40+ Secret Aluminum Foil Hacks You Probably Never Knew About

Aug 04, 2021Thato

How many times do you use aluminum foil? Did you know that you can use aluminum foil to do almost anything around the house? Aluminum foil is the jack of all trades and master of all. And in this article, we'll take a look at strange and fun hacks that you can do using aluminum foil.

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Keeping Your Bananas Fresher For Longer

Bananas are a great snack to have around the house, but they can't go more than a few days without going bad. Using this hack, we'll show you how to keep your bananas fresher for longer. All you have to do is wrap a piece of foil around the top of the banana.

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How To Make Popcorns Without Making A Mess

Here's a way you can make popcorn without making a mess in the kitchen. Place the aluminum sheet on the surface of the pan. Then, add the popcorn, followed by the oil. Place another sheet of foil on top of the popcorn to act as the lid.

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DIY Spoon

What do you do if you can't find a spoon? Easy, just make your own. All you need is a sheet of foil. Fold the two sides towards the center, then fold the lower part of the sides again towards the center. You should have a triangular shape. Use your fingers to curve the foil into a spoon.

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DIY Candle

Power cuts can sometimes be unpredictable, which means that you can be left in the dark if you don't have any candles. But what if we told you that you could make your own candle in just a few minutes? All you need is a string, oil, an empty can, and aluminum foil. Pout the oil in the can, then cover it with the foil. Pierce the foil so that the string can run through it. Thread the string into the foil and light it. 

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Clean Your Silverware 

This aluminum foil "recipe" is the best answer to renewing your old silverware. Mix one liter of water, one tablespoon of baking soda, and one piece of aluminum foil in a boiling pot. Drop the silverware in the pot for 10 seconds and then remove them using tongs. The silver will look good as new. 

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Make A Mean Grilled Cheese Sandwich

All you need to make a grilled cheese sandwich is an iron, some aluminum foil, and of course, a cheese sandwich. Completely wrap the sandwich in the foil. Then, iron each side of the sandwich evenly for ten minutes, and voila. You'll have yourself a mean grilled cheese. You're welcome. 

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It Relieves Pain

Aluminum foil is a well-known pain reliever. It soothes different areas of the body and helps speed up the healing process. Just take a piece of foil and wrap it around the area where you're feeling pain. It has to be said that foil should never take the place of traditional medicine. 

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Sharpening Blunt Scissors

Instead of throwing away those blunt scissors, why don't you just sharpen them? Just take a piece of aluminum foil and cut it about ten times with your scissors. The foil will clean and sharpen your scissors, leaving them looking good as new.

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Cleaning The Grill

Everyone wants to enjoy the barbeque, but no one wants to clean the mess afterward. Fortunately, cleaning the grill no longer needs to be a hassle. All you need is a piece of foil and a glass of water. Roll the foil into a ball and dip it into the water. Use it as a scrub and watch as all of the greases disappears.

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Softening Brown Sugar

To soften your hardened brown sugar, wrap it in aluminum foil and place it in an oven. Turn the temperature up to 250°F and leave it for a while. Make sure to place the sugar on a baking sheet to prevent any spills. Check the oven every five minutes to see if the sugar has softened. 

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Creating A Funnel

Just roll up some foil in a funnel shape, and stick the small end through the neck of your desired container. I'd recommend rolling it several layers thick so it won't get knocked out of place by a stream of liquid, but it should be fine as long as you pour slowly.

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Preserving Veggies

There's nothing worse than buying fresh veggies today and having them go bad in a week. Now instead of wasting your money buying veggies that don't last, preserve them with aluminum foil. Just wrap them up and place them in the fridge. Try it; you'll see a major difference. 

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DIY Non-Stick Pan

You've probably been in a situation where your food gets stuck on the pan. It makes a mess and looks unappetizing. Most of the food you cook will stick to the pan, and not everyone has those non-stick pans that stop that from happening. But you can make your own. Just cover the surface of your pan in foil and start cooking. When you're done, just throw the foil away.

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Homemade Cookie Cutters

You can make your own cookie cutter using aluminum foil. Just lay the sheet out so that the longest side is horizontal. Fold the sheet until you have a long sturdy strip of foil. Then fold the strip into the shape you want and join the ends using tape. 

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Protect Handles From Paint

When you're painting, the last thing you need is to get it all over your door handles or your light fixtures. So to stop this from happening, just cover them up with foil while you're painting. You can easily remove the foil when you're done and throw it away.

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Adjust Batteries

Are your batteries too small to fit your remote? Or have they run out of juice? Just place some aluminum foil at the ends of the batteries, and you'll be good to go. Aluminum foil is a good conductor and will keep your batteries running. 

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Aluminum Foil Ironing Hack

This cool hack helps you iron your clothes faster! All you have to do is lay a sheet of aluminum on a hard surface. Place your clothes on top of the aluminum and start ironing. You'll notice that both sides of your garment are perfectly ironed. Now you can finish the job in half the time. 

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Aluminum Foil Cake Hack 

Did you know that you can use aluminum foil to decorate a cake? Because it's so easy to manipulate, you can turn aluminum foil into any shape you want. A rose nail is very common when it comes to cake decorating. And you can make your own using aluminum foil.

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Polished Aluminum Ball

Take a large sheet of aluminum foil and roll it into a ball shape with your hands. Use a hammer or mallet to pound on the foil repeatedly. Keep hammering on the foil until it's completely compressed. When you notice the foil no longer compressing, use the hammer to tap around it to even it out. 

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Aluminum Stylus Hack

All you need to make this homemade stylus is a pencil (or any similar object) and some aluminum foil. Wrap one end of the object in aluminum foil and start scribbling. You'll notice how clear and more accurate the pictures become. 

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Painting Tray Hack 

Instead of spending all your money, replacing your used painting tray. But what if there was a way to keep it clean forever? All you have to do is wrap the surface and the linings with aluminum foil and then pour the paint on top of the aluminum. Once you're done, take out the foil and throw it away. It's as easy as that.

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Plastic Seal Hack

You can make your own plastic seals using aluminum foil. You no longer have to worry about not having any ziplock bags around the house. Just take a sheet of foil and line it along with the opening of the plastic. Then run an iron along with it for a minute or so. Make sure that your iron isn't too hot. Otherwise, it'll melt the plastic. 

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How To Make Tea Using Aluminum Foil

Tear a sheet of tin foil and pour your tea leaves into the center. Carefully close the foil up into a ball. Add a short string that you can use as a holder. Poke a few holes in the ball with a small sharp object. Add it to a cup of boiling water and leave it for a few minutes. 

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DIY Soap Holder

For this hack, you can use an actual bar of soap or a sponge. Use the object to carve out how you want the holder to look. Flip the holder around and pierce small holes in it using a toothpick. The foil will not only hold the soap in place, but will also keep it from running out quickly.

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DIY Plate Hack

You can make your own disposable plates using aluminum foil. Just wrap the foil around your regular plates and put the food on top. After you're done, remove the foil and throw it away. Your plate will still be squeaky clean, and you won't have to worry about dishes piling up.

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Disposable Cup

Just like with the disposable plate, making a disposable cup is very easy. Yes, All you need to do is create a glass-like structure using the foil. You can use an existing cup as a mold. Make sure to use enough foil to prevent everything from leaking.

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Keep Liquids Warmer For Longer

Covering your cup with a layer of foil will help prevent your hot beverages from getting cold. The reflective nature of the foil reflects all of the thermal energy back to the beverage. Now you can get through those series of Zoom meetings without worrying about your coffee getting cold.

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Cook Steak

Just like the grilled sandwich and you can make your steak. And this trick isn't even that complicated. Just place your steak on the sheet of foil, season it accordingly and wrap it in foil once more. Use an iron to heat either side of the steak. Do this for several minutes until cooked. 

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Make Eggs Using A Coffee Maker

Your coffee maker can do more than just coffee. You can use it for cooking your entire breakfast. Place the foil on the hot surface. Once it's hot enough, place your eggs on the foil and watch them get cooked. You can use other foods as well; it doesn't have to be sausages.

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Makeshift Oven

If you're a nomad or just a traveler, then this hack is for you. You'll need lots of aluminum, but once you do get it, everything else is easy. Create a stove-life structure using the foil at your disposal. You can separate the top and the bottom using four cans of coke. 

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Extend Your Wifi Signal

If you have a router, you know what it's like to which part of a house it doesn't cover. Fortunately, now there's a way to work around that without breaking the bank. Place a sheet of aluminum behind your router. It should strengthen the signal given out by the router.

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Teeth Whitener

Yes, you can bleach your teeth with aluminum foil. All you need to do is mix baking soda and toothpaste to create the solution. Rub, but the paste along the foil replaces it on your teeth. This technique convinces not everyone, so it's always best to check with your doctor before trying it.

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Clean Glue Gun

You don't need to spend your hard-earned money buying cleaning products to help remove the glue from your glue gun. All you need to do is gently rub it with a piece of aluminum foil. The foil will remove all of the glue and leave your glue gun looking better than ever. 

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Warm Food On Pan

You can still warm your food even if you don't have a microwave. Take three separate pieces of aluminum and wrap them into balls. Put them into a boiling pot a few spaces away from each other. Then, place your plate on top of the food and close it with the lid. Your food will be warm and ready to eat in no time. 

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DIY Handwarmer

If you ever find yourself at the mercy of the winter cold, then this hack can help you through it. The hardest thing to do when it's cold is to keep your hands warm. To help with that, take a battery and cover it with foil and clench your fists. The battery will heat up and warm your hands. 

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Bring Stick Figures To Life

This is a great trick to try on children (and maybe even some adults). All you'll need is a marker, a bowl, and a sheet of foil. Wrap the foil around the bowl to create your canvas. Then draw your stick figure on the canvas. Finally, add water and watch as the magic happens. 

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Lighting Hack

You can use aluminum foil to enhance the light. This hack is usually used in photography, but it can also help you if you're ever stuck in the woods. Remove a foil layer from the pack and create a thick sheet (but not too thick). Then curve it around the sides and watch as the light you shine on the foil is enhanced.

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Keep Unwanted Animals Away From Crops 

Animals like deer hate the sound that foil makes when the wind strikes it. Because their ears are sensitive, they can hear higher-pitched noises better than humans. But the downside to this is that they can easily be manipulated.

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Safe Candle Holder

Wrap the foil around the candle to prevent the wax from burning your hands. Now you can pick up candles without having to worry about being burnt by candle wax. This is perfect for when you're using the candle to look for the others.

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Tin Foil Hat

It wouldn't be a list of foil hacks if we didn't include the infamous tinfoil hat. The perfect accessory if you're trying to go under the radar. Take a piece of foil and place it on your head. If by some chance you realize you aren't paranoid and all the conspiracies you believe income to pass, then you need to make sure your tin foil hat is always nearby.

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Kitchen On The Go

Are you roughing it out in the woods? Well, why don't you make your kitchen using aluminum foil? Just carve the foil into a pot shape and put it over a fire or hot surface. Place your food inside and cook it. The food will be so good that you" hardly taste the difference.

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Physics Aluminum Hack

A cool hack you can try if you're into science is to connect both ends of a battery with a tiny strip of foil. Since foil is a conductive material, the current will rapidly flow from one end of the battery to another. As the current flows, the electrons will collide with the atoms in the foil.

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Stain Removal Hack

We've already touched on how good foil is at removing household stains. But it's just as effective when used on outside tools. Even though they are harder to clean than regular stains, aluminum can easily get the job done.

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Restore Old Pots

A build-up of grease and rust can wear out your old pots. They begin to lose color and start to corrode. When this happens, dip the silverware in a solution of boiling water and aluminum foil. After a while, you'll notice the silverware start to recover some of its colors.

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Navigate Touch Screen

When it's freezing cold, the last thing you want to hear is a notification from your phone. Usually, when this happens, you have to remove your hands from your gloves to check your phone. But you no longer have to; just take a piece of foil and wrap it around your finger; it'll allow you to easily use your phone's touch screen.

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Bake Juicy Chicken Fillet

If you want to cook chicken fillets that have a beautiful golden crust then you can use aluminum foil. Stuff the piece of foil into the chicken when you begin cooking. Season the chicken and fry it in the pan. Once the outside is golden, take the chicken out of the pan and remove the foil. Replace it with stuffing and place your chicken in the oven. Let it bake, and see what happens!

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Aluminum foil has endless possibilities. This cheap household item is a must-have for any home. As you can see, it does everything from warm food to protect crops. It even brings inanimate objects to light. What do you think about aluminum foil? Is it the most versatile household item there is? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

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