20 Ways to use Aluminum Foil

Posted by Alexandra on January 5, 2011 in Money Saving Idea |


Aluminum foil has been a staple in my house for as long as I can remember.  While there are many uses for aluminum foil, here are some of my favorites:

  1. Does your steel wool soap pad rust in the soap dish after you used it once?  Prevent the rust by crumpling up a piece of aluminum foil and placing it under the steel wool pad in the dish.
  2. Soften hard brown sugar by wrapping the block of hardened brown sugar in aluminum foil and bake in a 300°F oven for 5 minutes.
  3. Use aluminum foil to sharpen your scissors. Using a clean piece of foil, fold into strips, several layers thick, and start cutting.  Eight or nine cuts should do the trick.
  4. Make a foil collar around your piecrust to keep it from burning.  About halfway into the baking, put the foil collar over the edge of the crust and leave it until the pie is done.
  5. Don’t have a steel wool pad?  To clean pots and pan with baked-on food, make a ball with foil and using dishwashing liquid scruff the pots.  This is a good way to recycle a piece of foil and it works just as well as a steel wool pad.
  6. Speed your ironing by putting a piece of aluminum foil under the ironing board cover.  The foil will reflect the heat from the iron so you can smooth out wrinkles quicker.
  7. Get rid of starch build up on your iron by running over your hot iron over a piece of aluminum foil.
  8. Instead of buying disposable plastic pans or liners, line a metal roller pan with aluminum foil.  It works just as well and is cheaper.
  9. Rabbits, rodents, and other animals often chew on the bark of young trees during winter. Protect the tree by covering the trunk with a double layer of heavy duty aluminum foil.  Remember to remove the foil in the spring.
  10.  Pets hate the feel and sound of aluminum foil.  To keep pets off your furniture, cover the seats with foil.  To protect your pets from scratching or biting furniture legs cover them with foil.
  11.  Protect your furniture by covering the legs with aluminum foil prior to shampooing your carpets.
  12.  To help keep silverware from tarnishing, store freshly cleaned silverware on top of a sheet of aluminum foil.
  13.  Need your glasses to read? Wrap the sides of your glasses with foil so you can wear them while dyeing your hair.
  14.  For easy fireplace cleanup, put a double layer of heavy duty aluminum foil under the wood grate in the fireplace.  Once the ashes have cooled, fold it up and toss.
  15.  To keep food from getting stuck on my cookie sheets, I line them with foil.  Clean up is a snap and my cookie sheets stay like new.
  16.  Use aluminum foil on a mirror instead of having the mirror re-silvered.  Tape smooth pieces of foil on the back of the mirror so that the shiny side shows through the front. 
  17. To reduce static cling in your clothes, crumple up foil into a ball and toss into your dryer.
  18.  Use foil to wrap gifts.  Place the shiny side out and tie with a large, pretty bow.
  19.  Keep Christmas lights from getting tangled by wrapping the entire string in a sheet of aluminum foil. 
  20.  Lastly, cover leftovers.

What uses do you have for aluminum foil?

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