Do It Yourself: Ice Packs for injuries

Several of you have seen me walking around this week nursing a pulled hip flexor with my ice bag in tow. Many have asked me to post how to make ice packs for injuries that last a long time and are easy to mold around body parts. These bags stay colder than any chemical version I have used and are reusable.

Here is the recipe:

2 gallon freezer quality bag
2 cups water
1 cup rubbing alcohol or regular clear alcohol (ie. vodka or gin)
3 drops food coloring (optional)

Pour all the liquid ingredients into the freezer bag and seal. The alcohol content will allow the water to chill but not freeze completely. Place in freezer overnight and remove when slushy. Place inside the second freezer bag for extra protection from leaks. Just refreeze when done using it and it will be ready for the next time.

We were even joking that if you used the clear alcohol and the pain returns, you have a cocktail handy too!  Try it and let us know how it goes!

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