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16 Surprising Uses for Ice Cubes

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Other Great Uses.

13. DIY Air Conditioner. No need to invest in a pricey air conditioner, and the power bill that goes along with it. Instead, place a bowl of ice in front of a fan. It really, seriously, works wonders.

14. Start a Fire. Now here’s a great survival skill — starting a fire with ice! Click here for detailed instructions.

15. Water Plants. If you are going out of town for a few days, or even just have a hard time reaching a hanging plants, quench their thirst with some ice cubes. Add 5 or 6 to a larger plant.They’ll melt gradually, allowing the soil time to absorb the water.

16. Give your Pet Cool Water. If your pet enjoys cool water in hot weather, toss a few ice cubes into their bowl.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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1:23PM PDT on Aug 23, 2013

thanks

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

thanks

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

Thanks

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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