Many aches and pains can be remedied with a heating pad. A warm compress can easily alleviate a tummy ache, neck pain, sprains and many other simple muscle spasms and pains. If you don’t have a heating pad on hand, don’t worry. You can make one yourself to find instant relief. It’s inexpensive and you can use many things you already have in your home.
Here’s how to make a quick homemade heating pad.
- Use a water bottle. The fastest way to make your own heating pad is to use a regular water bottle. You may use a metal canister or a glass bottle if you have one. If you are using a plastic bottle, you will need to make sure the plastic is sturdy, so don’t use disposable plastic bottles since these cannot withstand high temperatures. Fill the bottle with hot water and cover tightly. Wrap the bottle with a small towel and place it on the affected area.
- Use an old sock. Have an old tube sock that you no longer use? Place it in the microwave on high for a minute or two. When you take it out, it’s ready to be used as a heating pad. Because it’s long and pliant, you can use it on your back, over your head or eyes. Just make sure that the sock you use is clean and freshly laundered!
- Make a pad made out of a hot towel. Boil some water and soak a small face towel in to for a few minutes. Once the towel is hot, wring out the excess hot water and place the hot towel on your body. If you want to protect yourself from the heat, place the towel inside a plastic Ziplock bag and it’s ready to use.
- Use an old pillowcase and dry beans. Another way to make your own homemade heating pad is to fill a small throw pillow case with some beans. First, make sure the cloth is clean. Next, place a few handful of beans inside the pouch. If you don’t have beans, you can also use uncooked rice. However, make sure you don’t use the microwaveable variety. Don’t fill the throw pillow case all the way, only about halfway. Tie the other end or sew it shut. When you need to use it as a heating pad, place the entire pouch in the microwave and heat on high for a minute. Allow to cool for a few seconds before you place the makeshift heating pad on your body to prevent scorching.
- Make it an aromatherapy experience. For an added bonus, you may put a few drops of essential oil on the cloth you are using to help diffuse the scent. Lavender, peppermint and eucalyptus can all be used to help you feel more relaxed.
- Give it a good shake before placing on the body. When you use any of your homemade heating pads, be sure to let it rest for a few seconds and shake it a bit. This way, you evenly distribute the heat and you can prevent yourself from being burned.
As you can see, with a few easy to find household items, you can make your own heating pad and find quick relief from your body aches and pains.