10 Clever Ways To Use Aluminum Foil

Aluminum foil can come in handy all around the house.

Woman Removes Aluminum Foil From Container
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Aluminum foil is a staple in the Southern kitchen. For good reason, too. It's an incredibly versatile tool that can be reused and recycled. It can be used to make easy dinners, like Cheesy Green Chile Pork Chop Foil Packets that clean up in a snap. It can double as the lid to a pot, cover a bowl, and be used in the oven, backyard grill, slow cooker, and air fryer. It can even be chucked into the dishwasher for some sparkling silverware. Aluminum foil can even help create a home version of a low country boil or clambake.

While it's downright indispensable in the kitchen, aluminum foil has plenty of uses in other parts of the house, too. Here are some clever ways to use aluminum foil outside the kitchen that you may not have thought about before.

Use It in the Garden to Scare Off Birds

Apparently, some birds are scared of shiny things, so hanging pieces of foil in your garden or mixing scraps in with the mulch can keep your vegetables safe from our feathered friends. The folks at Virginia Tech suggest wrapping aluminum foil around plant stems to shield them from cutworms.

Clean the Grill

One of the easiest ways to clean a dirty grill is with leftover foil. Just ball it up, start scrubbing one section at a time, and soon your grill will be ready for your next cookout. All you need is a ball of foil, protective gloves, a rag, and some tongs. Easy!

Move Heavy Furniture

With this hack, there's no need to waste your money on furniture moving sliders. If you want to reorganize your space, but the prospect of moving your side table seems daunting, slip some foil under the legs and start sliding.

Sharpen Scissors

If your scissors aren't snipping the way they should be, try cutting through some foil. Fold foil (new or clean, used foil) into several layers and start cutting. Five or six cuts through the foil should get your scissors snipping again.

Make Ironing Easier

Put a layer of aluminum foil beneath the ironing board cover to speed up the process. The foil reflects the heat back onto whatever you're ironing, as opposed to heating up the board itself, making wrinkles disappear faster.

Strengthen Your Wifi Signal

If your wifi isn't strong enough to stream TikTok or cat videos, a piece of foil may help. According to Science Alert, you can use foil to create a reflector that, when positioned behind your router, may amplify your WiFi signal in places where you need it most.

Eliminate Static from Your Laundry

If you run out of dryer sheets or don't like the residue it leaves on your clothing, try using foil balls instead. Make them by simply balling up some clean foil. According to CNET, each dryer load needs two or three aluminum balls, each about two inches wide. Just chuck 'em in with the clothes, dry as usual, and let them remove the static from your laundry.

Keep Cats Off the Counters

If your furry friend likes to loiter a little too close to your dinner fixings, according to Family Handyman, some foil can *ahem* foil their plans. Apparently, cats can't stand the way that foil feels on their little paws and the noise is disagreeable to their delicate ears, so putting a few strips of foil on the counter edge can keep cats away.

Keep the Fireplace Clean

Before your next indoor s'mores session, make a tray out of heavy-duty foil and line the bottom of your fireplace. Light your fire, melt your marshmallows, and when the fun is over, and everything cools down, simply pull out the foil. The ashes and everything else can go straight into the bin.

Polish Chrome

If you've spotted some rust popping up on your bathroom fixtures or on parts of your car, a ball of foil and some water can buff those spots right out and restore their shine.

Improve Your Selfie Game

If you want to make your selfies look a little more polished without spending on professional gear, foil can help. Wrap a piece of cardboard in aluminum foil and you'll have a DIY light reflector perfect for bouncing subtle light back onto the subject a.k.a. you. This is also a great, cheap hack if you are into photography but don't want to spend the money on a reflector.

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