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How to Make an Alcohol Ice Pack

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author image Katina Coleman
Katina Coleman is a research psychologist who has been writing since 2004. She has published and reviewed articles in various academic journals and consults on research projects related to health and education. Her research interests center on patient-doctor communication and cancer health disparities. Coleman holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Wayne State University.
How to Make an Alcohol Ice Pack
How to Make an Alcohol Ice Pack Photo Credit Eric Ferguson/Demand Media

Ice packs help alleviate pain, bruising, swelling and muscle spasms stemming from sprains and minor injuries. Making your own ice packs lets you save money and ensures you'll have ice packs on hand when needed. Filling ice packs with rubbing alcohol is a good option because the alcohol does not fully freeze. This allows the ice pack to adjust its shape to the body part on which you place the pack.

Step 1

How to Make an Alcohol Ice Pack
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Mix water and rubbing alcohol in a large bowl. Measure two parts water to one part rubbing alcohol.

Step 2

How to Make an Alcohol Ice Pack
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Label the outside of a freezer bag with a marker so you'll always know that there's alcohol in the bag.

Step 3

How to Make an Alcohol Ice Pack
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Pour your mixture into the freezer bag until it's filled about halfway. Remove as much air as possible from the bag before it's sealed.

Step 4

How to Make an Alcohol Ice Pack
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Place the sealed freezer bag inside another freezer bag to minimize leaks. Seal the second bag.

Step 5

How to Make an Alcohol Ice Pack
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Put the bag in the freezer for at least three hours.

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Step 6

Store the ice pack in the freezer until it's needed.

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