Ice packs are used on injuries where swelling has occurred, because the ice packs numb the pain while bringing the swelling down. They are used for 20 minutes at a time. If you don’t have the time to run to the store to purchase an ice pack, you can make one at home. Homemade ice packs work just as well as store-bought ice packs.

Homemade Ice Pack #1

Pour 2 cups water in a plastic freezer bag, then add 1/3 cup vodka. The alcohol will keep the liquid from turning into ice and will also preserve the mixture. Add a few drops of food coloring. The color doesn’t matter–the purpose is to identify it as an icepack so your children don’t try to eat or drink it. Close up the freezer bag, and place it in the freezer. Use as needed.

Homemade Ice Pack #2

Pour 3 cups water in a plastic freezer bag, then add 1 cup rubbing alcohol. Close the freezer bag, and squeeze the bag with your hands to mix the two ingredients together. The alcohol will keep the water from freezing into a block of ice, instead turning the ice pack into a gel pack. If you don’t want anyone mistaking the ice pack for something that is edible, add a few drops of food coloring to the mixture. Keep the pack in the freezer until you need it. You will be able to use this homemade ice pack over and over again.

Simple Ice Packs

If you don’t have any ingredients to make an ice pack or you just don’t want to take the time to make one, you can use a few ordinary objects instead. Place a wet dish towel in your freezer until it freezes. Remove it from the freezer, and give it a twist over your kitchen sink to loosen it. Place it on the area of your body that needs the cold treatment. It will last a long time. You could also freeze one of your child’s small Beanie Babies. You do not need to wet the toy, because the beads inside will keep the toy frozen. Remove the Beanie Baby when your child needs an ice pack, and place it on the injury. Your child will love it, and it will stay nice and cold for the 20 minutes that your child needs it.