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« on: November 12, 2006 12:56:35 PM »

I just made a sample hot pack, the ones where you make almost a beanbag, fill it with flax seed and stitch it up.  You heat it up in the microwave and it provides heat, kind of like a hot water bottle.

I saw a thread in the past related to this and it suggested things like rice, feed corn, barley or flax seed for filling.

I am not happy with the scent of the flax seed.  It is not over-powering, but it is not very pleasant either.

I can't see how rice or barley wouldn't have an odour either.  I don't think I want to try feed corn (I'm afraid of the little buggies that might come with it).

Does anyone else have experience with this?


« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2006 01:46:16 PM »

I made one of these in Home Ec class many years ago. When we made it, we used rice, but we also broke up some cinnamon sticks and mixed it in with the rice so that you would get a cinnamon-y smell when you heated it up. much nicer than smelling rice, or flax seed for that matter.


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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2006 07:20:28 PM »

my roommate makes these for ppl as gifts and she uses rice. i've only smelled it once after it was heated and it didn't have a bad odor. if i make one for myself i'd use rice. it's cheap. lol

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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2006 09:17:48 PM »

I use corn.  It smells like corn. 

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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2006 12:18:23 AM »

I like the idea of the suggestion of the cinnamon, though I might try lavender flowers myself - cinnamon would make me hungry!

Currently I'm looking for some feedcorn, for this sort of project - keep in mind that a couple of good turns in the microwave are pretty guaranteed to kill even the hardiest vermin. Heck, putting the corn in the freezer for a couple days can do it too. So if you feel like trying the corn, just try to get it without anything "active" (to avoid cross-contamination with anything else in the house) and treat it appropriately.

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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2006 04:28:33 AM »

I used oat, seeds that were meant to birds were quite cheap. I think it doesn't smell anything, but it seems like my smelling sense isn't as good as normal people's, so I'm not sure.

« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2006 09:48:14 AM »

I use flax or rice and put lavender in with it- if the scent starts to diminish (as it does with things like this eventually) you just inject it with new oils. I use Dream Pillow fillings with some (if I want it relaxing).

Hope that helps!

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« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2006 01:17:51 PM »

Use cherry pits (right expression?). You can warm them up in the microwave or cool them down in the fridge.
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« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2006 01:25:40 PM »

i used rice and it burned over time causing it to burn the fabric and make holes
any suggestions?

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« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2006 01:58:24 PM »

this site http://www.diamondthreadworks.com/microwave_heating_bags.htm has the results of a nurse's research into heat bags, and particularly the fillers.

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