How to Make Microwave Heat Bags to Help With Pain

Heat therapy is an effective way of relieving certain types of pain and one of the oldest pain therapies we know of. If you're here to learn how to make your own microwave heat bags, you're probably wondering whether you have to buy one of those pricey pre-made microwave heat bags. Fortunately, you don't, and making your own is actually quite easy.

What Are Microwavable Heat Bags?

A microwave heat bag is a way to apply soothing warmth to aching joints and muscles or just a way to keep warm on a cold winter's day. To be useful, the bag needs to have certain characteristics:

  • It should be reusable
  • It should be easy to reheat
  • It should not give off any kind of unpleasant odor when heated

How Do You Use Microwave Heat Bags?

A good heat bag can just be thrown in the microwave for a minute or two, 30 seconds at a time. Always heat your bag in 30-second intervals and then check on the heat level. When you do, turn the bag around so no side burns by staying in constant contact with the plate. Putting a mug of water in the microwave with your bag will also ensure you don't burn it.

Are Homemade Bags Any Good?

The quality of all homemade microwave heat bags depends on who makes it! A well-made bag can be equal to anything you might buy and superior to some other choices, like electric blankets. While electric blankets and bags might seem like an efficient way of getting the heat you need, the risk of burns, shocks, and fire is high. Many people don't feel safe leaving an electric heating device on all night; but microwave heat bags, if made well, can keep you warm all night without these risks.

How To Make Microwave Heat Bags?

Choose A Filling

Choose A Shell

Choose A Sleeve (Optional)

Choose Your Size

Instructions For The Bag:

Instructions For The Sleeve:

Testing Your Bag

What To Use Your Microwave Heat Bag For

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Pain Relief


To Stave Off Soreness

What NOT To Use Your Microwave Heat Bag For

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There are some kinds of injuries and pain you must never use heat to treat. Here are some times to avoid using your heat bag:

Fresh Injuries


Acute Arthritis


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Microwavable heat packs are a great way to treat soreness and stay warm. They're safer than electric heat sources and easier to refill than hot water bottles; with no chance of leaks, either! You can make as many as you like at home so you have access to fast, comforting heat whenever you need it.

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