With active, accident prone children, we use a lot of ice packs. Lunch, sprained ankles, snacks, sprained fingers, sports injuries, bumps to the head..... You get the point. You can never have too many ice packs. I tied frozen peas - once. They got lost under a bed. Never again.
Ice packs are expensive. Then they break and that chemical stuff is all over your child, the bed, the sofa, the lunch.... Ewww
I saw this on Pinterest and decided to give it a try.
What you need:
Portion size zip lock bags (or jewelry bags will work, look by the beads at Walmart.)
Sandwich size zip locks
Make sure your bags are good quality
The photo has a bottle of alcohol because the original post said to use it. I did for a few bags, but when the first one leaked (in a lunch box) and made my daughters apple taste like alcohol, I have never used it again. I have had no regrets not using it either.
Simply put the sponge in the small 'portion size' bag and fill with water
Just for leaking purposes, I also put it in a larger bag.
Now put them in the freezer. I love these. They stay cold for the same amount of time as a 'regular' ice pack, they are soft as soon as they defrost a bit, and they are colorful.
If ever I need a sponge, there is one in the freezer. No waste! This is a great way to stock up on sponges :)
All ice packs make a mess. It's usually condensation. The biggest (and only) downfall I have seen from these is that the baggie leaks after a while. My solution:
Yup. Duct tape. It fixes everything. I still double bag as well. Not using alcohol, I don't worry about leaks - it's just water. No chemicals from a store bought ice pack. I have been very thankful to have these on hand. More than once. I can freely hand one of these to a child who has been injured and not worry about getting my expensive ice pack back. I will continue to make these!