15 Surprising Uses for Ice Cube Trays


Both in and out of the freezer, ice cube trays have a number of clever uses beyond just, well, making ice. Click through to check out some of them! Have a tip of your own for repurposing ice cube trays? Share it with us in the comments!

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Home & Organizing

1. Keep Your Office Supplies Organized. Have a ton of thumb tacks, paper clips, and the like? Keep them nice and tidy with an ice cube tray.

2. Stop Losing Your Earrings! Keep track of your earrings, and keep them together in an ice cube tray in your drawer. Rings, pins, and other small jewelry works well, too.

3. Collect the Random Things You Find in Pockets When You’re Doing Laundry. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever found?!

4. Organize Your Junk Drawer. Tidy up all the random things in your junk drawer.

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5. Keep Chopped Foods Handy While You’re Cooking. Cooking can require lots of chopping! Keep track of all of the small quantities of chopped foods in an ice cube tray.  Added bonus: fewer dishes to do!

6. Things You Can Freeze Easily for Later Use:

You can transfer any of the following to a freezer bag after they’re fully frozen.  When it’s time to use, keep in mind that 8 cubes is roughly equal to one cup, 4 to 1/2 cup, and so on.

  • Pesto
  • Lemon & Lime Juice
  • Stocks & Soups
  • Fresh Herbs
  • Cookie Dough
  • Egg Whites
  • Tomato Paste
  • Simple Syrup
  • Fresh Berries
  • Homemade Baby Food

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7. Prevent Coffee or Tea from Getting Watered-Down. If you want iced tea or coffee, but don’t have the patience to let it cool down naturally, freeze it for later and plop it in your drink. No more watery iced tea!

8. Freeze Leftover Wine. If you’re not using the whole bottle, freeze it. Frozen wine is also great to have around when you’re making a recipe that calls for vino.

9. Freeze Juices to Add a Fruity Twist To Your Drink. Crave the juice but not the calories? Add an ice cube or two of frozen juice to your glass of water.

10. Freeze Mint in Ice Cubes… And make mojitos!

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Crafts & Hobbies

11. Organize Beads, Buttons, and Other Small Crafty Things. Never lose a button again!

12. Use as a Paint Palette. Especially helpful for watercolors.

13. Sprout Seeds. Get a jump start on your garden by sprouting seeds in an ice cube tray.

14. Use as a Soap Mold. Especially fun for all those ice cube trays that come in clever shapes!

15. Keep Nuts and Bolts Handy When You’re Taking Something Apart. If you’ve ever taken something apart only to not be able to put it back together again because a teeny-tiny screw went missing, this one’s for you.

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Anna Undebeck
Anna Undebeck2 years ago

Oki, thanks.

Anna Undebeck
Anna Undebeck2 years ago

Thank you.

Laura Fulmer
Laura Fulmer2 years ago

Thank you, the soap mold idea could be very useful.

Berty Jardine
Berty Jardine2 years ago

Always knew you could do more than ice in them, thanks!

Nona E.
Nona E.2 years ago

Freezing leftover coffee now to add to flavor appropriate drinks later. Water plants slowly with ice cubes (keep ice as far away from plants as possible). For acidic loving plants, try weak coffee cubes occasionally (watch carefully for signs it's too acidic). Fill with water to root many tiny cuttings with small footprint. Good "lid" if tray is to organize tiny items - use transparent shower cap or leftover-food cover with elastic on edge.

John S.
Past Member 2 years ago

who knew

Malgorzata Zmuda
Malgorzata Zmuda2 years ago

dzięki za pomysły, szczególnie podoba mi się ta paleta do farb.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago

I don't use ice cubes, but thank you anyway.

Nirvana Jaganath
Nirvana Jaganath2 years ago


Ro H.
Ro H.2 years ago