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16 Surprising Uses for Ice Cubes

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16 Surprising Uses for Ice Cubes


What’s so great about frozen water? Plenty! From preventing sauces from curdling to getting wrinkles out of your clothing, ice cubes are a great addition to your DIY arsenal. Click through to check out some creative and interesting ways to use ice cubes.

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1. Stop Curdling in its Tracks. Curdled sauces can be salvaged — it’s a miracle! Drop an ice cube into your egg-based sauce and stir it around immediately after you see the sauce start to curdle.

2. Serve Ice Without the Hassle. At your next party, serve ice in a colander that is placed inside of a large bowl. No need to go bobbing for ice cubes.

3. Reheat Rice with Ease. All too often, rice dries out when it’s reheated in the microwave. Remedy that by putting a few ice cubes on top of the bowl before you nuke it.

4. Take Your Salad Dressing to the Next Level. If you want your dressing to be creamier, put it in a sealable plastic container with an ice cube. Seal tightly, shake well and enjoy!

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1:23PM PDT on Aug 23, 2013


5:07AM PDT on Aug 22, 2013

Great suggestions...I love ice and in the summer I could chew crushed ice almost 24/7. LOL!
It is wonderful in diet smoothies and gives them refreshing taste. So I will put these tips in my memory bank and hope the back up data keeps it there. Thanks so much. Love and Peace.

9:42AM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

I use Ice to as face mask not only eye mask, No need for botox, I'm 29 and never needed a botox injections while my grilfriends who are my age and younger have been getting injections for years.. I also take freezing cold showers.. 5 times a week early morning no signs of celiuiate (sorry don't know the spelling English is my 4th language) when I go for manicure, the lady always say "baby soft skin, wow, baby soft skin", it's cute.

2:34PM PDT on May 14, 2013


8:43PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

Some great ideas, I have never heard of some of them, I can't wait to try them! Ice is a great tool for many things, added to smoothies in a mixer, makes small but edible pieces, great in the summer!

12:22PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

Some great tips! Thanks :>)

8:28AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

I've used the ice-as-air conditioner idea, but instead of cubes which melt too fast, I freeze quart bottles of water and put them behind my fans.Always put a sowl under them as they will 'sweat' a bit as the ice melts. I even kept my unairconditioned car comfortable on a 2 hour drive by freezing several 16 oz. plastic bottles of water and putting them in a dish pan on the passengers seat. Then I also had cold water to sip as well. The water I freeze to use with the fans is also my emergency drinking water, and what goes in the fridge if the power goes out. So it's a multi-tasking air conditioner. Oh, this is really only practical if you have at least a small freezer for extra storage.

4:10AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Interesting thanks

9:23AM PST on Mar 3, 2013


5:20AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

Fixing everything from a delicate sauce to saggy baggy eyes to the dishwasher - thats my kind of tool! Happy to add new tips to those I already knew. Thanks.

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