How to Make a Real Ice Pack for $0.30


May 3, 2019   •   Fact checked by Dumb Little Man

We all get hurt and if you’re a kid, you want immediate comfort. Sometimes, just the thought of remedy is enough to sooth the pain.

My wife has done a few things for ice packs. The ole’ ice in a Ziploc bag and the frozen sponge trick have worked wonders. However, Target was selling real ice packs one day and she spent a lot for it.

I still don’t understand this purchase and while it’s too late for me, I looked for other alternatives that didn’t cost me the same amount of money. Turns out the answer is simple and that we almost had it!

  • Take a Ziploc bag and toss in 1 part water and one part rubbing alcohol. 
  • Grab another Ziploc bag and put the first bag (with the solution from above) into the second bag. 
  • Put it into the freezer. 
  • Done. It you want it blue like what the fancy stores have, toss in some food coloring. 

My Ziploc bag ice pack didn’t cost me as much. I could even make hundreds of them for what my wife spent at Target!.

So before you buy, research.


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