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Fillers for Homemade Heat Packs

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There are several common recommendations for fillers to use in homemade heat packs. They include: rice, beans, buckwheat, or field corn. Essential oils can also be added to the dry fillers. This is a guide about fillers for homemade heat packs.


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January 20, 20141 found this helpful

I use rice for my heat packs, but have found it breaks down too fast. I make these heat packs for my Chihuahuas. They are used a lot and heated up frequently.

By Karin


January 26, 20140 found this helpful
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Try Barley. It's cheap, can be purchased in bulk, and you can even add things like some potpourri and give them a nice scent. I hope that helps.

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January 29, 20140 found this helpful
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I use wheat. and it holds the heat for a long time. Been using one for years. Just don't over cook it. Microwave 1 to 1 1/2 mins.

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November 27, 2010

I want to make my own heat packs as Christmas gifts. Some have posted that they use rice, others use flax, some use oatmeal, etc. The ingredients don't cook or go rancid, etc. after use?

Also, which ingredient can I use for scent? Some say lavender turns after being heated and there were a few scents that didn't work at all.



By BeachMouse from Canada


December 1, 20100 found this helpful
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I use buckwheat hulls and rice. I use lavender and rosemary essential oils and find the scent lasts a long time. You can always renew the scent if you close it with a few buttons or velcro. I sell alot of the neck wraps at craft shows. You do need to use all cotton material for these to be microwave safe though.

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September 5, 20110 found this helpful

What heat pack filler stays hottest the longest?

By Christiana


December 14, 20110 found this helpful
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I use a mixture of rice and beans and my heat pack always stays warm at least an hour.

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December 8, 20110 found this helpful

Can horse oats be used as a filler for homemade magic heating bags?

By Brenda from Rycroft, Alberta, Canada

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