Chances are, that you have some aluminum foil in your kitchen cupboard. You probably use it to wrap up leftovers or cover a casserole dish — but there are so many other uses for aluminum foil that you should be using in your day-to-day routine.
We found 12 of the most creative and practical ways to use aluminum foil that you’ll wish you knew about years ago.
1. Re-seal plastic bags
Place some aluminum foil at the edge of a plastic bag. Use an iron to run over the foil, and it will reheat the plastic and create a new seal to keep your foods fresh.
2. Homemade cookie cutters
Fold pieces of foil into strips then bend into fun shapes and designs to create homemade cookie cutters. Secure the design closed with a staple and then you’re ready to bake!
3. Sharpen your scissors
Fold some aluminum foil, so it’s a few layers thick; cut the foil with the scissors that need sharpening. Repeat 7 to 8 times or until the scissors have reached desired sharpness.
4. Clean your iron
Irons can get dirty and acquire grime — thankfully, with a little foil and some household cleaner, it can be as good as new! Spray the iron with some cleaner like Bar Keeper’s Friend and scrub with aluminum foil, it will clean right up. This technique works on stainless steel irons only.
5. Slide heavy furniture
Moving heavy furniture isn’t easy, and furniture sliders at the store can be a bit spendy — especially when a little aluminum foil can do the same job. Place a piece of foil under the legs of furniture to help it easily slide across the floor.
6. Clean a hot glue gun
Use a piece of aluminum foil to get hardened stuck glue off the end of your glue gun. The foil grips the glue with ease for a super easy way to keep your tools clean.
7. Remove rust from chrome
Crumple some foil into a ball, run it under cold water, and get scrubbing! Rust will come right off chrome with no problem at all. A perfect way to spruce up a thrift store furniture find.
8. Increase your WiFi signal strength
Fold some aluminum foil into a thick sheet; curve it, and place it behind the antennae of your router. The foil reflects the signal to redirect it to the area you need better strength.
9. Prevent static electricity on your clothes
Instead of buying dryer sheets, dry your clothes with a crumpled up ball of aluminum foil. No more static! Use 3 to 4 one-foot long pieces of foil to make the ball. Rumor has it that you can use the same ball for up to a year!
10. Turn AAA batteries into AA batteries
Ball up little pieces of foil to extend the positive side of AAA batteries to transform them into AA batteries. A perfect way to save yourself some money and a trip to the store.
11. Grill and BBQ cleaner
After cooking food, use a balled up piece of foil to clean and shine your grill grates. Make sure to use tongs, so you don’t burn your hands.
12. Make a homemade funnel
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Easily refill bottles without a full by using aluminum foil instead. Simply shape a piece of foil to the desired size, and you’re all set!