A Spoonful of Sugar

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Scooby Snack~Tip of the Day! March 6, 2010


Rice socks are a beautiful thing in our house. What is a rice sock? Only the greatest heating pad ever! They can be heated in the microwave, or put in the freezer as a cold pack. They’re nice and squishy, so they can be wrapped around an arm, a leg, or draped over your neck. Pop it in the microwave for 1 minute for kids, 1 and 1/2 for adults. Great for tummy aches, ‘warrior wounds’, or even throw them under the covers to warm up your bed on cold nights. I even used them when my girls were babies…colic is a tummy issue…it may help! Here’s how you do it.

Purchase a pack of men’s tube socks. (using old socks is just gross!) Fill each sock with rice (any cheap rice will do the trick!). Sew the opening closed, TIGHTLY, (You don’t want a leaky rice sock, trust me!) or, if you cannot or just hate to sew, you can just knot the end of the sock. Works like a charm! You can get white ones and let your kids decorate them with permanent markers, or get colored or patterned socks and let them pick their own. It’s great when they can all have their own rice sock, avoids unnecessary arguments!

You can even get scented oils such as lavender (calming), or spearmint/eucalyptus (soothing) and toss the rice in a bowl with a dropper-ful. When you heat them, the oil heats up and makes for a whole new experience! As a matter of fact, I went searching for a rice sock to get a picture to post and they, once again, weren’t where they belong. But alas, I knew just where to look. = )

Oh, yeah….Rice Socks Rock!

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6 Responses to “Scooby Snack~Tip of the Day!”

  1. Grace Morrison Says:

    Janine – YOU Rock!!! Thanks for continually loading my parental arsenal… I’m gonna have so much more to pull from when Asher gets old enough to really experience it all! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You are so sweet, Grace! Thanks! I’m glad…actually, I used rice socks when my girls were babies, too. For ex., if it was cold out and we had to be out of the house, I’d bring it with me to warm up their car seat. Everyone’s got a microwave, so it was easy. One minute in the micro made for a warm, happy ride home!

  2. Kelly Says:

    I am doing this today! The big kid has been practicing his free throw every night and told me this morning his shoulder hurts. He’s gonna be shocked by his cool new rice sock!

  3. Laura Says:

    LOL I made Rob a rice sock years ago and got the idea from you then!! We were dating so it had to be at least 12-16 years ago. Youve been at this rice sock thing for awhile!!! ๐Ÿ™‚


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