Easily Make Your Own Gel Ice Pack at Home

Easily Make Your Own Gel Ice Pack at Home

How to Make Your Own Ice Pack

It has happened to all of us! We are out and about, being active, having fun, when someone gets a minor injury. While most people know ice is the go-to for relieving new injuries, not very many people know how to make their own ice pack.

Gel ice packs are perfect for new injuries, inflammation, and swelling. While you could choose to buy one, it’s easy to save money and make one at home! 

What you’ll need:

  • 2 Ziploc Bags
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Rubbing Alcohol
  • Food Coloring (optional)


  1. Pour 2 cups water and 1 cup rubbing alcohol into a Ziploc bag.
  2. Add 7-10 drops of food coloring (optional)
  3. Shake contents in Ziploc bag.
  4. Remove all air out of the Ziploc bag.
  5. Seal the Ziploc bag shut.
  6. Place the Ziploc bag inside a second Ziploc bag.
  7. Place ziploc bag in freezer and let freeze for at least 6 hours.
  8. When it’s ready, place the gel pack in a towel to avoid burning the skin


  • Make sure you set a time between 10 and 20 minutes at a time.
  • After an acute injury, ice periodically within the first 48 hours
  • Ice to reduce inflammation after exercise and manual therapy.

If your injury still hurts or is more serious, please seek out medical help right away.

Has your injury been an ongoing problem? You’d be surprised how many people live in pain for years when they don’t need to. Physical Therapy may be able to help.

If you would like to find relief for tight muscles, vertigo, immobility, and more, physical therapy can help. With four locations in the Sacramento region, Performance Physical Therapy is here to help you get back to living the life you want. Click here to easily schedule an appointment with one of our outstanding, highly trained physical therapists at Performance Physical Therapy.


Leave a Reply

Close Menu