Back to School: Make Your Own Thrifty Ice Packs

With children heading back to school, you may find yourself grabbing those commercial ice packs that go in their lunch boxes. Don't do it!  You can make your own for about 25 cents a piece or less! They work like a charm, and you can just reuse them over and over!

They are great for healing boo-boo's too!

At the dollar store, grab a pack of those regular sponges.

soak the sponges in water till they are dripping wet.

Place wet sponges in Ziplock type plastic storage bags.

Place in freezer till frozen.

When you are ready to send the kids out the door, grab an ice pack and toss into their lunch box. The water will slowly melt, but be contained in the bag. The sponge will soak the water back up when it thaws and is ready to go back into the freezer for another time!


  1. Cool stuff. Why didn't I think of that? Hmm. Thank you for sharing.
    Consider yourself hugged,

  2. THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-) I'll be posting today as my Daily Duh on Facebook and Twitter at 2pm. :-) Thanks! Visiting at From The Farm Blog Hop.
    ~Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents

    1. Stacy, your the best! Thanks for sharing it! Appriciate the support!
      Hugs to you!

  3. Great idea! This is perfect for frugal back-to-school ideas. Thanks for linking up to From The Farm Blog Hop. We have selected your article as one of our favorites and have shared it in this week's blog hop. We will also PIN it and share it on our facebook page. Come check it out at http://myhealthygreenfamily.com/blog/wordpress/from-the-farm-blog-hop-is-live-3/

    We can't wait to see what you link up this week!
    Leona from www.myhealthygreenfamily.com
    From The Farm Co-Host.

    1. Love the Farm Blog Hop! So many great ideas and your readers/followers are the best!
      Thanks for all the support!
      Much love

  4. Saw this feature on
    the Farm Blog Hop..( visiting from Gluten Free A-Z Blog)
    Great idea.. Love it!! How many times to I need an ice pack and don't have one.
    Im passing this idea on to my daughter in law who uses ice packs for lunches all the time. Thanks for sharing it.

    1. Thanks Judee! Love the Farm Blog Hop! I am trying to learn more about gluten free diets as I get asked alot on some of my recipes, so I'll be stopping over for a visit! Thanks for stopping and sharing some love!


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