Ice packs are great for bumps, bruises, aches and pains. But the ones that you can buy at the pharmacy cost a fortune. Luckily I know chemistry and I happen to have some zip-lock bags handy……so I can make gel ice packs as needed.
The materials for a DIY ice gel pack are as follows:
- Two zip-top bags per ice pack
- Isopropyl alcohol
If rubbing alcohol is not available, you can use the following replacements:
- Dish washer detergent
- Hair gel
- Corn syrup
DIY Gel Ice Pack – How lower points mean slushes not ice
The steps to making your Gel Ice Pack are pretty simple:
- Add one cup of isopropyl alcohol to the zip-top bag.
- Add two cups of water
- Remove as much as possible using the Bathtub (Deer, 2016, September 30) method
- Place the bag inside the freezer for several hours until it gels
The reason this works is because isopropyl alcohol and all the other replacements has a much lower freezing point than water. When frozen, it doesn’t form solid ice but a slush that can be easily wrapped around limbs for hours of cool relief.
Make sure the zip-lock bags are durable so you can return them back to the freezer for reuse. Best of all it leaks, it water and rubbing alcohol, so no worries. Sharing is caring so share this with your friends.
- Burke, S. (2016, May 3). How to Make Your Own Gel Ice Pack or Moist Heat Pack. Retrieved from https://www.spine-health.com/blog/how-make-your-own-gel-ice-pack-or-moist-heat-pack
- Deer, L. (2016, September 30). How to Vacuum Seal Zip Lock Bag Food using a Plastic Bath Tub. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/vacuum-seal-zip-lock-bag-food/