When the temperature of the water drops below 32 degrees, it will freeze. The colder the water, the faster it freezes. But How Long Does it Take Water to Freeze? This depends on several factors. The average household freezer runs at about 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-17.8 degrees Celsius). That’s colder than the average temperature of Earth’s polar ice caps. The container the water is in also a factor, better insulation means the cold air will not reach and begin cooling the water to freezing point as quick as say a thin plastic bottle. Another factor is the volume, more volume of water takes longer to freeze.

If you’re asking how long it takes to freeze say a cup of water in a household freezer, it can take on average up to 6 hours. If you’re asking how long it takes to freeze naturally, you need to know the temperature outside, the temperature of the water initially, as well as the container and volume of water.


There is however a life hack we can show you, that helps speed up the process! This can work with water, cola, sports drinks, ect, but please note that as explained above, different liquids, containers, and the like, will have differences in the time it takes to cool the beverage!

Step1: Wrap the bottle with a layer of paper towels.

Step 2: Run under cold water to damper paper towels.

Step 3: Place bottle with paper towels in freezer.

Step 4: Wait approximately 20-30 minutes for a typical freezer and a typical 16 oz bottle (15-20 minutes for an aluminum can). The paper towel should have a nice freeze to it by this point, and has probably cooled the contents of the bottle or can to an enjoyable temperature.

Step 5: Remove can from freezer.

Step 6: Remove the paper towel from can (optional).

Step 7: Enjoy cold beverage!