I love aluminum foil. It’s recyclable, it’s shiny, and it is super versatile. It can be used to clean, catch, protect, frighten, scrub, lift, soften, shape, grow, fix, sharpen, steam, attach, boost, and polish.
Some of the following uses may surprise you. Some may anger you. Others may just leave you thinking, “I knooooow, I totally use it that way every day.” Either way, these aluminum foil tips and tricks may just save your life, so settle in, grab a beverage, and position your roll of aluminum foil so you can gaze at it lovingly while I extol its many virtues.
Clean Your Grill
Place a layer of aluminum foil on your grill while the coals are still burning. This will burn off any chunks of food. Leave it there until your grill cools down. Once it’s cool you can crumple up the foil and use it to scrub the grill.
Prevent Paint From Drying
A layer of dry paint can form on top of your half-use paint can and look like the skin that sometimes forms on soup. To prevent these chunks from ruining your smooth paint job, place a disc shape of foil inside of the paint can and on top of the paint after you’re done using it.
Then blow into the can and put the top on. The carbon dioxide in your breath will replace some oxygen in the can that would dry out your paint.
Need a funnel but don’t have one? Fashion one from some heavy duty aluminum foil.
Fold smoothed foil pieces into layers and cut through them with scissors. They should be sharpened after seven or eight pass throughs.
Keep a Paintbrush From Drying Out
Squeeze out excess paint and wrap it tightly in foil. Place a rubber band around the foil to secure it at the base of the handle. When you resume painting your brush will still be wet and you won’t have to clean them in between uses. This works great if you’re taking a lunch break while painting.
You can protect your oven from thrills and spills by placing a few sections of aluminum foil beneath something that might bubble, bubble, toil, and trouble all over the floor of your oven. Don’t foil the actual floor of the oven, as that could cause a build-up of heat to warp the bottom of your expensive appliance. Instead, lay some foil over the rack just beneath whatever it is that might erupt and create a mess. Instead of scrubbing until your elbows run out of grease, you can just ball up the soiled foil and recycle it.
BONUS OVEN TIP: to protect your heating elements from the harsh chemicals in store-bought oven cleaner, put some aluminum foil over them before spraying down the interior of your oven. This may cause a potentially explosive chemical reaction, but your heating elements will appreciate your thoughtfulness while the house burns down.