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Did You Know You Could Do This With Your Ice?

Ice has more creative uses than just cooling your drink. (CC0 Public Domain)
Ice has more creative uses than just cooling your drink. (CC0 Public Domain)

As the weather gets hotter, you are going to be filling up those ice cube trays. There are so many uses for ice, such as cooling your drinks, sucking on them to cool you down, or just rubbing them on your neck when it gets really hot.

But I have found some uses for ice other than just cooling you down that, well, are pretty cool.

Ice can get gum off just about anything. Put an ice cube on the gum and wait for the gum to harden, and then scrape it off. If you get gum on your clothing, you can just put your clothing in the freezer.

Let an ice cube sit on the offending gum for a while to harden it. It will make it easier to scrape off. If the gum is on clothing, you can also stick the garment in the freezer. Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain

Ice can remove gum from just about anything. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

Isn’t it disappointing when you microwave your rice and it’s all dry. Well, just put an ice cube in the centre of the rice and cover with plastic, and you will get delicious, moist rice. But be sure to poke holes in the plastic to avoid an explosion.

If you place an ice cube in the center of the rice and cover with a piece of plastic wrap before microwaving, your rice won't get all dried out. (Just be sure to poke holes in the plastic, because no one likes an explosion.) Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain

Make dry rice a thing of the past my microwaving it with some ice. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

Want to know the secret to a creamy homemade salad dressing? It’s so simple. Just put an ice cube in your oil-based salad dressing and shake it up. The ice will make the oil cool, and that will make it slightly harden, which will make a thicker, creamier dressing.

Drop an ice cube into an oil-based dressing before shaking it up. The ice will cause the oil to cool and harden slightly, and you'll have a thicker, creamier dressing. Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain

Ice can make your homemade salad dressing more creamy. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

A simple way to get rid of the fat from your soup is to drop an ice cube into the warm soup. Leave in for a few seconds, and then scoop it out and it should have the fat sticking to it. If your soup is large, use more ice cubes.

Drop an ice cube (or two, depending on how much soup we're talking about) into warm soup. Scoop them out a few seconds later with the hardened fat sticking to them. Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain

A quick way to get fat out of soup is to add ice for a few seconds. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

If you are not fond of the aftertaste medicine leaves in your mouth, just suck on an ice cube after taking the medicine. This will numb your taste buds and diminish the taste.

Gross-tasting medicine is bad, but the lingering taste in your mouth afterward is worse. Suck on an ice cube after swallowing the medicine to both wash out the taste and numb your mouth slightly, which will diminish the taste even more. Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain

While gross-tasting medicine is bad, the lingering taste in your mouth afterwards is worse. Suck on an ice cube after swallowing the medicine to both wash out the taste and numb your mouth slightly, which will diminish the taste even more.
(Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

So now you have more reasons to keep your ice cube trays stocked all year round.

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