Good to know… making a sponge icepack

by M.D. Creekmore on January 31, 2013 · 21 comments



JP in MT January 31, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I saw a bunch of these simple, no or low cost solutions to common problems.

EthanP January 31, 2013 at 12:22 pm

See! This is why I’m a subscriber. Usefull ideas. You don’t even have to be a “Prepper”. I’m not. Not really. I belive in having a few weeks food and water. That sort of thing. A good idea is always a good idea.

MacTex February 4, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Why are you not a ‘prepper’ if you are prepared? I’m sure there are MANY degrees of preperation, and am not sure where the term ‘prepper’ kicks in. To me it is a broad term merely indicating that an individual has made some attempt to be prepared if things should become sketchy, for whatever reason. These preperations could include extra provisons, security, plans for evacuation, but most importantly, the mind set that considers that threats ARE possible and that some preperations should be taken. Surely everyone who was old enough to think in a responsible manner when the New Orleans tragedy occurred realized that we could not depend on anyone but ourselves, at least initally. A few weeks food and water is a major step, imho.

stoneoak January 31, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Add a couple of tablespoons of alcohol to the water before saturating the sponge and it will be malleable instead of hard like a brick.

OhioPrepper February 3, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Adding the alcohol is a great idea.

loco January 31, 2013 at 12:39 pm

what a great idea. i will be freezing me some sponges, just to see how long they last.

Shandi January 31, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I’ve done this before. My DD prefers these to “real” ice packs

Grumpy Vermonter January 31, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Great idea, thanks!

Kin_of_Sgt. Alvin York January 31, 2013 at 1:44 pm

…daggone! how to you young folks come up with these nifty ideas???

why didn’t I think ‘o that!!!

Linda January 31, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I normally use water and alcohol frozen in a double sealed bag or frozen peas. This sounds much better. I will prepare one and have it ready for when it is needed. With five grandsons it will not be long. Thanks for the tip.

God bless, Linda Lou

John Wheeler January 31, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I love it! And salt should probably work as well as alcohol.

Tactical G-Ma January 31, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Good idea! Great for when working out in 100+ degree weather too, I would think.

Linda January 31, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Thanks for the suggestion. I’m making one up tonight.

Sirius January 31, 2013 at 8:14 pm

My ex-girlfriend did something related. She would freeze the leftover fast food catsup packages. Toss those into a pillow case or similar, instant cold pack.

Donna February 1, 2013 at 12:09 am

That is a wonderful idea. It would then be able to bend around body parts.

T.R. January 31, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Cool idea !

MacTex February 4, 2013 at 11:20 pm


MountainSurvivor January 31, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Very useful. Can I get a sponge in woodland camo?

LyndaKay February 1, 2013 at 2:30 pm

too funny, MtS!

great tip – Maybe we need a special section to find all the great, quick tips that you fine people are coming up with.

LyndaKay February 1, 2013 at 2:32 pm

sorry..spoke too soon. I see the tip section listed on the left!

Christine February 4, 2013 at 10:35 am

What a great tip! I will definitely be trying this one out!

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