Are you looking for a quick and easy way to make your very own DIY hot pack without any sewing involved?

Well, you’re in luck! In this blog post, I’ll show you how to create a fantastic hot pack using rice and some socks you already have lying around at home. 

DIY hot pack with rice

It’s a no-sew method that’ll have your joints feeling cozy and warm. Not to mention, applying heat to stiff achy joints can greatly reduce pain and improve your range of motion. 

Want to watch how I make this DIY hot pack? Check out the YouTube video below:

Let’s get started!

DIY Hot Pack Equipment needed

First things first, make sure you have a microwave handy because you’ll need it to heat up your hot pack. If you don’t have a microwave, then this method is not for you.

Here’s what you’ll need for your DIY hot pack:

  • Rice: Grab a good amount of rice. I have around 64 ounces here, but you may not need it all. The quantity will depend on the size of the socks you’re using and how firm you want the hot pack to be.
  • Socks: Opt for socks without any holes. You don’t want rice everywhere! Longer socks work best for this project since we’ll be tying them together.
  • Optional items: A measuring cup for scooping rice, a large cup, and a funnel can come in handy during the process.


DIY hot pack equipment

Now let’s dive into the steps:

  1. Take one of the socks and place it inside a cup. This will make it easier to fill the sock and avoid rice spills.
  2. Extend the sock over the cup’s rim, creating a space to pour in the rice.


3. Scoop one cup of rice into the sock using the funnel, tapping it gently on the table to settle the rice.

4. Add another cup of rice, tapping it down once more.

5. For a firmer hot pack, repeat the process and add a total of 3 cups of rice to the first sock. However, if you prefer a smaller hot pack, you can stop here and tie off the sock.

This one sock DIY hot pack is perfect for applying localized heat to smaller areas like fingers or wrists.

6. To create a larger hot pack, grab the second sock and fill it with rice, following the same steps. Feel free to adjust the rice inside the socks to achieve your desired firmness.

7. Finally, tie off the socks securely to prevent any rice from escaping. And voila! You’ve just made your very own rice-filled hot pack using socks.

No sewing DIY hot pack with rice using 2 socks

Easy right?!

How long should I heat my DIY hot pack?

Now that you have your DIY hot pack, you may be wondering how long to heat it in the microwave. 

Start with 60 to 90 seconds and adjust according to your microwave’s power. Microwaves can vary, so it’s always a good idea to increase the heating time in 30-second increments until you reach a comfortable temperature.

Remember to move the rice around inside the socks to ensure even heating. And please note, never use hot packs on areas with sensory impairment or nerve damage.

The great thing about using socks for your hot pack is the versatility it offers. You can apply the hot pack to various body parts, such as your hands, wrists, shoulders, or neck.

DIY hot pack placed horizontal on hand and wrist DIY hot pack placed vertical on hand and wrist

For example, you can place your hand and wrist on the hot pack and cover it with the other sock for a targeted heat treatment. 

To provide warmth to your entire hand, wrap a towel around it to trap the heat inside.

There are countless ways to use a sock hot pack, so feel free to get creative and explore what works best for you!

If making your own DIY hot pack isn’t your cup of tea, no worries! Check out my best hot and cold pack product review blog post for some excellent ready-to-use options.

Stay warm and cozy with your homemade hot pack, and remember to take care when using heat therapy. Enjoy the soothing comfort it provides!