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hurting
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   Posted 8/26/2008 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
i know it sounds silly, but could someone advise me, please on what your "recipe" is to make the rice heat bags, what you put ther rice in, what kind of rice (does it matter?) how long you heat them, how they're stored and if they really work.  my heating pad is from, like, circa 1969, and while it works, it can't wrap around my neck and has the old-school (omg the fibro-fog...i can't think of the word i'm looking for) heating coils idea that are either really flippin hot or too cool.  i'm in what seems to be a never-ending flare and it's realllly taking it's toll on me emotionally.  mad
 
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chuzzle
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   Posted 8/26/2008 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hurting,
    I use whole kernal corn bags. I've never used a rice bag but I suppose they are simliar.
     Use soft cloth to make the bag or make a little pillow case of soft material. I find this works better because then you can wash the pillow case.
     You can use a leg from one of your old sweat pants very easily. Turn it inside out and sew up one end then rightside out and pour in the corn and sew up the end. They work better if you don't stuff them too tightly.
     I've even made them for gifts with a heart design sewn through the bag. It is difficult to stuff the corn around the design but worth the effort. 
     The ones I make are usually 12 inches long. I do have one long skinny one that I use for a neck pillow that is longer.
     To answer your question about heat. From two to three minutes in the microwave for my corn bags.
     I hope this helps....I couldn't live without my corn bags. They help so much.   Blessings
  
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   Posted 8/26/2008 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I think that you can even use a sock to make one. They are nice, I got mine from Walmart's and they were only 10.00. I couldn't live without mine, especially in the winter.

Good luck on making your rice bag.

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Statgeek
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   Posted 8/26/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
How nice! I am going to make a couple.
Sue

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   Posted 8/26/2008 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, and I would use the long grain cooking rice, not the instant. You can use beans also.

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sandelee
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   Posted 8/26/2008 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, hurting I made myself a couple of Rice bags with a mans long white sock. Instead of sewing it together at the end, I tied it tightly. that way if it get's dirty or dingy looking, you can take the rice out easy and wash the sock. Definitly use the long grain cooking Rice. Be carefull how long you put it in the Microwave, try 2 minutes. Left too long, it can burn the Rice & make your house smell terrible. ~Sande~

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   Posted 8/27/2008 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I accidently bought my DH some very long socks that he didn't like so I have used them to make rice bags. You can use the other one to cover the one with the rice so you can take it off and wash it. Some put dried lavender and stuff in them along with the rice. Lavender is soothing.
 
We are a creative group of people when it comes to our comfort. idea yeah
 
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hurting
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   Posted 8/27/2008 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   

thanks to all that posted.  i'll get those items when i can peel myself off the couch next.  very busy morning...need a rest for sure!

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Statgeek
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   Posted 8/27/2008 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I put some dried corn (plain popcorn) in a sock this morning and was wondering . . .how do you keep it from popping and getting a sock full of popcorn?!! I warmed it for 30 secs and didn't pop, so maybe it will be ok.
Sue

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   Posted 8/27/2008 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
If you are doing it for you neck, a tube sock is good.  Just fill it about 2/3-3/4 full of long grained rice and tie a knot on the end.  You want it to have some room for the rice to move around in it so it can form to your neck.  That's it!  Try microwaving it on high for one minute.  Take it out, squeeze the rice around and put it back in for about one more minute.  (It might even be less time.  I have a rice pillow and it takes a total of 4 minutes to heat it.)  Do not get it wet or you will have dinner instead of a heating aid!  tongue
 
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   Posted 8/27/2008 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Sue, I would recommend getting uncooked rice or beans instead of popcorn. You could do an experiment and see how long it takes to pop corn in a tube sock. I wonder how big it would stretch??? devil I like the rice myself cause it is smaller.
 
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