6 More Reuses for: Aluminum Foil

By: Sheila Shaigany

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Jane Burton/Getty Images

We now know that processing aluminum foil can harm the environment. But we also know that aluminum foil is 100% recyclable. Did you know that there are lots of other creative and practical ways to reuse aluminum foil?

I usually use aluminum foil to wrap my PB&J sandwich that I take to work. After I eat my sandwich, I always save the foil and take it home to wrap another sandwich in.


But sometimes the routine gets a little boring, and I find myself searching outside the box for new and different ways to reuse foil. And once I get those creative juices flowing, I can think of so many unique reuses. Here are some of my favorites:

1. Keep the Mice Away

Eeeeew.I really don't like talking about this particular reuse, especially since I just did it last night! But let's face it, mice are everywhere—especially if you're living in a 100 year-old six floor walk up apartment in Manhattan. My ancient apartment has several cracks in the wooden floors and walls. And you know what that means.

CRACKS = easy access for rodents

Recently, my boyfriend and I realized that if you take some old aluminum foil and squeeze it through cracks in the walls, the mice will disappear. Even if the foil doesn't completely fill the crack, the sharp texture of aluminum scares the mouse from trying to slide through it. It's much more humane than using mouse traps or hiring an exterminator.

2. Scouring Sponge

Aluminum Foil's rough texture is perfect for scrubbing those grimy pots and pans. You won't even have to wash the foil before reusing it. And you'll save money because you'll never have to buy a brillo pad again. Just be sure to wear gloves so you don't cut your hands.

3. Makeshift TV/Radio Antenna Not all of us are lucky enough (or rich enough) to take part in the so-called booming trend of "Digital Cable." Some of us have instead stubbornly held onto watching basic cable on a TV set that was purchased in 1986. While such simplicity does have its perks, my "antique" TV and I definitely have a love/hate relationship. This is mainly due to a constant fuzzy screen, and the fact that the metal antenna that sits on top never seems to be helping ANYTHING. But thanks to my stash of used aluminum foil, all I need to do is take a little piece of foil and wrap it around the antenna. Voila! I get a clear picture. I have no idea why or how it works, but it does. I'm sure there's some scientific explanation behind it, but I'm perfectly content knowing what I already know