Uncommon Uses for Aluminum Foil

When I was a kid, the big saying was, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. While recycling is limited here in my hometown (recently, it has gotten better, but not very convenient), I always look for ways to reduce and Reuse.

One thing I use a lot of in my home is aluminum foil. Most of the time, after it has been used, it is still good to reuse again and I started looking for other ways I could use it as it seemed like such a waste to just toss it in the trash.


I have compiled a list of ways to use it that you may not have thought of!

  • Use it to clean and scrub dirty pots and pans. Make sure not to use it on non-stick surfaces as it can be pretty abrasive.
  • Help your sun-loving plants get extra sun. If you have plants like cacti on a window sill, line your sill with foil so it will reflect light and give them an extra dose.
  • Have picture perfect pie crust edges by covering them until your pie is about halfway done. Remove and your crust edges will brown perfectly.
  • Sharpen scissors by getting a couple sheets of foil and cutting through them a couple times.
  • Clean out your oven by using a ball of foil as a scrubber.
  • I wear glasses and I love to dye my hair. To avoid getting the dye on my glasses, I wrap the ear pieces in foil during my dye time.
  • Clean your grill.
  • If you need a funnel in a jiffy, try using a piece and wrap it in a funnel shape.
  • Cover door knobs and light switches with it when painting. It will be easier to remove than tape.
  • Bugs hate foil. Place a little in your garden around plant bases to keep them away and reflect more light.
  • Use it to help a stripped screw go in again. Wrap some around the screw and try again. It will be temporary, but is a good quick fix.

How do you reuse aluminum foil?

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