This tutorial of how to make a flexible gel ice pack project is a simple yet frugal first aid tool to keep handy in case of accidents. Reducing swelling can in fact promote healing.
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The importance of a ice cold pack at home cannot be overestimated. It is a perfect solution for minor bumps, sprains, bruises, and strains.
There are different ways to make a flexible gel ice pack at home and they will give you the same level of pain relief on your skin, muscles, and other injuries. Below are different home methods to make a flexible gel pack:
The 1st method involves the use of Vodka
Alcohol affects the water’s freezing point, making it difficult to harden into a firm block of ice in regular freezers. So, to make a flexible gel pack, just combine water and vodka. With the right amounts of water and vodka then poured into a sealed plastic bag, you’ll get a flexible gel pack.
The 2nd method involves the use of Corn Syrup or Dish Soap
Pour corn syrup into a plastic zip lock bag and put it in a freezer. After some hours, the corn syrup will become cold, but won’t become frozen solid, making it just the best first aid therapy. If there is no corn syrup available, dishwashing soap can also do the job well.
The 3rd method involves the use metal coins
Gather a bunch of metal coins and place them in a ziplock bag and keep it in the freezer for few hours. Metal works relatively well at absorbing cold temperatures; it will make a great flexible gel pack.
The 4th method involves using Saltwater
To make to make a flexible gel pack, just add two tsps. of salt for every 2 cups of water inside a ziplock bag and keep in the freezer for some hours.
The 5th method involves using a Diaper, Water, & Alcohol
In making a flexible gel pack, you need a clean diaper filled with a 50-50 blend of water and alcohol. The alcohol will maintain the water, and gel-like consistency immediately the diaper is frozen. Roll the soggy diaper into a tight, small bundle and put it in a freezer; wait for a few hours, and you’ll have your flexible gel pack.
The 6th method involves using a Sponge with Water
Kitchen sponges are soft, flexible, and squishy in nature; this makes it perfect for flexible gel pack. Then run it under water until it’s fully soaked, then add it to a zip lock bag and put it in the freezer. You can add a little alcohol to the mix for a more flexible sponge right out of the freezer.
7th method of making a flexible gel pack involves the use of Rice Grains
Water, however, is not the only way to get a cold compress when someone suffers from aches and pains. Rice grains also work great. What you need is to make a rice ice pack by making use of a sealable plastic bag (bags sewn from fabric), along with a freezer. It’s a lot better than using a bag of frozen peas.