Talk:Hot water bottle

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Water temperature[edit]

I edited the page to include the following sentence:

:One manufacturer[1] (which complies with the British Standards) recommends using water no hotter than 42°C (107.6°F)[2].

I added this because I have heard it is not advisable to add boiling water from a kettle to a HWB. As it may damage the rubber.

...having said that, 42°C (107.6°F) seems like a very low temperature. I wonder if that manufacture is being over-cautious so that they can't be liable for people suffering burns.

Anyone have some independent info about advisable water temperatures for HWBs? Stuart mcmillen (talk) 00:19, 25 June 2013 (UTC)

Other uses![edit]

I think you will find that the hot water bottle was not intended as a bed warmer, even though you can use it as one. It is, in fact, the original bag type douche for women. The hot water bottle came with a cork, and a hose that attached to it. The bag was filled with warm water, then plugged with the cork, with the hose attached, and the hose was then pinched off. The bag hung from a shower rod, or was laid upon a cabinet, so it was higher than the person in the bathtub, and the hose was then used to douche the vagina, when it was un-pinched after insertion.

Before this, they had one made of metal, that resembled a coffee pot, but had a hose coming from a spout at the bottom. It was filled with warm water, and used for the same purpose.

The hot water bottle is also where the term "douche bag" comes from in todays slang.

Here is the reference:

Look to the second picture down, titled "fountain syringe". Maybe, somebody can rewrite this article to make it accurate. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Craxd (talkcontribs) 13:47, 19 September 2011 (UTC)


Please leave in the term "Hottie" as it is a valid reference for Australian and New Zealand

And England, too! Well Drawn Charlie 00:57, 15 May 2007 (UTC)
You guys sure? Ive never heard if the term hottie before for a hot water bottle —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:18, 28 June 2008 (UTC)
Yep hottie for me please (talk) 10:53, 24 May 2010 (UTC)
I removed the link to "This Is The Life: I need a hottie more than a man" because the article itself uses the term "hot-water bottle" everywhere but the title. I see that there are hot water bottles listed as "hottie"s on Amazon but it'd be good to have a better source. — eitch 20:22, 24 December 2010 (UTC)

What's wrong with using hotties?![edit]

'Hot water bottles remain as a popular alternative, however, in the United Kingdom and developing countries...'

What are you saying? Was this written by am American, by any chance? I'm not sure whether I'm being overly patriotic, or - I'm not sure, does anyone else see this as a bit rude? Obviously it's not a matter of deep importance, but still. Impartiality where impartiality is due, and all that... FlannyBabes (talk) 22:58, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

  1. ^ "Tranquil Hot Water Bottles". Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Tranquil Hot Water Bottle: Instructions for use" (PDF). Retrieved 21 June 2013.