WFMW – Homemade gel ice packs

August 15, 2007 at 10:35 am 9 comments

Toddlers are constantly bumping into things or falling over their own feet. Most of the times daddy or mommy can ‘kiss it and make it all better.’ Other times they injuries require a little more TLC, a little time with an ice pack to keep the swelling down and reduce bruising. It feels like we’re reaching into the freezer at least once a week to put ice on a boo-boo.

Most of the gel ice packs are just too big and putting solid ice on a goose bump on your head, well, it’s just not comfortable. A month ago my mom saw a recipe for homemade gel ice packs and I decided to give it a try. I used some snack sized baggies so our ice packs would be more child-sized and added some pink neon food coloring to the mixture.

The very next day I got the chance to use test the gel pack. Princess wasn’t watching where she was walking, missed the bottom step and smacked her forehead on something hard – I think it may have been something plastic that should have been in her toy box.

I pulled out my hot pink gel pack and it was perfectly cold yet squishy. The size was perfect for her forehead and she loved the neon girly color. With a little help from an Elmo video I managed to keep it on the bump for a solid 10 minutes.

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 zip-locking plastic bags
1/3 cup Isopropyl Alcohol 90% (add an extra splash if you have Isopropyl Alcohol 70)
2/3 cup water
Food coloring (optional)

Mix alcohol and water to make a 30% solution and pour into one of the baggies.
Add one drop of food coloring of choice – it can be even more fun for your kids if you let them pick the color or teach them how one drop of red and one drop of blue makes purple. Seal the bag containing the solution.

Place this bag inside the second zip-locking bag. Make sure the seal of the inner bag is toward the bottom of the outer bag. This is to help protect the contents of the inner bag against curious fingers. If your child does manage to get inside the outer bag you have a few extra seconds before he/she will reach the seal of the inner bag. As many parents know, every extra second counts when trying to prevent nasty messes.

Seal the outer bag and place in the freezer. They are somewhat usable after 2 hours but reach a good slushy gel state in approximately 4 hours.

Homemade gel ice packs work for me. For more Works-for-Me-Wednesday tips visit Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Melinda  |  August 15, 2007 at 11:37 am

    Ooo… I need this for ME! Thank you.


  • 2. totallyscrappy  |  August 15, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    I remember reading this a long time ago. Thank youfor reminding me!

  • 3. Beth  |  August 15, 2007 at 12:19 pm

    Great tip! I’ve been struggling to keep a bag of frozen peas on the boo-boo. It’s kind of over-kill, and William usually wants to eat them! Lol. Thanks!

  • 4. Worker Mommy  |  August 15, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    I love coming over here for Works for Me Weds. I’ve getting some great tips and looking like I know everything in my kids eyes :)

  • 5. Kathy  |  August 15, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    I can’t wait to try this. Thanks!

  • 6. Megan(FriedOkra)  |  August 15, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    WHEEEEEEEEE! I can’t wait to try these out! First I have to go find a neat shade of food coloring!

  • 7. kelli in the mirror  |  August 15, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    You always have such unique tips. Love it!

  • 8. The Estrogen Files  |  August 19, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    Great recipe! We just use wet, frozen sponges. Yours is much cooler.

  • 9. Amy G.  |  August 22, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    T!!!! I love this. Who knew you could make these things in your kitchen?


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