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Saturday, August 31, 2013

DIY Cold Packs

For a lot of months I have been dealing with some major hip and back pain. I have been using heating pads and cold packs constantly. I am not one to go out and buy something I can diy so I have used some tried and true diy methods. Some of these can be used for kids’ boo-boos and are handy to keep in the freezer.

Take a look.


Reusable gel type:

2 cups water
1/3 cup vodka (80 proof)
Food coloring (any color you like)
Ziploc Freezer Bag
Pour liquids into ziploc freezer bag, add food coloring if you like and freeze.

1 cup rubbing alcohol
2 cups water
Ziploc Freezer Bag (1 quart size)
Pour liquids into freezer bag, 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!).

Ziploc Freezer Bag
Liquid dish detergent
Squirt detergent in a ziploc bag until the bag is about 3/4 full, seal and then freeze.

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.

I hope you don't have to use these too often but one can be prepared.  I think these are simpler and less drippy than putting ice cubes in a plastic bag.

Have a great weekend!

Meanwhile .... keep it simple and make it real.


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