These are 5 things you can do with aluminium foil you didn’t know about!

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What do you usually use aluminium foil for?

Although aluminium foil might seem like a boring product you mainly use to wrap your sandwiches with, there’s a lot you can do with it. For example, did you know you can use it to polish silver? Keep reading to find out how this works and to learn about some more handy hacks!

We should’ve known about this earlier!

Polishing silver

Coat a bucket or bowl with aluminium foil. Make sure the shiny side of the foil is visible. Put the silverware you want to polish into the bucket, fill it with 3.5 liters of boiling water and add 50 grams of washing soda or baking soda. Leave the silverware in the water for about 15 minutes. The layer that has covered your beautiful silverware is attracted to the foil, which makes it easier to clean the silver.

Scrub the barbecue

If you have ever been tasked with cleaning the grill of the barbecue, you will know it’s a horrible chore. It will be a million times easier if you use aluminium foil, though. Scrub the grill with a scrunched up ball of foil and you’ll see it’ll be clean in no time at all!


When you’ve put your heart and soul into baking a cake, you want it to come out of the oven looking absolutely perfect. Edges that have browned a little too much are not what you want! To prevent the edges of your cake from getting too brown, you can cover them with aluminium foil. This will make sure they won’t burn or brown as quickly!


Gardening is one of our favourite hobbies; we love it when our plants thrive! We don’t want to be doing all of our hard work for nothing, though, so we want to keep those pesky birds away from our strawberry plants. Instead of making a hideous scarecrow, you can also use strips of this handy foil! Hang them in the plants or trees and the birds will stay away.


To some people ironing is very relaxing, while others hate the chore. It doesn’t matter what you think of it, though; it’s a task that can’t be put off forever. But you can speed up the process! Place a sheet of aluminium foil underneath the cover of your ironing board. The foil will reflect the heat coming off of your iron, which speeds up the ironing.

Read more: Is the bottom of your iron dirty? With this trick it’ll be clean within a minute! You already own the solution!

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Source: Elle Eten | Image: Aluminium foil, close up by Marco Verch Professional Photographer and Speaker license CC BY 2.0