I received one of these easy no-sew DIY rice heating pads from my doula when I was taking birth classes. She told us moms in the class that a heated rice sock could help sore, achy backs after a long day walking around with our growing bellies. They were also great to heat up and put in our beds at night time to keep our feet cozy warm in the winter.
My chiropractor also recommended using heat on my aching shoulder muscles. Making one of your own DIY rice heating pads is easy, doesn’t cost much, and can be heated and reheated over and over again using your microwave.
Materials Needed To Make Your Own Easy No Sew Rice Heating Pad:
- 4-6 cups of uncooked rice
- Long Sock (Buy men’s Big & Tall size for a longer heating pad to wrap around your shoulders.)
- Lavender Essential Oil [Rocky Mountain Oils | Eden’s Garden]
- Decorative ribbon (optional)
I had both a “big and tall” sized men’s sock and an airplane sock, so I made 2 different size rice sock heating pads.
For purely aesthetic purposes, I tied a knot on the “toe” end of the men’s sock so that I could cut off the gray and help the heating pad look more uniform. That step is completely optional. It all depends if you don’t mind your heating pad looks like an old sock or not. 😉
One of the easiest ways I have found to fill the sock with rice without it make a big mess (and seems to go faster than when using a funnel) is to stick a mason jar lid just at the top of the sock. That will hold the form and keep the sock open so that when you pour in your rice (I suggest using a pourable measuring cup), you don’t make a huge mess.
The “big and tall” socks can hold about 6 cups of uncooked rice. You will need to squeeze the rice down as you go, but 6 cups really will fit.
Tie off the other end when the sock is full – and you are done!
I also filled this gray sock that I believe was a sock from an airplane hospitality kit. This one only held 4 cups of rice, and I only tied one end in a knot. It is a bit smaller than the white sock, and it fits the size of my daughters’ shoulders perfectly. Either size is great for the bottom of your bed to keep your feet warm!
If you want some bonus calming scent from an essential oil, I recommend adding a few drops of lavender on the sock before you stick it in the microwave. Then heat it up for 2-3 minutes.
I’ve had one DIY rice heating pad for a couple of years now that I have used over and over again. The heated rice smells a bit like popcorn, (or lavender flavored popcorn in this case), but you can keep reheating it in these 2-3 minute intervals.
If you want to make yours no sew DIY rice heating pad as a gift, then grab some ribbon and add a splash of color around the knot if you’d like.
These are wonderful for everyone to have during this bitterly cold winter season that is upon us! So go ahead and pamper yourself, enjoy a cup of warm tea, and be sure to warm your feet or shoulder/back muscles!
Looking for more ways to pamper yourself this winter? Check out these ideas:
- Homemade Peppermint Sugar Scrub
- Easy Homemade Crockpot Peppermint Lotion
- DIY Natural Lavender Milk Bath
- Homemade Foot Cream with Peppermint