Hot water bottles have been around since the early Victorian Era, and were even patented back in 1903 to be used for pain relief and keeping an individual warm while sleeping in bed.
Nowadays, hot water bottles have been replaced by heating pads, or homemade reusable hot packs, but sometimes going back to something as simple as a hot water bottle can be just what the doctor ordered.
The great thing about using a hot water bottle is its flexibility, which is something that electric heating pads lack. Hot water bottles are usually made from rubber, or a type of flexible plastic, which makes it perfect for applying to any hard-to-reach body parts.
Even though hot water bottles are something I think everyone should have in their first aid arsenal at home, I have to admit that I personally don’t have one yet. Call it laziness, but I guess I just haven’t gotten around to picking one up from the store yet, even though they don’t even cost that much.
But my laziness actually helps get my creative juices flowing, which means I end up thinking of a way to mimic a hot water bottle at home. Of course, the homemade version won’t be as good as a real hot water bottle, but it does a great job when you’re in a pinch!
DIY Homemade Hot Water Bottle
So I shouldn’t actually call this a hot water “bottle”, since there’s no actual bottle being used, but I’ll stick with the description for the sake of this article. This is super easy to make at home, and all you need are a few things that you already have in your kitchen.
What You’ll Need
- 2 dish towels, kitchen towels, or microfiber towels
- Ziploc bag
What To Do
- Take one of your towels and saturate it with warm water. You can wring out most of the water, but you do want it to be quite damp.
- Place the towel in the microwave and heat up for 20-30 seconds until the towel is piping hot. Keep a close eye on the towel while it’s in the microwave, and don’t leave it in there for longer than 30 seconds.
- Use a set of tongs to remove the steaming hot towel and place it into a Ziploc bag, sealing it closed.
- Immediately wrap the Ziploc bag with your other towel and place onto any part of your body that needs heat therapy. This should stay hot for a good 30-60 mins.
- Repeat steps 1-4 to reheat, if needed.
See how easy that was? Even though it only stays hot for up to an hour, it’s perfect for whenever you’re in a pinch and need heat therapy for pain relief. It’s also great if you happen to be travelling and don’t have a hot water bottle, or heating pad on hand.
If you want to grab a hot water bottle anyway, just to have at home, you can usually find them at your local drugstore, or you can grab one on Amazon, with its own fleece cover, for pretty cheap.
Do you use heat therapy at home? What are your go-to methods?