Home Remedies using Aluminum Foil Outdoors

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You may cover the grates of your grill during BBQ season, and that might be the most you’ll use aluminum foil outside of the kitchen. However, this versatile product made out of the third most abundant element in the world is quite useful both around the house and in the outdoors. To explore the many possibilities, you should get familiar with home remedies using aluminum foil.

Aluminum Foil Home Remedies

From detailing your car to offering convenient quick fixes for a camping trip, foil has many uses outside of the house. You can even put it to good use when you’re working in the garden. The following home remedies using aluminum foil will show you the many ways how to maximize the benefits of this versatile product:

a) Shine Chrome Bumpers:

When you want your car to display attractive shine on the bumpers, crumple up a handful of aluminum foil with the shiny side out and vigorously rub the chrome. If you put a little muscle into in, you can actually remove rust spots. This is a good remedy for older car bumpers, as newer cars are now being made with plastic – not chrome.

b) Scare Away the Birds:

Long strips of aluminum foil hanging from the branches of fruit trees will keep birds away from munching on your fruit [1].

c) Keep Cats Away:

To keep a cat out of your garden, place aluminum foil around the inside perimeter of your fruits and vegetables. Cats do not like the feel of the foil on their feet.

d) Mulch Additive:

Mix strips of aluminum foil in with your garden mulch to protect your cucumbers and other vegetables from the nibbling of insects and slugs. The foil will also deliver reflected light to your plants.

e) Keep Tree Trunks Safe:

To make sure mice, rabbits and other animals don’t destroy the bark of young trees during the winter season, wrap the trunks with a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil in the late fall. In the springtime, don’t forget to remove the foil.

f) Outdoor Platter:

When camping, sometimes you have to improvise – like covering a piece of cardboard with heavy-duty aluminum foil to create a temporary, disposable platter for food.

g) Sleeping Bag Protection:

If you place a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil under your sleeping bag, you can provide insulation against moisture during a camping trip.

h) Keep Matches Dry:

When out in the wilderness, keep matches from getting wet by wrapping them in aluminum foil.

i) Entice a Fish [2]:

Don’t come home from a fishing trip empty handed. Replace your trendy fishing lures for aluminum foil wrapped around a fishhook. Add a fringe to the foil so that when it covers the hook, there is still something wriggling at the end of the line.

j) Nurture Seeds:

Line a shoe box with aluminum foil (shiny side up) with about two inches of foil extending out over the sides. In the bottom of the box, poke several drainage holes – making sure to penetrate the foil. Fill the box slightly more than halfway with potting soil. Next, plant your seeds. The foil on the outside of the box will absorb heat, which will keep the seeds warm while they germinate. Position the box close to a sunny window, keep the soil moist, and wait to see your seedlings make a guest appearance.

k) Clean the BBQ Grill:

When the coals are still red with heat, lay a sheet of aluminum foil over the grill to burn off any remaining residue. The next time you use your grill, crumble the old foil and use it to scrub off the burned food before you start cooking.

l) Funnel on the Spot:

Doubling up a length of heavy-duty aluminum foil and rolling it into the shape of a cone can create a funnel when you are in need of a quick fix.


[1] Who Knew? Almanac by Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin; pg. 532
[2] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 45.