Ice Sticks in Ice Cube Trays?

What can I use to get the ice cubes to release easily from the trays?

By Barb K


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August 13, 20120 found this helpful

One thing I read a long time ago, is that you should never, ever run warm or hot water in the trays - that sets them up to stick and ultimately ruins the trays.

August 13, 20120 found this helpful

I used to get hard water build up when we lived where there was well water. After a few months the cubes would stick. I would fill the tray with a 1/2 and 1/2 mixture of water and vinegar. I would let it set over night and wash it with soap and water. Plastic ice cube trays don't last forever.


Freezing ice over and over will cause very small cracks in the plastic over time. The water will get into the cracks and hold the ice in the tray. You can get trays at a dollar store and just replace them from time to time. I got 3 for 2 bucks at Dollar General last time.


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