Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Poor Man's Heater

I have invented something. The Rice Sock. Maybe it needs a more schnazzy name?

It it pretty cold here right now. At least to me. Cold enough to snow, cold enough to have ice on your windshield, cold enough to have to wear a scarf and gloves, cold enough to need to turn on the heater. We turned on the heater twice, for maybe a total of 30 minutes each time. It kind of heats the downstairs. As for upstairs? No dice. And of course natural gas is super cara here and that month's bill came in at an astounding 998 pesos. Enteeeer... THE RICE SOCK!

Yes, it's literally a sock full of rice. No confusion there. You heat it up for 2 minutes in the microwave, throw it under the covers, and presto, a warm and toasty night! Yes, your bed may smell like popcorn, and it may scare your pets or children, but your teeth will stop chattering.

Now please don't burst my bubble and tell me this has already been invented. I am aware that this is an under-glorified heating pad. I don't care. IT WAS FREE. I can't find a heating pad for less than $15 US and this, my friends, cost me less than $1 US to make. And it's not going to give me second-degree burns unexpectedly in the night.


  1. Love it! You should make a bunch and sell them at the flea market.

  2. I second Cheryl. You could sew the rice into pretty printed material and make a buck. I use something similar (not the same thing!) for my joints.

  3. Yeah no thanks. It's a great idea but I'm not paying the quota to sell rice in a damn sock. Lol. Maybe in 10 years when we're back in the US? Lol

  4. How long does it hold the heat? I'm thinking I should sew up a bunch of rice in a baby doll for my daughter to sleep with so she'll stay out of my bed!

  5. You could add some essential oils or herbs to it to make is smell yummy!

  6. @ArmyMustang, under the covers it holds heat for a couple of hours. I messed around and stiched up a larger, square version using canvas fabric and that holds heat for several hours.

    @Kelsey, that's a great idea!

  7. Genius! Yes! I'm totally doing this! :D It gets so cold in my house already and it's only August.