Many people think that Dining on a Dime is “just” a cookbook about how to save on food and groceries but what they don’t realize is that it includes big sections full of other things like homemade beauty products, cleaning products and much more. Today I thought I would give you our “recipe” for a homemade heating pad (since I had to use mine last night) :-D I saw a heating pad similar to ours sell for $20 the other day. You can make ours for about $.25.
Homemade Heating Pads
Fill old sock with rice and knot end. Spray lightly with water and microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Mix herbs or oils with dry rice. Let sit for a day or two before filling pad.
Herbs and Oils to Use:
Allspice, cloves, cinnamon or nutmeg for an old-fashioned scent
Dried lavender to soothe headaches and relax
Dried lavender and rosemary for body aches
Or anything you find relaxing and pleasing
I like to use an old sock because it molds so well to different areas of the body but you can sew some flannel, an old washcloth or muslin (anything you want) into desired shape. Leave one end open in order to fill with rice sew closed.
Spray lightly with water*. Place in microwave for 30 seconds or 1 minute.
*Be sure to spray with water before microwaving. This will make the heat last longer and prevent it from burning in the microwave. To be honest though I have forgotten to spray it and it seems to do fine. It’s just better if you can.
For more easy recipes like this to make your life easier, check out our Dining On A Dime Cookbook.
Photo By: Pamela Carls