How to Make Your Own Ice Packs at Home in Seconds
I am a mom, grandmother, former Boy Scout mom and Girl Scout Leader, former pre-school teacher, truck driver, homesteader, crafter, baker, photographer, planner, gardener and friend to all. That said, I am a klutz no doubt about it. I have totally stubbed/broken every single toe on both feet multiple times, cracked the bones in my feet, sprained ankles/wrists/fingers, suffer from migraines, suffer sore muscles from a work hard and play harder philosophy. Ice packs are never convenient or comfortable and they are difficult to carry on camping trips, in the car and never in my purse as they freeze to an odd shape and never fit the injured area and are messy when they thaw out. I have needed something more pliable and simple many times over.
I heard about this idea from an older lady I worked with when I taught pre-school. I tried it at home but, did not stick with it even though we used them at the pre-school and it was so simple to make and use these ice packs. I blame it on being young, in my early 20’s with my own ideas, not seeing value in this concept. Next came Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and again I heard about these simple to make and use ice packs. WOW, now the need clicks for these simple to make and use ice packs. The idea may have clicked but did not stick once scouting was over. I think mainly because the ice packs may have been pushed aside for a side of beef or hog from the butcher. (Should have put them in the refrigerator freezer.) Then I saw it on Pinterest! Now it gets real.
I am really wishing I had these ice packs ready to go with each and every migraine I have suffered through. I shared one ice pack with Sarge, who had not seen nor heard of this ice pack idea. He loved it. So, now he asks the question, “Why haven’t we used these before?” He says they would have been great even on the truck. He is again right but, do not tell him I said so.
As truck drivers we can get banged up quite a bit securing a load and checking out equipment in all kinds of weather conditions. Ice is definitely key in the recovery recipe to soothe aches and pains not to mention swelling. A nice easy to store shapeable ice pack makes it even better. These ice packs are so simple to make and easy to store even on a semi. Just place a few in a cooler to take with you anywhere. They are also great for road trips, picnics, campouts, take to your kid’s ballgames and family outings to the park. Never be caught wishing you had one close at hand.
How to make your own shapeable ice pack
You will hear of several versions to this recipe. Try it out to see what works best for you. It just takes 2 simple steps and ingredients.
1 Part Rubbing Alcohol – I use a higher percentage count on rubbing alcohol
3 Parts Tap Water
Pour all ingredients into a quart size freezer bag. I only use Ziploc Freezer Bags for my ice packs.
Place in your freezer for 2-4 hours depending on your freezer settings. Ta-Da!
1 Part Rubbing Alcohol – lower percentage count
1 Part Tap Water
Pour all ingredients into a quart size bag. Place in your freezer for 2-4 hours depending on your freezer settings.
Cool trick, you can make toddler size freezer packs and keep it child friendly.
½ c Rubbing Alcohol
1 c Water
Pour all ingredients into a Ziploc Snack bag. Place filled bag into another snack bag to prevent leaking and punches from your toddler. Place in your freezer for 2-4 hours depending on your freezer settings.
The alcohol will prevent the water from freezing completely, allowing you to mold your icepack to the injured area. This will help reduce your pain and swelling. Now it will be very cold so be sure to place a towel over the ice pack before applying it to the area needed.
It is that easy!
For Your Convenience
I have included the links for you to order and have the baggies and rubbing alcohol delivered directly to your front door.
Ziploc Freezer Bags Quart Size – Click Here
Ziploc Freezer Bags Gallon Size – Click Here
Ziploc Bags Snack Size – Click Here
Rubbing Alcohol 91% – Click Here
** Be sure to comment below after you have made you own comparison to let me know which you prefer best. Let me know if you discover a better ice pack recipe. I would love to try it out.