4 Homemade Ice Pack Recipes

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you needed an Ice pack? More often than not, when you do need one you can’t find any in your freezer — a telltale sign that you need to make a trip to the store and re-stock the freezer.

All of that being said, sometimes you need an ice pack fast and there is no time to go to the store or order one of our Herolily cold ice packs online. Because of this, we have made a quick list of four ways that you can make an ice pack in your own home with common household goods.

Corn Syrup

Yes, you read that right. The very thing that is partially responsible for the obesity issue in America is actually a valuable tool when making a DIY ice pack. In fact, when using corn syrup to make a cold ice pack, you don’t even have to mix in any other substances. But how does it work?

Corn syrup is a viscous substance, meaning that it has a thicker texture than most other products. Because of this, when it is frozen it takes on a more malleable form — meaning that it can be easily formed to any shape while still remaining cold. But be sure to not pop the bag! Unless you want a sticky mess, that is.

Dish Soap

Dish soap may seem like a rather odd item that can be used to make an ice pack, but it works surprisingly well. Because dish soap has a limited water content it can freeze without becoming completely solid — allowing it to be molded into whatever shape is desired.

Depending on how long you leave the baggie of dish soap in the freezer, it can be soft like a gel, or hard like natural ice. But again, be careful with the bag, because it would be a shame to get soap everywhere.

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol, in combination with water, can be made into the ideal DIY ice pack. Because alcohol does not freeze and water does, the mixture of the two allows for a gel-like frozen substance that can be easily molded.

The best way to make a rubbing alcohol ice pack is to include 1½ cups of water and a ½ cup of rubbing alcohol in a baggie.


Queue the nostalgia. It is 1985 and you have been sent to the school nurse’s office because you fell and scraped your knee during kickball. The nurse hands you an ice pack and it is none other than a water-soaked sponge that has been put in a ziplock bag and frozen.

The school nurse made sponge ice packs for one reason and one reason only — they work. So why shouldn’t you do the same the next time that you need an ice pack?

When You Have Time And Want Quality, Think Herolily

Sure, the above blog post is full of information on how to make a quick ice pack, but when you are using an ice pack for anything other than icing a bruise, you might want something a little more practical — something like a Herolily flat ice pack. So what are you waiting for? Shop our cold ice packs today.