Jan on Facebook shared with us a video posted on LittleThings.com for making your own disposable hand warmers.

The formula makes what is known as “Hot Ice,” and the ingredients require only baking soda, vinegar and boiling water  The post includes a video from Household Hacker with everything you need to know to create the Hot Ice-based warmers.

The output appears much like the reusable liquid hand warmers we’ve seen where you “flip” a metal disc inside a liquid pouch and it instantly starts to turn more solid and produce heat.  The homemade version heats up to 130 degrees.  And like the store-bought warmers, once they are fully solid and cooled off, they need to be reheated before they are ready to use again.

Sounds like a great way to save money on warmers, but it is a process boiling down the water, dealing with the smelly vinegar, and reheating the warmer bags for reuse, so there are trade-offs.  The hand warmers take about an hour to make (but then there’s the clean up…).  For those who prefer making their own heat, we’re glad to pass along the info.  Here’s a link to the blog post, and here’s the video.


Columbia Omni-Heat Minx II BootJoy on Facebook tells us she fully endorses Columbia Omni Heat boots.  Hers are the taller, waterproof Minx II’s.

Here are Joy’s praises on the boots: “I have worn them almost every day since I got them, including outside on a 20 *F day with wind chill for an hour and my feet DID NOT GO NUMB. In fact, I have had to take off my jacket a few times or unzip it because I get too hot…the boots keep my feet warm enough that my core isn’t working so hard…”

She says they are priced between $90 on sale to $120 full price, but are well worth it.   She does share one caveat on the sizing – they run very small.  She’s normally wears an 8.5 and  had to buy size 10!

What are your ideas?  What products work for you?  Write to: info@raynauds.org, post them in our Discussion Forum or on our Facebook Fan page.

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