DIY heatpad

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    DIY heatpad

    I stumbled across this when I was sick and achy three weeks ago and desperate for any remedy. Take a clean, dry tube sock with no holes and fill it with a cup of uncooked rice. Tie off the end and microwave for 30 seconds. It's wonderfully warm, smells good, and lasts indefinitely (I think). It was a lifesaver for my sore jaw too. I will be seeing a dentist later this month, but in the meantime it's works like a charm for it and should be nice for these cold nights too. Hope everyone's staying warm!

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    Great tip...thanks!

    although, I'm sure everyone's sock would smell good after microwaving.
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    My hunnee taught me about the rice sock years ago...

    This is the best 67 cents you will ever spend. You need RAW rice, not instant rice. Fill up a NEW, long tube sock about 3/4 full and knot the end. When you nuke it for about 3 minutes (test this on your sock/microwave), it provides soft, flexible heat... put it under a sore back, or drape it over sore shoulders. The heat lasts a LONG time... like a 30-45 minutes... and when it cools off, give it another 60 seconds in the microwave.

    After a while (like a year or two), the rice will lose its' heat-retaining ability and the sock will be a little dirty. Just toss it, fill up the other sock, and you are ready to go...

    Smells like Cream of Wheat cereal...
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    You can do the same thing with "deer corn"... My wife has made me several in different sizes... they supply moist heat and last for a long time...
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    Yup... I think corn retains heat longer, but rice is softer and more "comfortable"...
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    Wow! Lasts a year, huh?

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    At least... my hunnee tosses them out after 18 mos or so... they are cheap...

    I think they "wear out" because over time, you cook all the moisture out. I think if you got it wet, the rice would absorb the water and that would "rejuvenate" it...

    But it's a year or two old... its been soaking up your sweat and skin cells for a long time. I'm not interested in getting it wet. I suppose you could dump out the rice, wash the sock, and re-fill it...
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    After one year you can eat the rice.
    Start off using a dirty sock...it adds to the steeped in highly unusual flavor.

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    hot water bottle was my first choice...

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    In Japan pillows for sleeping are filled with rice. I used to keep my pillow in the fridge, take it out, wrap it with a towel to soak up the condensation, and get to sleep in the hot weather.

    I got a few odd looks from the fairer sex the first time they opened my refrigerator. Of course I always asked if they would like to try it. You could tell right away where their mind was. If the question was followed by a smile or laugh, I was in. If the question confused them, I knew I had work to do. The rice needed changing often in the summer.

    Never thought to microwave it in the winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    After one year you can eat the rice.
    Start off using a dirty sock...it adds to the steeped in highly unusual flavor.
    If there is a used corn pad in the sock does that count as rice corn?
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