Regardless of whether it is summer or winter - you should always have at least one cool pack at home. The small blue cushions can help you whether it's warm or cold; whether you have stomach pain or the threat of a mean swelling somewhere. But did you know that you can make your own cool packs using a very ordinary household item? So, in case you don't have any lying around or you'd like to save a bit of money here and there, it's really quite neat, this trick.
You'll need the following:
  • Tight, sealable freezer bag(s)
  • 1 cup dishwashing liquid
  • 1/4 cup alcoholic cleaning agent (optional)
And here's what you do:
It's really quite simple: you just mix the two liquids together and pour it into a sealable freezer bag.
You can either use dish washing liquid or a different mixture using the same amount of water and alcoholic cleaning agent.

The bag should be filled 3/4 full and when you close it, try to squeeze out as much air as possible.
Just to be on the safe side, you should put the freezer bag inside a second one and seal that. This is in case any seeps out. Lay the bag flat in a freezer drawer. If you put it standing up, the liquid forms massive chunks.
The two liquids will never freeze into a solid block, but always stay soft and malleable. If you ever want to defrost the bag, you can reuse the liquid as you normally would to clean dishes with, but of course, only when you have used dishwashing liquid to make the cool pack.
Here you can watch the instructions on video:
A nice side effect of these homemade cool packs is that they stay cold for even longer periods than the conventional ones. Just make sure you never lay a cool pack directly on the skin as this could cause serious frostbite. It's always best to place a towel between your skin and the pack. Your homemade cool packs can also incidentally be used repeatedly and they are just as flexible as their purchased equivalents and adapt to body shapes. 


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