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It's always a good idea to have first aid supplies in the house, but before you spend a ton of money, check out these easy ways to make your own ice packs!

Corn Syrup: This kitchen item makes a great gel type ice pack. It will stay squishy, flexible, and doesn't change texture or color in the freezer. If it were to break via a puncture or leak, nothing within it would be harmful to your other food items. Simply pour corn syrup into a bag, seal, and put in the freezer for a few hours. 

Rubbing Alcohol: Filling a zip-lock back with water and adding a dash of rubbing alcohol will keep it from freezing completely. This provides a safe and flexible ice pack that you can wrap around an injured knee or ankle and stay as cold as ice. 

Sponge: Simply soak a sponge, toss it in a bag, and stash it away in the freezer. The next time you bump your head, you'll be glad you had it around!

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