A hot water bottle is a great way to keep warm at night or to help with relieve pain. If you aren’t a fan of hot water bottles, then we have a list of hot water bottle alternatives that you might like. Keep on reading to find out more.
If you do like a hot water bottle as such, you could opt for a product that is plastic free. Luckily there are plenty of sustainable hot water bottles on the market made from recycled materials. You can also find hot water bottles made from natural materials such as natural rubber or sugar cane. The cover of the hot water bottle can be eco-friendly too. There are better materials than cotton to keep you warm.
One popular alternative for hot water bottles is a small wheat bag that can be warmed up in the microwave. They are made of fabric and filled with different kinds of grain. They are more sustainable than plastic hot water bottles and there is no hassle associated with filling them. Plus, the more flexible form of the wheat bag allows you to also use it on your shoulders or on your neck for example. Something which is a bit harder to do with a hot water bottle. This feature also makes them a great hot water bottle alternative for cramps.
If you feel the cold at night or are looking for more warmth during the day, you could get yourself an electrical blanket. Its temperature is easily adjusted, and the blanket will certainly stay warm for hours. However, it shouldn’t be left on unattended. Alternatively, pop on the heating for an 30-45 minutes. Of course, this uses electricity, so there are extra costs involved. So, you might want to check out our tips on when the right time to put the heating on is.
You don’t have to head to the store to buy a hot water bottle alternative. Let’s look at some homemade hot water bottle options.
The easiest option is to make a microwaveable wheat bag at home. You can fill an old sock or a pillowcase with rice or another grain, then sew it up and you have yourself your very own hot water bottle alternative. The effect is the same as with the store-bought one, but it’s a great way to repurpose old fabric.
Lastly, online sources suggest that you can even make a hot water bottle at home. Just put some warm water in an empty water bottle, close it tightly and wrap a clean towel around it. Your homemade water bottle is ready to use!
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