DIY Ice Pack

With the amount of injuries I’ve had and with soccer starting up again for my son, I am reminded how much we use ice packs. Granted, it’s my solution to everything. If it hurts, ice it! I use ice packs a lot. We also do a lot of hot baths with our homemade DIY Bath Detox Recipe.

Although I have several professional ice packs, a DIY Ice Pack is so easy to make and handy to have.

DIY Ice Pack

DIY Ice Pack |Make Your Own Ice Pack |

When my son was about 18 months old, he was always skinning his knees, so I had several of these DIY Ice Packs made up in those small snack bags. It was the perfect size for his little chubby knees. I always double bag and of course I would never leave my child alone with one, because I have good common sense.

Even though we have some pretty nice ice packs I purchased from my chiropractor, I still keep a couple of these homemade ones ready for when we need to take them in the car to ice along the way. I still double bag, but I have been known to leave my child alone with one now. (he’s 15)



Icing is great for injuries. Way back in the day, we learned the RICE technique. It was also what I learned in my athletic training classes in college.

  • R – REST
  • I – ICE
  • C- Compression
  • E- Elevation

Many people think heat is the best for injuries, but if it’s swollen, you do not want heat. If it’s sore joints or muscles, heat is great…….but make sure it’s moist heat.

make ice packOtherwise it’s doing nothing.  I’m not a doctor and I don’t even play one on TV, but we can’t live without our homeopathic Traumeelcream.  With Arnica as one of it’s ingredients, it’s great forinjuries, bruising, sore muscles etc… It’s spendy, but so worth it.

How to Make Ice Packs

DIY Ice Pack |


DIY Ice Pack
Double bag to avoid leaking.
  • 1 part Rubbing Alcohol
  • 3 parts Water
  1. You can make each bag separately, pouring directly into the bag, or you can mix up your parts into a large mixing bowl, stir and fill each bag.
  2. Fill bags ¾ full and zip lock trying to avoid trapping too much air.
  3. Place in your freezer.
  4. Ready for use in 8 hours.
Do not leave small children unsupervised. Rubbing Alcohol is toxic if consumed.

I haven’t tried this, some people use Dawn Dish soap.  I like how it makes it blue. Or of course you could use a frozen bag of peas. So many options!


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Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog and where inspiration happens everyday! From the Pacific Northwest, Kim is a busy mom who adores her teen son, her middle aged husband and is constantly wiping the muddy paws of her adorable Labradoodle Maybelline. In her spare time, she teaches fitness classes and loves to decorate with thrift store bargains. You can also find Kim once a month on Portland's AMNW Morning show as their "creative expert". Life is more fun when it's creative!





  1. says

    Very helpful!! We have many minor injuries around here with horse-backing riding, bike riding, scooters, etc.. These DIY ice packs will be very handy!