Day 97 – DIY Ice Packs

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Our little man gets his fair share of bumps and bruises. The problem with regular ice packs is that they usually freeze solid and don’t conform to your body. These ice packs are supposed to stay in gel form, so I decided to give them a try. All you need is dish soap!

Materials:

2 or 3 freezer bags
dish soap
rubbing alcohol (optional)

Directions:

1. Select a freezer bag size of choice. I used the quart size, which was perfect for me.
2. Load up the bag about 1/2 – 3/4 full with soap. You may want to add rubbing alcohol too. This is supposed to help keep it from freezing completely and staying in more of a gel form.
3. Close the bag, squishing out the air as much as possible. Double or triple bag to protect against leaks.

I only put Dawn in my bag because I wanted to see how it worked without the alcohol. It actually froze pretty close to solid using just the dish soap. It had a little give to it, but not much. I would recommend using the alcohol if you want more of a pliable gel ice pack. I’ll be adding some to mine.

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4 Comments… Share your views

  1. These are great, my Dad physical therphist told him to make and use these after his knee replacement surgery.

  2. Great idea! I’ll keep it in mind for my boyfriend’s achy joints! :)

  3. I make these, except I use equal parts alcohol and water – no dishwashing soap. They’re super pliable and I kind of love them!

    http://momcaster.com/2012/03/26/how-to-make-gel-ice-packs/

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