Hot Water Bottle Safety and Care Guide

Our long hot water bottles are a great way to keep you warm and ease period pains, but they need to be used and cared for properly, to prevent any harm. Here's how to prevent burns and other injuries when using hot water bottles.

How to fill a hot water bottle safely

  • When filling your hot water bottle, make sure that you do not fill it with boiling water. This can cause scalding injuries and burns if you accidentally spill some of the contents onto yourself or someone else. If using hot water from a kettle, wait some time after boiling the kettle to fill up your hot water bottle. Alternatively, you can use hot water from the tap.
  • Hold the hot water bottle by its neck in an upright position when filling it. This will help prevent any hot water from splashing out of the bottle.
  • Fill no more than two thirds full as this will allow enough room for air to escape before fastening the stopper tightly shut.

How to use your long hot water bottle safely

  • Do not sit or lie on your hot water bottle.
  • Do not leave it on one body part for longer than 20 minutes to avoid burns.
  • Hot water bottles should not be used for babies and children should be supervised if using hot water bottle.
  • Elderly people, or those with sensitive skin or reduced sensory should take care when using hot water bottle as they may be more vulnerable to burns from prolonged contact with heated objects.
  • Our extra long hot water bottles are made from natural rubber so please be careful using them if you have an allergy to latex, as they may irritate your skin.

How to care for your hot water bottle

To ensure that your hot water bottle remains safe to use and lasts for as long as possible, there are some simple steps you can take.

  • Do not allow your hot water bottle to come into contact with oil, grease or any other hot surfaces. This can cause the rubber casing of the bottle to melt or crack which will compromise its ability to keep warm.
  • When you have finished using your hot water bottle, drain the water out and store in a dark, dry place.
  • Do not leave it in direct sunlight or near any heat source such as radiators or fires. 
  • Never place anything heavy on top of a hot water bottle when storing it as this can cause damage.
  • Check your bottle thoroughly before each use for wear or damage. If you discover any cracks or holes, please discontinue use immediately.

British Standard 1970:2012

All of our hot water bottles are made of natural rubber and manufactured to the British Standard 1970:2012.

This standard is one that all hot water bottle manufacturers must adhere to in order to sell their products in the UK. It contains a list of safety requirements for hot water bottles, including details about the materials used in their production and a list of recommended manufacturers. All our hot water bottles are made of natural rubber and manufactured to this standard, meaning they are certified safe for use.

The bottom line

That's it! Now you know all the basics of hot water bottle care and safety. I hope this guide has been helpful and that you now have a better understanding of how to take care of your precious extra long hot water bottle!