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Rice filled heating pads.

Having worked for a physical therapist, having my personal training license and two daughters in sports, has taught me much about icing and heating; the when’s, where’s and why’s.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional and this is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advise.

Making your own, slushy ice pack is simple: using a ratio of 1:1 rubbing alcohol and water, fill a zip lock bag and seal. Place in another zip lock bag and seal; the second back is for just in case the first one leaks. Then into the freezer. The rubbing alcohol prevents the water from turning to ice so you have an extremely cold ice pack that is moldable. If you really want to benefit from the ice, before placing the pack on the injury, take a wash cloth and get it wet using hot water – as hot as you can stand it – place on the injury first, then the ice pack on top. Top with a dry towel and wait 20 minutes. You can ice, not more than 20 minutes at a time, every 2-hours. I know you are wondering about the hot wash cloth – isnt that contrary? Not really. The hot opens the pores in your skin and pulls the cold in faster and deeper while the fabric prevents direct contact of the cold pack on your skin (can you say frost bite?).

We have always used cold and the P.T. I worked with preferred cold; however, heat was sometimes necessary. We do not own a heating pad and I don’t want to buy something that I need to plug in. What’s a girl to do? Well, make her own rice filled heating pad! Here is a list of some great tutorials:

Add this to my list of items to create once I have the time. FDL. Perhaps this is why I use mostly ice – no sewing!


September 11, 2009 - Posted by | tutorials


  1. Thanks for this post; useful information gratefully received.

    Comment by Thistle Cove Farm | September 11, 2009 | Reply

  2. My Mom used to have bags filled with wheat that she used for the same purpose. You can heat them in the microwave for heat or keep one in the freezer for a cold pack. Making one has been on my list for a while. Thanks for the reminder.Judy

    Comment by fullfreezer | September 12, 2009 | Reply

  3. Thank you for the reminder, Judy. I did read that these can also be used in the freezer. I think it would be easier to use – less mess!Thistle Cove – glad it was helpful. =)

    Comment by Annette | September 12, 2009 | Reply

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