Make a Cherry Pit Heating Pad

You can make a cherry pit heating pad that will keep your bed toasty in the winter.

| October/November 1991

Making a cherry pit heating pad can save you a lot of discomfort during cold nights. After all, the unheated bedroom is no longer just a thing of the past. Getting under the covers can be a chilly proposition now that more people are heating their homes with wood and relying less on central heating systems.

Children in Switzerland have long been accustomed to a certain household ritual on winter evenings:

A cherrystone pillow for each family member is popped into the kitchen's warming oven, and they retrieve a pillow on their way to bed. The bed warmers work wonderfully for taking the chill off cool sheets in unheated bedrooms.

Cherry pit heating pads could be the perfect bed and foot warmer. With three times the heating capacity of pebbles, and a much lower conductivity, cherry pits provide steady warmth for winter nights. With a little faithful collecting, a bit of scrap fabric, and a Sunday afternoons time, one of these bed warmers could save you many nights of cold-cover shivers.

Collect, Clean and Dry Your Cherry Pits

It takes about 15 pies' worth of cherry pits to make one pillow. If your family doesn't consume a large amount of cherries, you may want to head to a cannery, where you can get pounds of pits for pennies. Cherrystones must be thoroughly cleaned and dried before they can be sewn into pillows.

First, place the pits in a large pan or in the kitchen sink and cover completely with cold water. Then rub and squeeze the stones together to loosen any remaining pulp. When that's done, rinse and repeat the process several times.

Andrea Paul
11/30/2012 11:17:35 PM

I've been making these for years and people keep asking me for more to give to family and friends. I use mine for my fibromyalgia and assorted aches and pains.

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