The following are some things that you need to know before making a homemade heating pad:
1) You must have the right materials to make a good heating pad.
There are many types of materials available on the market. However, there is one type which is very popular among people all over the world; cotton fabric! Cotton is used in most of the products such as clothing, bed sheets, towels, blankets etc. Therefore, it is a material which is easily available everywhere.
2) When you buy cotton fabric from the store, you will get only one side of the fabric.
If you want to make a heating pad out of this material, then you need to cut off both sides of the fabric so that you can use it as heating pad. For example if your heating pad needs two sides, then you would need to cut two pieces of cotton fabric and sew them together into one piece.
3) A heating pad made with cotton fabric requires much less energy than a heating pad made of other materials.
So, you can save money when you purchase a heating pad made of cotton fabric.
4) You can make your own heating pads using any kind of fabrics.
For instance, you could make your own heaters out of paper or cardboard. You could also use plastic sheeting or even metal sheets. People who like to use gadgets and devices that can be plugged into an outlet, can easily buy a heating pad from the market.
Here is an example of how to use your heating pad:
1) Always unplug your heating pad before you place it underneath your body or wrap it around your body.
If you are using a heating pad with electricity, then you should also unplug the power supply before using it.
2) Put a thin blanket or towel on the floor before placing your heating pad on it.
This will prevent the heating pad from burning or damaging the floor.
3) If you are using a heating pad with a power cord, then you must place the heating pad on a table next to your bed.
If you wish, you can also purchase a bedside table so that you do not have to place your heating pad on the floor.
4) You can use a heating pad either after you get up in the morning or before you go to bed.
However, it is always better if you take a hot shower before you sleep at night, because this will make you feel relaxed.
5) If you have chosen to apply heat on your back and neck, then you should place the heating pad on your lower back.
If you want to warm up your chest, then place the heating on your upper torso. If you want to warm up your abdomen, then wrap the heating pad around your stomach. If you want to warm up your shoulder and arms, then put the heating pad on your left or right shoulder.
6) You should not place the heating pad on just one position for more than two hours.
This can cause burns and skin damage. You should try to change your position every hour. You should also apply less heat or even stop using the heating pad if you feel any kind of skin irritation.
7) It is best to use a thermo-regulator so that you can adjust the amount of heat that comes out from your heating pad.
This will prevent the heating pad from getting too hot and causing burns or skin damage. If you do not have a thermo-regulator, then you should set a timer for one hour so that you will know when to change your position.
Do not use a heating pad for more than ten hours in a day. This can cause serious skin burns and even skin damage. In fact, it is best to limit the use of a heating pad to just three hours in every 24-hour period.
You can read more about the heating pad at Best Price Nutrition, a website that gives tips on how to buy the best heating pad in the market.
If you want to buy a heating pad, then remember to ask the seller if it contains PER(Diethyl oxide difluoroethylene), a toxic chemical which can cause respiratory and circulatory problems if inhaled.
Sources & references used in this article:
How to make a homemade heating pad by J Rubin – Sister Namibia, 2017 – search.proquest.com
HOW TO MAKE GOOD HOMEMADE PCBs? by I BOSE – Electronics for You Magazine. Pg, 2000 – ezine.efymag.com
How to make a DNA chip by MC Pirrung – Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2002 – Wiley Online Library