Did you know that those little frozen cubes of water can do a lot more than just provide a way to cool down your drink?
Here's some great ideas, courtesy of Reader's Digest.
Water hanging plants
Instead of having to grab out the step ladder to get up and reach your hard-to-reach hanging plants, simply toss several ice cubes into the pots and - wallah!
The ice will melt and subsequently water the plants.
Make creamy salad dressing
Do you want to make your homemade salad dressing as smooth and even as the bottled variety? Try this: Put all the dressing ingredients in a jar with a lid, then add a single ice cube. Close the lid and shake vigorously. Spoon out the ice cube and serve. Your guests will be impressed by how creamy your salad dressing is.
Remove dents in your carpet
If you've had furniture living in a certain place on your carpet for a long while, you will know that when you decide to move it you will often be left with some big dents in the floor.
Not to worry! Ice cubes can cure them. Just put an ice cube on the spot where the item stood. Let it melt, then brush up the dent.
De-fat soup and casseroles
Want to get as much fat as possible out of your homemade soup or stew as quickly as possible? Fill a metal ladle with ice cubes and skim the bottom of the ladle over the top of the liquid in the soup pot. Fat will collect on the ladle.
Mask the taste of medicine
If you've got kids who hate the taste of their medicine, a good idea is to have them suck on a ice cube before the have their medicine. The ice will numb their taste buds and make it easier for them to stomach the goods!
Help out iron wrinkles
Turn on the iron and wrap an ice cube in a soft cloth. Rub over the wrinkle just before you iron and the shirt will smooth out.
Get rid of a splinter
Like the medicine trick, this is one more so for if you're getting splinters out of young, squirming kids, but before you start jabbing with that needle, grab an ice cube and numb the area. This should make splinter removal more painless and quicker.
Cooler water for your pets
If it's a warm day, or you've had the fire cranking on full all day long, then your furry friend with their fur coat may be quite hot! Plop some ice cubes in their water bowl to help them regulate their temp.