Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pin 23– Alcohol and Water Ice Pack

IMG_8363I’ve had many instances of needing an ice pack.  Flat feet, bad knees, a car accident in the mix with lasting shoulder crap’ola….  ice packs are my friend.  And I like to have a one or two ready in the freezer.  I HATE buying them and definitely hate defrosting a bag of veggies before its time.  I like using the refreezable/reheatable  rice/bean type bags but they never seem to hold the cold for long enough.  The buyable snap and use type is great for emergencies but expensive to keep on hand.  So when I saw THIS PIN, I hoped that it would fit the bill.

All you need is 3 parts water to 1 part rubbing alcohol and some sort of closeable baggie.  I just poured it all in the bag, gave it a little shake and threw it in the freezer.  I didn’t check until the next day so I’m not sure how long it took to freeze but when I took it out it was stiff and had molded to the shelf.  After only a squeeze or two it was soft and perfect for icing a sore  shoulder.  It was melted but still cold after a little over an hour.

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Bottom line – DO IT!

Invest in a larger bottle of alcohol and make yourself a few of these in different sizes.  Think about how awesome it would be to ice a lower back with a gallon bag sized ice pack!  Be mindful of your baggies, making sure to close them all the way and getting a sort with a good closure.  All in all I will be getting a few of these stored in my freezer!


1 comment:

  1. This is a great one! I've used it before but must have used a cheap baggie because it ended up leaking a little bit. Next time I'll use a Hefty or double-bag. Here's a tip: add a few drops of food coloring and label the bag so it doesn't get confused for something edible like chicken broth! I think I'll make some of these packs for my little boys and they can each pick their own color! :)