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  • Donna Mullins

    Homemade icepack! What a great idea! I've had one for two years and nothing works as well. Mine was made from 2 cups of DAWN and 1 cup of rubbing alcohol. I used the good ziplock bags- one inside on another with one zipper side down inside the other with the zip on top. Loosely wrap in a thin dishtowel or into a old pillow case. Mine started leaking after about a year so I just poured it into new bags. It freezes nearly solid but becomes maleable quickly. Don't use on bare skin without a cover- they are really, really cold.

  • Melissa Miller

    Great idea for homemade ice pack: made from 2 cups of DAWN and 1 cup of rubbing alcohol. I used the good ziplock bags- one inside on another with one zipper side down inside the other with the zip on top. Loosely wrap in a thin dishtowel or into a old pillow case. Mine started leaking after about a year so I just poured it into new bags. It freezes nearly solid but becomes maleable quickly. Don't use on bare skin without a cover- they are really, really cold.

  • Stephanie

    Dawn dish soap + rubbing alcohol = homemade ice packs!

  • Jean Burtsfield

    Homemade Ice Packs- love this! This tip I learned from Dr Sears reciently on The Doctor's. Save money on buying ice packs and take dish soap, pour it into a ziploc bag, select the size you want according to what you would use most, then freeze it. The soap doesn't solidify so it molds to the shape you need, it gets colder and stays colder longer and you can get your kids favorite color of soap so they are more likely to keep it on their injury. ***DIY Ice Pack Recipe*** 1. Select Ziploc bag size of choice (double or triple bag to protect against leaks). 2. Get a big bottle of cheap dish soap. 3. Load up the Ziploc about 1/2 – 3/4 full. Close the bag a couple of times squishing out the air each time. Freeze. **Note: If you read the comments from this post, it looks like adding rubbing alcohol to the soap is recommended!

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