Unusual Dry Ice Uses: The Penultimate Post
Alas, dear reader, it is with great regret that we begin to come to the end of our multi-part blog series: “Unusual Dry Ice Uses.” We’re running low on ideas, but we won’t quit until we’ve exhausted every last possibility. We appreciate you sticking with us throughout the ups and downs, twists and turns of learning about unusual ways of using dry ice. For the second to last time, sit back, grab a snack, and enjoy a few more unusual dry ice uses. OH, wait! And don’t forget about proper safety techniques. Okay, now enjoy!
Removing Floor Tiles!
Whaaat? That’s right. Dry ice’s super-cooling properties can quickly and easily shrink floor tiles just a little bit — enough to make them much easier to pry up. Additionally, the quick freeze will make the adhesive used to secure them much more fragile and easier to break away. Place dry ice sheets on the tile or tiles to be removed, and they should either pop right off or give way with a gentle tap or pry from a hammer, screwdriver, or chisel. This isn’t the most efficient method for removing an entire floor, but it’s convenient and fun for replacing one or a few damaged tiles.
Sorry what’s that? You heard us. Dry ice and the carbon dioxide resulting from sublimation are heavier than air, so sticking some in rabbit or gopher holes, or on top of ant hills will drive them away from your yard and solve your pest problem.
Come again? We certainly will not. Doctors occasionally use dry ice or liquid nitrogen to freeze and remove warts. Plenty of medical practices or hospitals also use dry ice to ship biological samples or specimens that need to be preserved during transit.
What’d you say? We said “plants”! Dry ice uses in the botanical world are two-fold. One, it can be used to delay blooming in flowering plants during transit. Two, it can actually speed up plant growth with the carbon dioxide it emits in sublimation! Crazy, right?
Like they say, all good things must come to an end. As our supply of unusual dry ice uses dwindles to an end, as does this blog series. If you know of other uses that you’d like to inform the public about, please, please, please let us know on Facebook, and maybe “Unusual Dry Ice Uses” will have a revival tour someday. We look forward to hearing from you!
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