11 awesome ways to use aluminium foil you may not have realised 25



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Aluminium foil is a brilliant and versatile material that isn’t only useful for wrapping food or baking trays. You probably had no idea how useful this ordinary kitchen product could be – it can clean, protect, shape, grow, polish – the uses are endless!

Take a look at these clever ideas for foil! Which one will you try first?

1. Soften brown sugar

Wrap a piece of hardened brown sugar in foil and bake it in the oven at 150C for five minutes.

2. Move furniture with no damage

Place foil on the bottom of the legs and then slide your furniture to its new home. It’s cheap, easy and it protects your floor and furniture from scratches. There’s no need to buy furniture sliding pads just to adjust your furniture

3. Create unique cake pans 

Form a thick heavy-duty aluminium foil into your desired shape inside the pan – heart cake, Christmas tree shape or whatever you like!

4. Grow untangled cuttings

Start cuttings growing by covering them with a sheet of foil. Just poke a few holes and insert cuttings and watch them grow uncluttered!

5. Scare birds away

Dangle foil from a fruit tree or post in your garden to scare away pesky birds. Some birds are afraid of shiny things so will stay away from your lovely fruits.

6. Preserve steel-wool pads

How many of you have used a steel-wool pad and the next day it’s rusty so you have to throw it out? To prevent this, just wrap the pad in foil and put it in the freezer.

7. Scrub your pots 

Crumple up foil and use it to scrub your pots. You can even use the same foil from cooking your casserole to clean up the dish.

8. Fix batteries

Fold a small piece of foil in the battery compartment to hold the batteries in place. The pad should be placed between the battery and the spring.

9. Clean your iron 

We bet most of you have never cleaned your iron! If you do have melted plastic or other chunks stuck on the plate, simply turn the iron on high over a piece of foil with salt on top. The abrasion from the sail will get the unwanted plastic off your iron.

10. Sharpen your scissors

What can you do with those clean pieces of leftover foil you have hanging around? Use them to sharpen up your dull scissors! Simply fold the strips into several layers and start cutting. Seven or eight passes should do the trick.

11. Clean jewellery

To clean your jewellery, simply line a small bowl with foil then fill the bowl with hot water and mix in one tablespoon of bleach-free powdered laundry detergent. Put the jewellery in the solution and let it soak for one minute then rinse.

Did you know that aluminium foil was so versatile? Which one of these suggestions will you try first? Share with us below.

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    • I don’t. When covering a casserole for the oven, I fully cover it first with baking paper then a cover of alfoil so it does not touch the food.

    • I find this very interesting because my beautiful mother in law use to wrap food in alfoil all the time and it might be nothing to do with it but all 5 in family got cancer

    • Christina that is the one i used to use and I stopped as I recall it was one of the highest in Aluminum. Have not used it in ages. I will have a look again though and thanks for the pointer.


  3. under no conditions should you use foil to scrub anything you eat off. Aluminium has been proven to be a major contributor to age related dementia. leaving smears of fine aluminium over a cooking pot is an invitation to an early death. don’t use aluminium cookware, stick to stainless steel.

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    • If you rinse the pan after cleaning there would be no problem – something I would have thought would be a given….

    • not true, it takes considerable abrasion to remove aluminium traces off metal surfaces, and this is dangerous enough that you should consider it crucial.

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      • I don’t think u understood Ruth she meant if you rinse a pan after you use it then there will not be any stuck on food to worry about needing steel wool or foil. :0) … And btw ty for the info I had no idea that foil was bad like that. I won’t be purchasing it any more for my family.

    • the posting of this information is just irresponsible and it must come from the manufactures, check with local medical authorities and see what they think.

  4. I’ll sharpen my scissors while cutting strips to hang near my grapes to deter the birds/rats. BBQ grills can also be cleaned by lining a large tray with foil, adding nappysan and hot water, and leave to soak for a while.

  5. Aluminium will mark tiled floors, I’m not sure whether carpet will not mark. I can’t for the life of me see how it will sharpen scissors.

    Aluminium is present in some pharmaceuticals, also aerosols such as deodorants.

    There is no conclusive proof that using aluminium in food preparation has any serious health risks, however further research is being conducted with consideration of cancer and Alzheimer. We can use alternate materials but do we know how safe they are?

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