Every mom knows you can never have too many character Band-Aids, kisses, or cold packs when it comes to everyday “boo boos”. I say “everyday,” but it’s more like three-a-days at my house.  If skinned knees and sibling wrestling matches are all too common at your house, you’re gonna love this idea!  This is one of my favorite DIY projects–a fun and easy way to make your own cold pack using items that we frequently purchase with coupons! By using just a few ingredients you have right in your pantry, you can whip one up this afternoon and have it chilled in no time!

Here is what you will need:

  • 1 quart size Ziploc Freezer bag (Double zip will protect best against leaks)
  • 1 9 oz bottle dish soap
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol

The next part is a cinch! Combine the ingredients in the bag, squeeze out as much air as possible, and zip the bag securely shut. The bag should be no more than 3/4 full. Pop it into the freezer overnight, and it will be ready for action by morning. That’s it! The combination of liquid soap and rubbing alcohol will not completely solidify in the freezer.  I have best results when I lay mine flat.  This way it’s always the perfect “temperature.”   It is very pliable within a few minutes.  If you stand the Ziploc upright, you’ll end up with a “block” ice cube, which is too solid.  Any dish soap will work.  Make an ice pack in every color!


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17 thoughts on “DIY Ice Packs”

  1. AmyPie says:

    Try DOLLAR TREE! $1.00 will get you at least 9 oz. of ANY kind of dish soap they carry; one more $1.00 will get you rubbing alcohol there, or almost anyplace on sale. Good luck!

  2. Tracey Bender says:

    a bag of frozen peas is the best and who doesn’t have a bag in their freezer already!

  3. What a great idea.  Can’t tell you the times I have needed one and couldn’t find it.  (lots of kids in sports).  You could use a vacuum food saver and have no problem with leaks. 

  4. Clarissa Ryan says:

    I made one out of just plain Dish Soap. I bought the really big refill bottle at walmart and was surfing Pinterest for Homemade Ice Packs for my sister (who just broke her wrist at my daughters bowling party and had to have surgery). I filled the one bag half full and squeezed most of the air out.Then I double bagged the ice pack and she says its been working great ever since!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Great ideas!

  6. Angie Knight says:

    that is such a neat idea…my old ice bag has a hole in it so i ducked tapped it haha now i can just make my own! thank you!!

  7. nurse says:

    dish soap isn’t needed. vodka or rubbing alcohol and water. And yes jadeiijr it is re-useable! I made mine with a food saver so I don’t have to worry about leaks.

    • Anonymous says:

       if you want it to have color with the rubbing alcohol and water put food coloring in it

  8. Anonymous says:

    At my house we use cheap vodka and mix it with equal parts water. Then we put it in a food saver bag and seal the end. It gets colder and stays colder longer than the rubbing alcohol.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Is it reusable?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Is it reusable?

  11. 9 oz of dish soap ISN’T cheap.  How about water and some corn starch?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Thats awesome I am a very accident prone and I didnt know this thanks for the info

  13. Anonymous says:

    You can also do one part rubbing alcohol and 3 parts water to make it even cheaper! Good amount for a quart-size bag would be 1/4 cup alcohol and 3/4 cup water.

    • Heather F says:

       The Water/Alcohol method is what a physical therapist told me to do.  We seal the fluid in vacuum seal bags (don’t use the vacuum, just burp out as much air as possible and seal) – these bags last much longer than the ziploc ones.

  14. This is such a cool idea!  Thanks!