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How To Make Your Own Hot/Cold Packs

Updated on November 4, 2015

Dried Corn

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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      Mary Krenz 5 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

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

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      marta 5 years ago

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

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      tom 6 years ago

      they are good

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      Mary Krenz 6 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

      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.

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      Samantha Pelky 6 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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      Mary Krenz 6 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

      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!

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      megs 6 years ago

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

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      Mary Krenz 8 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

      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.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

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