Looking for a 5 minute, Homemade Heating Pad that is made with a sock? This super easy, heating pad DIY features a new sock, rice, and essential oil. Best of all, it can also be frozen for bumps and bruises.
When you are a mom to three kids 12 and under, there are no shortages of sniffles, boo boos, or bumps and bruises. Thankfully, these little ailments come with the territory of both childhood and motherhood.
If I had a dollar for every time my kids asked for a tissue, bandage, or ice pack I would be rich in a week! My middle child in particular happens to be the clumsiest of the bunch and is always tripping, or getting sick.
It is safe to say that our first aid kit gets a lot of action and needs to be refilled many times throughout the year.
But, the biggest time of year for stocking our first aid supplies or “germ kit musts” is the back to school season. It is then where I go the extra mile to make sure I have plenty of tissues, sanitizing wipes, bandages, and fever reducers on-hand.
How to Make a Homemade Heating Pad from a Sock
Aches and pains for kids (and adults) can strike at any time. There have been so many times in the past where I wished I had the comfort of a heating pad.
I wish I would have know how easy it is to make a heating pad from rice and a sock! Yep, that is right–just rice, a clean sock, and essential oils can help to create a comforting pack that can be heated or frozen.
Supplies Needed for a Homemade Heating Pad:
- 4 cups of uncooked rice
- 20 drops of lavender essential oils
- 1 large fashion or cotton sock (the larger, the better)
- Measuring Cup
Measure 4 cups of rice out and put them in a bowl, or 4 cup measuring cup.
Add oils directly to rice, and stir with a spoon.
Unfold sock and pull back some of the material to make the sock shorter and more sturdy to add the rice to.
Carefully add the rice using a funnel.
Tie off the sock and then fold over the rim of the sock to make the pad neater looking.
To heat, microwave for ONLY 1 minute. Please be careful to test the strength of the heat before applying it to you or your child’s skin.
To freeze, add the pad to a zippered freezer bag. This will keep it fresh and contain the essential oils.
*Remember, to keep all first aid essentials and medicine AWAY from children! We keep ours in our bathroom in a kit & basket where the kids have no access to.
We purchased all these First-Aid Germ Must-Haves for Back to School Season from Walmart.