Ice cube trays seem like a pretty straightforward product. After all, their purpose is right there in the name!

However, once you start thinking outside the box, the trays prove to be useful for much more than just making ice cubes. In truth, there are all sorts of ways that those nifty trays can become so much more! All you need is a little inspiration and you’ll be rushing to the freezer, ready to make something amazing.

Here are some creative uses for ice cube trays that are deceptively simple and super convenient. Once these ideas have been planted, you’ll never look at ice cube trays the same way again!

1. Use an ice cube tray as a convenient snack divider. This will keep your fruit and veggies separate from your crackers so they don’t get soggy. And, because the cube molds are fairly small, they’re great for controlling portion sizes!

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2. If you find a great deal on eggs in bulk but you’re worried you can’t finish them before the expiration date, try freezing them! You can separate the egg whites and yolks, or, if your trays have room, freeze them together. Simply thaw the eggs overnight or run them under cold water when you’re ready to use them!

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3. Whether you want to cool down a hot cup of coffee on a warm day or make iced coffee that doesn’t get watered down when the ice melts, frozen coffee cubes are a great option! Simply brew a pot of coffee, pour it into the tray, and freeze it right away so the coffee doesn’t separate.


4. Instead of breaking a piece at a time off a slab of chocolate or messily cutting into a big bar, just melt it down and pour it into ice cube trays. You can freeze the chocolate for a nice cool treat or simply let it set at room temperature. It’s bite-sized goodness either way!

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5. Rather than buying pre-made laundry detergent pods, make your own in an ice cube tray. Simply stir any dry laundry detergent in a bowl, spraying white vinegar on it until it’s damp and clumps together. Press the mixture into your ice cube tray and let the pods dry overnight. Then, pop them out, store them in a dry container, and use them in the wash as needed!

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6. Rather than using store-bought frozen tater tots, make your own at home in a silicone ice cube tray. (Other kinds of trays are not heat resistant in the oven). Put your grated potatoes in the tray, drizzle a little olive oil on top, and bake at 425 degrees until the tots are golden brown. Pop them out, sprinkle with salt for taste if you prefer, and they’re ready to serve!

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7. Garnish your regular old glass of water with edible flower petal cubes for a little extra flair. Simply fill an ice cube tray with water as if you’re making regular ice, submerge the edible petals in the water, and freeze right away. You’ll have the prettiest-looking and most fragrant-smelling glasses of water around!

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8. Instead of dropping money on store-bought bath bombs, make your own at home! Use this recipe to prepare your ingredients, then scoop the mixture into ice cube trays, and let the bombs set for at least four hours. Store them in a dry container and give bath time a boost whenever you feel like it!

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9. If you make a big batch of cookie dough but don’t want to use it all right away, scoop the excess dough into an ice cube tray, cover, and freeze. When you’re ready to make more cookies, simply thaw it out in the trays. The dough will already be divided into perfect cookie-sized amounts!

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10. Make your own lotion bars. For miniature, portable lotion bars, simply melt down 1/5 of a one-pound bar of beeswax, 1/2 cup of almond oil, and 1/2 cup of coconut oil. Pour this mixture into your ice cube tray and let the bars set overnight. When you want to use one, rub it against your skin and the solid bar will begin to melt into liquid lotion!

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11. Make your own homemade cookies and cream! Fill the ice cube tray halfway up with milk, add some crushed Oreos, and freeze right away. Then just pop one or two out any time you crave a sweet treat!

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12. Want to avoid paying for a painter’s palette at an art store, but still need to keep your colors separate? Just divide your paints in an old ice cube tray for a cheap, easy alternative!

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13. Make a DIY jewelry divider to keep necklaces, bracelets, and other items organized. An old ice cube tray is an easy, efficient divider; you’ll thank yourself the next time you grab a necklace and don’t have to untangle it from everything else!


Amazing! You probably hadn’t considered using an ice cube tray in any of these ways, but now is the time to start!

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