41 Aluminum Foil Hacks You Didn’t Know About
Got a problem? Aluminum foil is probably the solution. This seemingly banal kitchen accessory is a very practical thing to have around. Mostly everyone has a roll or two layings in a drawer somewhere, yet most people don’t use it to its full potential. Because, believe it or not, wrapping up your food and cooking meat and veggies in the oven or on the grill is only a fraction of what can be done with it. In fact, we could have titled this article 101 things to do with tin foil. Here are 40 ways in which it could make your life easier.
1 Replace a funnel
No funnel, no problem. Simply roll a sheet of foil into a cone shape and voilà!
You can now transfer liquids without risking to spilling a drop.
2 Get rid of wrinkles
Make ironing more efficient and effective by putting by wrapping your plank in aluminum foil.
The metal will get hot and your clothes will be completely wrinkle-free in no time.
3 Body benefits
It may sound strange, but aluminum foil can have many benefits on your body. First, if you suffer from a cold, wrap your feet in 5 to 7 sheets of aluminum foil for an hour, then let your feet air out for an hour before repeating the process two nights in a row. You’ll feel better, you’ll see!
Wrapping your joints in aluminum foil before going to bed can also reduce joint pain if you do it for a week. Finally, if you’re feeling rather tired, put a few sheets of aluminum foil in the freezer for 2 to 4 hours, then place them on your face, especially your eyelids and cheeks. This will relax you completely and make you feel invigorated!
4 Sharpen scissors
This might seem strange, but cutting through tin foil about 7 to 10 times will sharpen them.
It will also get rid of potential rust on the scissor blades.
5 Extend batterie life
Out of batteries?
Instead of running to the shop in a hurry, try placing small pieces of aluminum foil as a temporary solution.
6 Remove the static from clothes
Yes, tin foil balls can get rid of static. Place them in the dryer and say goodbye to electric shocks, flying hair and clinging clothes.
Bonus: this will also help your clothes dry faster.
7 Clean irons
Don’t beat yourself up for staining your iron. It is only a manner of seconds before it is back to looking brand new again.
Simply clean it with a ball of tin foil.
8 Create a non-stick pan
This makeshift non-stick pan will same your dinner when using oil is not an option.
Protect a regular pan with aluminum foil to prevent the food from sticking to the pan.
9 Clean your silverware
To clean your silverware, nothing more simple!
Line a container with tin foil, place your the tarnished object in it and add a mixture of baking soda, salt, and boiling water.
10 Move furniture easily
To move couches, beds, buffet, commode, etc., more easily, place bits of aluminum foil under the furniture in question’s legs as shown above.
This will allow it to slide more easily, especially on carpet floors.
11 Clean burnt food from pans
If soap can’t get rid of the remains of last night’s burned dinner, don’t throw it away!
Gently scrub the burnt food with a balled-up piece of tin foil.
12 Remove rust from chrome surfaces
Just like burnt food, rust is nothing a simple ball of aluminum foil can’t fix.
Scrub it on the surface affected and see it shine again.
13 Seal plastic bags
This one is simply genius. If you need to seal a plastic bag, place a long piece of aluminum foil on the area you wish to secure before applying a hot iron.
The heat will make the plastic melt while the foil will prevent it from sticking to the surface nor the iron.
14 Use as a touchscreen
Surprisingly, touchscreens react to aluminum foil.
Coat a pen or your finger with it in order to be able to use your smartphone while wearing regular gloves.
15 Protect your doorknobs
Need to paint a door, but you’re out of paint and don’t trust your edging skills?
Just cover your doorknobs with aluminum foil to protect them.
16 Dispose of cooking grease
If you have dealt with cooking grease before, you know disposing of it is not easy. Because nothing clogs plumbing like the frying oil of your nanny’s fried chicken recipe you love so much.
Spare yourself the hassle of blocked piping by coating a bowl with tin foil and pouring the grease into it before close the aluminum sheet and throwing it in the garbage.
17 Always have a clean oven
To avoid constantly having to clean your oven every time something spills, place a layer of aluminum foil at the bottom of it.
This trick also helps proper heat distribution.
18 Clean your barbecue grill
You can clean your barbecue with a simple ball of aluminum foil.
All you have to do is scrub the grill to get rid of stains.
19 Curl your hair
To prevent heat damage while curling your hair, you just have to follow one simple trick.
Place a piece of aluminum foil between the flat iron and your hair.
20 Get creative with your cakes
Don’t spend hundreds on all kinds of different molds.
Get creative with your baking but save your money by using tin foil to make your own cake pans in any shape you want.
21 Clean glass pans
Frying pans are not the only kitchen tool aluminum will save from stubborn food residues.
You can also make your glass pans shine with a simple ball of foil.
22 Create cookie cutters
Make the most original cookies with this simple DIY cookie cutters idea.
A few tightly folded aluminum sheets will be sturdy enough to cut through the raw dough and flexible enough to shape it in any way you want.
23 Make homemade Lollipops
Thought making lollipops at home would be complicated? Think again.
All you need to mold this fun candy are a handful of sticks and just as many sheets of foil.
24 Protect your stove
Never spend an afternoon scrubbing your drip pans.
From now on, all you have to do is cover them in tin foil and enjoy never having to clean them again.
25 Make a ring light
Improve your selfie game with this extremely cheap and easy to make DIY ring light.
All you need is a wire wreath and, of course, some metallic foil.
26 Prevent bananas from ripening too quickly
Not quite ready to bake banana bread just yet?
Prevent them from ripening too soon by wrapping the steam of your bananas with foil.
27 Optimize your slow cooker
Thought slow cookers were the best thing in the world?
Simplify your weeknights even more by cooking two dishes at once, thanks to this makeshift divider.
28 Bake the perfect pie crust
It seems all you need to bake the perfect pie crust every time is a simple ring of aluminum foil.
Wrap the edge of your pie in metal sheets and never see it burn again.
29 Hold your burrito
Everyone loves burritos, but no one likes making a mess with eating it.
Take your homemade breakfast burritos in the car on your way to work or eat your rice and beans number in the living room without jeopardizing your mom’s white carpet by wrapping your masterpiece in tin foil.
30 Keep your panini grill clean
A panini grill is a great invention. Hell, you can even make cookies in it!
We all love using it and we also all hate cleaning it. So don’t ever again by covering the plates with tin foil.
31 Line paint roller trays
Reuse your paint roller trays without having the clean them and staining everything else around in the process.
Just cover them with a few sheets of aluminum foil.
32 Make up camping utensils
Out enjoying yourself in the woods, but also out of utensils?
Don’t eat with your hands, just shape a few spoons with the tin foil in which your sandwich was wrapped.
33 Improvise a cupcake carrier
Safely take those gluten-free cupcakes to your son’s school without ruining all the efforts you put into writing “Happy Birthday Glenn” with sugars-free sparkles thanks to this great DIY cupcake carrier idea.
Isn’t that ingenious, and practical?
34 Make unmolding easy
Never have your brownies stick to the pan again and never struggle to unmold those lemon bars everyone loves.
Use a sheet of aluminum fold to easily take your creations out of the pan and into your beautiful serving platter.
35 Catch ice cream cone drips
Hate having that melting ice cream dripping down your hand but love eating a double scoops cone?
Next time you give in to yours and your kids’ summer treat desires, wrap the cones in foil and keep your hands clean and your taste buds happy.
36 Create kid projects
Aluminum foil can easily be turned into a fun canvas for your kids to express their creativity.
There are so many fun craft ideas out there. Check the web or use your own imagination.
37 Make perfect popsicles
Tin foil will not only keep popsicle sticks in place and help them freeze quickly and evenly, oh no!
It will also double as a drip catcher.
38 Remove nail polish
Simplify the annoying task of removing your nail polish by covering them with cotton balls dipped in remover and securing it with a piece of tin foil.
Never again spend long minutes fighting so that no traces of nail polish remain!
39 Capture the perfect lighting
Trying your hand at photography?
Don’t spend on professional equipment yet, but don’t skip on perfect lighting by making your own natural light reflector using, you guessed it, tin foil.
40 Soften up brown sugar
Soften hard brown sugar in five minutes by wrapping it in aluminum foil.
After that, bake it at 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
41 Keep paint brushes wet
Whether you are painting walls or canvas, having to wash your brushes every time you take a break by wrapping them in a wet paper towel and a sheet of aluminum foil.
This will prevent the paint to dry and ruin your brushes.
- Bright Side
Did you know that, on average, a woman spends between 16 and 17 hours a week doing household chores? Whether she’s a woman at home or a businesswoman who has to balance work and family, the average remains about the same. While such a number of hours seems immense even for the woman at home, imagine how the businesswoman can seem to lack the time to have a life outside of her mandatory occupations? It’s several hours that could be used for many other purposes that are certainly more fun, but that will also have a very positive impact on her physical and mental health.
- Vacuuming or watching a TV show?
- Dusting all the furniture in the house or having a drink with friends?
- Washing dishes or spending time with family?
The choice is pretty obvious…
And, knowing that with the generation of millennials (people born between 1981 and 1996), women tend to be more educated than before, therefore work more, have a probably wider social network and have greater purchasing power, it is obvious that for them, household chores are far from being a priority in their lives.
Indeed, today, according to the Pew Research Center:
- 39% of women have a bachelor’s degree or higher, in contrast to 25% of boomers;
- 72% of women are in the labor market.
That’s why the shorter and sweeter the household chores are, the better!
On the other hand, still according to Pew Research Center, the millennials have been greatly affected by the Great Recession, so that many of them continue to live with their parents much longer than previous generations. In 2018, 15% of the 25-to-37-year-old generation was still living in the family home, nearly double the number of past generations combined. While this cohabitation may be viewed negatively for some reasons, it does have great financial benefits for both parties, but also benefits at the household level!
By sharing the space, everyone can share the household chores, and therefore have more free time for other things! If we add to that the countless ways to optimize our time and make cleaning easier, it is possible to greatly reduce this average of 16 to 17 hours of housework per week!
So whether it’s daily or weekly chores, or meal preparation, no one will say no to a few good tricks to make it quick and easy. Thanks to our tips and tricks articles, you’ll be able to save a lot of time on housework and enjoy more the good things in life!