How To Make Your Own Hot/Cold Packs

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Heating Pad With Rice Rather Than Corn

Hot/cold packs

Instructions on how to make your own hot/cold packs

This is an affordable way to make reusable and low energy hot/cold packs. They make great gifts because one size fits all. For each 2- pack, you will need 2 squares of colorful material (12x24 sq in) suitable for making bedsheets, appropriate colored thread, dried feed corn, and any scent of fragrant oil (optional). There are many different ways to make your hot/cold pads, some use dried corn, some like to use rice. Once you begin, you will discover your own method and you can then put your own preference into play.


Step By Step

My Method


Take each 12x24 square of cloth and cut it into four equal lengths. Sew two of them together inside out, leaving one side open. Repeat with the remaining two. Next, fill each bag with dried feed corn until 80% full. Sew the remaining sides closed. Check for leaks or holes.

Apply 2-4 drops of the fragrant oil to the outside of the bag and let it dry completely. To use as a heating pad, pop it in the microwave or freeze it to use as a cold pack. See below for step by step instructions and other resources.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

simple but I like it. thanks for share your tips.


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janiek13 6 years ago from Florida's Space Coast Author

Yes, well some are better than others. I would like to think that my latest are better than my early ones, I hope to keep improving. Thank you for your interest.


megs 5 years ago

Can you wash these or will the corn swell up and ruin it?


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janiek13 5 years ago from Florida's Space Coast Author

no, don't use water. You can wipe them down with baby wipes and/ or frebreeze them. They really don't seem to get dirty or smelly. Have fun!


Samantha Pelky 5 years ago

Personally, I've always made mine with beans. A) they don't burn like rice can and, and B) there's no funny smell, and I also use dried herbs in mine, like lavender and lemon grass. But I have a TON of essential oils i need to use up, so I will be trying this suggestions out for sure.


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janiek13 5 years ago from Florida's Space Coast Author

oh, never tried beans, but I guess the principle would be the same. As I said previously, tho, I have never had a problem with odor. I do like the dried herbs addition.


tom 4 years ago

they are good


marta 4 years ago

Can these be used under baking dishes to keep foods hot/cold?


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janiek13 4 years ago from Florida's Space Coast Author

They are a little bulky, but I don't see why not. Give it a try.

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