemade Heat/Cold Pack

Rice socks are ridiculously easy to make and practical to boot. They can be used for a heating pack by putting them in the microwave or a cooling pack by leaving it in a freezer.

What you'll need to make your own:

  • socks
  • rice
  • funnel (recommended)

To start, find some cute socks. You could even use ones that your have in a drawer already, as long as they're clean with no holes. I chose to use knee-high length and would recommend it. It fits very well around the neck.

Using your funnel, pour about 2 cups of rice into a sock. If you don't have a funnel in your kitchen, you can make one easily by cutting the top off a plastic bottle. Using a funnel isn't necessary but will avoid most messes.

I found that double lining my socks was most effective. I didn't have to worry about rice peeking out of the fabric and it gives a little more protection next to skin. With about a pound of rice in the socks, it'll add some nice weight to aches and pains.

To finish, I tied the tops of the socks into a knot. This way if I want to change out the rice or add more, it's pretty easy. If you're craftier than me, you could even sew it shut.

Image Credit » Mine.

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seren3 wrote on February 8, 2015, 5:07 PM

I love these! And wrote 2 different posts about them...elsewhere. They are so worth the effort!

GayleStorm wrote on February 8, 2015, 6:00 PM

A former college roommate of mine used them which led me to make a bunch as presents. You're totally right, they're absolutely worth the effort.

valmnz wrote on February 8, 2015, 8:11 PM

I've used wheat packs before, but never those filled with rice. They really are wonderful winter wrmers and comforters.

grandma20121 wrote on February 8, 2015, 8:21 PM

well thanks for letting me know , i always use a heating pad for my bad back every night but i think i will try this because i do not always want to look for some place to plug in my heating pad , i hope this works out

Hollyhocks100 wrote on February 9, 2015, 7:45 AM

What a great idea, especially for someone like me who has chronic neck pain. I had a bought one once, but had no idea it was filled with rice.

Dawnwriter wrote on February 11, 2015, 11:48 AM

Our grandmothers used to make rice filled pillows for keeping under babies' heads. These look nice and handy.