Idea Exchange: Do-it-yourself ice packs

Apr 01, 2005
By staff

True ice packs are easy to find, but because they are a block of ice, they are not pliable. So I use a mixture of 50% rubbing alcohol and 50% tap water instead. The rubbing alcohol prevents the water from completely freezing, allowing for a malleable ice pack. Party balloons and resealable plastic bags work well to hold the mixture.

Dr. Michael Rader
Paris, Tenn.