Whether it’s to keep warm on a cold winter’s day or to soothe some aches and pains, hot water bottles are a useful item to have on hand.
Admittedly, I did not grow up using hot water bottles so I never knew the appeal of them. However, my husband did grow up using hot water bottles and wanted to purchase one to help soothe his aching muscles after a day of construction work.
I wasn’t sure how eco-friendly hot water bottles were, so I did what I always do and googled it.
This is what I found.
Are hot water bottles safe?
Yes, hot water bottles are safe to use provided they are used responsibly by adults. I wouldn’t recommend prolonged exposure of any one body part due to the fact that hot water bottles are in fact, hot.
A layer of clothing or a towel between the skin and bottle would not be a bad idea.
Also, make sure the lid is screwed on tight so the hot water does not leak all over you causing burns.
Children should probably not use hot water bottles, at least unsupervised, because their skin is more sensitive and could burn easily.
Can I recycle a rubber hot water bottle?
While you may not be able to recycle rubber in your curbside recycling bin, your municipality most likely has a rubber recycling program. You will have to drop off your old rubber at the recycling facility in your area. A quick google search should do the trick!
These were the most environmentally friendly hot water bottles I could find while scouring the internet:
Wearable hot water bottle
Honestly, had no idea this existed, but here we go!
- Designed for chronic pain relief
- Covered with fleece fabric
- Bottle made with high-quality biodegradable rubber
- PVC free
- Holds the heat longer than any traditional rubber bottles
- Thermoplastic material that is odorless and recyclable
- Can be used hot or cold
- Hugo Frosch Eco Hot Water Bottle is Made of the Highest Quality ECO Sustainable Thermoplastic from 90% Renewable Sources
- Comes with Two Years Water Tightness Guarantee
- Absolutely Free of Any Harmful Substance
What can I use instead of a Hot Water Bottle?
Instead of a hot water bottle, you can try a DIY hot water bottle, this was a suggestion from Reddit:
DIY hot water bottle: soak some dishtowels with warm water and microwave until steaming hot. Put in a ziploc bag, wrap in a t-shirt or towel, apply to the affected area, and you’re good for hours. This takes about 5 minutes to get ready.
If you are not into using Ziploc bags, try wrapping the warm towels in one big towel or use a fabric reusable bag instead.
Ecofriendly Alternative to Hot water bottles
An environmentally friendly hot water bottle alternative would be to use bean or grain-filled heat bags. You know, the ones with the fabric cover you microwave and get the whole house asking “What’s burning?”
Alternatively, bean bags can be thrown in the freezer and used as a cold pack.
These can be reused time and time again and can even be stitched up if they blow a seam.
So, based on my research, there are not a whole lot of environmentally friendly hot water bottles on the market.
Honestly, I am not inclined to purchase any. Instead, I think we will use bean bags (which we already own) and if that is not hot enough, try the hot towel method.
If I end up purchasing one, I will update this article.
What do you use to soothe your aches and pains? Are their environmentally friendly water bottles I missed mentioning? Let me know in the comments below.
Cheers, and have an awesome day!