Good to know… making a sponge icepack


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

  2. 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.

    • 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.

  3. 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.

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

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

  6. Grumpy Vermonter says:

    Great idea, thanks!

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

    why didn’t I think ‘o that!!!

  8. 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

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

  10. Tactical G-Ma says:

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

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

  12. 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.

  13. Cool idea !

  14. MountainSurvivor says:

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

    • 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.

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

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