Summer is not yet here and the hot weather has already returned to the territory. Faced with these meteorological situations, ice cubes are one of the best allies of the French. If they are most often used in cocktails or other drinks, they can also be used to cool off by wetting the body during heat waves.

Their benefits don’t stop there. Here are other uses for these little water cubes, as How-To-Save reports:

In addition to cooling you down and caring for your skin, they can be used to help with some household chores. In the slideshow below, find 7 tips to make with ice cubes.

Whether you want to pull off all of these tricks or are expecting guests for an aperitif, you’ll need plenty of ice cubes. If you don’t have any ready in your freezer, don’t panic! There is a trick to make it in less than 30 minutes.

To do this, you just need to put hot water in your ice cube tray instead of using cold water. Place it in your freezer and wait between 20 and 30 minutes and you’re done. This is called the Mpemba effect.

In case you can’t wait or want more ice cubes, it is always possible to order some or go to the restaurant or fast food restaurant closest to you. Very often, they agree to help you out.