When yard work leaves you with tired, achy, or strained muscles, it’s a good idea to have instant relief at hand. And you can, with the help of a heavy-duty plastic freezer bag. How you use this dandy device depends upon whether your problem calls for a cold or hot treatment. Here are your choices:

Cold treatment – Before trouble strikes, make a reusable ice pack. Just mix 1 part rubbing alcohol with 2 parts water, then pour the solution into the bag. Squeeze out all of the air, seal the bag, and put it in the freezer. Because alcohol doesn’t freeze, the contents will be slushy rather than rock hard—and all the more comfortable to your achin’ body.

Heat treatment – Put a wet washcloth in the bag, and microwave it on high for 30 seconds. Reheat it as often as you need to. It’s more portable than a heating pad and a whole lot easier than fussing with a hot-water bottle.

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  1. ahhhh! Thank you for imparting your wisdom on fellow gardeners. I used to love watching your show on PBS… the organic lawn care tips were very relaxing somehow.
    The cold pack is a great tip not just for sore muscles after a good raking of the lawn, but also for more general ailments of the body as well. Now if there was an equally affective way of preventing blisters on the hands, my days of heavy gardening appear brighter than before.

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