So my little baby girl just got out of a full leg cast from a trampoline accident last week and now this week my poor husband is on crutches. He ruptured his Achilles several years ago and the injury flared up in a soccer game this week.
He was hobbling all around the house and we usually don’t keep ice packs on hand. They clutter up the freezer and I got annoyed and tossed them all out awhile back :). Plus I am frugal and I hate to pay the prices for the good gel ones.
So I remembered seeing this on The Doctors and I whipped it up in a minute and my husband was super impressed. He said this worked really well- far better then frozen veggies or ice in a Ziploc like you might normally use.
This literally takes a minute to make with stuff you already have on hand and pop it in the freezer and it is ready to go in about 20 minutes.
It stays frozen for about 30 minutes or so and it molds perfectly to the injury. My husband had this wrapped on his ankle with an Ace Bandaid.
Oh and I had a reader recently tell me she has been using these to keep food cold for lunchboxes and picnics! Smart! Again just be sure to double bag just in case of any leaks.
So here are two methods for ya depending on what you have on hand:
#1. Gel Ice Pack.
Squeeze any dish soap you have on hand into a Ziploc bag. Choose the Ziploc based on the size you need for the injury. There are no measurements here just don’t fill it too full- about halfway or 2/3 of the way. Seal tightly and you probably want to put this inside a second bag or even a third bag for small children. (to be sure there is no leaking)
Pop in the freezer. It took about 20 minutes for ours to be ready.
#2. Traditional Ice Pack.
You can add one part rubbing alcohol to two parts water and also put inside a Ziploc. Seal tightly and pop in freezer (double bag for extra assurance it won’t leak.)
The dish soap is what we used. I believe you can also add a little rubbing alcohol to the dish soap mixture to keep it cold longer but I didn’t have any on hand so I didn’t test that method.
And now you are all set for summer activities and sports!
And did you know you can also make your own homemade foaming handsoap or body wash? It is crazy easy- get the scoop here.
*Note: with any ice pack it is a good idea to keep a cloth between the ice pack and the skin to protect fragile skin. We have used ace bandages or just a plain washcloth or dish towel.