How to Make Gel Ice Packs

When my son was running track and playing football in high school, I needed an ice pack every week. I liked using the gel ice packs because they were flexible, but they certainly weren’t cheap. Recently, and about one year too late, I learned how to make the same gel ice packs using water and alcohol.

You cannot believe how easy it is to make these soft gel ice packs… and how inexpensive it is.

For each gel ice pack you want to make, you’ll need:

  • 2 Ziploc bags
  • equal parts water and alcohol

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Simply pour the water and alcohol into a Ziploc, get rid of as much excess air as you can, and drop that baggie into a 2nd Ziploc bag. I’ve found the more air you can get out of the bags, the easier the gel ice pack is to use.

That’s it! Can you even believe it? I’ll never buy another gel ice pack in my life. 🙂

How to make water and alcohol gel ice packs

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  1. Claire says:

    Can you use them more than once? Can’t wait to try. Ours are always exploding and leaking everywhere. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Ok does it matter how much alcohol you use in it because im doing how much alcohol you put it in the packs?

    • Hi Megan,

      So I think I used two cups of alcohol, but you can use any amount just so long as you use the same amount of water. I LOVE ours.


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