Easy, Inexpensive, Homemade Heating Pad

Homemade Heating Pad
Homemade Heating Pad

This year for Christmas my friend Deb made a gift basket containing {among other things} homemade heating pads for me, my husband and each of my kids.  These heating pads are absolutely wonderful.  They conform to any area you need to place them and are easy to make.

Materials needed:

  1. Long white tube socks
  2. Lentils, uncooked rice, buckwheat or tapioca pearls {this is your filler}
  3. Essential oil-the scent of your choice-such as lavender
  • Place your filler in a large bowl and toss with the oil.
  • Scoop the filler into your sock and tie off the end.

When you need your homemade heating pad place it in the microwave and heat on high.  The amount of time will vary according to your microwave but mine is perfect after 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

If you need to wash your heating pad empty the contents, toss your sock in with the laundry and reuse.  I pulled a muscle in my back a few weeks ago and anytime the pain becomes annoying I heat up my pad and place it on my back and it works wonders.

hugs, mb new logo March 2016



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  1. Anita, a Knitting Junkie! says:

    Great share!
    Here's a tip for you too...
    boo-boos sometimes require cold packs....make smaller versions (maybe use kids tube socks) and put a couple in the freezer.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs...Anita, a Knitting Junkie!

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  2. This is great! I have a store bought version of one that someone gave me, but this is much better because you're able to take the filler out to wash it. They are the best! My back is aching so much tonight, so thanks for the reminder! I'm getting ready to watch the season premiere of 24, so I think I'll heat it up to use when I plop down on the couch 🙂

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  3. Teresa Hall says:

    I have used a heating pad like this for years and it is truly wonderful! Didn't think of the ease of a tube sock though. Mine was made from a hand towel, so required the sewing. This is much better!

    Great tip!

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  4. How cute! what a fun idea!!

  5. I made a travel pillow out of these ingredients, the kind that is like a horseshoe around your neck. Its a lot more comfortable than the blow up kind.

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  6. Arleen @ Seasons for All says:

    What a great idea! I never thought of using tube socks as a makeshift heating pad. Thanks! ~Arleen

  7. Kara-Noel says:

    So cool! My mom has made some simple ones too. She just did a bigger beanbag and used flannel... they are great! I keep one in the freezer too as a boo-boo soother!

  8. I know this is an older entry but I just wanted to thank you for making my night much more pleasant. I was having awful back cramps and knew there was a way to make a heating pad but wasn't exactly sure how or what to use so thank you!! 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Julie!