How To Make a Homemade Ice Pack With Dawn Dish Soap & Rubbing Alcohol

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Gel ice packs offer a comfortable and flexible alternative to those traditional rigid ones.


Today, we'll explore the straightforward process of creating your own homemade ice packs, with dish soap and rubbing alcohol playing the lead roles in this clever project.

Orange Dawn dish soap

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1. Gather Your Materials

Begin by grabbing your preferred liquid dish soap. I used the orange Dawn antibacterial dishwashing liquid, and it worked perfectly.


Ensure you have rubbing alcohol, ziplock bags, and duct tape on hand.

Step-by-step guide for DIY ice pack

2. Cut Bags to Size

For added fun and convenience, consider creating different-sized ice packs.


To achieve this, cut larger ziplock bags down to your desired sizes.

How to size down Ziplock bags

Heat the blade of a knife over a gas stove, then run it down the plastic bag to separate and seal it simultaneously.


This process creates smaller bags.

DIY gel ice pack with dish soap and alcohol

3. Mix the Solution

Achieve the optimal gel-like consistency by mixing 2 parts dish soap with 1 part rubbing alcohol. Adjust the quantities based on the size of the bags you're filling.


Pour the dish soap and rubbing alcohol into a container, thoroughly mixing the solution.

Creative use of Dawn dish soap and rubbing alcohol

4. Fill and Seal

Fill each ziplock bag about ¾ full with the mixture.


Tip: If you are concerned about leaks use duct tape to seal the sides and double-bag the ice pack.

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5. Freeze and Enjoy

Place your DIY gel ice pack in the freezer.


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Read this Rubbing Alcohol tutorial for other genius ways to use alcohol around your home.

Dish soap ice pack

Homemade Ice Pack With Dawn Dish Soap and Rubbing Alcohol

And there you have it – your very own DIY ice pack.


Thanks to the lower freezing points of dish soap and rubbing alcohol compared to water, the mixture maintains a slushy state, achieving that perfect gel-like consistency. This delightful feature ensures your dawn and alcohol ice pack effortlessly molds to your body for optimum comfort.


Have you dabbled in other DIY ice pack concoctions? We're all ears for your freezing innovations!

Frequently asked questions
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  • Gill Gill on Feb 13, 2024
    Can you use any kind of dish soap?
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  • S. McManus S. McManus on Feb 13, 2024
    Water and alcohol works as well. If you use enough alcohol, it doesn’t free solid and is slushy. Perfect as an ice pack.
    • Doc's Mom Doc's Mom on Feb 14, 2024
      I do that also and add some blue color to it so I know what it is.
  • Dee Dee Jellema Dee Dee Jellema on Feb 15, 2024
    for years I've made pliable ice packs with alcohol and water, no soap.
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