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17 Uses for Ice Cubes

Updated: Jan 1, 2023

Whether they’re keeping your drink fresh or keeping your food cold, ice cubes are useful for many things. But there are many other uses you might not be aware of.

Here are unique uses for ice cubes you may not have thought of, and a few quick problem-solvers.






1. WATERING PLANTS

It’s easy to overwater plants. Especially ones that don't require much water.

Place an ice cube in the pot to slowly release water as the ice melts.




2. UNWRINKLING CLOTHES

Putting a few ice cubes into the dryer will help to un-wrinkle your clothes. As the ice melts, it will release steam that will even out wrinkles.



3. EASY IRONING

If some of your clothes are still wrinkled, there’s another unique use for ice cubes that can help. As you iron, cover a few ice cubes in a cloth and run it over a particularly stubborn wrinkle. As you iron, the water will steam and flatten the wrinkle.


4. UNSTICKING GUM

If you’ve gotten gum stuck on your clothes, shoes, or even your hair, ice cubes can help. Place ice cubes on or around the gum to harden it, then peel it off.


5. FIGHTING PIMPLES

Most of us know that ice is great for reducing swelling or easing tense muscles. This works because ice eases inflammation. Place ice on a pesky pimple to reduce redness, swelling and pain.


6. EASING SPLINTERS

Ice can also make it easier and less painful to remove splinters. Place the ice on the splinter for about 30 seconds to slightly numb the area, then remove the splinter.


7. REDUCING BRUISES

If you’ve suffered a bruise from a sports injury or even just stubbing your toe, put ice on the area, pronto. This will help to reduce the intensity of the bruise.


8. EASY TWEEZING

Tweezing your eyebrows, nose, or other areas can be painful. Ice cubes can help to reduce pain. Simply press the ice cube to the inflamed area for about 30 seconds to numb before you tweeze. Place a cloth or paper towel around the ice to make it easier to handle.


19. TAKING MEDICINE

Many medicines taste pretty bad. Suck on an ice cube until it melts and you’ll numb your tongue, so you don’t taste the medicine as much.


10. COOLING AIR

Before there were air conditioners, some homes had an appliance called a NEVO that would keep the space cooler. This required a huge ice block and a fan. You can reenact this old-time solution with a large bowl of ice in front of a fan or, if the power is out, a window. This unique use for ice cubes may work even better than you think. Or, you could call T&C Appliance/HVAC Repair Durham for a heating & air repair. We provide service, maintenance & installation.


11. Chunk Free SAUCES

Some recipes that use cheese, cream, egg and other ingredients can easily get chunky. If this happens, an ice cube can bring the sauce back to its original consistency.


12. REDUCING BURNS

The severity of a burn increases if the heat lingers on the skin. This is especially true for a scald, a burn resulting from hot steam or liquid. To reduce the pain and intensity of a burn, put ice cubes on it. However, if you're in need of an ice maker repair, reach for the mustard.


13. REMOVING FAT FROM SOUPS

You’ve created a wonderful, flavorful chicken soup, but you want to remove the fat that’s bubbled to the surface. Fill a metal ladle with ice cubes and skim over the top of the soup. The fat will collect on the ladle, so you can easily remove it.


14. REDUCING PUFFINESS IN EYES

If your eyes are puffy from allergies, crying, or something else, pressing ice cubes on your eyes can help.


15. CLEANING GARBAGE DISPOSAL

Place a few ice cubes in your garbage disposal to loosen grease and other particles. The ice isn’t tough enough to damage the blades. Use lemon juice, lemon peels, and salt to loosen stuck-on dirt faster and leave a fresh scent behind.


16. MAKING JUICY BURGERS

“Master Chef” judge and award-winning chef Graham Elliot recommends placing an ice cube into a burger patty as it cooks to keep it moist. Use ice cubes infused with herbs, juice, broth, or even dark beer for a unique flavor.


17. MAKE BETTER-TASTING DRINKS

It’s well-known that ice keeps drinks cool. But ice can also add flavor. If you’re freezing your own ice cubes, include fresh herbs, fruit juice, berries, lemon or lime zest, or other liquors to make your drinks look and taste better.


Remember to place a cloth or paper towel around the ice if you’re placing it on your skin, and don’t leave the ice on too long. If you need an ice maker repair call

























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