12 Awesome Uses for Aluminum Foil

Yet another non-biodegradable item is Aluminum Foil: Here are 12 ways you can use it and save nature.

We knew aluminum foil was used for wrapping food to keep it warm. But over the years, its uses have increased a great deal. Here are a few:

AROUND THE HOUSE:

  1. KEEP PETS OFF THE FURNITURE

    You bought a brand new sofa set and don’t want your pets to sit on it. Just lay some aluminum foil on it when you aren’t using it, and your pets will not try a second time, once the foil makes crackling noise when they sit on it.

  2. SHARPEN THOSE SCISSORS

    If your scissors have been blunted from constant use, just take some aluminum foil and fold it in 7 to 8 neat layers and cut them together, with your scissors. That’ll do the sharpening trick.

  3. CLEAN YOUR JEWELRY

    For both, gold and silver jewelry, just wrap them up in aluminum foil and keep them overnight in some salt solution. Wake up next morning, to find your jewelry nice and shiny!

  4. CLEAN YOUR FIREPLACE

    Having problems cleaning all that soot in the fireplace? Just lay out some heavy-duty aluminum foil under the wood grate. When you’re cleaning it in the morning, just wrap up the foil and toss it away.

  5. FIX LOOSE BATTERIES

    Have the springs in the battery compartment of your favorite MP3 become loose? Just attach some aluminum foil to them tightly and place those batteries!

IN THE KITCHEN:

  1. BAKE PERFECT CRUSTS

    While making pizzas or pies at home, cover the crust with aluminum foil. This way, the crusts remain fine, instead of getting burnt, and the rest of your item too gets baked perfectly!

  2. SOFTEN UP BROWN SUGAR

    Has all the brown sugar you bought yesterday become hard? No matter! Just wrap it up in aluminum foil and bake it in the oven at 300 F (150 C) for 5 minutes.

  3. MAKE A PASTRY BAG

    Can’t find your pastry bag for decorating the cake? Then just fill a tube shaped heavy-duty aluminum foil with one end closed, with free flowing frosting and squeeze away! Moreover, there’s no untidy pastry bag to be cleaned, just toss the foil-bag away!

  4. TOSS MORE SALAD

    There’s a party at home and you have to make loads of slad. But where’s the extra-large salad bowl? Just line the kitchen sink with aluminum foil and toss away!

IN THE GARDEN:

  1. SCARE BIRDS AWAY

    Hang strips of aluminum foil from branches of your plants and trees using fine thread (like mono-filamentous fishing lines) and the noise will drive away your feathered thieves!

  2. CREATE A SUN BOX

    Plants tend to grow towards sunlight, but if you want your plant to grow straight, cut off the top of a large cardboard box and line the inside from all sides with aluminum foil. Place your plant within this box and watch it grow straight!

  3. PROTECT TREE TRUNKS

    During winter, many rodent and small animals like rabbits feed on the sap of young tree. But you don’t want them to gnaw a hole through your favorite tree? Then just line the trunk with 2 to 3 layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil.

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  1. These are very useful tips. I like the one about softening brown sugar. I didn’t know this trick but I came across some hard sugar in my kitchen cupboard just the other day. I will be using your idea.

    Thanks for the great info!

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  3. Thanks Darlene!

  4. Great article!!!This is great to know.
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  5. Any chance you can elaborate on the jewelry cleaning? Specifically, you mention ‘a salt solution’, can you elaborate? =)

  6. Hi Jamie,

    The jewelry cleaning part is realy simple. All you have to do is wrap the jewelry in some aluminium foil. Making sure that the jewelry is fully wrapped, keep it fully immersed in salt solution for 6 – 8 hours and your jewelry will be as good as new. You salt solution should be having 2 table spoons of salt for 500 ml of water, which means that you should dissolve 2 tablespoons of salt in water in an average medium sized bowl.

    Hope that helps!

    Onflame (Author)

  7. You are right – awesome. Thanks.

  8. Many of the really good tips here can be done with previously used foil. Don’t forget that foil can be washed and reused a few times before it is recycled. Better for your pocket book and better for the environment.

  9. Yes, you are right, Shymom.

  10. I want to know if foil sticks to my frozen food in the freezer, is good to eat. My italian sausage had some foil stuck on it after defrosting. Please help quick. My dinner can be ruined.

  11. aluminum foil has many applications,you are right

  12. aluminum foil

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