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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.
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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.
First-Aid Germ Must-Haves for Back to School Season
Since back to school always means “back to germs” for our house, being stocked on things like Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes is so critical. I love how Clorox Disinfecting Wipes kill 99.9% of germs**.
These #1 Trusted Wipes by Teachers* are also the #1 requested item on my children’s teacher’s classroom wishlists. I typically buy extra to send in with my kids!
Another back to school supply item we fly through in our home are tissues. We have learned the hard way that we can only use top-notch brands like Kleenex®.
Kleenex® Brand Ultra Soft™ Facial Tissue are not only 3-ply, but are boast reliable strength with ultimate softness* (among national brands). Our children’s teachers also request these on their wishlist so the bulk packs at Walmart come in handy.
Bandages are also a hot item for our back to school needs. Since my kids play chase at lunch time, there is never a shortage of scraped knees.
We love BAND-AID® Brand bandages. BAND-AID® Brand SKIN-FLEX™ Bandages feature new MotionMax Technology which moves with the skin for ultimate comfort and protection.
With all the germs in schools, we also stock up on fever reducers like Children’s TYLENOL®. Our kids trust the taste, and we trust the formulation which Reduces Pain and Fever while Being Gentle on the Tummy. Use product as directed.
For coughs, we use Zarbee’s® Naturals Children’s Cough Syrup + Mucus which provides a more natural approach. Made with English Ivy Leaf extract, vitamin C, zinc & natural dark honey, it helps to support coughs and keep little throats more relaxed. Always use products as directed.
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. For extra convenience, we used their Online Grocery Order Pickup. I simply placed $30 of merchandise in my cart, and then chose a time slot for pick up.
On my way to Walmart, I checked in to let them know I was on my way. Once I got to the loading area, I called the supplied number, and shortly thereafter, they brought my purchase out with a smile.
*based on TeacherLists, the leading platform for K-12 school supply lists in the U.S.
- **On hard, non-porous surfaces when used as directed
Do you plan on stocking up on first aid kit musts at Walmart this back to school season?