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11 cool ways to use an ice cube tray

Who says that ice cube trays are just for freezing water? These brilliant hacks take the household staple to a whole new level.

By Leyah Mirza

11 cool ways to use an ice cube tray

Ice Cube Hacks

Soothe a sunburn

Aloe vera is a great natural remedy for sunburn. Apply a frozen aloe vera cube on the sunburn for instant relief.


Full instructions here: How to soothe a sunburn

11 cool ways to use an ice cube trayIllustrations: Alex Mathers

Rice Krispie snacks

This kid favourite just got cuter. These bite-sized Rice Krispie treats are super-easy to make and are the perfect birthday party snack


Full instructions here: Smart School House

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Mini toddler buffet

Make a mini buffet for your picky eater by adding their favourite foods to an ice-cube tray. They'll enjoy choosing between all the different options.

11 cool ways to use an ice cube trayPhoto: Stephanie Han Kim

Make mini popsicles

Here's the perfect refreshing treat for those hot summer days. Mix yogurt with your kid's fave fruit—hello, snack time.


Full recipe here: Becky's Best Bites

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DIY laundry detergent

Save "loads" of money by making your own detergent pods (use trays with different moulds for fun little shapes!). 


Full instructions here: One Good Thing by Jillee

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Homemade peanut butter cups

Your kids will love making their own candy—but not as much as they'll loving eating it! An ice-cube tray makes the perfect mould for things like chocolate squares. 


Full recipe here: Creative Simple Life

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Jewellery organizer

If your kid's jewellery often goes missing, then this hack is for you. An ice-cube tray keeps small accessories, like barettes and clip-on earrings, organized.

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Preserve ingredients

Don't let your precious ingridients go to waste. Freeze your homemade sauces, buttermilk and more in an ice-cube tray.

11 cool ways to use an ice cube trayFood Network

Seed starters

Your little ones will love having an excuse to get her hands dirty, while growing her own garden full of herbs, flowers and veggies. 


Full instructions here: Mr. Brown Thumb

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Granola poppers

These granola-bar portions come in handy for on-the-go breakfasts or lunchbox snacks (as long as you skip the nuts). Your kids can choose to add in their favourite ingredients like coconut, chocolate chips and dried fruit. 


Full recipe here: Smart School House

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Paint palette

Minimize the mess the next time your tot wants to paint. Just squeeze paint into each section of an ice-cube tray and let your kids get creative. Watercolours are best if you want to reuse the tray.


More information here: Parent Hacks

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