School’s out, sun’s out. Summertime is upon us once again and our freezers are working overtime to keep our ice cubes, ice creams, popsicles, and other cool treats nice and chilly for the next few months. If your refrigerator doesn’t come with an ice cube maker, you probably own an ice cube tray. These plastic or silicone containers are typically meant to be filled with water, but they are way more versatile than that.
Even if you do have an automated ice cube maker in your kitchen, you’re going to want to invest in an ice cube tray. These little cubed vessels are perfect for making a wide array of delicious frozen treats, DIY cleaning supplies, and more. Whether it’s summer, winter, fall, or spring, there’s a never-ending index of inventive alternative uses waiting for you.
Let your imagination run wild with these 18 marvelous ice cube tray hacks that are perfect for any season.
1. Pomegranate Stuffed Chocolates
Forget the water and grab yourself some chocolate. A perfectly portioned ice cube tray can yield these sweet pomegranate chocolate bites.
2. DIY Baby Food
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Sorry Gerber, but homemade baby food is the way to go. Save yourself some money and make the right food for your baby yourself. Pop your children's favorite ingredients into an ice cube tray for a custom, frozen treat.
3. Homemade Dishwasher Tablets
You can make more than just edible blocks with an ice cube tray. Make your own dishwasher tablets to keep your dishwasher sparkling fresh!
4. Coffee and Cream Cubes
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I hate putting ice cubes in my drink. I rather drink a warm soda than dilute my drink with these melty bricks. A good iced coffee is even more expensive than soda, so preserve the punch of your caffeinated beverage by making ice cubes out of coffee. You can also freeze cream to add to your hot cup of joe!
5. Herb Cubes
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Preserve your leftover fresh herbs by filling an ice cube tray with them. Add in olive oil or broth to bind everything together and you have some delicious seasoning cubes ready to flavor your dinner.
6. Sauce Cubes
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Too much sauce? Save your leftover sauces and freeze them. Now, they're portioned just right for any future meal.
7. DIY Seed Planter
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I remember making planters out of egg containers in elementary school. Well, ice cube trays work just as well. Fill up your trays with a little soil and your seeds of choice for a mini garden. Don't forget to drill a little hole in the bottom to let the water drain.
8. Paint Palette
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For the artsy folks, use an ice cube tray as a paint palette. Keep all your colors in one place while protecting them against any unauthorized mixing.
9. Garbage Disposal Fresheners
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In addition to your dishwasher, your garbage disposal could use some upkeep, too. Kill any lingering odors with some DIY citrus ice cubes. Freeze vinegar and lemon slices in your tray and feed them to your disposal.
10. Soothing Aloe Vera Cubes
For those with fair skin, aloe vera is your best friend. Sunburns are no fun whatsoever. Double the soothing sensation of aloe vera by freezing them into handy cubes. These will keep your skin nice and cool while it heals.
11. Chocolate Covered Strawberries
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Who doesn't love a chocolate covered strawberry? Sadly, these can get obnoxiously expensive. But, with the help of an ice cube tray, you can become a chocolatier and make them at home. These chocolate strawberry cubes may not be the fanciest looking things, but they're much easier to make and they taste just as good.
12. Fun Ice Chalk
Kids need a fun activity? Get them out of the house with ice chalk. Made with cornstarch, water, food coloring, and dish soap, these colorful bricks are fun to use, and easy to clean up. Find out how to make your own with Reading Confetti's step-by-step tutorial.
13. Yogurt Snack Bites
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Good for more than just chocolate, make some tasty yogurt snack bites with your trays. Pair your favorite yogurt with nuts, fruits, and any other little nibbles you like to create a cool snack good for anytime of the day.
14. Sangria Cubes
Ice cubes in wine is a bit of a taboo. Hey, I won't judge, but consider making your frozen cubes out of leftover wine (if you believe in that) instead. These boozy cubes are the perfect way to keep a jug of sangria chill.
15. Mini Popsicles
Popsicles were my favorite summer treat as a kid and they still are today. They're so easy to make at home, too. Make some tiny ones by pouring juice and fruit in an ice cube tray and voila! Mini frozen goodness on a stick.
16. Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
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Again, chocolate is pretty amazing. And what goes perfectly with chocolate? Peanut butter. The candy man can make a tasty peanut butter cup, and so can you. Use organic peanut butter to make an almost guilt-free candy treat.
17. Frozen Buttermilk Cubes
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The freezer really is the best tool for preserving any leftover food you might have. Don't let a single drop of milk go to waste, freeze your milk into cubes to save for a rainy day.
18. Refreshing Fruit Smoothie Cubes
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Fruit, especially organic fruit, doesn't last long. Unfortunately, sometimes we can't eat it all in time. For another food-preservation hack, puree your fruit and freeze it into cubes. Bust them out later to flavor a refreshing fruit smoothie!
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