8 Amazing Household Hacks You Can Do With Aluminum Foil

by Simplify

Aluminum foil is a versatile material that can be used for much more than just wrapping up leftovers. From cooking and cleaning to crafting and even gardening, aluminum foil can be used in a variety of household hacks. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the most innovative and useful aluminum foil hacks.

Aluminum foil: A secretly fabulous household hack.

1. Protect Silverware from Tarnishing

If you have silverware that tends to tarnish quickly, wrap them in aluminum foil to keep them shiny for longer. The foil prevents the silver from being exposed to air and moisture, which are the main causes of tarnishing. This hack is especially useful if you only use your silverware for special occasions or if you're storing it away for a while.

2. Sharpen Scissors

Have you ever noticed that your scissors are getting dull and just won't cut anymore? Simply fold a piece of aluminum foil several times and cut through it several times with your scissors. This will help sharpen the blades and make cutting easier.

Using aluminum foil on your scissors will sharpen their blades again.

3. Make a Quick DIY Funnel

Need a funnel in a pinch? Roll up a piece of aluminum foil into a funnel shape and use it to pour liquids into a container. This hack is perfect for when you need a funnel but don't have one on hand.

4. Cleaning the Oven

Cleaning your oven can be a daunting task, but aluminum foil can make it a lot easier. To clean your oven with aluminum foil, first, remove the oven racks and line the bottom of the oven with a layer of foil. Then, turn on the oven to a low heat (around 250°F/120°C) for 10-15 minutes. This will loosen any baked-on grime or grease. After the oven cools down, remove the foil and wipe the bottom of the oven with a damp cloth or sponge. The foil will have caught the majority of the grease and grime, making it much easier to clean the oven.

Using aluminum foil when cleaning your oven will make a HUGE difference.

5. Cleaning the Grill

This one is similar to the oven cleaning hack and will come in especially handy during warm weather and outdoor barbecues. After a long, fun day of barbecuing, cleaning the grates can be a real hassle. But using aluminum foil can make it a lot easier. Simply crumple up a piece of foil and use it to scrub the grill grates. The foil will remove any stuck-on food and grease.

6. DIY Seedling Pots

If you're starting a garden, you can make your own seedling pots using aluminum foil. Simply wrap the foil around a cup or other cylindrical object, leaving a bit of foil overhanging. Fold the overhanging foil down to create the bottom of the pot and then fill with soil and seeds.

Aluminum foil is super helpful when you're starting to grow seedlings for your (indoor) garden.

7. Ironing Over Buttons and Zippers

If you're struggling to iron a piece of clothing with a button or a zipper, cover them with aluminum foil. The foil will prevent the button or zipper from getting in the way and make it way easier to iron!

Final Thoughts

Aluminum foil is a household staple that can actually be used in so many different ways and areas of your home. Whether you're cooking, cleaning, or ironing, aluminum foil is a versatile material that can make little household chores a lot easier. So the next time you need a quick hack, try reaching for a roll of aluminum foil and let us know if your own hack worked!

A roll of aluminum foil.

This article was co-written by AI and heavily edited and optimized by our editorial team.

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  • Car10810610 Car10810610 on Oct 07, 2023

    I have found that making 4 balls out of the foil, placing them in the crockpot, and putting a whole chicken on the balls, it comes out like a baked in the oven chicken. Love it.

    • Patty Gunzburg Patty Gunzburg on Oct 10, 2023

      How long to cook and on high or low please...and thanks for the tip!

  • Shirley Van Gilder Shirley Van Gilder on Nov 02, 2023

    Wash and de-string celery, pat dry and roll in foil tightly. Will keep in fridge for a good month.