If you’re going to spend some time outside in subzero weather, or the cold sheets are a shock when you slide into bed, here’s a thought:
“I read about making a hot pack by filling a bag or a sock with raw rice and heating it in the microwave. I took a clean sock, poured a pound of rice into it and tied the top shut. At one minute in the microwave, it felt toasty warm. It stayed warm for fifteen minutes, and was still warmish even longer than that. Two minutes of heating kept it very warm for a half hour and still warmish for a while longer.
It smelled faintly like rice. An aromatic type of rice, such as basmati, would be nice for this. Eventually I heated it too long and burned the rice, which made it smell like burnt popcorn. I poured a tablespoon of mint oil into the rice and now it smells heavenly. It makes the whole room smell fresh. Now it’s also oily, so I have to protect clothes and furniture from the oil.
This would be nice for preheating the bed on cold winter nights. You could put one in each pocket before spending much time outdoors in freezing weather. For moist heat, like for chest congestion, dampen the sock before microwaving.”
Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.