Create Your Own Comfy Heating Pad with these Simple Steps!
Making your own heating pad at home is a great way to enjoy the soothing warmth and comfort that a heating pad provides without having to buy one. There are a few different ways to make a homemade heating pad, depending on what items you have in your home and which method sounds the most appealing to you.
The first and simplest way to create a heating pad is to place a damp washcloth or hand towel in the oven, heated to about 300 degrees. Leave the towel in for 10 to 12 minutes until the desired temperature is reached, and then simply roll it up and place a dry cloth or towel around it. Not only will this towel give you warmth, but it will also provide a nice, moist heat.
Another method is to make use of the microwave. To do this, you need two hand towels that have been dampened and all the excess water squeezed out. Put one towel in a ziploc bag, leaving it unsealed, and microwave it on high for two minutes. After removing the bag from the microwave, seal it and carefully wrap the other dampened towel around it. This will give you an ideal homemade heating pad.
A third method involves an old sock that has been washed. Fill the sock three-quarters of the way with uncooked rice, barley, or oatmeal, then either tie or sew the sock shut. Heat in the microwave for one to two minutes on high and you have your own customizable heating pad. To add some extra aroma and relaxation, add a few drops of lavender, rosemary, or any other essential oil for the desired scent prior to filling the sock.
The final method requires a 12-inch by 20-inch piece of 100 percent heavyweight cotton fabric, as well as two and a half pounds of flaxseed. Begin by using a sewing machine to close the end and side seams of the fabric. Fold the fabric with the right sides together and sew one of the short ends on the folded side farthest from you. Sew around three sides of the pillow, leaving one side open for the filling. Fill the fabric about two-thirds full with flaxseeds and the other third with dried herbs or flowers if desired. Finally, pin the open edge and sew it shut. To warm it, microwave the finished heating pad for one minute, take it out, shake the seeds, and warm it another 30 seconds.
Each of these homemade heating pads is a great way to enjoy the warmth and comfort of a heating pad without having to buy one, and they also make a great gift for friends and family. Be sure to never use homemade heating pads on infants, those with diabetes, or anyone who has suffered a stroke. Also, follow the instructions of heating them properly and make sure you don’t heat any of the substances for too long. Doing so could make the heating pad too hot and put the user at risk for scalding. Enjoy the soothing warmth of your homemade heating pad!