The Homemade Gel Ice Pack Recipe

July 21, 2016


I believe when you experience pain, the first form of self-treatment should most often be ice.  Pain is usually caused by inflammation.  And to get that pain relief, we need to bring the imflammation/swelling down.  Ice packs are the most efficient way to ease the pain.


My preferred ice packs are the ones I use in the clinic. They are gel; so they can mold around your body.  And they are also larger in size; enabling them to cover larger body areas - such as your entire low back.  


*I also have these for sale at my clinic and you are always welcome to stop by to purchase one.  But as an option, I always like to offer is the "homemade" version of icepacks. Below is the recipe.




  • 1 gallon plastic freezer bags

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup rubbing alcohol


  1. Fill the plastic freezer bag with 1 cup of rubbing alcohol and 2 cups of water.

  2. Try to get as much air out of the freezer bag before sealing it shut.

  3. Place the bag and its contents inside a second freezer bag to contain any leakage.

  4. Leave the bag in the freezer for at least an hour.

  5. When it's ready, place a towel between the gel pack and bare skin to avoid burning the skin.

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