my homemade heating pad stinks!
May 18, 2009 6:51 AM Subscribe
help me make a microwaveable heating pad that doesn't burn or smell bad. barring that, help me buy one.
posted by nadawi to health & fitness (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
i made a heating pad following many instructions on the internet. i went the "tie some rice in a sock and microwave it" route. i wanted to try it before i did something crazy like sew one. i'm glad i did because i'm getting undesired results.
i've made 3 in the last two weeks or so. my experiences go like this: make sock/rice heating pad (both brown and white rice have been tried), for the first few microwave trips (a minute to two minutes, and then every 20 minutes or so, another minute, for stretches of about an hour or two).
after the first few heatings there is residual water on the sock, then slowly, in the next few heatings, everything smells vaugly like day old burnt popcorn or burnt rice on a rice cooker. then it takes on a smell that can't be dealt with and it gets thrown away and i start over. the rice is also very dark brown to black at this point.
i've read online about adding oils or herbs, but this won't actually help the burning problem, just mask the odor for longer. is there another solutions? is there a grain better suited that won't get burned?
i also am not adverse to buying something professionally made if it does the job. i want something soft, about 6"x3", that can be reheated in the microwave so i can control the temperature (hot hands and the sodium acetate warmers fail the temperature control test). i don't want anything electrical.
help me stay warm!