Aluminum Foil Hacks

Whether you call it tin foil or aluminum foil, it is for more than just cooking. Here are some great hacks that are useful, economical and cool!

DIY Funnel

Do you need to move liquid from one vessel to another but don’t have a funnel handy? Fear not, you can make one out of foil! It’s easy and then there is no mess to clean up, just recycle your funnel or if you want clean it and save it for next time. Simply take a large piece of aluminum foil, fold it over several times and then roll it into a funnel. That’s all there is to it!

Battery Saver

Have you ever been watching TV and gone to turn up the volume at a crucial point and your remote is dead and all you have in the house are AAA batteries!? Oh, the horror! Well, we have a neat trick for you. Take those AAAs and add a little foil to the ends to extend to the length of an AA battery and voila your remote is back in action.

Pot Scrubber

Dirty pot that won’t come clean? Grab some foil, crumble it up and get to scrubbing. You’ll be amazed at how well this works. Use it on any pot that you’d use a scouring pad.

Sharpen Scissors

Have a pair of dull scissors that can’t cut through tissue, well aluminum foil is to the rescue again. Just take a large sheet, fold it over several times to make it thicker and then cut through it with the dull scissors and repeat a few times to get your scissors back into sharpened shape!

Cooking Grease

We’ve all had to deal with cooking grease and as tempting as it is to just pour it down the drain, do not do it! You will end up with clogged pipes and a plumber’s bill that your wallet will not like. Instead line a bowl with tin foil and then pour that grease in. Allow the grease to congeal and then throw it away or save it for future cooking. Simple, clean and efficient.

BBQ Scrubber

Cleaning the BBQ grills is never a fun job but this makes it a little bit easier. Just bunch up a wade of foil and get to scrubbing. It works the same way it does on pots and in no time you’ll have clean grills and yummy tasting BBQ.

Dryer Balls

This is a tried and true trick. Remove the static in your dryer by creating two foil balls and throwing them in with the wet clothes. The positive and negative charge of the balls will remove static and leave your clothes cling free.

Do you have any aluminum foil hacks that you’d like to share? Please comment below, we love to hear from you!


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  1. I also use tin foil when cooking bacon – or anything that spatters – by laying pieces in an L shape on the stovetop around the fry pan. When done p, these pieces can be reused as the way to save the bacon grease, as you showed, and to scrub the pan. Less clean up and no waste.

  2. Melissa FYI, on the battery tip? You might want to revise it for temporary use only. My Husband who is a certified Bomb Tech. Advises that folks should be very careful, as the remote can overheat, & be a potential FIRE hazard!

  3. Great tips! I would like to know what suggestions you might have for sharpening knives. All the knife sharpeners I have tried don’t do a very good job and it’s a constant source of aggravation for me. Thanks Melissa! Love your tips and videos

    • Ernestine you can hone a knife with a “sharpening” steel. This basically takes the nicks off the edge of you knife and realigns the cutting edge of the knife. To actually sharpen your knife, you are better off to get this professionally done

  4. These are terrific ideas. I can personally attest to the dryer ball trick. I love not having that cloying scent to deal with – even the unscented ones smell and these work so well I was stunned. They are also reusable and practically free.


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