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Ultimate Relaxation, The Rice Sock

As you may not yet know, I am a sucker for any form of relaxation, as is my wife. Any little addition to my relaxation ritual, that will make my relaxation period seem, well, more relaxing… is very welcome. So what else, in addition to my feet propped up on the coffee table, my pajama pants, and a cup of hot tea, would increase the worth of my relaxation? I’ve got it, a rice sock!

You can buy these things in store, but what a waste. Just make it yourself. I promise you that you have everything you need in your house already. So take 5 minutes, and realize how great relaxation can be!


Step 1 – Gather Materials

Collect the items you will need for your rice sock.

  • Tube Sock – preferably very clean or brand new.
  • Uncooked White Rice – not the instant kind, it’s too dusty.
  • Microwave


Step 2 – Fill It

This part is easiest with a partner. One person holds the opening of the sock open, while the other pours in the rice. I would estimate that in the sock we used, a men’s size 10-13, we added about 6-8 cups of rice. You can alter this amount depending on the size of your sock as well as how firm you would like it to be once it is completed. Obviously less rice means less firm.

Step 3 – Tie the Knot

Once you have your sock filled, tie a knot at the end. Tie it as tightly as you can, you do not want rice spilling all over you and ruining your tradditional relaxation period. Plus, it’s got to be a pain to clean up.

Step 4 – Nuke It

Place your filled and tied rice sock in to your microwave and turn up the heat! Our socks were microwaved for about 1.5 minutes each, turning once. After it is heated, it will hold it’s heat for about a half hour to an hour.

Step 5 – Pass Out

Because of the deadly combination of relaxation and the rice sock, an inevitable temporary lapse in consciousness and memory are often reported. When using the rice sock, because of these dangers, please make sure to not hold your hot tea for long periods of time. You may have to sue yourself for not labeling your cup “Contents May Be Hot,” after you spill it on your lap.

Note: Don’t heat it up too much and end up burning yourself. Come on people, let’s regain our common sense!

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