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9 Surprising Uses for Aluminum Foil

Aluminum foil isn't just for wrapping up leftovers and lining baking trays. We found genius uses for aluminum foil around the house!

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Celery wrapped in foilTASTE OF HOME

Keep your celery fresh longer

Remove the plastic wrap when you get your celery home, and wrap it tightly with a large piece of aluminum foil. It will last two to three times longer than in the plastic bag. Psst! Here are some tips for keeping your lettuce fresh, too.

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Silverware in a pan lined with foilTASTE OF HOME

Polish your silverware

Line a pan with foil, fill it with cold water and mix in 2 teaspoons of salt. Soak your silverware in this solution for five minutes, then remove, rinse and wipe with a soft cloth or paper towel. Get our step-by-step guide here.

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Lump of brown sugar on foilTASTE OF HOME

Soften brown sugar

A baker’s worst nightmare: You go to measure brown sugar for your favorite chocolate chip cookie only to find the sugar is hard as a rock. To restore your sugar, break off a chunk and wrap it tightly in aluminum foil. Pop in the oven at 300ºF for five minutes and you’ll have soft sugar again.

(Learn more tricks for how to soften brown sugar!)

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Wiping grill with ball of foilTASTE OF HOME

Ditch that metal grill brush

We all have that dingy grill brush hanging in the garage. Besides being grimy, these brushes can also be dangerous—bristles can come loose, stick to the grate and find their way into your food. Forget the brush and crumple up a wad of foil instead. Take this ball and scrub both sides of your grate for a squeaky clean grill.

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Foil sheet on a grillTASTE OF HOME

Make a disposable grill pan

Speaking of grills, for stick-free fish and chicken (like these tasty recipes), spray a piece of foil with vegetable or olive oil spray. Poke a few holes in it, lay it across the grill, then add your food. When dinner is over, you can crumple and toss!

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Using scissors to cut foilTASTE OF HOME

Sharpen your scissors

Dull scissors got you down? Sharpen them easily by folding a sheet of foil in half a few times. Cut this into ribbons with your scissors to sharpen them.

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Steel wool on sheet of foilTASTE OF HOME

Preserve your steel wool

Steel wool, while handy, can be frustrating. More often than not you find that your pad has turned into a rusty mess before you get your use out of it. Next time, wrap the pad in foil and toss in the freezer. This will keep the pad rust-free until you need it next.

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Foil around bottom of plantTASTE OF HOME

Keep garden pests at bay

Have you ever had problems with cutworms, slugs or other garden varmints destroying your plants? Lay circles of aluminum foil underneath and gently snug up to the plants’ stems. A spring bonus: The reflected sunlight will warm your plants after cool nights.

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Flashlight and bit of foilTASTE OF HOME

Flashlight quick fix

Is your flashlight or other battery-operated device working sporadically? It might be that the battery compartment spring has, like many of us, lost its springiness. Fold up a small bit of foil and place between the battery and the spring to tighten the connection.

Sue Evans
I am a mom, grandma, wife, nurse, gardener, writer, student, a steward of and a passenger on Planet Earth.

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