Now the cooler weather is here and the nights are chilly, you might want to warm yourself up with a good old fashioned hot water bottle.  A cosy cover will hide the ugly rubber insert and protect your skin from the direct heat of the bottle.  There are some very cute hot water bottle covers available or you can make your own.  Here are some ideas for you:

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1.   Argyle hot water bottle cover from Target   |   2.   Bunny hot water bottle cover from Bed Bath n’ Table   |   3.   Heart hot water bottle cover from Bed Bath n’ Table   |   4.   Chevron hot water bottle cover from Peter Alexander   |   5.   Owl hot water bottle cover from Bed Bath n’ Table   |   6.   Mika hot water bottle cover from Bed Bath n’ Table   |   7.   Polar Bear hot water bottle cover from Bed Bath n’ Table   |   8.   Sweet Dreams hot water bottle cover from Peter Alexander   |   9.  Navy hot water bottle cover from Bed Bath n’Table   |   10.   Check hot water bottle cover from Country Road

If you want to try making your own hot water bottle cover, there are plenty of ideas on pinterest.  We found these two tutorials to try.

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Knitted hot water bottle cover from Homelife

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This cute felt cover with a heart is from Homebound blog

 

The mandatory standard for hot water bottles came into effect on 1 June 2008. It covers design and construction, performance and labelling.  To avoid burns or injury, make sure your hot water bottle insert complies with the mandatory standard.  Coles offers the following advice for their hot water bottles:

Storage Instructions:
When not in use, drain completely, hang upside down and keep the stopper removed, in a cool, dry, dark place. Prevent exposure to sunlight. Do not place anything on top of the bottle, including sharp or heavy objects. Check the bottle and the stopper for wear and damage at regular intervals.

Care Instructions:
Never use boiling water to fill your hot water bottle. This hot water bottle is designed to be partly filled. Hold bottle over sink and away from your body taking care not to splash water onto hands or body. Never heat bottle in oven or microwave oven. Do not sit or lie on hot water bottle. Replace the bottle immediately if it looks damaged or worn has cracks splits colour has changed or feels brittle. Replace the bottle every year if you use it most days. Replace the bottle every third year if you use it occasionally or just in winter.

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