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This shows you how to make a dish soap ice pack. This is something I found elsewhere on the internet, but I though I should post it here because I've seen several attempts at making ice packs that didn't seem easy or convenient.
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Step 1: Fill and Chill

Picture of Fill and Chill
Simply fill a sandwich bag 1/2 full of dish soap and chill in the freezer. (Double-bag it to keep it from leaking) Done.

This picture shows Dawn being used, I don't know if other soaps will work in the same way.

Some other things that I didn't state that were brought to my attention:

1. Original website (For those who asked. The picture is from there too, I hope this doesn't offend anyone).
2. The reason you use dishsoap is that it will get cold and still flex around joints and such.
beadman2132 years ago
Looking for a cooling solution to make an eye mask. Used a dish soap from the dollar store and it froze solid. Don't know if the Dawn brand has different properties. Dawn "original" is harder to find, being replaced by the newer concentrated versions. Going to try to adding alcohol. Might even try adding it to the soap ;)
great! can't wait to get a headache or sooth a black eye, beats a steak any day
Eat the steak while you're using the ice pack?
No matter what ironsmiter says, this was a really GOOD instructable for those of us who know that it's all about how to do things cheaply, without having to go out and buy special things. I've always wanted to keep an icepack on hand, because I'm always bumping into things I've left out - especially when I'm wandering the house in the dark at night. I just don't want to spend the money! But I've always got ziploc bags (or the dollar store clones) and I've always got dish soap. It seems that bath gel or liquid hand soap may work just as well, because they're basically the same. Laundry detergent too. So if the bag does break while you're using it, you can just launder the clothing or shower the soap off, no harm.
ironsmiter7 years ago
(-) two pictures does not an instructable make :-( Don't think I'd Like this version for use much... seems it would still be mostly frozen water in the bag(and we don't see no double bagging!) Perhaps the gel for dishwashers would work better.... or does anyone know of a secrete ingredient to gel up regular dawn soap?
blksheep (author)  ironsmiter7 years ago
I realise that this is a very simple project, but I didn't know that there was a certain criteria for an Instructable. This method is cheap, easy, effective and anyone can do it. I thought that was what DIY and Instructables is all about. If there are things that you think should be added for clarity, let me know.
 There is only criteria for being featured, obviously from all the really bad 'ibles out there there is no criteria, while I would have loved to have seen your photos and some after freezing photos I am glad you shared this.
gelatin? XD
Borax might . . .
AmyLuthien5 years ago
Handy!  Thanks!
trogabird6 years ago
Use pint of green alcohol and pint of water in doubled gallon freezer bags. This works great and will not be as messy if it should break,
Using a vacuum sealing system works better than zip top bags. The plastic is much thicker and less likely to rupture at the seams.
frollard7 years ago
lack of any 'good' writeup...then again, one of the simplest instructables I've ever seen... why use soap exactly?
blksheep (author)  frollard7 years ago
The soap doesn't freeze into a block, so it will be cold and flex around joints or limbs or whatever. I realise that this is almost too simple, but I had seen icepack instructables that required dissolving baby diapers and other things that just seemed messy or too expensive. As far as being a 'good' writeup, I thought that there was enough here to get the point across.
the sope will still flex i think is what he is still getting at...
( - ) for not giving credit.
blksheep (author)  BurningApple7 years ago
I believe the website is, which I think had linked it from somewhere else. But I'm not sure of the original site. Check WiseBread. I'm pretty sure they link to it.
henripro7 years ago
I might make a insturctable out of my idea but basicly mix 1/3 achol with water it'll feel like a smoothie when frozen.
wow, easiest instructable ever! too easy. haha
pingeee7 years ago
Huh? It has finished? What's the purpose of having dish soap ice pack?