This kitchen pantry staple isn’t just great for leftovers! Here's how to use foil for cleaning, gardening, fixing floor tiles, and much more
Almost every home has a roll of aluminum foil for cooking or storing leftovers, but aluminum foil has many more practical applications you might not have tried:
1. Sharpen scissors: Simply cut a piece of foil a few times for extra sharp scissors.
2. Bake a better pie crust: Prevent pie crusts from burning by covering the edges with foil.
3. Speed-clean your iron: Clean the gunk off your iron by running a hot iron over a piece of foil.
4. Scrub without a scrubber: Use a balled-up piece of foil to get rid of baked-on messes on metal pots and pans.
5. Create a free-form cake pan: Create a unique cake shape by free forming a double layer of foil into a shape then fill with cake mix and bake.
6. Shine silver: Reveal the sparkle of your silver by lining a casserole dish with foil, place silver, water to cover and two teaspoons of salt. Let it sit for a few minutes, rinse then dry.
7. Make steel wool last longer: Keep steel wool from getting rusty by placing it in a soap dish lined with foil.
8. Heat your home more efficiently: Is your home heated by old cast iron radiators? Wrap a piece of plywood with heavy-duty foil and place one behind each heater to help reflect heat into your home as opposed to the wall.
9. Fix loose battery connections: Remote control suddenly stop working, even though the batteries are fresh? Sometimes the spring that holds the negative side of a battery in place comes loose: Fold a piece of foil several times and wedge between the battery and the loose spring.
10. Iron clothes more quickly: A piece of foil under your ironing board cover will help retain the heat and speed up your ironing.
11. Make a kitchen funnel: Need a funnel in a pinch? Try forming one with foil!
12. Remove rust: Rust on car bumpers, shower curtain rods, and bicycles can be rubbed away with a crumpled up piece of foil.
13. Fix a loose tile: If you have a loose vinyl tile, place a piece of foil over it and run a hot iron over the surface. The iron will reactivate the adhesive backing to help it stick.
14. Protect from paint drips: Cover door handles, knobs, and other fixtures with foil when painting to protect against stray drops and drips.
15. Clean a grill: Crumple up a piece of foil and rub it on your outdoor grill to remove burnt on bits.
16. Make a sun box for plants: Get your plants to grow straight up with a sun box. Take the top and side off of a box, line with foil, then place the plant in a vessel inside. The open side should face towards the sun—the other foil lined sides will help give the plant more direct light, helping it grow straight.