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You wake up, hit the alarm, and rush to get the whole gang dressed and ready for school. In the scramble, you somehow manage to throw together a lunch so that your kiddo gets the most nutritious, delicious food out there. Then you freeze. Where is their ice pack? You unzip their bag to find it sitting out at room temperature. But don’t fret! You can stay cool, calm, and collected with just a few DIY projects.
Nowadays, getting lunches packed is only half the battle. You also have to keep them cold and safe to eat when your child hits the lunch room. Buying multiple ice packs can add up, but it’s never a bad idea to have a backup (or a backup to your backup) in case things go awry. Here, we share a few ways to make your own ice packs from sponges and other household items in case you need them in a pinch.
One of the simplest ways to make sure you have something on hand to keep your star student’s lunch chilled uses basic kitchen items (and just a little planning ahead!).
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When you freeze liquid dishwasher soap, it doesn't freeze like a solid, but instead it forms a sort of gel for the closest take on a traditional cold compress. It's a quick, simple, (and cost effective!) process, and whole lot of fun so whether your kids are just starting school or middle-schoolers, they'll have fun pitching in.
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