Survival/household uses for aluminum foil
A security use for aluminum foil:
You can wrap your keys in aluminum foil to block the key fob signal – it may not completely block the signal, but it helps; purchased blocking bags are probably better.
Other uses for aluminum foil:
Note: Supposedly aluminum foil isn’t tin foil.
- Wrap trees to protect them.
- Catch fish – wrap a small square of tin foil around weights or hook. Reflecting light off of the foil can lure more fish in.
- Good surface for starting a fire (put tinder, kindle, cotton balls, etc., on the aluminum foil)
- Protect your hands from heat
- Instead of a tin can, use aluminum foil to make char cloth
- Wrap items multiple times to keep them dry
- Make pots and pans. (The melting temperature of aluminum is around 660 Degrees Celsius or 1220 degrees Fahrenheit.)
- Protect flames from the wind.
- Catch anything that boils over and spills which helps keep an oven clean.
- Collect rainwater
- Boil water – you can dig a hole, wrap the hole with aluminum foil, fill it with water, and finally put some rocks in a fire and transfer hot rocks over to the water.
- Make a funnel
- Make a plate
- Make a ball of foil and use it to scrub dirty pots and pans.
- Make ball of foil and use to scrub off rust.
- Protect soap and make it last longer.
- Fix loose batteries in something like a flashlight – wedge between the spring and battery.
- Wrap a foil ball around the ends of antenna to improve reception.
- Signal for help
- Fold a smooth sheet several times then start cutting. After a short while, your scissors will be nice and sharp.
- Find your way at night – hang foil from trees at eye level along a trail you plan on following at night
- Stay dry while you sleep by putting a layer of foil between you and sleeping bag or sleeping set.
- Tin Foil Hat 🙂