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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Homemade Heating Pad

Homemade heating pads are easy to make and you can use items you have on hand. You could use a discarded sock or for something a little fancier make it out of material.

Material (cotton works best - don't use synthetic material)
Rice or deer corn for filling
Essential oil (optional)

Note: If you're adding essential oil (just a couple of drops is all you need) put it in a ziplock bag with the rice or deer corn and leave it for a day so that the filling absorbs the fragrance.

Cut two pieces of material
Neck pad size 9 x 23"
Back size 13 x 17"

Sew together leaving an opening to insert the filling.

Add filling (about 2/3rds full) and sew the hole closed

Some blogs recommend sewing sections and filling each section of the bag, but I've found it's not needed and you can distribute the filling how you want when you don't have separated sections.

Instructions here

You can also make a cover if you prefer to be able to wash the outer material.

Directions for Use:
Place in microwave for 1-2 minutes (don't leave unattended). If you are concerned about the filling catching fire, you can set a cup of water in the microwave while heating the pad, but I couldn't find anything online that showed this had ever happened.

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