According to TikTok, that is.

By Tim Nelson
June 16, 2020
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The summer’s starting to heat up, which means you’re probably going through ice cubes more quickly. Whether crafting refreshing cocktails or just filling up a cooler full of cold ones, you’re going to want some frozen water on hand. 

Unless you’re one of those fancy people with a fridge that automatically dispenses ice (sometimes with terrifying and seemingly uncontrollable velocity), that means getting out the ol’ ice cube tray and delicately filling it up and carefully tucking it back into the fridge. Patience is a necessary virtue here, unless you actually enjoy when water splashes out of the ice cube tray onto whatever you’re wearing.

Or at least that’s how it used to be until TikTok showed us a better way. According to a post on the social network that doubles as an eternal fount of kitchen wisdom, it turns out that you’ve probably been filling up your ice cube tray incorrectly for your entire life.

“Am I just dumb or did nobody else know this either?” asks @4jmjcbitxh asks in her now-viral TikTok. I can assure her that she is not dumb. In fact, she’s probably smarter than most of us.

Turns out that we shouldn’t be dumping water into each individual ice cube slot that so rudely splash back at us, but into the spaces between them. By aiming your sink at the point where four corners of ice cube reservoirs intersect, the tray acts at a channel to direct the water to where it needs to go. I have no problem saying it’s a much more elegant solution than the approach I’ve been using for my entire adult life.

Your mileage with this technique will vary, of course. Not every ice cube tray was designed with this approach in mind, though the rectangular two row tray is perhaps the closest thing to the platonic form of an ice cube tray. It’s also not clear if this approach saves you all that much time, since it’s not like the water flows any faster. Still, it’s a more elegant—maybe even oddly soothing—alternative to what you’ve probably been doing.

Chalk it up as yet another example of TikTok showing us how to be less stupid and useless when it comes to doing things in the kitchen. Maybe the Zoomers are alright after all. If only they'd stop using TikTok to roast millennials, this could form the basis of a very powerful alliance.