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:
- 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.
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