how to use dry ice
- Keep dry ice wrapped in newspaper, paper bags, or towels for safety and to extend the life of the dry ice.
- When using dry ice for cooling foods, place the dry ice in the BOTTOM of a cooler, refrigerator, or insulated container.
- Do not allow foods to have direct contact with the dry ice. Place an insulating material — such as cardboard — between the dry ice and food.
- Do not put dry ice in your drink.
- When using dry ice to keep foods frozen, place the dry ice ON TOP of the items you want frozen.
- A small block of dry ice (5 to 7 pounds) wrapped in an insulating container has an effective cooling time of 18 to 24 hours.
Safe Handling of Dry Ice
- Dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide — avoid direct contact with the skin.
- Handle it with care — use gloves, a towel, etc. to insulate your fingers when handling the dry ice.
- If you must transport dry ice in your car, either open the windows or set the air conditioner to “fresh” outside air rather than “recirculate.” Carbon dioxide build-up can be hazardous in a closed space.
- Keep children at a safe distance from dry ice at all times!
Safe Disposal of Dry Ice
- Do not dispose of dry ice in a sewer, sink, toilet, garbage disposal, garbage chute, etc.
- Allow leftover dry ice to evaporate (turn into a gas) in a well-ventilated area where no buildup of carbon dioxide vapor can occur.
- Keep dry ice away from children and pets.