We are sure you know what aluminum foil is. In fact, we bet you have a roll of this product hiding in one of your kitchen cupboards. Although it is commonly used for cooking, there are other things you can do with it. Get ready to hear some of the most incredible home hacks ever!
Make Your Own Funnel
When you have to put liquids into a jar, bottle, or other containers, you will need a funnel. If you do not have one on hand, you can use aluminum foil to do the same thing!
Have Your Clothes Be Wrinkle Free
When you have to iron your clothes, we recommend that you put an aluminum foil sheet beneath the piece of clothing. Foil heats quickly, so this is a good way to speed up the ironing process! Neat.
Do you have something important to cut using your scissors? Unfortunately, you cannot do this efficiently if it is all rusty. You should first cut some aluminum foil 7 to 10 times to sharpen your pair of scissors.
Pocket-Sized Cookie Shapers
No matter how old you are, we bet you also like to make cookies. One of the best things about this activity is that you get to choose the flavor, shape, and size of the results. It is also a good way to bond with your friends and loved ones!
One of the greatest things about this experience is customizing the baked goodies to your liking. Molds are common enough, but they cost money and can limit what you can do. We recommend that you bring out your tin foil instead. Make some strips and then mold it into whatever shape you want the cookies to be! If you have a decent imagination, you should be able to make some creative cookies!
Avoiding Melted Ice-Cream Disasters
Children are normally messy little creatures. However, you should be prepared for a disaster when it is time to eat ice cream. Let’s not talk about how sticky everything tends to get after eating this snack!
Can you believe that you only need to use something from the kitchen to sort it all out? Bring out the tin foil the next time you have ice cream. Make a barrier of sorts between the hands and cone with some tin foil. The material will collect the melted ice cream, so there should be none on the floor and clothes!
Keeping Bananas Fresh for Longer
We all love bananas for a myriad reason, but did you know that these yellow fruits are the only ones that do not worry about insects? This is because they have high amounts of reacting agents in comparison to the rest of the fruit world. Sadly, it also causes a quick rotting process. However, you can prevent it from rotting quickly by stopping air contact using aluminum foil!
Do you want to enjoy your fruits for several days longer? One way to go about this is to wrap the top stem using tin foil as it will delay the process for a little while.
Avoid Welcoming Cockroaches into Your Kitchen
Are there any deep cabinets in your kitchen? While they are useful with their extra space, they can sometimes do more harm than good. Why is that? Well, spaces that barely get any light often attract the disgusting creatures we call cockroaches. Yikes!
One way to go about this problem is to place aluminum foil on the shelves. This is a great idea as it reflects light onto the corners of the cupboard. This ensures that light gets in there.
Low-Cost Boost to Radiator Efficiency
When the cold starts to set in, there is nothing better than returning home to a nice warm home. Sadly, there are times when the radiator does not seem to fend off the cold! What is even more tragic is the fact that not everyone can afford to go for an upgrade or get a new one.
We would not be talking about this here if the solution did not have anything to do with aluminum foil! Now you just need to get cardboard. Put a few flaps of foil over the pieces of cardboard and then surround the heat source with it. This will make the heat distribution even wider!
Increasing the Lifespan of Batteries
This is going to be relatable to everyone who has ever watched television before. Do you remember the time when you were just watching from your catch when you wanted to go to a different channel? You reach out for the remote control only to see the batteries are dead!
It is interesting to learn that aluminum can do wonders with this problem as well. All you need to do is ball up foil and then put them on the sides of the battery. The longevity of the battery will now improve.
Dealing with Dirt or Rust
During meetings, you should know how to put your best foot forward with your looks alone. Let’s say you have slipped your best smart clothes on but notice a wrinkle on the shirt! All you need to do is iron it before you go… unless the iron is rusted or dirty, that is. What should you do when it happens to you?
You are in luck because tin foil can help you solve this mess. Grab a sheet, scrunch it into a ball, and scrub the surface while it’s hot. This way, the dirt will be gone. Keep in mind you might get a scratch on the surface of the iron, however.
Moving Furniture without Leaving a Scratch
Who does not want to have cool furniture in their home? Sadly, it is not always easy to move it around since it is often heavy or bulky. When you drag it around the room, expect scuff marks on the floor.
This is actually quite avoidable, at any rate. All you have to do is shove some foil under the corners of the object.
There are plenty of things you cannot do if you do not have access to Wi-Fi. When you are in the middle of something and the internet breaks down, your instinct must be to check the cables, the computer, and the router. However, have you stopped to consider that perhaps the problem is with the signal?
Let us see what you can do to address this. We recommend that you cover a card-like flap with some tin foil and then situate it in front of your router. This will hopefully give you the signal boost it needs.
Glue Gun Saver
Glue guns are simply one of the most underrated pieces of technology out there. It can dispense hot glue to help you with your DIY projects and more. Sadly, it can be messy when a glue on the tip remains.
Tin foil is going to be your best friend here. What you have to do now is to use the sheet to scrub the tip and get rid of the extra glue this way.
Re-Sealing Open Bags
When you invite your good friends over, it is your responsibility as host to ensure there are enough snacks to go around. However, what will happen when you have more than enough? You will likely have a bunch of unfinished bags in your house, that’s what! It is now time to clean them all up as well.
There is an easy solution to this issue, so there is no need to worry whatsoever. Nope, you do not need any expensive equipment either. Some aluminum foil and a heated iron are all you need.
Cheap and Painless Pearly Whites
There are plenty of people out there who pay hundreds of dollars for pearly white teeth. However, you do not need to spend as much money to get the same thing. Do you want to hear our solution?
If you have toothpaste and baking soda on hand, you are good to go. Combine these two and then spread a coating of the mixture onto some tin foil before you wrap it over your teeth. An hour is all you need to see a difference!
Protect Door Knobs from Fresh Paint
Are you working on painting an entire room? While you can always use paper and tape, there are times when they won’t cut it. One thing that calls for something else entirely would be a curvy doorknob.
We are sure you already guessed that tin foil is going to come in handy here. It will mold easily into different shapes and catch all the paint droplets you need. It’s also easy to remove and throw away!
Cutting Out the Mess in BBQs
We cannot think of anything better than a sweet BBQ with loved ones on a lovely day. Unfortunately, we cannot say the same thing for the act of cleaning up. No one likes cleaning up the grill, sadly.
You can prevent such a big mess by piling on aluminum layers and them putting them on the grill for less dripping. Once you are finished, just put soap water to them, rub the rack, and you now have a clean rack!
Making Old Mirrors Bright Again
You should know that mirrors can do wonders to make your home look airy, bright, and spacious. Unfortunately, this is actually only true if you keep the surfaces clean from smudges and spots!
You will usually find reflective paint on the mirror surface that happens to be a lot like the silver surface on tin foil. All you have to do is take a strip of foil and then use tape to stick it to the mirror frame. Tada!
Insect Protection with Enhanced Plant Growth
If you love your garden, we are sure you also have a strong dislike of bugs. After all, these creatures have the ability to ruin the place you have worked so hard to beautify!
Aluminum is great if you want to sort out your insect and bacteria issues. Not only that, but you can also use it to redirect sunlight for your plant to ensure better growth and health! How cool is that?
A Helping Hand for Santa
Aluminum is known for its ability to sustain high heat levels. However, are you aware that it can do wonders when you have a fire in your fireplace? We all know how annoying it is to clean up afterward.
All you need to do is to layer some foil sheets. This will then serve as a platform, but it is easy enough to throw away when you want to.
Patching Clothes without Ruining Your Ironing Board
If you have ever torn your favorite jeans, perhaps you fixed it using a patch. Unfortunately, this bit will be more likely to burn while you iron it. Sadly, it will also mean the board will be ruined.
Tin foil will help you get it all sorted out. We recommend that you put some tin foil under the hole so you can have a heat absorbent layer there to prevent sticking.
Create Sunshine Heaven for your Plants
We bet there are certain areas in your garden that does not receive as much sunlight as the others. If it is impossible to move it right away, what else can you do?
What you should do is to buy a four-sided box and take out one of the sides. Get some tin foil and use it to cover the three other sides. Put this contraption beside the potted plant but face it towards the sun!
Bring the Fish In With Added Light
We don’t know if you fish or not, but you should know that fish like sunlight! On your next fishing trip, you might want to try using it to your advantage.
We know it sounds a little wacky, but it works! All you have to do is to wrap the hook with aluminum foil. It will glisten in the water and attract fish. How cool is that?
A Painter’s Trusty Friend
Painting is a big hassle enough on its own, but there are things that can make it even more bothersome. We are talking about losing the cap or lid of the paint jar. This will lead to lower quality paint!
Tin foil is going to save your day yet again. While you look for the lid, you can cover the jar with tin foil to stop oxidation. When you find it, you can then use the sheet as a palette!
A Handy and Transferable Frying Pan
If you like camping, we are sure you have plenty of good memories around the bonfire. Sadly, someone always forgets to carry a pan during the trip! How are you supposed to cook your food now?
We hope that you at least have some aluminum foil on you. All you need to do is to create some foil layers and bend them into your desired shape. Voila!
Remedy for Vinyl Tile Hassle
Vinyl tiles have this annoying tendency to get loose. Luckily, you do not need to replace them or rip the entire floor open to remedy this problem.
The only thing you need to get is some aluminum foil and your trusty iron. Cover the affected tile with aluminum and press the iron on it. The heat will then melt the adhesive so the tile should fit in place.
A Protective Credit Card Cover
Technology sure is amazing! In this day and age, RFID credit cards make it possible to do transactions without even tapping in any numbers. However, it tends to make unauthorized payments as well.
How should you protect yourself? Well, you can make a little aluminum pouch! It will prevent any unwanted transactions from happing.
Getting the Light Right
Do you like photography? If you said yes, you probably know how frustrating it is when the lighting is bad. If you are not a professional, we doubt you have reflectors and flashes at your disposal!
Of course, this is not something you can’t fix without tin foil. Simply grab some cardboard and then wrap a few layers around it to make your own light reflector. It’s cheap and effective so go do it now!
Keeping Matchsticks Dry
Fire and heat might just be the keys to our survival. We are glad that we no longer have to rub stones together to make fire. During camping trips, make sure you always have some matchsticks with you.
It is going to be incredibly annoying when you try to start a fire and find out that the matchsticks got wet along the way. You can use aluminum, roll the matchsticks in it, and then start the fire!
You should always value your hygiene no matter what. Make sure to wash your hands when you go about your day! Sadly, this means you will have a gross dish rack.
Can you believe that this is something tin foil can help with too? All you need to do is put a strip of the material below the soap to improve the lifespan of the bar!
Putting the Sparkle Back into your Jewelry
Jewelry is an important part of your outfit, although it can only improve your look when you keep it clean. However, who really has the time or motivation to do that?
Are you ready to try out this hack of ours? If you want to keep your jewelry shiny and new-looking, put it in a bowl full of soapy water. Don’t forget to put aluminum foil in the water too to give it a nice shine.
Antifreeze Paintbrush Covers
It is hard to paint a room in one go, especially when you are going about it alone. You normally have to go on plenty of breaks, but the bad news is that the brush can dry out.
Prevent this from happening by wrapping the brush in foil while you go on break. The antifreeze qualities of the foil will keep the brush and paint in good condition.
Garden Solar Light Distributor
Sun is important to plants because it gives them life, so make sure to have enough sun light in the garden.
We recommend you to put some aluminum on the lamp or light fixture to distribute the light!
Are you an amateur who wants to make your very own decorative cake? It’s not impossible at all!
This is not hard to do if you have tin foil. Just shape it to your liking and then coat it with icing or cream!
Safety Ensured Hair Curlers
If you want to put curls in your hairs, the common way to go about this is to use hair curlers.
You can prevent burns from happening by putting a layer of aluminum on the curlers!
Save Money with this Smartphone Pen
Are you someone who prefers to use touch screens with stylus? You probably know they can be pricey.
Cut back on spending with this tip. All you need to do is wrap tin foil on a pen. Voila! A makeshift stylus.
We bet you have many chrome gadgets and appliances! The material makes them shiny and weather resistant.
Since chrome is scratch-resistant, feel free to use a foil sheet to scrub off any rust! It’s now as good as new.
Keeping a Clean Oven
Did you know that tin foil can help your ovens live a longer life? It’s true! Read on to see how.
The only thing you need to do is put foil below whatever you are cooking. That’s all there is to it!
Perfect Pie Crusts
Are you done baking your perfect pie? If so, the next step is to ensure the crust does not get ruined!
Tin foil is going to rescue your day, of course. Use foil to wrap it to keep the shape and warmth.
Creative Party Cakes
We all love the idea of custom cakes, but it can be intimidating to buy materials and try doing it.
All you have to do is to shape the foil into the shape you like and then put it into the baking pan.
Locking in Flavors
Tin foil is good at freezing food since it keeps particles and flavors locked inside.
Do you have leftovers? Cover it in tin foil so that they will still be fresh and yummy next time!
Preserving Steel Wool for Longer
Steel wool is the best if there is gunk on your dish or sink that you need to get rid of.
If it starts rusting, don’t throw it yet. Just put it in foil and pop it in the freezer for better longevity.
Keeping Out Excess Moisture from your Sleeping Bag
It is no secret that sweating can happen when camping and hiking. Sleeping bags also tend to accumulate moisture!
You can fix this problem by simply putting foil beneath yourself as you go in to get some sleep.
Roller Pan Liners
It can be hard to clean paint rollers, so some people prefer to use disposable plastic liners.
Did you know that you can simply use a foil pan to save yourself the hassle and headache?
Prevent Paint Skinning
Skinning paint is what you call it when a can of paint is left open. This makes it much harder to use.
You can stop it from happening by placing foil in the can and then blowing air while you close it.
Ad-hoc Baking Platter
What should you do when you are in a baking mood but can’t find the proper platter for your project?
Aluminum foil will help you once more. Simply put it around cardboard. That’s all you need!
Improve Outdoor Lighting
Humans also need lighting, of course. If your porch is too dark, tin foil can make things a lot better.
Use the material to make some fancy decorations. You just need to stick it down using tape afterward.
No More Plant Tangles
If you did the hack about putting foil around the plant seeds, you just need to wait for it to grow.
You can also cover the container with foil and add some holes into the material for better growth.
Giving your Tree Trunks Protection
If you have a tree, you probably appreciate them for their beauty. However, they are vulnerable to damage from animals.
One thing you can do is to wrap the trunk base with tin foil and remove it in time for spring.
Pressure Cooker Assistance
While pressure cookers often end up in delicious meals, it is pretty dangerous to use them sometimes.
Simply get a bowl-sized foil, with an extra eight inches to make some kind of sling. This should make it much easier to get objects from inside the pan.
Keeping your Fruit Trees Bird Free
Did you know that some birds hate shiny objects? This is a fact you can use to keep your trees safe.
You just need to dangle a few pieces on the tree to keep the light-sensitive birds away.
You should use foil instead of dryer sheets. The latter will ruin your towels and other materials, after all.
Make a ball using the foil and simply put it in the dryer. Did you know tennis balls can also help?
Wifi Signal Booster
Slow internet connection is the worst! Luckily, you just need to fold foil into a parabolic dish to fix it.
We know it looks pretty odd, but there is no need to knock it if it works! And it does!
Wet Bed Prevention
If your child still pees in bed, you should try putting foil between the sheets and the mattress.
It is a great way to ensure that the mattress dry! It will be comfier by adding a soft towel in there.
No More Sticking While Cooking
When you fry eggs and bacon, you will notice some residue on the pan. What a pain it can be to clean!
Just put down a foil layer to get zero stickiness. There’s no need to scrub harder as well!
Better Phone Signal
It is pretty cool that aluminum foil can supposedly make your phone and wifi signal better. We’re not sure if this is true, but it’s worth a try! All you have to do is use foil to clean the phone’s metallic bits.
Stop Aliens Reading From Your Mind
Do you believe in conspiracy theories? If you just said yes, it might be time to wear a hat made of tin foil to stop the aliens from reading your mind.
We hope you liked these tin foil hacks we compiled for you. Are you ready to read about saran wrap?
Next, All The Hacks You Never Thought Of For Plastic Wrap
We love poached eggs, but they are a little hard to cook up. Plastic wrap can actually help here!
Line a bowl with plastic wrap extending over the edges. The next thing to do is put oil, crack an egg, and then gather the sides into a pouch. Simply drop it into boiling water in a pot and wait for it to be cooked.
If you are like us, your phone now serves as your cookbook. It’s important to keep it safe in the kitchen!
You just have to use saran wrap to cover it. This ensures that there will be no eggs on your phone!
Keep Paint Fresher for Longer
Plastic wrap is good at keeping your hands and paint in the best possible condition when you paint.
You can use plastic wrap on the handle to prevent any blisters and improve your grip. It is also good at stopping the roller from drying out.
Sticker Free Jars
Glass jars area meant to be reused, so try to do just that. However, the old labels can be annoying.
You can submerge the jar in warm, soapy water and allow it to soak for a bit. Then cover it using plastic wrap, let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes, and then remove it. Voila!
Rolling Out Dough
When rolling out dough, a lot of people like using baking paper. However, plastic wrap is a better choice.
You only need to use two saran wrap sheets. You should roll the dough in between them instead!
Save Ice Cream From Freezer Burn
Who else hates freezer burn as much as we do? We can’t believe it makes it impossible to eat ice cream!
This can be prevented if you put saran wrap on top of the ice cream and then inside the carton.
Fresher Bananas for Longer
Bananas are great, but we just wish that they do not rot only a few days after buying them!
Apparently, wrapping the stems with plastic wrap will slow down the rotting process. What a good hack!
Easy DIY Cups for Kids
Give your toddler an adult-sized cup, and you can bet things will end in a mess! We are not joking!
All you need to create a spill-free cup is to cover a regular cup with saran wrap and poke a straw in.
Keeping Jewelry Tangle Free When Packing
If you are moving houses, we are sure you have enough to worry about! The saying ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’ doesn’t work when it comes to jewelry. It is annoying to pack these things because they get tangled up and slither into other places.
This issue is something that plastic wrap can help you with. Put down a layer and then place your jewelry on top of it. The next thing to do is to put yet another layer on top of it! This is a good way to ensure that they won’t go anywhere while you move!
Keeping your Refrigerator Cleaner for Longer
There are things we must do even if they are not all that fun. Cleaning the refrigerator is one of these. This is a hack that will make the task tolerable. You only need to line the fridge shelves with plastic wrap.
The best thing about it is that it does not crease nor move around. If something makes a mess, you just need to take out the affected layer and then replace it accordingly.
Suitcase Content Protector
The truth is that this does not happen all that often, but it is still better to be safe than sorry. During a plane right, the pressure and elevation might make your bottles of liquid explode inside your bags.
True enough, this is a rare occurrence. However, we would rather be prepared for this small possibility. You can just remove the bottle lid, cover the mouth with plastic wrap, and put the lid back on.
Bye Bye Fruit Flies
Fruit flies might be the most annoying creatures on this planet. We only want to enjoy our delicious fruits in silence, but now here they are to annoy you. Plastic wrap is here to save the day.
Take a few pieces of a fruit and then put it inside a cup or bowl. The next thing to do is to use plastic wrap over the mouth and then poke a hole on top. They’ll enter there and get trapped!
Marbled Nail Polish
It is not all that complicated to give yourselves professional-looking nails. It’s pretty simple. The first thing to do is to apply a base coat and wait for it to dry. Next, you have to put on polish of a different color.
Do not let the top coat dry off without doing this first. Crumple some plastic wrap and put it on your nails for a couple of moments. There should be a marble effect after you take it off!
Check out the next few photos for some more useful hacks using things you already own!
Ice Cubes to the Wrinkle Rescue
We all know how much time ironing and steaming can eat up. Instead, you should add two or three ice cubes to the dryer with your clothes! The next thing to do is to put it on the hottest possible setting.
How does it work? Well, the ice melts and then turns into steam! Of course, the steam then removes the wrinkles. It works well for light fabrics but not for heavy materials.
Vinegar for Cleaning
Did you know that vinegar is actually amazing when it comes to cleaning? Some white vinegar will reduce the need to scrub hard when you want to clean your glasses.
You have two options: soak them in watered down white vinegar or use a vinegar-dabbed rag to clean them. This will also work on blinds and faucets.
Bread to the Rescue!
There is no need to worry about dropping your glass – it happens. However, that does not make it any easier to pick up the shards. Interestingly, bread can help you solve this challenge!
You can sprinkle water on a slice bread and then use the piece of food to catch the broken glass by dabbing it on the floor. This is a good way to catch all the shards and glass pieces! How cool is this?
Shaving Cream to Clean
Are you aware that your shaving cream doubles as a glass cleaner too? It’s simple. You only need to apply shaving cream on the mirror and then use a rag or towel to wipe down the surface. Voila! No more smudges and streaks, just like that.
That’s not the only thing it does, however. You should know that it also prevents the mirror from fogging up as you take a shower. It will last for weeks, so make sure to do this to your glasses and windows too.
Lemons are Natural Cleaners
Did you ever notice how filthy microwaves can become in such a quick amount of time? You do not have to scrub and scrape hard when you use this cool little hack instead. You just need water and a lemon.
You just have to squeeze the lemon into a cup that is half full of water. The next step is to drop the lemon in it. Place the concoction in the microwave until it starts to boil, so around three minutes. The mixture will produce steam that will fill the microwave. Wait for five minutes before you go and open it.
Easy Rinse for Blender
After using the blender, most people decided to disassemble it to give it a thorough clean. However, this is not such a good idea as your hands are too near the blades for comfort. There is another way to go about this that is much safer.
The only thing you need to do is pour hot water into the blender and then add dishwashing soap. Now close the lid and turn it on to make it a dishwasher of sorts!
Grapefruit as a Natural Cleaner
Did you know that grapefruit is also good for cleaning? This citrus fruit is ideal if you want to clean your faucets, bathtub, or bathroom sink. Simply wet the entire tub, cut the fruit in half, put some salt on top of the fruit, and start scrubbing away!
The fruit and salt combination will remove any stains easily and leave behind a fresh smell.
A lot of people have that single drawer that just would not budge with ease. When this happens, you have to use up a considerable amount of effort to pull it out. All you need is a bar of soap!
You just have to slide the bar across the surface of the drawer. Think of it as a lubricant of sorts. After this, the drawer will now pop in and out!
If you do not have a sprinkler in your yard, it is not the end of the world. There are DIY projects you can do that will achieve the same thing. You only need water and a plastic bottle, in fact.
What you have to do is pierce holes into the empty soda bottle and then put the garden hose through the neck. Voila! You now have a sprinkler without paying anything for it.