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  • auntiemern
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    I make mine with feed corn, and a removable cover, so it can be laundered. The corn smells great as it is heating. I personally think that rice stinks when it is heated.

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  • SallyO'Sews
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    Originally posted by Star lover View Post
    Have no idea how this got here....posted elsewhere....
    Sorry, I thought I had posted, but then couldn't find it, so I reposted here. Please, dear admins, remove the other one!

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  • chelea
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    I purchased one many years ago and it was filled with rice and lavender buds. We had that one for years but after a few months the scent was gone. Now I make them with regular rice, no scent. They last forever.

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  • nativetexan
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    I have an old one with rice. love it. keep meaning to make a cover but never do. no scent. i don't want to smell like what ever scent things come with. First one i got had scent and i took it back.

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  • Hulamoon
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    I'm going to add a filling...plastic pellets used for bean bags, weighted blankets

    https://www.amazon.com/s?k=plastic+p...f=nb_sb_noss_1

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  • Hulamoon
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    Originally posted by Carol336 View Post
    Great article. I did notice that it said they could be washed and dried. Does that mean with the rice in them?? Seems that getting the rice that wet would make it very sticky. Maybe I'm missing something here!!!!
    "Can be washed and dried and won’t mold or degrade: Cherry pits, clay beads, walnut shells. All other fillings will need a removable cover if you’d like to be able to wash your hot pack. All food-based fillings will degrade over time and need replacing. The sturdier ones like whole corn will last longer than things like rice or grains."

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  • Carol336
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    Great article. I did notice that it said they could be washed and dried. Does that mean with the rice in them?? Seems that getting the rice that wet would make it very sticky. Maybe I'm missing something here!!!!

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  • Star lover
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    Have no idea how this got here....posted elsewhere....
    Last edited by Star lover; March 18, 2020, 04:40 AM.

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  • Monique
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    Originally posted by SallyO'Sews View Post

    What kind of rice do you use, Monique? Does the rice give off any kind of smell?
    I used long grain rice and I don't find it smells. I had one many years ago that was filled with buckwheat.

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  • MSN
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    A few years ago, a co-worker made a bunch of these. She took a big plastic tote with a cover, dumped in probably 25 pounds of rice, then added a few drops of essential oil (she used lavender oil). Stirred it, put the cover on, and checked back the next day. She just kept adding the essential oil a few drops at a time until she was happy with the amount of scent. I suspect that the scent gets stronger when heated, so you don't want to overdo it.

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  • Hulamoon
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    I think Jasmine is the only one that has a scent.

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  • SallyO'Sews
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    Originally posted by Monique View Post
    I don't use any oil of any kind in mine.
    What kind of rice do you use, Monique? Does the rice give off any kind of smell?

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  • Monique
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    I don't use any oil of any kind in mine.

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  • KPH
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    That was a neat article.

  • Hulamoon
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    My experience with rice is that if it get the least bit wet it will mold. It also gets bugs. I keep my rice in the fridge. I'm sure the micro would kill them off though. lol I bought some commercial mitts on Amazon and they are filled with flax seed.

    This is a great article on 'fillings'. She did an experiment on several.

    https://alittlecrispy.com/2016/12/hot-pack-fillings/

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