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How to Clean with Aluminum Foil

Aluminum foil is commonly found in most household kitchens and used for a variety of cooking-related reasons, however, did you know that it can also be used to clean many different surfaces throughout your home?

Cleaning a Grill

Foil works great when cleaning off a grimy grill after a barbecue, especially if it has been a while since you deep cleaned!

What you need:

  • Spray bottle

  • 2 cups Distilled White Vinegar

  • Aluminum foil

  • Water Hose


  1. Heat up the grill in order to burn off as much left over residue as you can

  2. Let the grill cool off completely so you don’t burn yourself

  3. Put the 2 cups of distilled white vinegar into the spray bottle

  4. Generously spray the grate with vinegar as you want it dripping wet

  5. Tear off a sheet of aluminum foil and crumple it into a ball

  6. Scrub the grate with the ball until the residue is removed

  7. Take the grate to your driveway where you can spray it off with your hose

  8. Thoroughly rinse the grate to remove the dirt, grime, and leftover vinegar

Cleaning Silverware

Has tarnish taken over your silverware drawer? Well, look no further, aluminum foil can fix that dilemma!

What you need:

  • Aluminum foil

  • Glass baking dish

  • Enough boiling water to completely submerge all your silverware

  • 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar

  • 1 TBSP of Baking Soda

  • 1 TBSP of Sea Salt

  • A microfiber cloth

  • Tongs


  1. Line the glass of the glass baking dish with aluminum foil, make sure the shinier side of the foil is facing up

  2. Combine the sea salt and baking soda and sprinkle the mixture into the baking dish

  3. To create a reaction, add the vinegar to the baking dish (you will see it fizzing as the vinegar reacts with the baking soda)

  4. Very carefully, add the boiling water to the baking dish

  5. Place your silverware in a single line along the bottom of the dish making sure it is making contact with the aluminum foil

  6. Let the silverware soak for 30 seconds- 3 minutes depending on the severity of the tarnish

  7. Using tongs, remove the silverware from the solution

  8. Dry the silverware and buff with a microfiber cloth

  9. Repeat as needed

Removing Rust

Some may think that the thought of cleaning rust with aluminum foil is a crazy idea, but, believe it or not, its easy to do and it works great!

What you need:

  • Aluminum foil

  • Dishwashing liquid

  • Microfiber Cloth

  • A bucket of water


  1. Add water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid to make soapy water

  2. Get the microfiber cloth damp and wipe of the rusted area

  3. Empty the bucket, since it out and fill with water

  4. Rip a strip of aluminum foil and dip it into the bucket of water

  5. Rub the wet foil on the rusted spots. If the foil dries out, get it wet again

  6. Using a microfiber cloth, wipe away any bits of ruts to clean the surface again

  7. Repeat the process as needed

  8. Buff the chrome and wipe clean using a microfiber cloth

  9. Apply wax or polish to prevent rust in the future

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