Homemade Ice Packs Save Money
If you have kids, ice packs are something you just have to keep around. From bumps and bruises to sports injuries, they are an invaluable tool for any parent. I probably have purchased 15 of the blue gel type over the years, but then I found out I could make them at home for pennies from common household ingredients! These ice packs are so simple to make, are totally reusable, and if you have picky kids who like “their own”, you can color code the ice packs just for them! Having homemade ice packs in the freezer is a Godsend.
Making Homemade Ice Packs
Homemade ice packs are super easy to make. For each ice pack, you’ll need 2 freezer quality plastic zippy bags. I always double bag mine to make them last longer, especially with kids that like to squish things. About a half of a cup of water forms the basis of the ice packs, and can be dyed any color you like with just a few drops of food coloring. What keeps the water slushy and super cold is rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol. A quarter cup of 70% rubbing alcohol is all you need. I used 91% in the one pictured and it didn’t get as slushy as I am used to, so grab a bottle of the 70% for this “recipe”. That’s it! How simple is that?
- 2 quart sized freezer plastic zippy bags
- ½ C water
- ¼ C 70% rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
- 3 drops food coloring (optional)
- plastic confetti (optional)
- Mark the outer bag as an ice pack. (Rubbing alcohol isn’t for drinking!)
- Place the water, alcohol, and decorations in the inner bag. Seal, then slide into the outer bag.
- Freeze for 24 hours.
- Place on bumps and bruises, then refreeze!
Decorating Homemade Ice Packs
When my kids were smaller, they liked to have things in their ice packs to look at while they were recuperating from the latest bump, so I started putting little plastic confetti in the mix. You can find all kinds of confettis at party stores or even dollar stores(Just make sure it’s plastic). Drop a few in before freezing and they’ll enjoy looking for them as the ice packs start to melt a little. It’s a perfect way to say I love you with adorable, personalized homemade ice packs.