DIY Ice packs

Here are some homemade ice packs, the additives are generally to give the frozen product some pliability.

Salt ice pack

icepack-saltFor a really cheap and easy DIY ice pack, simply add some ordinary table salt to water.  Use a sandwich size ziploc bag and add 2 tablespoons of salt to 2 cups of water.  Seal and put in the freezer for several hours or overnight.


Rubbing Alcohol ice pack

icepack-alcoholMixi 1 part rubbing alcohol to 3 parts water in a zip-lock bag and freeze. It gets really cold, but never hardens fully, so you can still manipulate it to the body part that needs it.


Corn syrup ice pack

icepack-cornsyrupCorn syrup makes an excellent gel type of ice pack.  It stays nice flexible and doesn’t change texture or color. Simply pour some corn syrup into the bag, seal, and freeze.


Dish soap ice pack

icepack-dishsoapIf you have nothing else, dish soap will work the same as corn syrup.



Corn syrup ice pack

icepack-spongeFinally, you can create an ice pack by using a clean sponge, wetting it, and putting it in the freezer. This is a good method for lunches as it’s just water with no harmful or messy substances.  The sponge will be hard and firm with no flexibility when first taken out of the freezer.  As it warms up it becomes moist and soft again, but not drippy.


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