Homemade Ice Packs

  1. Possibly one of the most useful items to any mom with active kids is an abundance of ice packs in the freezer readily available for those inevitable injuries.
  2. But there’s no need to go out and spend a small fortune.
  3. Here’s a couple of ways to fashion your own gel ice packs from ordinary ingredients commonly found around the home:
  4. 1. Mix 2 cups water, 1/3 cup vodka, into a Ziploc freezer bag and place in the freezer. Because the high alcohol content in the vodka it won’t freeze but rather congeal into a malleable ice cold gel. You can also add food colouring to the mixture if you would like a particular colour. 
  5. 2. Similar to the first, mix 1 part rubbing alcohol to 2 part water in a Ziploc Freezer Bag (1 quart size).  Remove air and seal bag. Place bag seal side down into another ziploc freezer bag, remove air and seal that bag. Place in freezer and use (and reuse) as needed (nice and slushy!).
  6. Quick tip:
  7. When taking them from the freezer to use, wrap in towel first before applying to body. If they freeze too hard and aren’t slushy, simply allow them to melt and then add more alcohol.
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