Aluminum foil is a necessity in any home. I use it to prepare food in the oven or on the grill to cook. I even use it to store food in the fridge.
The amazing thing about aluminum foil is it has many other versatile properties besides using it only to cook and store food. You can use it to clean, protect, scrub, soften, sharpen, steam, polish, and more.
Check out these 15+ amazing ways you can use aluminum foil and how crucial it is to have within your home!
In the Kitchen
- The Perfect Pie: Cover up the edges of the pie crust with aluminum foil. This will prevent the edges from overcooking and perfectly brown the rest of the pie crust on top.
- Soften up Brown Sugar: Soften harden brown sugar by wrapping int in aluminum foil. Bake it in the oven at 300F for 5 minutes.
- Decorate a Cake: Form a tube out of the foil and fill it with flowing frosting to decorate a cake.
- Keep Silverware Pristine: Keep your cleaned silverware from tarnishing by placing a sheet of aluminum foil on top. If you are storing silverware long-term, tightly cover each piece in cellophane wrap then wrap foil and seal the ends.
- Scrubbing Pots: Crumple up foil and use it to scrub pots. You’ll need a hand-size of aluminum foil to do this.
- Keeping the Oven Clean: Keep the bottom of the oven clean from drips by laying a sheet of foil over the rack below. Do not line the bottom of the oven with foil as this might create a fire.
- Design Your Own Cookies: Design your own cookie cutter by using aluminum foil to make any shape you want.
- Keep Bananas Fresh: Wrap bananas up in foil to keep them fresh for longer.
- Sharpen Scissors: Fold a piece of aluminum foil. Cut through the foil a couple of times with scissors that need sharpening.
- Make a Funnel: Fold a piece of foil in half and make a funnel. Perfect if you don’t have one on hand and need to one to use!
Around the House
- Speed Up Your Ironing: When you iron your clothing, a lot of the heat from the iron is sucked up by the ironing board. To speed up your ironing and remove the wrinkles faster, put a piece of aluminum foil under your ironing board cover. The foil will reflect the heat back into your clothing and smooth out the wrinkles more quickly.
- Clean Jewelry: line a bowl with aluminum foil. Fill the bowl with hot water and mix in 1 tablespoon of bleach-free powdered laundry detergent (Tide is a good brand to use). Place the jewelry inside and soak for one minute. Rinse and then airy dry.
- Keep your Fireplace Clean: Clean the ashes out of your fireplace by laying down heavy-duty foil across the bottom of the fireplace or under the wood grate. When the ashes have cooled, fold up the foil and throw it away.
- Remove Static from Clothing: Use a small ball of foil into your dryer along with clothes to remove any static that can occur.
- Move Furniture: Place a piece of aluminum foil underneath each leg of the furniture. Gently slide it across the carpets or wooden floors.
- Clean a Glue Gun: Rub the tip of a glue gun on aluminum foil.
- Painting Around Doorknobs: If you are painting a room in your home and need to protect your doorknobs, wrap aluminum foil around the doorknob. This will help catch the paint and make it easier to paint around doorknobs if needed.