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Helpful Hints By Fastfreta....#1...Unusual Uses For Aluminum Foil

Updated on October 01, 2011
Household Aluminum foil
Household Aluminum foil

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Aluminum foil is one of those things we use on a regular basis, but somehow never give a thought to it, even when we need it. We tend to reach for it for those common uses, but we don't think about the less common occasions where it can be used.

The following are seven uncommon uses for aluminum foil, that you may or may not have thought of.


Unusual uses for aluminum foil

Most of us already use aluminum foil for cooking and storage, so I won't cover those well known uses. I've utilized some of the following hints, while others I intend to try.

  1. Polishing silverware: Line a pan with aluminum foil, fill the pan with cold water, adding about two teaspoons of salt. Deposit silverware in mixture for about three minutes. Remove, rinse well and towel dry. And look! "New" silverware
  2. For the past few years I've been the interior painter for my home, so I can testify that these tips work: If you are too tired or otherwise called away before the painting job is finished, you can: a. Wrap the wet paint brush in aluminum foil and place in the refrigerator, and return to a completely reusable brush, without having to clean it, (this also works well with a plastic bag). Freeze the brush for an extended time when you get fed up with painting. b. When painting a door, wrap the doorknob with foil, taking care to completely cover the knob. c. If you misplace the lid to a paint can that you will be using in the near future, you can fashion a lid out of foil, however I wouldn't recommend using this for storage of paint, as foil can be punctured thereby allowing paint to dry out. Instead of buying disposable paint trays, line your existing metal pan with foil and remove when done.
  3. For dull scissors, layer a few pieces or foil and cut through them a few time, for easy sharpening.
  4. On your outdoor grill, prevent cooking your chicken too fast, by layering the grill with foil and strategically poking holes in it. After chicken is almost done remove foil to finish the cooking process. Another use on the outdoor grill is to wad up aluminum foil and scrub the grill clean instead of tediously soaking, spraying oven cleaner and waiting. This method can also be used in the kitchen on pots that have burned on foods instead of wasting your steel wool soap pads. Speaking of soap pads, if your pad has more life after the initial use, lightly wrap it in a piece of foil, taking care to squeeze remaining water from the pad.
  5. To re-soften brown sugar, wrap the block of sugar in foil and bake in a preheated 300 degree (Fahrenheit) oven for about 5 minutes.
  6. Whenever I cook anything that can drip in the oven, I line the rack beneath the dish with aluminum foil. When finished, I remove the foil and there's my oven, clean as ever
  7. I found this one on the Internet, but I have yet to try it. To steam your wool and silk garments, place a piece of aluminum foil on top of the ironing board, underneath the garment. Holding the iron a few inches away from the garment, press and hold down the steam button. Move the iron back and forth, as if ironing, never touching the garment, letting the steam do the work.

Anymore unusual uses?

If you have anymore unusual uses for aluminum foil, feel free to add them in your comments.

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      Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      I had no idea scissors could be sharpened this way, thanks...Oh, I have one more for you-crumple up a medium sized piece of foil for a cat toy!

      My kitties just love these little balls.

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank fastfret for you hub on aluminum foil, Thank you for sharing it . creativeone59

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks lorlie6 for the comment and the new usage. Hope everyone that reads take note.

      Thanks creativeone for stopping.

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      AHHHH! Thanks fastfreta. I love these useful tips. I'm definetly bookmarking this hub and using these suggestions. I'm with lorlie6 - I had no idea alumminum foil could be used for sharpening scissors - and boy do I have some scissors t sharpen since I like to do arts and crafts with my girls. Thanks for these great tips.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      No, thank you Veronica, if you hadn't begun this kind of hubbing, it's doubtful I would have.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Fastfreta your are a genius. That silverware is such a job. You are great. Thanks for sharing.

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      Philipo 7 years ago from Nigeria

      Thanks,

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      Philip Cooper 7 years ago from Olney

      Now I know how to get my 3 pairs of scissors sharpened...thank you

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      rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      I had heard about sharpening scissors. Interesting grill tips.

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      Peg Cole 7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Love these amazing uses for ordinary products!

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      judydianne 7 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      I love the paint tips. I'm always painting something, so thanks!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you all for weighing in on this hub. Please all come back again soon. More to follow.

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      Louidam1 7 years ago

      These are some great tips fastfreta thanks!

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      elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

      great tips fastfreta, just finished painting the spare bedroom, wish that I head read this first..

      thanks!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Louidam1 and elisabethkcmo for stopping and reading my hub. Please come again soon.

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      judydianne 7 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      I thought of another use for aluminum foil. If you have a skillet or pan with a handle that is not heatproof, you can wrap the handle in foil when you put it in the oven. The handle will not be damaged.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Excellent judydianne, that's what I was looking for more unusual uses. Thanks for that. Please come back soon.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      I'll have to remeber about the scissors. Great hub.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Rebecca E stopping by, please return soon.

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      Demetria Jackson 7 years ago from Nashville

      Foil is a staple item in my home. Thanks for more uses. I look forward to your future "Helpful Hints".

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks agapenurse for stopping, and by next week I shall have another.

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      dl53acy 7 years ago from East Texas

      I love this helpful hint on foil and scissors, this should have the same effect on knives as well. Thanks fastfreta!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks dl53acy, I wonder, must try it to see. Thanks for stopping by, please come back soon.

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      Well, I have to say I was a little skeptical after the introduction. But after reading this, I'm convinced! Great tips. I'll be back for more!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Duchess, I appreciate your comment, please come again.

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      jalady 7 years ago

      Great information!....jalady

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks jajady, for stopping, please stop over again soon.

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      Susan 7 years ago from Northern California

      Great tips, fastfreta! I didn't know you could sharpen scissors with foil! I've got a few pair to try this on. Thanks!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Susie for stopping and reading my hub, please stop and read more soon.

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Wow fastfreta, you are the tinfoil queen! I wish I could give this two thumbs up!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks earnestshub for the compliment and the thumb up. See you soon.

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      dj 6 years ago

      very Good.

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks dj. See you again soon.

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