DIY Ice Cubes




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I recently discovered on a cooking website that it' is possible to make your own ice cubes, just like they used to do in the olden days.

You don't need the double door refrigerator, you don't need to worry that your pitcher can't fit into the ice dispenser slot. With some simple equipment and a little patience you can make your own ice cubes.

Since I am merely copying this wonderful idea for the instructables community, I feel it's important to link to the site that inspired me. It is worth checking it out, if only for the really helpful comments.

I look forward to getting your feedback too!

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Step 1: Materials and Equipment

You will need:
  • An ice cube tray (this is a mold, usually made of plastic or silicone, which can be purchased at most hardware or houseware stores for a couple dollars. Make sure you get the kind with small cavities; if it's made of metal and the cavities are the size of a tennis ball then it's probably a muffin tin, not an ice cube tray)
  • a freezer (even a small one will work if you bought the right kind of ice cube tray)
  • Water (IMPORTANT: use potable water only)

Step 2: Instructions

Fill your ice cube tray (rinse it first) with potable water and carry it very carefully to the freezer. It can be useful to open the freezer door first, before filling out your tray, unless you have someone who can help you. It is almost impossible to get a full tray into the freezer without spilling a bit of water, but with practice you can do it. Don't give up!

Try to fit the tray in so that it's level, close the freezer door, then wait at least 2 hours and thirty minutes. 

Step 3: Enjoy!

Use these the same way your would use normal or store-bought ice cubes. Put them in your drink, or, if you've been injured, put them on your body to reduce swelling.

I've heard you can put rocks in your drinks too (for "on the rocks" margaritas, for example), but this has never worked for me. Even when I rinse and scrub the pebbles really hard my drink always gets a little muddy, and they don't seem to cool down the beverage either. I might have to bite the bullet and buy those expensive whiskey stones. Though I love the idea of making my own ice cubes, it is a big time commitment so I might have to save this recipe for special occasions.

If you'd like to get serious about ice, here are a couple instructables for more advanced techniques:

Crystal clear ice

Ice ball maker

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    I couldn't believe that people had to ACTUALLY do this in order to enjoy "ice tea" i called my mom up and she said yes she did this back in the day.
    She even said that the store didn't sell bottled water either, you had to fill up your cup out of the sink! How primitive.

    1 reply

    3 years ago

    I have 2 ice cube trays & that is how I make ice. I think if you have an ice maker that is a major luxury. If I have a party or need to fill a cooler I buy a bag of ice. I am not joking. I live in the U.S.


    6 years ago on Step 3

    I was almost disappointed with the world for such an instructable to be necessary. Only in the end did the caricature hit me :p

    2 replies

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I did hesitate to write it -- there ARE some very basic techniques people are not born knowing (like whipping cream, for example) and I didn't want to make it seem like I was making fun of people who might need those instructions. However I'd enjoyed the original post and comments so much, I felt like it needed to be here on instructables too. Do check out the original, the comments are very entertaining.


    5 years ago on Step 3

    WTF!! I cant believe people need instructions on how to make ice cubes!!!

    Fred Doolie

    5 years ago on Introduction

    I followed these instructions very carefully (You didn't explain how to get the water out of that faucet thing!) but I'm stuck. I now have a large frozen white plastic thing with ice in it. This thing is too large to fit into my glass of ice tea. Please advise.


    5 years ago

    You had me all the way. I was shaking my head and questioning the sanity of other countries and my own. I was honestly wondering "is this needed somewhere?" Fantastic. i would surely send your clever instructions to my children and spouse in the next commitment of such a faux pa...seriously laughing out loud. still shaking head.


    5 years ago

    Total life saver I could not live with a warm drink.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Instructions were unclear; how does one get water from the sink? I stood there for hours and it did nothing


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I wanted to see if instructable members could come up with comments as humorous as those on the cooking website... Alas, it seems like we're a much too serious group of practical makers to crowd source comedy. Only one out of the four commenters so far got the challenge and rose to it....