Thursday, August 14, 2014

Easy To Make Soft Ice Pack

I have seen ideas for making soft ice packs for a while now... at least 2-3 years or so and I planned to do it.... someday.  Well, a few weeks ago, one of my sons had a chainsaw accident and cut into his leg(oh, shudder, shudder)..... and we only had 1 soft ice pack and needed more, SO.... I looked it up and made 2 of them. I was surprised just how easy it was and wondered WHY I hadn't done this a long time ago.... we certainly could have used them. Anyway, I made them this time and took pictures...


 First of all, I got out the supplies I needed....
Rubbing Alcohol
2 quart size Ziplock freezer bags
1 cup measuring cup
plastic disposable cup
blue food coloring
 First, I filled the measuring cup with water..... and poured the water into my disposable cup.
 The 1 cup of water in the disposable cup....  tells me where the 1 cup level is in this cup. I will use the disposable cup for measuring the alcohol and will throw it away afterwards so there is no chance I will reuse it for food or drink.
 The ziplock bag has 2 cups of water in it here.............
This is the 1 cup of rubbing alcohol....











 Add the alcohol to the water in the bag.........
 Add a few drops of blue food coloring. This can be omitted if you want to. I like the blue coloring in it because it is easy to see. I use only blue because I do not want it to look like kool aid or popsicles or  something edible.
 Actually adding and mixing the food coloring was the fun part.....
 Everything is now in the bag.  Force the air out and zip it up........
I put my finished bag into another same size bag...just in case it would ever leak...... and again forced the air out and zipped it up. It is much more secure now. :)











 There is one ice pack all done and ready for the freezer.
 I made 2 ice packs so we would have enough....
 The next morning I took it out of the freezer and it was frozen nicely....
It also moved and molded nicely to form to the shape needed.  This was a very easy project and it was nice that I didn't have to run to the store to buy ice packs.... all we had were the hard cooler type. Sometimes we use frozen peas or corn, but were all out of those too.

My son's leg is healing nicely... we still need to check it and change dressings every day, but it is healing, thankfully.

This is something helpful to remember... just 2 cups water and 1 cup rubbing alcohol makes a wonderful ice pack!  Thank you for visiting today. :)

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18 comments:

  1. This is great! I didn't know you could make these so easily - I'm going to give this a try and have it ready for the next time we need an ice pack.

    I'm so glad to hear that your son is healing well! God blessed!

    Thank you for sharing at Let's Get Real Link Party.

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    1. I was pleased with how easy it was also...... Thank you for rejoicing w/ me over how my son's injury is healing. :) Thank you for visiting and for the link up. :)

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  2. So glad you shared this, I will have to pin it. With two kids you have to be prepared :)

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    1. That's true - seemed like we needed more of them lately, so I was so thankful to be able to make it so easily. :) Thank you for visiting.

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    1. Thank you... necessity pushed me to it... and so glad I remembered it could be done. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  4. Love this! I've seen tutorials for these before but have never made one. I really too. So easy! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It is easy.... thank you for visiting. :)

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  5. Thanks for sharing this idea! I have heard of freezing corn syrup as an ice pack - but that gets expensive, and doesn't stay cold long. This sounds like a much better idea. Great safety tips using a disposable glass for the rubbing alcohol, and identifying it as a non-food item in the freezer! Pinning this. I'm glad I found this at Motivational Monday today!
    So sorry to hear about your son's accident. I have heard of too many injuries by chain saws!!

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    1. I hadn't heard of the corn syrup.... but I agree this would work better..... My son's injury is healing... still needing care, but healing nicely... chain saws ARE dangerous and he is very careful, but the blade "jumped" and got him... he hasn't used it again yet. Thank you for visiting.

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  6. This is something I need to make today! You can never have too many of these! And, they're so expensive to buy. Thank you for sharing your "recipe" on Together on Tuesdays :)

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    1. I hope this can be a help.... it sure helped us. :)

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  7. Love this!! With two little ones we go through more ziplocs full of ice than I care to admit. This would be fun to have them make with me, and I am sure it would be preferred over the normal ice chunks!

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    1. I agree - it is so nice to have a soft ice pack.. rather than the hard ones for the cooler... so I am glad to have these again. :)

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  8. This is pretty cool! I should make some of these. I have a few soft ones, but they are tiny and don't stay cold very long. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. These can actually be made any size you want... and have the bags for! :) Just keep the ratio of 1 part rubbing alcohol to 2 parts water. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  9. I had no idea these were so simple to make. Thanks so much for the great directions! I made up two of them in just a few minutes and will be making a few more after I get more alcohol. They work amazingly well. Thanks again!

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  10. Great idea! I'm always looking for ways to save money! Thanks for sharing and for linking up!

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