DIY Reusable Rice Heating Pad

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DIY Reusable Rice Heating Pad

Last week I tuned into the Hellmann’s Canada Facebook page live video streaming to watch a group of families cooking up some fun in the kitchen and talking about where our food comes from. It was all happening live from a Hellmann’s Blue Ribbon canola farm in Saskatchewan, Canada.

It was great to see the kids having fun in the farm and learning about different seeds and plants.  They also chatted about the importance of eating local. While watching, I also learned about the simple natural ingredients used to make Hellmann’s mayonnaise – it’s so good to know what’s in the food we eat!

The stream was very interesting and eye opening. You can watch a wrap up of the event here if you are interested: CLICK HERE TO WATCH.

The live video stream inspired me to use natural ingredients to put together a small heating pad to use at home with my boys. Instead of using electric heating pads or hot water bottles for aches and pains, I now have a reusable microwavable bag that can be kept in the freezer to be used as cooling pad as well. It is also a fun and super easy craft to make.

DIY Reusable Rice Heating Pad

DIY Reusable Rice Heating Pad
DIY Reusable Rice Heating Pad

What You Need

  • 1 Clean Cotton Sock
  • 1 Cup of Rice
  • A piece of yarn, ribbon or string
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Fill the sock with the uncooked rice. Don’t pack the rice in too tightly, allow some room for the rice to move around so that it can mould easily to the area to be treated.
  2. Tie the open end of the sock with the piece of string. If you have a longer sock you can also tie the end to keep the rice from spilling out.
  3. Put the rice filled sock in the microwave on high for about 45sec-1 minute (time may vary depending on your oven).
  4. Put the rice filled sock in the freezer for 5 minutes to use as a cooling pad.
  5. Apply the rice sock to the body part to be treated.
     

DIY Reusable Rice Heating Pad

DIY Reusable Rice Heating Pad
DIY Reusable Rice Heating Pad

Check out more about Hellmann’s and “Where does your food come from” by visiting Hellmann’s on Facebook.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however all opinions and views on this post are 100% my own.

 

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26 responses to “DIY Reusable Rice Heating Pad”

  1. Laurie P — August 15, 2016 @ 8:59 am (#
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    great to know about this little diy!

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  2. ashley p — August 16, 2016 @ 4:19 am (#
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    such a great idea. These would definitely be handy to have on hand some days 🙂

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  3. Lilac — August 16, 2016 @ 6:10 am (#
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    What a great idea. It’s so eco friendly and budget clever.

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  4. Amy — August 16, 2016 @ 7:28 am (#
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    So Smart – and a great thing to have around the house. Love the idea of using a fun sock for each child so that they are happy to use it when or if they need to!

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  5. Monica — August 16, 2016 @ 8:07 am (#
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    I love this idea for kids! I actually have a similar bag that I bought and I use it all the time. Making your own looks like such a fun and easy project! (PS Hellmann’s is the only mayonnaise I ever use.)

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  6. Crystal McLeod — August 16, 2016 @ 8:58 am (#
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    What a FANTASTIC idea!!! I love this, so easy to make and the kids would love this! Thanks!!

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  7. Lynda Cook — August 17, 2016 @ 8:31 am (#
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    This is a great and easy DIY heating pad, never ever thought of ever using rice though, learn something new everyday!!

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  8. Maya Fitzpatrick — August 17, 2016 @ 11:08 am (#
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    What a great idea for the heating / cooling pad. I will have to give that a try.
    And yes, it’s such an important conversation to have with your kids about where food comes from. I find that my 3 year old has been asking a lot lately about where I’m buying our food. Although I tell him from the grocery store, I give him the back story too, explaining how it got there.

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  9. Darlene W — August 22, 2016 @ 8:23 am (#
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    so many times the grandkids have said “my legs are aching” this is the perfect solution for some temporary relief

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  10. Shirley — August 25, 2016 @ 2:10 am (#
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    What a great idea for a heating pad! It’s easy to make and it would be very useful.

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  11. Stephanie LaPlante — September 15, 2016 @ 10:03 am (#
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    We’re always losing our old mangled heating pads. This is an awesome idea!

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  12. Dandi D — September 20, 2016 @ 4:38 am (#
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    This is a really great idea and would be so handy to have around the house!

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  13. ellen beck — September 24, 2016 @ 10:28 pm (#
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    These work very well. The other thing they wpprk for is like foot or hand warmers of you are getting into a very cold bed!

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  14. Kimberley Hamilton — September 26, 2016 @ 5:49 am (#
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    What an awesome and inexpensive idea! would make a cute gift too!

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  15. Lisa G — October 11, 2016 @ 4:41 pm (#
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    So glad I fell on this post. I never thought of doing this. Thank.s

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  16. Tannis W — October 15, 2016 @ 10:48 pm (#
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    This would be a great idea for stocking stuffers for Christmas.

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  17. Elizabeth Matthiesen — October 25, 2016 @ 11:08 am (#
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    A super idea and kids will no doubt love these rice filled socks.

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  18. Alison Braidwood — November 27, 2016 @ 12:51 pm (#
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    Such a good, child-friendly idea. I’ve made heating packs with rice and pantyhose feet before, but socks seem like they’d be much more sturdy.

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  19. janie vezina — December 9, 2016 @ 5:21 pm (#
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    these are so cute. wondering how would you heat them up without a microwave?

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  20. loriag — December 11, 2016 @ 1:36 pm (#
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    I really like your idea of using a sock. That is very cute and easy to do.

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  21. Jenn — December 18, 2016 @ 6:45 pm (#
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    I was actually looking online to buy one of these things but found them to be a bit pricey. I am so glad we can actually make our own. I love that you can use socks to make it unique and fun for the kiddos.

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  22. Kristi F — December 19, 2016 @ 10:08 am (#
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    I never thought of doing this, but I love how easy it is. And I like that the sock makes it nice and flexible to wrap around where you need it.

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  23. AD — December 25, 2016 @ 1:23 pm (#
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    Lordy, I need this today! My back is seizing and hurting today. I may actually make it later (after the guests leave).

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  24. DebH — January 19, 2017 @ 2:52 pm (#
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    Very cool need to try this!

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  25. Dayle B. — April 22, 2017 @ 5:37 pm (#
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    Wow, what a unique and useful project to make.
    I am sure that our grandson would love this clever
    idea for a hot and cold pack.So cute too.

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  26. AD — June 10, 2017 @ 1:19 pm (#
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    I made these rice bags today as gifts for care packages which I will be sending to soldiers; hey look adorable and really nice. Thanks!

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