5 Other Uses For Aluminum Foil
Did you know that there are 5 other uses for aluminum foil rather than just using it to cover food?
Well, yes there is. So before buying cleaning products, check out my list below and you might save some money.
Other Uses For Aluminum Foil:
- Clean faucets
- Clean silverware
- Keep stove burners clean
- Keep bottom of oven clean
- Clean grill grates
Clean Faucets With Aluminum Foil:
You can clean your faucets with aluminum foil.
There is a chemical reaction between aluminum foil, water, and chrome. So you can use a strip of foil to keep your chrome kitchen sink faucet shiny and looking brand new.
First clean rusted areas with soap and water. Then fold a piece of aluminum foil in a small square of about 3-4 layers. This will help prevent rips in the foil.
Dip your foil square in plain water (no soap necessary) and scrub gently to avoid scratching the finish of the faucet.
Re-dip your foil in water and repeat until your chrome faucet or other chrome kitchen appliance is clean.
You can clean real silver flatware as well.
Begin by completely lining a heat-safe container with aluminum foil, and then fill it with just a few inches of hot water. Submerge silverware completely.
Then stir in two tablespoons of salt and two tablespoons of baking soda till dissolved.
Add a few pieces of silverware, making sure each piece is in direct contact with the foil. Within minutes an ion exchange chemical reaction should take place and your silverware will be clean.
Repeat as needed. You can clean a bigger batch at once by increasing the size of the container and increasing the amounts of baking soda and salt.
Keep Stove Burners Clean:
If you don’t have a flat-top stove, you can line the burners with aluminum foil to avoid drips. Be sure to switch out foil liners regularly and keep an eye on them while cooking to avoid a potential fire hazard.
Keep Lower Rack Of Your Oven Clean (Never The Floor Of Your Oven)
You can also line the lower rack of your oven with a layer of aluminum foil to catch any drips and spills that occur when cooking. Switch it out for a new sheet when needed.
Just be sure to never place the foil directly on the floor of your oven where the heating element is because doing so is a fire hazard.
Clean Build-Up Off Of Grill Grates:
Aluminum foil is also great at scrubbing food build-up off of your grill safely. Traditional grill brushes tend to shed bristles that might end up in someone’s food. And you don’t want that!
To clean your grill with foil, wad up a ball of aluminum foil, lightly douse your grill grates with water and start scrubbing.
Cleaning is a part of every day life, especially in a kitchen. So cheaper and more innovative ways to clean saves us money in our pocketbook.
Anyone else have tips they’ve learned with aluminum foil?
Kim mentioned wrapping lettuce in foil and I will be trying that. I also wrap my celery in foil and it will last for a month or more. Most of us won’t use a whole celery stalk before it ruins, but this helps. Thanks for the tip Brenda. I will be trying this on my silver concho earrings and necklaces.
Wow, I’ll have to try Emie’s dryer trick to prevent static electricity. I knew about the grill trick. We’ve been doing that for years. Works great. When I used to have a stove with burners, we did that trick too. I’ve heard it’s bad to put foil directly on the bottom of the oven, but it never occurred to me to put it on the bottom rack. That’s pretty smart. I’ll definately have to try that one. This was a fun post.
Wrapping a head of lettuce will extend it’s life by quite a few days.
This was an interesting post. Thanks for sharing. I read your blog every time you post. Love it!
I have a small piece of foil on the floor of my oven (even though in your post it said not to do that), but I make sure to cut it small enough where it doesn’t touch the burners. I’ve tried the foil ball in the dryer, but it didn’t do anything to cut down on static for me. I don’t use dryer sheets – they’re toxic – so I’m willing to try natural ideas. I’ve found wool dryer balls work the best. Still have a bit of static in the winter, but no big deal: when you fold the laundry and put it away, the static is gone.
I have heard that you can use aluminum foil to sharpen scissor blades.
Good post. I think everyone is interested in ideas like this. Loved a look at your garden yesterday. Just like most of us I have weeds, sticks and leaves and some of the flowers from the flowering trees all mixed up in my garden. I have my hydrangea, lilac, peony, bleeding heart, hostas, bee balm, day lillies and spring flowers all coming up! Enjoy your day!
Here’s another use for good measure…. aluminum foil can be balled up and thrown into a dryer to prevent static cling. Has anyone ever tried it?
No, but thanks for the tip!
Comments are closed.