Keeping Warm With Hot Water Bottles

Posted by Angela Diaz on January 5, 2014 at 12:25 AM

     Well it's been a few days since my last post. I've been busy with all the family get-togethers and holiday festivities.  Today I wanted to share something that has to do with the below freezing temps we've been having this week and also the Christmas holiday.

     One of the ways we keep warm during cold winter nights is by using good old-fashioned hot water bottles.  These can be found in most any pharmacy and big chain variety stores.  They are usually less than ten bucks. I paid about five dollars (I think less than that even) at Wal-Mart.  They are the usually plain-old red rubber hot water bottles. If anyone has never had one, here's the thing...these babies stay warm for HOURS!!!!  At night I fill one up with hot TAP water (NEVER heat water on the stove or boil water and put it in a hot water bottle...NEVER!), then I toss it on my bed and cover it up with the blanket where it warms up my sleeping spot while I brush my teeth.  When I get in the bed I can place the bottle any place I feel cold, such as at my feet, on my back, or I can snuggle with it holding it against my belly. It is not uncommon for me to wake up four hours later and the hot water bottle is still warm.  All of my children have one of their own and this Christmas, I made them covers for their hot water bottles using random scraps and extra buttons I had lying around.  We call them hot water bottle monsters. Here they are:

The kids love their covers. This was a practically free gift and it was a hit. Every single one of the kids loved their bottle monsters. These enable us to not have to turn up the heat at night which also saves us money. 

Another use for these hot water bottles is for aches and cramps.  Menstrual cramps that are soothed by heating pads are also soothed by hot water bottles.  If you have an achy back, joints, or arthritis, hot water bottles help that too.  I can't speak highly enough of these perfectly simple, yet highly beneficial objects.   We will never, ever be without hot water bottles in or home. 

Categories: Sustainability/Money/Frugal Living, Crafts/Sewing, Old-Fashioned Ways

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