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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.

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Friday 3rd of April 2020


Mary Beth

Saturday 4th of April 2020

Thank you so much, Julie!


Friday 3rd of February 2012

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!! :)


Monday 19th of January 2009

Wonderful tip!!! I was just thinking about buying a new heating pad the other day because the one I have is so old. This will be perfect and have an added bonus of scents.



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Monday 19th of January 2009

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!

Arleen @ Seasons for All

Sunday 18th of January 2009

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