How to Make Your Own Ice Pack

September 21, 2012

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How to Make Your Own Ice Pack

Choose a Ziploc bag in the size of your choice

Fill the bag halfway or 3/4 full with dish soap

Double or triple the bags to prevent leaks


The liquid will get cold without getting hard allowing you to mold around the area needing icing.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

cresa September 22, 2012 at 1:23 am

A bag of no name peas would cost less. Dish soap is pricey.


Eric September 22, 2012 at 2:49 am

Some places you can get it for free. I know CVS and Walgreen’s frequently have the small bottles for $0.99 and there are occasionally $0.75/1 or $0.50/1 coupons for Dawn. If you live where they double coupons, its free.

Also, there is a Curad coupon for $0.50/1 floating around that you can use towards actual ice packs. Just saying. 😀


Tjovian December 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Yes, but can you sweep up soap if the bag breaks? I’ll stick with my frozen peas.


Sara September 22, 2012 at 2:19 am

Can it be refrozen?


Sheryl September 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I’m sure it can be refrozen. To the first 2 posters- great ideas as well! There is also another DIY “recipe” that uses rubbing alcohol (cheap) and water (free), but I appreciate having different options at our disposal! THANK YOU Budget Savvy Diva!!!!!! I appreciate what you do so very much!


Teresa V September 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm

I use 1/2 alcohol and 1/2 water. It turns a soft slush and is cheap and reusable.


Jennifer September 23, 2012 at 6:13 am

I use unpopped popcorn. It works just like frozen peas. Just get the generic kind that you use in the popcorn machines, not the kind that you toss in the microwave (I get mine at the dollar store).


Magan December 1, 2012 at 1:43 am

Hey Diva, I tried the ice pack, and mine froze, it is hard as a rock. Is it suppossed to do that, does it have to be Dawn dish detergent to keep from freezing?


Budget Savvy Diva December 1, 2012 at 2:08 am

Dawn works best :)


Jen February 27, 2013 at 1:57 am

2/3 water 1/3 alcohol does the same thing


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