The rice packs can be heated in either the microwave or oven, and seem to stay warm for much longer than the average heating pad. I also like to keep one in the freezer, and use it to cool down my skin or the bed on hot days. The fact that they’re toxin and plastic-free, made from up-cycled fabric, durable, and so customizable makes them even more awesome!
To warm up this rice heating pad:
Simply heat it in the microwave for 3 to 3 ½ minutes. Every microwave varies a little in intensity. For ours, I have found 3 ½ minutes to be the sweet spot that gets it really warm and also stays warm for a long time. I suggest trying 3 minutes maximum first, and to never heat it more than four minutes at a time. Extended periods of time in the microwave can slightly burn the rice, leading to a less desirable odor.
On the other hand, if microwaves aren’t your thing, no worries! You can also heat this rick pack in the oven. Simply place the rice heating pad in inside a glass baking dish inside a 200°F oven for approximately 15 minutes.
WARNING: Due to the freshness of the rice and essential oils, you may find your pack to be a bit steamy at first! Moist heat can be great, but steam can cause more serious burns than heat alone. Therefore, use caution when you are getting accustomed to using your pack. I find that I can lay mine over my clothes almost straight out of the microwave, but not directly on my skin. Let it cool down as needed.
To use as a cold pack:
Store the rice pack inside the freezer to create a soothing cold pack! My favorite use for these rice packs in the summertime is to cool down hot skin when I feel a sunburn coming on, or to place inside our bed a few minutes before we tuck in on hot nights. Unlike most other cold packs, I find these rice cold packs have a cooling effect for several hours in bed! Even though they’re relatively heavy, I bring them with me when we travel to hot locations like Hawaii. They’re just that good.