5 Easy, At-Home Hacks with Aluminum Foil

tin foil collAluminum foil is a staple in most kitchens for cooking and storing food, but did you know this recyclable material can be used for other surprising household tasks as well?

1. Get Rid of Rust
remove rust with Aluminum FoilNothing ruins the shiny appeal of chrome like rust spots. You could have the rust professionally removed, but that is expensive. Instead, try using a sheet of aluminum foil lubricated with a bit of water to buff out minor rust stains on everything from kitchen appliances to motorcycles. Aluminum foil can also be used to clean cast iron pans without running the risk of them rusting.

2. Sharpen Dull Scissors
sharpen scissors with aluminum foil
After years of cutting paper, fabric, hair, or food, scissors can become dull. That not only leaves you with less-than-perfect cuts, but can also cause injuries due to the extra strength you need to use with dull blades. Instead of buying a whole new pair of scissors, line up five to ten layers of aluminum foil and cut through with your dull scissors. Your blades will be sharper and safer instantly.

3. Keep Cats Off Counters
keep cat off counter with tin foilCats are amusing and adorable, but that doesn’t mean you want their paws all over your countertops. Tape a four-inch wide piece of aluminum foil along the edge of your counters and the next time your cat jumps up there, the noise and texture of the foil will scare them from ever going on the counters again.

This solution can also be used on tables, desks, dressers, or anywhere else you want to be off-limits from your feline friends.

4. Use as Insulation
aluminum foil
If your plants aren’t getting enough light in your windowsill, try making a three-sided aluminum box around the plant to reflect more sunlight. Aluminum foil can also be used to keep the sun out and rooms cool. By creating a foil barrier on windows that receive too much sunlight, heat and light will be reflected away from your home and help keep your rooms cooler.

5. Eliminate Dryer Static
How to use Aluminum Foil to eliminate static
Dryer sheets can leave chemical residue on your laundry and reduce the absorbency of things like towels. To avoid having your laundry end up in static mess, form aluminum foil into a ball, toss into the dryer, and dry your clothes as you normally would. The aluminum foil acts like a buffer to prevent fabrics from rubbing together and creating static electricity. Clothes will come out static and chemical-free. This blogger put it to the test, and it really works.

Imagine all of the products you would need to purchase to do what just a roll of Aluminum Foil could do. And, it’s almost always on coupon.

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60 thoughts on “5 Easy, At-Home Hacks with Aluminum Foil

  1. Found you on The Chronicles of Home – I love this tip of the foil ball in the dryer. Brilliant. I’m going to have to try it.

  2. every time i turn around there is some household item being used in so many different ways! i’m going to try it to remove rust stains from my faucet because it’s kind of embarrassing to look at haha.

  3. Great post. I love to “sharpen” my rotary cutter and craft punches by using aluminum foil. Always neat to hear new uses for everyday things.

  4. Good to know the foil in the dryer trick as I have a daughter that is allergic to the dryer sheets! Also, I have a couple of pairs of dull dull dull scissors, never knew foil could be so useful.

  5. Wow, really great tips! I had no idea foil could do any of these things. Very neat, thanks for sharing!!!

  6. Those are all great tips and I did not know any of them! Love that it gets rid of static! I will use that one for sure!

  7. Whoa! I’m a believer… Didn’t have rust on the chrome shower plate, but a whole lot of soap residue that the regular scouring powders would not even touch – tried the foil trick – that thing is bright & shiny once again – Thank You!!

  8. I use a not-too-tightly wadded-up ball of aluminum foil to clean my grill grids. I save larger pieces of used foil, especially in the summer months, just for this purpose. Works like a charm.

  9. Good tips….good to know that it will sharpen scissors & keep my boy cat off the counters to catch a dripping faucet. Thanks.

  10. Knew about the rust removal from “Rick’s Restoration” series on TV. You can make of baking soda & water also & Baking soda on batery connectors with pour on vinegar will remove corrosion. Afraid my cat would just lay down & play with the foil on the counter though. Didn’t know about the sharpping or dryer though & will have to try those.

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