Make an ice pack out of hair gel or corn syrup

Dippity DoKara’s first-aid hack:

Use frozen hair gel as an ice pack (I’m fond of bright pink Dippity Do). Squeeze some into a quart- or snack-size Ziploc bag and toss it in the freezer. You should use corn syrup instead of hair gel for teethers and mouth injuries (just in case the afflicted person bites through the baggie). The advantage of gel or syrup over water is that the ice pack itself isn’t as hard when frozen.


  1. Rebecca says

    An even easier ice pack…Ketchup packets from the fastfood place. Stick a few of those in the freezer and your kids will be crying when they get a little bump “I need a ketchup!” like mine do!

  2. gd says

    I LOVE this idea! I buy those ‘men packs’ that has toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo etc for a deal. Never fails it has gel & we don’t use it. Now I will!!