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DIY Gel Cold Compress

By: Jennifer Neill

Learn how to make a gel pack for injuries, aches and pains with Jennifer Neill's DIY Gel Cold Compress. Be prepared, and make a cold pack like this one today!


DIY Gel Cold Compress



  • Fabric
  • Plastic zip top baggie
  • Dishwashing liquid


  1. Use your baggie to determine the size of your fabric pouch.

    DIY Gel Cold Compress
  2. Sew a hem at one end:

    DIY Gel Cold Compress
  3. Fold, envelope-style, then sew the open ends:

    DIY Gel Cold Compress
  4. Fill your baggie 2/3 full with dish soap...then triple bag it! We don't want leaks!

    DIY Gel Cold Compress
  5. Slip your baggie full of soap into the sewn pouch and place in the freezer. Cross your fingers you don't need to use it any time soon!

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You are very clever to have thought of this! I like that the cover can be slipped off to be washed. And it can be made to the sizes that work best for your family. My idea is to use a cute fabric for one that will work for the younger kids, and another floral or pattern for everyone else.

I have made the liquid part out of Dawn before when I had my surgery. The nurse told us how to make it and put in the freezer and wrap in towel but never thought of making a pouch to put it in. So cool and easy and beats using a rag to wrap it in. I did not know you could use different dish washing liquids. Anyone else try this compress/ It works great.

Fantastic project for anyone who watches children! Kids material would make it friendlier for when little ones are injured.

Excellent idea! i use the freezer bags, and 1 part rubbing alcohol / 2 parts water. I will have to try the dish soap!

Very cool idea, I've seen the hot packs. I have a "seal-a-meal" contraption with very thick bags that might also work well and be more secure. I would worry about even 3 baggies. I would recommend putting the bags head first then tail first into the next bag for extra security.

This is a great idea, I'm going to give it a try. I have heard of using jello but never dish soap

This is a great idea, and my husband came up with the idea of putting the dishsoap in our Foodsaver bags, doubled, which would be a lot stronger than ziplock bags!!

What a wonderful customizeable project! For a fraction of what just 1 would cost from the store we can make these for anywhere necessary in just the perfect sizes with comfy covers of our choice. Straps with Velcro can be added to hold them in place. After you put the dishsoap in the bag very carefully buro out as much excess air as you can. This will help them form to the area better. Thanks for the great,truly helpful idea!


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