It’s back-to-school, back-to-sports and back-to-injuries! My daughter started cross-country last week, and on the third day she developed shin splints and needed ice them.
Option #1: Ice cubes in a zip-top bag, wrapped in a towel – functional but melts fast!
Option #2: Frozen peas – easy to shape.
Option #3: Spend about $10 on a fancy gel ice pack.
Option #4: Be fancy and frugal…make your own gel ice packs!
We decided it would be fun and frugal to make our own Gel Ice Packs!
Make Your Own Gel Ice Packs
- 1 cup rubbing alcohol
- 3 cups water
- 3 drops blue food coloring optional, but it makes them look like the store bought kind!
- 2 gallon size zip top bags
Pour the alcohol, water and food coloring in 1 zip top bag.
Close the bag, making sure to squeeze out all the air.
Place the bag inside of your other zip top bag for leak prevention!
Freeze for about 4 hours.
The mixture will not freeze solid because of the alcohol, but it will be super-cold and easy to shape over the injured area. It also won't be nearly as drippy as a bag of ice!
Wrap in a thin towel before placing on the injured area.