How To: Make Homemade Microwaveable Foot Warmers

Make Homemade Microwaveable Foot Warmers

How to Make Homemade Microwaveable Foot Warmers

Well, Ol' Man Winter is upon us yet again, blasting us with his icy breath. When I was a kid, I loved wintertime because it meant the prospect of sledding, snowball fights & missed school days in which to enjoy both. Now that I'm 45, however, my attitude toward the season has taken a complete 180-degree turn: I find myself dreading it because of the likelihood of being snowed-in for days on end, and the certainty of being forced to endure the frigid temperatures.

My feet (my toes, to be precise) suffer terribly this time of year: the slightest chill in the air makes them miserable. As the old saying goes: "If your feet hurt, everything hurts." For years I relieved this discomfort with those foot warmer packs made with iron powder that produce heat through rapid oxidation: while they certainly do work, they can also get too hot for comfort - and at the price of about $1 a pair, the cost really adds up.

So I decided to cut out the expense and gain greater control of the heat level by making my own microwaveable foot warmers - and as cheaply as possible, too. Here's how:

Step 1 Cut toes off an old pair of cotton socks.

First, I took an old pair of cotton socks with holes in the heels and cut the intact toe portions off, about 3 inches back.

Step 2 Fill with dry rice or dry beans. Sew them back up.

Next, I took some dry rice from the cupboard to use as filler (this is what I had at hand; others recommend using dry beans and especially feed corn for filler). I filled the little pouches with rice - but not so much as to make them hard & inflexible - then sewed the open end tight.

Step 3 Microwave for 30-35 seconds.

That's it. I microwave them on high for 30-35 seconds, and they stay warm for about a half hour. Others who have made them say that the feed corn (available at farm feed stores and at Walmart) holds heat the longest, but I haven't tried it yet, so I can't say.

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