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Reusable Ice Cubes

Low Risk

Also known as:

cooling ice sticks freezable plastic ice cubes plastic ice cubes reusable drink chillers

Possible Symptoms
  • Minor mouth irritation
  • Minor stomach irritation
What to Do
  1. Wipe or rinse out mouth.
  2. Give a serving size of water to drink.
  3. Rinse any exposed skin with lukewarm water.
  4. 4. Call 1-800-222-1222 for additional instructions
If Exposed to Eyes

If someone gets reusable ice cube liquid in the eye(s) there can be immediate burning and stinging, which requires prompt first aid to avoid an eye injury.

  1. Start rinsing eye(s) with lukewarm water.
  2. Call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for further recommendations.

Additional Information

Are reusable ice cubes toxic?

Reusable ice cubes are substitutes for regular ice cubes giving the benefit of cooling the drink without diluting the flavor from melting ice cubes.  In general, the ice cubes are made from food safe, BPA-free plastic containing distilled or purified water which has the same freezing properties as tap water. You can wash and resuse these cubes multiple times. 

Sometimes we handle calls about the ice cubes leaking, leading to small ingestions of the liquid inside the cube. The liquid is water but may also contain a preservative or a thickener.  This may cause a bad taste in the mouth and minor stomach upset. No serious symptoms are expected from either the preservative or thickener. Before you use the cubes, inspect them for any cracks, leaks, or mold growth inside the cube. If you find any of these, do not use them and throw the cube away.

If you find someone has swallowed a small amount of reusable ice cube water, do not panic. Wipe out the mouth with a soft, wet cloth and give them some water to drink. If problems start or you have questions, call the Missouri Poison Center right away at 1-800-222-1222. The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions.

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