We all have aluminium foil at home. It is usually found in kitchens and most often for cooking. However, did you know you can use it for a lot more, such as cleaning hacks, decoration, and a bunch of other useful things altogether?
In this article, we will show you some of the best uses we found for tin foil. Keep reading and we hope you like them.
- Improvise a frying pan
If you love camping but you don’t want to bring a pan along, the solution is easy – make sure you keep aluminium foil in your backpack. Find a forked stick, centre it on two sheets of heavy-duty aluminium foil, wrap its edges, and wrap the long side of the branch to create a handle. Finish by depressing the centre to create space for cooking food.
- Keep paint off your doorknob
No one likes cleaning paint stains. However, they can be inevitable, especially when redecorating the whole house. If you want to protect your door handles and knobs, use aluminium foil to wrap them. It is perfect for the job since it will take the exact shape and manage to cover the whole surface.
- A special cake for your loved ones
If you would like to make a special cake for any occasion – a heart-shaped valentine’s day cake, or a Christmas tree one for the holidays, grab your heavy-duty aluminium foil and create the desired shape into a large pan.
- Keep the warmth
If you are about to attend a party or a picnic and you just baked some bread, you will want to keep it nice and fresh until you reach the event. Aluminum foil is perfect for that. Wrap each piece of bread in foil before putting them in your basket. If you are bringing a whole set of warm meals, line the basket with two layers of heavy duty aluminium foil.
- Shiny silver at all times
Cleaning and polishing your silver is a must. However, no matter how often you do that, your silverware may become dull over time. It is important that you remove the tar to prevent it from building up. To do this, you can try an ion exchange. This is a reaction where the aluminium foil will act as a catalyst. Line a pan with a sheet of aluminium foil, fill it with water and add two spoons of salt. Place your silverware inside and let it sit for 4-5 minutes. Finish by rinsing and drying.
- Aluminium steel wool
If you are tired of buying new steel wool scrubbers that can be used once or twice, and then become rusty, grab some aluminium foil, crumple it up into a ball and use it to scrub any pots, pans, and dishes you have. It is great for removing stubborn stuck-on food and other hardened grime. It will also last you a long time and is relatively inexpensive.
- Make your ironing experience quicker
Whenever you are ironing, some of the heat is absorbed by your ironing board. That means you will have to go over the wrinkles a few times in order to remove them. To make your ironing more efficient, place a sheet of aluminium foil under your ironing board cover. It will reflect the heat and help smooth out all wrinkles faster.
- Make the best out of your heating
Here’s an easy way to obtain more heat from your old cast-iron radiators without increasing your gas or oil bill: Construct a heat reflector to go behind them. Heavy-duty aluminium foil should be taped on cardboard with the shiny side facing out. Instead of being absorbed by the wall behind the radiator, the radiant heat waves will bounce off the foil and into the room. If your radiators have covers, place a piece of foil under the top of the cover.
- Light reflectors for photography
Professional photographers use light reflectors to create certain shade forms, throw light into dark areas or put an accent on their objects. If you want to step up your photography game, you can make yourself a reflector by wrapping a thick cardboard piece with aluminium foil. For more efficiency, make three of them and connect them. That way you can use a bigger reflector if needed or fold them for easy storage.
- Jewellery cleaning
Simply line a small basin with aluminium foil to clean your jewellery. Fill the basin halfway with hot water, then add one tablespoon of bleach-free powdered laundry detergent (Tide, for example). Place the jewellery in the solution and soak it for one minute. Rinse thoroughly and air dry.
- Cleaning your iron
If you have been using your iron for a while and you noticed that sticky residue has started to build up, it is probably time to use this hack. All you have to do is turn your iron on and run it over a sheet of aluminium foil.