In Response to Have you ever used a rice heat pad? / Instructions for making one.:
Hi Everyone I was just ever wondered if you have used or made a heat/cold pack using rice.I make these and have used these as gifts in some of my gift baskets,if there is interest I will post directions on how to make one.It supplies moist heat after warming in microwave and it can be used as a cold pack after being in the freezer.This cold weather made me think of these,when it's cold I like to put one under the covers with me. I like using a placemat,one with a solid color or an all over pattern,They are heavier than most material and hold up well ,about 3 cups of white,not instant rice uncooked of course,thread for sewing and lavender oil or a scent of your choice this is optional.I take the placemat and fold in half,long ways right sides together and stitch down the side and across the bottom allowing 1/2"seams.Turn right side out,measure and mark the tube into thirds minus the 1/2 inch seam allowance for the other end.Pour 1 cup of the rice into the tube and sticth across the tube on area you marked as one third to seal in the rice,repeat this again and fill this section with rice,repeat again and fill the last section.Fold the end in so there will be no raw edge and stitch across to finish and complete.The finished product will have 3 equal sections and no raw edges.This can not be washed,I make a cover for these like a little pillow case that can be removed and washed. You heat these in the microwave for 2-3 minutes on high,BE CAREFUL THESE ARE HOT!!!! You have to take precaution with these just like any other heating pad.If you choose to use a scent this has to be added to the rice before beginning.When heated these produce a moist heat that lasts about a half hour.These can also be placed in the freezer to use as a cold pack.If these are made as gifts give heating instructions and precautions
Posted by gale g
Hey Gale. We have been using these for 50 years or so. Do a lot better job than electric heating pads.