How to Keep Ice Cubes From Sticking

Updated July 20, 2017

If you own a refrigerator-freezer combo with a built-in ice maker, you may occasionally notice the ice sticking together and forming lumps. This happens when the ice melts partially and refreezes. It is easily preventable with some weekly maintenance. After reading this tutorial you'll be able to sit back and enjoy a cold drink again--without any half-frozen icy lumps.

Observe your ice maker. Check whether it is developing any clumps of ice inside the ice bucket and take note of how frequently this problem occurs.

Stir up the ice cubes inside your bucket using a wooden spoon. Do so once or twice per week, or more frequently if you observe the ice sticking together faster. This will keep it loose and from clumping together.

Test whether your ice machine works correctly by occasionally dispensing some ice into a glass.


If you do not have an ice machine, you may freeze ice cubes in a tray first and then transfer them to a paper bag. Keeping ice cubes in a paper bag rather than a plastic one or a bowl absorbs any excess moisture and will keep them from sticking together.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden spoon
  • Ice tray
  • Paper bag
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Julia Selch has been a writer since 2006. For two years she was the editor-in-chief of the Orient News online publication. Selch's work has been published by the Canadian Press and Passion8 Magazine. She has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Concordia University and recently completed her first novel, The Tree of Nine Worlds.