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How To Make a Rice Sock


Updated June 25, 2014

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A rice sock can be used to help relieve the aches and pains of pregnancy, ease the tension of a headache or a sore muscle, and even help with baby after birth. Here are some places that moms use their rice socks:

This is a great way to use up any spare socks or single socks that no longer have mates.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 15 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Gather your supplies.
  2. Cut or tear a small corner of your bag of rice off.
  3. Pour rice into open tube sock. Use between 1.5 and 2 lbs. More for a firmer rice sock, less for a less firm sock.
  4. Tie the end of the sock to prevent rice from spilling out.
  5. Heat in your microwave for 2-3 minutes, depending on your microwave.
  6. Use to relieve pain or aid in relaxation.


  1. Do not use minute rice.
  2. A gray tube sock will not show dirt as quickly as a white tube sock. And while stripes on tube socks might be out in gym classes, they are awfully fancy on a rice sock.
  3. Some people enjoy using lavender or other aromas in their socks. Simply add some prior to sealing the sock.
  4. You can also stitch the sock closed for a fancier rice sock.
  5. Buck wheat, corn and other grains can also be used instead of rice.

What You Need

  • Tube Sock
  • 1.5 - 2 lbs plain rice
  • Herbs (optional)
  • Needle (optional)
  • Thread (optional)
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