How reusable hand warmers work and how they can save money; also, my switch to CommentLuv

Source: Lali Masriera via Flickr under a Creative Commons license

Source: Lali Masriera via Flickr under a Creative Commons license

Amid talking with friends about the colder than usual temperatures we’re seeing across the U.S. and Canada, it came to my attention that not everyone out there has heard of reusable hand warmers.

For those of you who are looking for an alternative to disposable hand warmers — which I usually find for about a dollar¬†— a few companies make disposable hand warmers like this set at Amazon:

How reusable hand warmers work

According to a fact sheet I found on that company’s website here,¬†these hand warmers are filled with sodium acetate, which after clicking the activator inside the hand warmer, hardens slowly and gives off heat as it turns from liquid to solid.

Once solid, you get them ready to be used again by dropping them in a pot of boiling water until they’re liquid again.

How reusable hand warmers can save you money

By buying them in bulk at $26 for eight, these could pay for themselves after a a week of your family skipping the disposable stuff. Or, you can just get just this one set that’s $7.99 with free shipping at Amazon:

Also, according to those comments, it looks like these probably won’t fit inside a glove, so pocket warmer might be a better term for them.

They might also be good for warming the foot of your bed on cold nights or as a heat pad for sore muscles, so this purchase could stretch even farther.

And yes, before the comments come, I’m sure you could just buy better gloves or you could just deal with it. Still, I’m hopeful that someone finds this information helpful.


You may have already noticed, but I switched my commenting system to CommentLuv below. It’s a little bit less bulky than my previous system and if you’ve got your own blog, it lets you include a link to your most recent post. Thanks to the folks on Twitter who made the recommendation.

Of course, please let me know if you run into any problems with it. Or even let me know if you don’t like it.

Hope you’re having a great Wednesday so far :)


  1. says

    I’m a little annoyed that I bought a pair of Kamik “insulated” tall waterproof boots that basically have no insulation on the bottom of the boot and are sorely lacking in insulation in the toes. They don’t sell them anymore, probably for good reason. Anyways, my point to that is that I spent good money on boots I thought would keep my tooties warm and they did a terrible job. Sometimes when warmth is important, it’s best to spend the big bucks on a respectable brand like Sorel as opposed to going with someone who saves you a few bucks. I don’t think most hand warmers would fit in my boots hence this rant, lol.

    Personally, I love Disqus and am sad you left them. Gothamist uses them so I was already used to the format but I can see it not being for everyone.
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