We often recommend ice to our clients to help manage inflammation and pain. While the traditional bag of peas works well, it's not that great when your back or hip hurts and you need to lay on the ice. In those instances, a flat gel-filled ice pack works best. And here's a simple option to make one yourself.
2 cups of water
1 cup of Rubbing Alcohol
Optional food coloring if you want to be a cool blue (or other color).
Add to a gallon size freezer bag, lay flat in your freezer for 12-24 hours and you'll have a flexible gel-like ice pack.
Yep, it's that easy!
Once it's frozen, squeeze out as much air as you can and then double bag it to help prevent leaks. Or triple bag it, if your life is like mine!
Want a firmer bag? Decrease rubbing alcohol.
Want a slushier bag? Decrease water
If you'd like to create smaller ice pack, simply keep the same ratio of ice to water and decrease the quantities.
Make sure you use Freezer Bags, they're a bit sturdier than Storage Bags.
Always put a towel between your skin and ice.
I think this would work great with a vacuum sealer, but I didn't have one to try it!