How to Make a Cold Compress: Top 6 Methods Explained

If you suffer from frequent bouts of crippling back pain or recurrent sports injuries, then you are no stranger to cold compress for pain relief.

A cold compress constricts your blood vessels, thereby lowering blood circulation, which helps to stop the flow of blood in case of a severe injury. It also numbs your skin tissues providing pain relief and is commonly used to treat bruises and blunt trauma injuries.

DIY hacks to make a cold compress

While many commercial gel packs are available in the market, you don’t necessarily have to shell out your hard-earned money for one.

You can simply use any of the 6 methods described below to make your own DIY cold compress.

Method 1: Using Ice Packs

Ice packs are extremely useful in providing relief to sore or torn muscles. You can easily make them by freezing right liquids in right quantities and in the right manner.

You can follow any of the three methods given below to make your own reusable ice packs at home.

#Rubbing Alcohol

We have used rubbing alcohol for the first ice pack as it attains a gel-like consistency when frozen and can be easily molded to wrap the injured joints or body parts. Rubbing alcohol also retains its temperature for a longer time and you don’t have to constantly refreeze it.

Things you’ll need:

  • Rubbing alcohol – ½ cup
  • Liquid dish soap – ¼ cup
  • Distilled water – ½ cup
  • 1 plastic ziplock or vacuum seal freezer bag

Step 1. Combine distilled water, dish soap, and rubbing alcohol in a jug

Mix water, dish soap,…

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