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3 Ways to Use Foil Outside the Kitchen + $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!

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I have a few non-food staples that I always keep in my pantry for cooking and storing food – parchment paper, plastic wrap, plastic baggies, and foil. But the one thing that I grab most often to use outside of the kitchen is foil.

I typically buy Glad™ Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil because it’s thicker than regular foil, which makes it sturdier. Plus, I really like the Glad brand foil, whether standard or heavy duty, because it’s 30% stronger than other leading foils, and I HATE when foils rips when I stir vegetables I’m roasting or for other projects around the house.

Glad Aluminum Foil

Foil makes clean-up in the kitchen easy (I line my roasting pans with it), but I also use it outside of the kitchen a lot. so Here are 3 ways I use Glad foil outside of the kitchen!

1.     Cleaning the grill. I share a grill with others at my apartment and with so many people using the grill, it can get pretty nasty. And not everyone cleans the grill after using it, unfortunately. Plus, the grill brush at my apartment is in pretty rough shape. I ball up a piece of foil and use that to scrub the grill clean before I put my meat on. Works great!

Glad Aluminum Foil

Glad Aluminum Foil

Glad Aluminum Foil

2.     Lining Maizey’s toy basket.   I keep all of Maizey’s toys in a basket by the door, and clean it out every month or so, tossing toys that have no life (i.e. stuffing) left in them or that are just really gross. It can be hard to clean the dog hair that collects at the bottom of the basket, so I’ve started lining it with a piece of foil. When I clean out the basket each month, I pull out the foil and just replace it with a new one.

Glad Aluminum Foil

Glad Aluminum Foil

3.     Placemats at a cook-out. A cookout should be casual but I’m a big fan of placemats, regardless of the formality of a meal. Using foil adds a fun touch while still keeping things casual. The pull-up cutting features ensures you get a clean cut, which helps keep the placemats looking crisp and not sloppy. Customize the placemats with each person’s name, and draw a border on it if you’re really ambitious/artsy. (I am not artsy.)

Glad Aluminum Foil

And don’t forget to put a cup of sharpies in the center of the table. Everyone likes drawing on their mat and impromptu games of tic-tac-toe or hangman are encouraged! Clean-up is a breeze! Have everyone crumble up their placemat and see who can make it in the garbage can from the furthest distance.

Glad Aluminum Foil

You can find Glad Aluminum Foil at Albertsons, Food Lion, Hannaford, Lowe’s Food Stores, Brookshire, Meijer, Harris Teeter, Demoulas Market Basket, or Futuro Foods.

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125 Comments

  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
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    Haha, o my gosh! My mom has just been trying to figure out the best way to clean the grill! We’ll have to try foil 😛

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    heather
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    I use aluminum foil outside the kitchen to clean silver, color hair, and to cook on the BBQ.

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    Shannon
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    I use it in crafts sometimes!

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    Deanna
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    that’s a good idea for cleaning the grill. I use it to line the bottom of the grill to keep it clean as well.

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    paige c
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    We use foil to wrap awkward shaped and sized things in the fridge and to line cookie sheets in the oven so we don’t have to wash them 🙂

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    Anne Schrum
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    I use foil to wrap food before sealing it in a ziploc and freezing it to ward off freezer burn.

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    Natalie
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    I wrap aluminum foil at the top of my TV antenna to get better reception.

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    Will G
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    I used to use it to make little boats!

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    Megan
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    I can’t think of anything! I have seen the foil on antenna trick but I don’t need it.

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    Jennifer
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    the placemat thing is a great idea! i’ve never actually used foil outside the kitchen. but my favorite in-kitchen way is folding it into an envelope to cook food inside… so reliable not to split open like my parchment paper sometimes does!

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    Mina
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    Well, it’s technically my hairdresser’s best use of foil outside of the kitchen but it’s to balayage my hair 🙂

    Mina

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    Katie B
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    To amuse kiddos, I make a small “boat” out of foil, and then do various experiments in a sink of water: moving the boat across the water with soap, testing the buoyancy, etc. Fun times! 🙂

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    Heidi B
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    I love to use the foil to make robots and crafts with the kids!

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    Ashley
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    I let my one year old crunch it up and play with it.

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    Mary
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    I make a foil hat to keep the aliens from accessing my brain.

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    Tracy
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    I use it to sharpen scissors!

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    Charlotte
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    I use it on the grill to make the best grilled veggies!

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    Sunny
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    For some reason, my kitty loves it as a toy – ball it up and he’ll bat it around for days.

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    Jill S.
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    Love to use it to make foil packets for the grill!

    Thanks.

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    heather from nc
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    If we’re painting and we need to finish the next day, we wrap our paint brushes and rollers in foil instead of rinsing them.

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    Julie
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    I recently used it to line the bottom of a wooden flower pot that my daughter painted for me for Mother’s Day.

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    RLR
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    I’ve used it to clean silver jewelry before! Also, my kids take pizza to school on Fridays. On Thursday evening, I cook their pizza and then wrap it in foil. The foil becomes a plate/placemat for lunch. They can bring it back home to put it in the recycling bin as long as its not too messy (and if they remember!). I like the tip about cleaning the grill!

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    Kalynn C.
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    The idea of cleaning the grill with foil is genius! We’ve been on the hunt for special brushes that won’t rip apart and leave pieces stuck to the grates. Thanks for the idea!

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    Jen
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    I’m pretty boring…I pretty much just use foil for roasting veggies. I also make ahead breakfast burritos & wrap them in foil to put in the freezer. Quick and easy breakfasts on the go!

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    Brooke
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    I use it for crafts!

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    Elena
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    I use it for sharpening scissors

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    Lisa Brown
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    i use foil to clean sterling silver jewelry

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    Julie Wood
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    I use foil to clean the barbecue, for when I highlight my hair, and I use foil for to clean my jewelry and sharpen my scissors.

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    Julie Wood
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    tweet-https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/772420034094178304

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    mami2jcn
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    We use it on the bbq.

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    mami2jcn
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    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/772443030645248000

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    Jessica To
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    I use foil on our grill and in the kitchen.

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    Madeline
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    I’ve used foil to clean jewelry, and to clean cast iron.

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    Jessie C.
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    I use foil to clean my grill.
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    Jessie C.
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    tweet-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/772565165871030273

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    Kelly D
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    We use foil for crafts, such as an accent in homemade cards or to wrap gifts.

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    Emily @ Relishments
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    I use foil to cover fixtures I don’t want to get paint on them during projects, like door knobs, light fixtures and toilet paper holders. Foil is easy to reshape and keeps the paint out!

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    Nik
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    I just use it in the kitchen if to bring things places ! I’m not creative thanks

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    Nik
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    AwesoI just use it in the kitchen if to bring things places ! I’m not creative thanks

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    Courtney
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    Our favorite camping meal: tinfoil dinners!! We layer veggies + chicken and seasonings, and always use an extra sturdy foil so we can flip them without ripping. Soooo gooood!

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    HELEN
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    I do the same thing with my grill! I use the foil to clean it!

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    Rachel
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    When my cat was little I would put tin foil on surfaces I didn’t want him on because he was scared of it.

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    natasha lamoreux
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    I use aluminum as liners and the kids use it for arts and crafts.

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    Amy Tong
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    love your idea. I usually use them at the outdoor grill. or wrap things for my family to take a to-go after a party. 🙂

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    Rebecca
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    I like to have foil on hand when we go camping to cook food over the fire or for wrapping up leftovers.

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    OFG
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    my son likes to run water down them with a hose. It works great for sailing small boats down the backyard hill.

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    rachel
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    My husband always uses it on our grill! Easy clean up!

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    katherine Person
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    I have never really thought outside the box for this one and have only used it in the kitchen

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    Allison Swain
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    We use it for the grill when not using in the kitchen. I didn’t know about all these neat uses for it until now!
    Thanks for the chance to win this

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    Keri justice
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    My kids are always using foil in craft projects!

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    kjasus
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    i use foil for many science experiments in the classroom

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    laura bernard
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    I use it when I color my hair and in craft projects.

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    Erika
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    Some people in my family (I won’t name names) have used it as wrapping paper. 🙂

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    Margaret Smith
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    I use foil for doing crafts and cooking on the grill. Thanks so much.

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    Margaret Smith
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    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/775460979983384576
    Thanks again.

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    Mita
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    We use it on cooking on girls and crafts.

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    Kristen
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    There’s something about crumpled up foil that cats hate so I use it to keep my mischievous kitty out of places she doesn’t belong.

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    Elle
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    I use it to clean the grill outside.

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    Jeffrey
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    We use foil during painting projects around the house for wrapping up brushes and rollers during breaks.

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    BusyWorkingMama
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    We use it in art projects. It is a fun, shiny material for crafts.

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    Stephanie Phelps
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    I use foil to help when I am cleaning the grill and it works really well!

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    Elizabeth pergande
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    I use it to clean silver.

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    LaTanya
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    I use it for arts and crafts

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    Cynthia C
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    One of my cat’s favorite things to play with is a ball of aluminum foil.

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    Denise L
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    I use it as a grill cleaner too! It’s a great use for foil.

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    Emily @ Relishments
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    I use foil to wrap around oddly shaped objects (door knobs, hangers, fixtures) when painting walls – it’s a lot easier to shape than tape and keeps the paint from getting where I don’t want it!

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    Kerry
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    I use it for a paint tray liner.

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    Debbie B
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    we have used it to line the bottom of our grill

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    Rebecca Graham
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    I use it for crafting projects.

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    Betty C
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    I mostly use it for cooking on the grill and sealing food for the freezer.

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    Robin M.
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    Use balled up pieces of aluminum foil in the dryer in place of dryer sheets.

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    Ellie Wright
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    We use foil on our bay windows in summer to keep out heat and sun.

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    maria cantu
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    I use foil on tip of antenna.

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    sherri crawford
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    to wrap christmas presents with a red ribbon

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    Annette
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    Outside the kitchen I use foil for messy craft projects such as those that use glitter. I can fold up the foil after I’m done and pour the glitter back into the container.

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    Susan Smith
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    I use foil on the grill to make grilled veggies!

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    Tamara
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    We’ve used foil for science experiments in our homeschool.
    westiemks5 at yahoo dot com

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    Kristen
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    One year I used foil and cardboard boxes to create an amazing ROBOT Halloween costume for a friend. Usually I just use in on the grill 🙂

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    Tina W
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    I use foil to line the paint roller tray.

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    Sarah L
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    I like sharpening scissors with aluminum foil.
    Thanks for the contest.

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    angie
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    Honestly, I don’t use foil for anything other than in the kitchen. It had never even crossed my mind! Hope my answer is OK. Just being honest! 😀

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    Tabathia B
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    I reallly don’t use it outside of the kitchen, except on the grill

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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    Tabathia B
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    tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/784436703729750016
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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    Thomas Murphy
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    I have not used foil outside the kitchen.

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    Anastasia Falling
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    I’ve used the for camping cooking, keeping stuff fresh… but nothing else outside of food!! I’ve seen lots of cool hacks recently tho’. Like using foil to curl your hair! 🙂

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    Anastasia Falling
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    Tweeted 🙂 – https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/784513095561457664

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