Are Ice Packs Safe?


We all know that gel ice packs are great for icing injuries and keeping food cold. But, have you ever wondered- what’s that blue goo inside my ice pack? Have you ever even thought about if these cold packs are harmful to your health? Well, we’ve found that most gel packs contain three chemical substances that are non-toxic (so long as you don’t ingest them!). These chemicals are colorless, odorless, and tasteless. The electrical blue color, while easy on the eyes, is simply a precautionary measure to detect any leakage. Although not poisonous, ice packs can cause mild freezer burn so wrap them in a towel before placing them on the skin, and keep the ice packs on an injured site for no more than 15 minutes. Want to err on the side of caution? Sick of the old school blue ice packs? Go back to the basics and use bags of ice or even bags of frozen vegetables, which are always safe alternatives!

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