Alternative Uses for Ice Cubes

Ice cubes aren't just for cooling drinks. In fact, there are several ways that you can put them to use in different areas of the home.
Alternative Uses for Ice Cubes

Last update: 01 May, 2021

In addition to chilling or decorating your drinks when it’s cold out, ice cubes have many other uses that will be super helpful once you discover them. Keep reading to find out so that you can enjoy them all!

What Can You Use Ice Cubes For?

Ice cubes are excellent allies for your health, appearance, and even home. Here are some of the most interesting uses:

1. Remove Gum from Fabric

Remove Gum from Fabric

If you’ve ever sat on gum, if you’ve gotten gum stuck in your hair, or if it’s fallen on your rug or carpet, don’t worry because ice cubes can help you! All you have to do is rub it with ice until the gum gets hard from the frozen ice.

Then with the help of a knife, scrape it carefully. The chewing gum will quickly come off. If it’s stuck on too well, you can put the article of clothing in the freezer for a few minutes and try again.

If the gum is stuck in your hair, you can use a similar technique. Circle the gum with an ice cube and apply light pressure so the gum freezes and stop being sticky. Then you’ll have to take it off, little by little.

2. Water Plants

If you have hanging plants or you’re going away for the weekend, you won’t have a problem watering them. You can leave a few ice cubes in the plants. They will melt little by little and hydrate the soil.

3. Hydrate Your Face

If you want to cool off, you can use the ice cubes to pamper yourself. Before going to bed, fill a plastic bag with ice and cover it with sterile gauze. Apply it to your face and neck for no more than 3 minutes. 

4. Reheat Rice or Pasta

If you have leftovers from the night before and you want to heat them in the microwave, maybe you gave up because the foods don’t keep well.

To prevent the rice or pasta from drying out in the microwave and tasting bad, all you have to do is add an ice cube on top and then put it in the microwave to heat up. It will melt and keep your food moist and tasting great.

5. Level the Dents in Carpeting

When a piece of furniture is on top of your carpet for a few months or years, it can leave a dent that’s difficult to hide. These marks that the sofa, table, or other heavy pieces of furniture aren’t pleasing to the eye.

You can fix this problem if you place a few ice cubes on top of the marks. When they are melted, brush out the carpet and you’ll see how the mark disappears.

6. Close your pores

A woman with glowing skin.

Ice cubes can help tighten pores after a facial cleansing. To do this, apply them wrapped in sterile gauze on your face for a few minutes. By closing the pores, you will prevent them from filling with dirt, pimples, and other imperfections.

7. Reduce the Flavor of Cough Syrup

Although almost all of the medications that you could be prescribed come in the form of a pill, there are still some that are syrups and don’t have a good flavor.

To avoid this, chew a piece of ice a few seconds before drinking the syrup so your tongue is numb and is less sensitive to the flavor.

8. Iron Wrinkles in Clothes

This trick could help you with your clothes, too, such as shirts that wrinkle easily. Turn on the iron and wrap an ice cube in a towel. Spread it on the wrinkles and then iron them like normal. In one swipe, the clothes will no longer be wrinkled.

9. Reduce Eye Swelling

If you haven’t been sleeping well, have cried a lot, or have done anything else to cause eye swelling, ice cubes can be very useful to you. Simply wrap the ice in a towel and place over your eyelids for two minutes while you massage it with gentle circular motions.

10. Reduce Pain from Hair Removal

Ice cubes on a kitchen counter.

If you use wax to remove hair, certain areas could be extra painful. Ripping hair out from the roots isn’t very pleasant, but the good news is that you can reduce the pain with ice cubes.

Wrap some ice cubes in a towel and apply it to the areas that you want to wax. This trick is efficient in smaller areas such as your armpits or eyebrows. Another option is to apply the ice after shaving to sooth the stinging feeling.

11. Treat Blisters or Burns

If you’ve burned yourself on the oven or iron, or you’ve spent a few hours in the sun, you can calm the pain, swelling, and redness in your skin. Additionally, you can prevent the formation of annoying blisters. Apply ice cubes directly to the affected area.

You can also use ice to lesson bruising from a hit or a fall. The cold closes your capillaries fast, and the marks from the injury will reduce.

What uses do you have for ice cubes? Which ones have you found particularly good and useful?

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