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


  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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Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

48 responses to “DIY Reusable Rice Heating Pad”

  1. great to know about this little diy!

  2. such a great idea. These would definitely be handy to have on hand some days 🙂

  3. What a great idea. It’s so eco friendly and budget clever.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.)

  6. What a FANTASTIC idea!!! I love this, so easy to make and the kids would love this! Thanks!!

  7. This is a great and easy DIY heating pad, never ever thought of ever using rice though, learn something new everyday!!

  8. 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.

  9. so many times the grandkids have said “my legs are aching” this is the perfect solution for some temporary relief

  10. What a great idea for a heating pad! It’s easy to make and it would be very useful.

  11. We’re always losing our old mangled heating pads. This is an awesome idea!

  12. This is a really great idea and would be so handy to have around the house!

  13. 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!

  14. What an awesome and inexpensive idea! would make a cute gift too!

  15. So glad I fell on this post. I never thought of doing this. Thank.s

  16. This would be a great idea for stocking stuffers for Christmas.

  17. A super idea and kids will no doubt love these rice filled socks.

  18. 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.

  19. these are so cute. wondering how would you heat them up without a microwave?

  20. I really like your idea of using a sock. That is very cute and easy to do.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. Lordy, I need this today! My back is seizing and hurting today. I may actually make it later (after the guests leave).

  24. Very cool need to try this!

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

  27. This is the cutest and most useful DIY project! So many times when the little ones are growing they have growing pains and cramps.This is so handy to know about.Thank you for the wonderful post.

  28. Nice article. Probably the best post I have found regarding the homemade heating pad issue. Yout method is very easy to follow.

  29. Great idea! It is like those magic bags.. I never thought to make one myself, but now I’m gonna! Thank you 🙂

  30. I wish I had thought of using socks for this. What a great idea.

  31. This is such a fantastic idea and so easy to make for those days when someone needs a little TLC.

  32. So easy to make and so useful. I love a heating pad.

  33. How easy – and super-cute!

  34. I have bought large hot/cold packs like these and they work really well whether for cold or hot and they really help with minor ailments. Great job!

  35. I love this! And the really long socks can work for your neck. I have bought the similar natural ones, but the smell give me a headache as I’m scent sensitive – this is perfect! Bulk rice bin, here I come! Thank you!

  36. This would be a great way to use up those odd socks around the house and a fun project for my daughter and I to do together.

  37. I adore this idea. i love that we already have everything needed to make this too.

  38. Aw, this was a really nice post. Taking the time and actual effort to
    generate a great article… but what can I say… I hesitate a whole lot and don’t
    manage to get anything done.

  39. What a great idea! Very easy to make and inexpensive too.

  40. this is a great idea thank you

  41. Just stumbled on this post and thought this is such a great idea and so easy to make.

  42. What a cute idea!!

  43. This is a great idea, especially for my daughter who constantly receives imagined injuries that can be treated with something like this 😉

  44. So simple and way more affordable than buying them! Also a fun craft idea 🙂

  45. That is a great idea.

  46. Such a great idea! And those socks are the CUTEST!!

  47. How many times can the rice be heated before needing to be replaced?

    • I have had the same sock for a long time and have never had to replace it. It should last you a very long time as long as you don’t get it wet I would think.

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