1.23.2011

DIY Gel Ice Packs

I have three boys, so ice packs are something I tend to use often. Too often.

A bag of peas works in a pinch, but most often we are grabbing a baggie of ice cubes and it leaks and doesn't mold well. I love those gel filled ice packs, but at $15 a pop, they are a little pricey.

While watching The Doctors the other day, Dr. Sears mentioned a great alternative to expensive ice packs that I had to try.

DIY Gel Ice Packs

Fabric
Plastic zip top baggie
Dishwashing liquid

Directions:

Use your baggie to determine the size of your fabric pouch.



Sew a hem at one end:



Fold, envelope-style, then sew the open ends:



Fill your baggie 2/3 full with dish soap...then triple bag it! We don't want leaks!



Slip your baggie full of soap into the sewn pouch and place in the freezer. Cross your fingers you don't need to use it any time soon!



Don't forget to come back to link up your own tutorials tomorrow on Tutorial Tuesday!

Want more tips like this one? Check out Holly's Tips and Tricks party that is rockin' right now!

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20 comments :

  1. Jennifer, thanks for stopping by the blog. I look forward to getting to know. What a clever idea about the bags. I would be lost at the fabric though. I can't even sew a button. :)

    I think I'm going to make that pot roast soon. Leigh

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  2. This is a great tip! I never would have thought to use dish soap in ice pack.

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  3. Does this really work? VERY clever. Imagine dora fabric or froggie fabric or whatever you kid is focused on at the time of the boo boo. Excellent!

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  4. Brilliant, thanks so much for posting this idea!

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  5. This is a great tip, Jennifer! I've never heard this before--and I know what it's like to have three boys and need ice packs! :)

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  6. I will try this tomorrow!! As another mom of three boys we go through a lot of ice packs also. Thanks for the great tip!!

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  7. What a great idea! Thanks so much!

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  8. That's a fantastic tip! My kids are older, but believe it or not, we still need this from time to time. I'm filing this one away.

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  9. That is stinkin' genius! I am off to do it right now.:)

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  10. So cute, we make these too, with CORN SYRUP and without the fabric...that is genius!

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  11. Wow - who knew!? I'm totally going to do this.

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  12. Great tip, Jennifer!!! My little one is sort of prone to being clumsy when she's really active. Having some of these on hand would be great. :)

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  13. PS. Holly at Homebody is hosting a "Tips and Tricks" party every Monday. You should link this one up!! :)

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  14. That's really cool (no pun intended)! Who wants a bag of peas getting all mushy on your boo-boo anyway?
    Thanks to Amanda for telling you about my party, and thank you for linking up! :)

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  15. I know what I'll be making this week! :) Thanks for the idea! Brilliant!

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  16. Seriously? That is GENIUS! I'm still using the gel packs that came with my free diaper bag from the hospital (my youngest is almost 5). They are obviously getting very worn and I, like you, refuse to pay $15 for new ones. GREAT idea! Thanks! I'm here from Holly's party.

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