You might run for tinfoil when you need to cover up those leftovers, but did you know that tinfoil is good for so much more than just keeping your food fresh? Easy to use and inexpensive to buy, tinfoil is perfect for many other household tricks and hacks. Take a peek below at 10 ways you never knew you could use tinfoil, and see how helpful tinfoil can really be!
10 Ways You Never Knew You Could Use Tinfoil
1. Prevent burnt crusts.
Wrap some tinfoil along the edges of your pie and pot pie crusts (once they have browned) to prevent burning. You will get perfectly golden crusts every single time. You can also cover turkey and chicken legs and wings with foil once they have browned to prevent burning. It works like a charm.
2. Make stove clean up easy.
Cut tin foil to fit under the burners on your stove. This way when you have spills and drips you don’t have to scrub, you can just remove the tinfoil and toss it. This also works great in ovens and even on outdoor grills.
3. Warm up.
Tinfoil reflects heat, so place a large sheet of it behind your heating unit. It will kick some toasty heat back your way and heat your room faster without additional expense. If you have plants that need some more sun and heat, you can place a sheet of tinfoil near them to reflect both.
4. Help plants drain, for less.
Create balls of tin foil and drop them into your flower pots before adding the soil. They will help fill the pots for less, and will also help create better drainage for the plants.
5. Sharpen your scissors.
If your scissors are becoming dull, just snip a piece of tinfoil with them a few times. The snipping action against the foil will help sharpen the blades quickly and easily.
6. Make heart shaped cupcakes.
Make a small ball of tinfoil and place it in the cupcake pan BEHIND the paper cupcake wrapping. This will create an indent in the cupcake cup, giving it the shape of a heart as it bakes.
7. Craft an easy cup.
Whether you need something to hold a condiment, paint, shampoo, or even water, you can craft a cup out of tinfoil. Just bend the foil into a cup shape and roll the edges. It is perfect for holding gels, dips, and liquids when in a bind.
8. Simplify paint jobs.
Prevent a mess and wasted paint when you wrap your paint brushes up in tinfoil. The paint won’t dry and stick to the bristles, and you can start painting again when you are ready without any issue. Foil is also perfect for lining your paint trays so you can enjoy easy clean up.
9. Make a quick scouring pad.
Ball up the tinfoil and use it as a quick scouring pad. It is perfect for scrubbing pots and pans and cutting through that caked on grime. Just toss away when done.
10. Make ironing a breeze.
Place a layer of tinfoil onto your iron board prior to ironing. As you iron it will reflect heat, helping you remove wrinkles on both sides of the fabric or garment.
It is time to take a new look at tinfoil. Give some of these uses your consideration and see how helpful of a tool it can be in all areas of your home.