Cheap Hot/Cold Medicine Packs

MetalManglerNovember 23, 2005

I'm kicking myself for not thinking of this, and for the fact that I just bought an Ace Hot/Cold gel pack last week.... Grr...

I was around some dancers yesterday and one had this bag she kept holding... When asked she said it was full of rice, and made a great pack to apply cold or heat to an injury/strain. She pointed out that she could put it in the microwave to heat, or the freezer to chill... No muss, no fuss. Just make sure the seams are tight, maybe a couple of layers of durable but flexible cloth, and you're set. Save yourself about 8 bucks for the commercial gel pack.

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It works. Although I tend to go with the old fashioned "water bottle"! I pull that out as needed and people are amazed! Something from way back that works as well as ever, and costs less than the rice to make a rice pack.

Just take a little bit of care, hang it up to dry when finished and mine has lasted 30 years and is going strong.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2005 at 3:56PM
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And every buck that one saves in finding better (i.e. cheaper) ways to get the job that one wants, done ...

... is equal to $1.33333 increased wages, if one is in 25% income tax marginal rate.

ole joyful

    Bookmark   November 23, 2005 at 4:56PM
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I have one made of corn and it is great. However, I have had it for several years and it is starting to smell like....corn. I have heard you can use cherry pits also and that aroma would probably beat corn! The corn one conforms to your achy aches, which is nice and with the prediction of soaring heating bills, it will be nice to warm up and put at the end of your bed at night.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2005 at 1:42AM
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The absolute easiest way to make one of the rice packs is to use a man's knee-high white athletic sock.

I usually cut off the elastic end of the sock first (not sure how the elastic would take to being microwaved). Just pour in some rice (regular, not instant), enough to make it fairly full, but still flexible, then stitch the open end closed.

I always snuggle the rice sock around a glass measuring cup with about 1/4 cup of water in it when I nuke the sock. Helps keep moisture in the rice, and then gives a "moist heat" too.

It is a good idea to make a removable slipcover for the sock. You can't wash the sock full of rice, so the slipcover helps keep it clean and of course you can wash the cover. You can easily make a slipcover with an old bandana - just one seam to make it into a tube shape that will fit over the sock.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2005 at 12:14PM
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I use a home made rice pack when I need a hot pack. When I need a cold pack, I grab a bag of frozen peas from the freezer. Stays cold longer (but must be properly marked so no-one will accidentally eat it...).

    Bookmark   December 5, 2005 at 4:23AM
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I don't have to worry about that mistake happening around here. The only thing a bag of frozen peas would get used for around here would be to put on a sore foot! :D

    Bookmark   December 7, 2005 at 4:00PM
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