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Microwave heating pads, often filled with rice, are used to soothe aches and pains. This is a guide about making microwave heating pads.

Making a Microwave Heating Rice Pad
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May 23, 2012 Flag

Making a Microwave Heating Rice PadIf you want a really simple and quick microwave heating pad, this is a frugal way to throw one together.



Fill a tube sock with 4-5 cups or rice or until the sock is 3/4 filled.

At the end of the sock tie a knot and pull tightly so the knot can't come undone easily.

Optional: Add a few drops of an essential oil of your choice. Add a few sprigs of dried lavender or rosemary.

To Use:
Place the rice filled sock in the microwave for 3-4 minutes. You can also place these in the freezer to make a cool pack.

These are great to put around a sore neck or on the small of a sore back. Also great during pregnancy. Make a few of them and put them on all your sore spots. These are much cheaper than the therapy bags sold in stores and work the same.

Note: Don't let the pack get wet.

By Stella Bella from Manchester, WA


December 3, 2005 Flag

I am looking for instructions for making the bags that you can put in the microwave. The ones you use for aches and pains etc. What is inside and how do you clean them when needed?


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October 6, 20060 found this helpful
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For a medicinal heat pack for arthritis and rheumatism, dry roast in a clean pan equal amounts of fine diced old root ginger and rock salt till the ginger is golden and dry. Make a thick cotton case large enough to hold the mixture so that when flat the heat pack is 1 inch thick and seal. Make another as a washable case to put over it.

This can be heated in a microwave oven for 1 to 2 minutes to the desirable temperature. Do not over heat as salt can retain high heat and cause burns on fragile skin. Place on affected areas to soothe the pain. Store in dry cupboard when not in use.

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January 17, 20090 found this helpful

I started making the corn bags in Oct and have had lots of fun. I was very interested in one of your feedbacks that said she washes her corn bag then lays it out to dry, I would have thought it would rot.

Also I have been trying to find out about using poly pellets in them wondering if anyone has tried them or not.

Thank you for letting me post as a guest. kniter 1 @ hotmail . co m

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April 6, 2013 Flag

To make a nice heated rice bag, use fleece and make it as big or small as you like. Just put the white rice into the rectangular fleece bag and stitch it up. I'm sure you could also use a tube sock and just stitch up the end. Then you can put it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes to heat it up and put it on sore muscles or arthritis areas. (Also, our Chihuahua loves it to warm up in the winter). The rice keeps the heat for quite awhile and it is also moist heat. We have one rice bag from 15 years/ago that my mom made and it still works great!

November 12, 2004 Flag
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They are telling us we are going to get our first snow tonight here in Colorado and I was thinking that I needed to do something to warm up our bed to keep us warm at night when we turn down the furnace. So here is what I am going to do.

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February 22, 2015 Flag
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I have a zipper on my wheat bag. Can I heat it in a microwave?

By John H

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February 23, 20150 found this helpful

I wouldn't. I would take the zipper cover off, and just heat the inside bag. If the zipper is all plastic, it might be fine, but I still wouldn't do it. I have gotten hot spots in my wheat bag that burn through the flannel cover when it has been slightly overheated. I think nuking the zipper is just asking for trouble.

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February 23, 20150 found this helpful

I agree. What you might want to do is just pour your barley or the medium you heat in an old single sock. Then, tie a knot or sew it closed. No metal and no worries. Just a thought. PBP

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July 19, 2006 Flag
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Take a tube sock of whatever size you would like and fill 3/4 full of instant rice. Put in microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. You will have a natural heating pad.

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December 22, 2010 Flag
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I've made heat pads before and had no problem with them, but I do not remember what kind of rice to use. I'm concerned about fire.
I bought Carolina Jasmine enriched Thai fragrant long grain rice (Thai Hom Mali Rice) and Lundberg California white Basmati aromatic long grain rice. Does anyone know how safe these are?

By Marjae from NY

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December 23, 20100 found this helpful

I haven't done this for a few years, but when I did, I simply used whatever rice I had on hand. Honestly, I think I even used Minute Rice on occasion. :-) I just kept an eye on such as I was heating it in the microwave (usually less than two minutes) and it always turned out fine. As well, I was doing so super thrifty style and used clean, lone, tube socks as the casing. It's amazing how a clean, lone, tube sock filled with warm, dried rice can help a stiff neck!

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December 27, 20100 found this helpful

I don't know about the rice, but I do know that deer corn works great. The corn has a moist heat and holds up very well, no worry about fire.

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November 9, 2011 Flag
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I made a heat pad with rice, but when I first got it out of the micro wave it was sweating. Why?

By Cindy W.

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January 15, 20150 found this helpful

Over time, it'll stop sweating. I think with ours on about the 3rd or 4th use it stops that.

I use popcorn, too, but find that is does tend to pop in there, and also the smell from the heated popcorn bag starts to bug us after 20 or so uses, but not so the rice bags. We love these in our house all winter for taking to bed at night, and they make great Christmas presents!

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December 15, 20150 found this helpful

If the corn.pops, you aren't using the right kind of corn. The cirreccirn will make a few popping sounds when it is expelling moisture but it doesn't actually pop.

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February 15, 2010 Flag
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I need a pattern for a hot/cold neck pack. Thank you.

By cotygirl from Canada

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February 15, 20100 found this helpful

The quickest way to make a hot-cold pack is by taking a pillow case (made of cotton or 50/50 cotton-poly) then pour in one or 2 boxes or bags of any type of rice. (Minute rice OR regular). Then tie a knot on the end of this pillow case so the rice stays in.

To heat: Simply microwave it to heat the rice up. Usually for 2 or 3 minutes. You can also freeze it. But I prefer to instead use this rice-bag for only heating, then use a bag of frozen peas or corn for cooling. Buy 2 bags of peas & switch them out when the first starts to melt. When you no longer need the frozen peas (or corn) you can eat the veggies. (as long as they stayed frozen!)

I like the way you can take the warm rice-bag with you in the car, unlike a heating pad, this bag is portable!

If you know how to sew, you can turn the empty pillow case inside-out, then sew 2 seams up the middle of the pillow case 1 inch apart, then with scissors cut between the seams so you'll have 2 thin tubes, then fill with rice & knot the ends. If you use a pillow case you will have lots of room to move the rice around for your best fit & comfort. Buy your pillow cases at Second Hand at any Thrift Store or Garage Sale for 50 cents.

---> If they get dirty, simply un-knot the pillow case then dump the rice into a container & wash & dry the fabric then refill with the rice again. Easy, Fast & Cheap... Plus, if you are poor, you can buy the rice & frozen peas with Food Stamps & eat them when you no longer need the hot-cold packs!

* If you want a nice scent, add several tablespoons of Dried Lavender, Whole Cloves or slightly crushed Cinnamon Sticks to the Rice.

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June 25, 20160 found this helpful

You can microwave poly-cotton?

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April 3, 2011 Flag
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Can I use silica gel beads as filling for a microwavable heat pack? Or, I've heard of glycerin beads, but can't locate them. Any ideas?

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