6. Bundled Washcloths
When you need to make a hot compress for your eyes, the bundle method is very effective. It’s perfect to use on your eyelids and ensures sustained heating at the right temperature for as long as you need it.
- Wet 5 washcloths with water and squeeze out the excess.
- Roll each washcloth into a 1–inch wide longitudinal strips.
- Taking one folded cloth at a time, roll each cloth tightly around the previously rolled cloth to create a bundle.
- Optionally, loosely secure the bundle with a rubber band.
- Microwave the bundle for about 2 minutes.
- Remove it from the microwave and allow the bundle to cool for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Remove the rubber band and take off the outermost cloth, store the remaining bundle in a covered container.
- Place the cloth on the affected eye for 2 minutes.
- Use the remaining rolled washcloths in the same way, as needed.
7. Moist Tea Bags
If you need to treat a sty, dark circles under the eyes or some kind of eye infection, you can use tea bags to make a simple yet effective hot compress. Black tea bags are very effective healing compresses, due to the rich amount of tannins in the tea that work as an anti-inflammatory agent.
- Brew a cup of black tea using a tea bag.
- Set the tea bag aside and enjoy your tea.
- Once the tea bag has cooled a bit, you can use it as a compress.
Alternatively, you can pour the tea on a washcloth and, once it cools down to a safe temperature, use it as your homemade hot compress.
8. Unused Diapers
If you have some unused disposable diapers at home, you can use them to make a hot compress. Unlike a washcloth, a diaper will retain heat for a longer time. Also, it can be reheated by placing it in a microwave for a few seconds and reused as needed.
- Heat some water in a kettle.
- Place the unused diaper in a tray or any flat surface.
- Pour a little warm water on the clean disposable diaper. As it soaks in, pour a little more warm water on it.
- Gently squeeze the diaper to get rid of any excess water.
- Your hot compress is ready for use.
Due to the unique shape of the diaper, you can use this hot compress on sore muscles in your back or wrap it around your neck. You can even use the adhesive tabs to affix it to a sore knee or elbow.