Can You Wash a Wheat Bag? And other questions.

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Can You Wash a Wheat Bag? And other questions.

Here is our guideline to caring and looking after your wheat bag (and eye pillows since they are just mini wheat bags) so they will remain effective and useful for years to come.

Wheat bags are a cotton fabric bag filled with wheat that is microwaveable. By gently heating it up in the microwave, the heat of the wheat pack will infuse the muscles which in turn encourages blood flow, decreasing muscle tension. Wheat bags can help you unwind and undo built up tension and stress that we accumulate during the day. Wheat bags can also be used as cold packs so they’re super versatile.  So how do you look after your wheat bag and keep it clean? We’ve answered some commonly asked questions that hopefully will give you your answer!

Q. Can You Wash a Wheat Bag?

A. No.  That’s the short answer.  Wheat bags should never be washed in a washing machine or soaked in water.  Why?  Because it will all go terribly wrong as the wheat will absorb the water and swell up.

Q. How Do You Clean a Wheat Bag?

A. Spot clean only.  Using a damp cloth and mild detergent, gently wipe over the wheat bag with a sponge and leave it in a warm place to dry (avoid direct sunlight).  NEVER heat your wheat bag in the microwave after cleaning or when wet or damp as it will very likely burn.

Q. Why Does My Wheat Bag Smell?

A. This can be due to overheating or overcooking. Over time, the wheat will dry out leaving a burnt / cooked smell.  This is letting you know that it is time for your wheat bag or eye pillow to be replaced for a new one.

Q. How Long Should You Keep a Wheat Bag for?

A. If it’s looked after properly, a well made Wheat Bag (such as our Wheat Bags and Eye Pillows) should see it last up to 10 years of being used regularly.

Q. Are Wheat Bags Safe to Use?

A. Yes. They should always be used by a responsible adult and for the intended purpose (the body part to which it is being applied).  Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.  Please note, wheat bags are NOT a bed warmer but do make a safe alternative to a traditional hot water bottle reducing the risk of scalding.

Q. How Long Should You Heat a Wheat Bag?

A. Heating times will vary depending on the wattage of your microwave.  Your Wheat Bag comes with instructions so please follow the recommended guidelines.  Heating the wheat bag longer does NOT make it more effective or make the heat last longer, so don’t be tempted to do so.

Q. What is the Right Temperature to Heat a Wheat Bag to?

A. Keeping in mind that we all have different sensitivities, your tolerance level to heat might be less or more to someone else.  Your Wheat Bag should feel comfortable and warm without feeling like your skin is burning.  Always test the temperature first, especially if you’re heating it for someone else to use (like a child or an elderly person) as what temperature is comfortable for them might be different to what is comfortable to you.

You can always err on the side of caution and not heat it for as long as recommended.  You can then add the remaining time if it needs to be warmer or warm up in 15 second increments, testing the warmth after each time. (Remember that heating the wheat bag longer than the recommended time does not make it more effective.)

Also, do not be tempted to wrap your wheat bag in another cloth as this can make your wheat bag too hot!

Q.  I don’t have a Microwave. Can You Heat a Wheat Bag in the Oven?

A. It is not recommended. However, if you don’t have a microwave, you can wrap your wheat bag in foil and heat for 15 minutes at 175C or 325F (less for fan oven) turning every 5 minutes. Remember to use your heat protective oven mitts when removing.

Q. Where Should You Store Your Wheat Bag?

A. When you’ve finished using it, leave your wheat bag to cool off completely on a non-combustible surface such as a kitchen bench top or clothes airer.  You can then pop it into the cupboard or any other dry environment that is out of reach from direct sunlight.  If there’s any chance a mouse or rat can get to your wheat bag, be assured that they will – it contains wheat after all & they will eat it!  Pop it into a hard plastic storage box if you think there’s a chance it might be on the menu.

SUMMARY OF TOP TIPS

  1. ALWAYS follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Make sure your microwave turntable is working as the wheat bag needs to rotate freely to make sure the temperature is distributed evenly.
  3. Placing a glass or small container of water in the microwave with your wheat bag will help keep it moist.  This will prevent the wheat grains drying up, reducing the risk of burning or charring.

SUMMARY OF PRECAUTIONS

  1. DO NOT exceed recommended heating times.
  2. DO NOT wrap your wheat bag in another cloth (it will make it too hot).
  3. DO NOT leave your wheat bag unattended while you’re heating it up.
  4. DO NOT use a wheat bag if it is showing signs of discolouration or charring.
  5. DO NOT allow unsupervised children to heat up or use the wheat bag.
  6. DO NOT heat up your wheat bag if it is damp or wet.
  7. DO NOT re-heat your wheat bag to use again until it has completely cooled (this could take up to 2 hours). Might be good to have a second one on hand if you’re needing to repeatedly treat your area.
  8. DO NOT use a hot wheat bag as a bed warmer.
  9. ALWAYS check the temperature before placing it on your skin.

Wheat bags are a wonderful, holistic alternative to hot water bottles and are an effective remedy to help ease injuries, aches, pains and general discomfort as well as promote relaxation.  Enjoy using your wheat bag and look after it so you can use it for several years to come.

View our range of wheat bags here.

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Wishing you good nights & days ahead.

La’Dormir

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