Use Aluminum Foil as a Pot Scrubber

Crumpled Aluminum Foil sitting on a table
This is a page about using aluminum foil as pot scrubber. The next time you need to scour pots and pans, grab a piece of aluminum foil, wad it up into a ball, and easily remove cooked on food. Just remember to avoid this method if they have a non-stick coating.

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March 23, 2006

Save your used aluminum foil. It can be used as a scouring pad, Just take a piece and wad it up. Then start scouring pots and pans with it.

By Nelle from Cumming, GA

Editor's Note: This is a good use for used aluminum foil, just don't use it on your nonstick pans, it might scratch them.

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July 23, 2010

When camping, use aluminum foil as a pot scrubber. Simply wad it up into a ball.

Source: my mother

By Monica from Cortez, CO

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October 4, 2011

We can get a little extra use from aluminum foil before we discard it by wadding it up to make a scouring pad. This will even work to polish steel sinks and aluminum ware.

By Arthur from Bronx, NY

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October 28, 2004

Most thrifty homemakers might wipe a bit of frosting from a sheet of used aluminum foil and fold it for reuse. However, even if the piece of foil is well used and worn... it has a further life!

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January 4, 2011

If you are cleaning pots and pans and find out you have no scrapper to get of the stuck on food, pull out the foil. Just tear off a piece of aluminum foil, wad it up in a ball, and use it to scratch off baked on foods from skillets, pots and pans. It works wonderfully in a pinch!

By Sherri from Alvarado, TX

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December 11, 2009

When you are out of scouring pads (or are on vacation without any), use a crumpled piece of aluminum foil as a scrubber. It takes a little bit longer, but it does the trick!

By Loris

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December 11, 2009

I have started keeping my "used" aluminum foil and reusing it for a scrubby. I use it to scrub my pots and pans and to clean anything stuck on the stove or counter.

By Brandi from Cameron, Missouri


Recycle Aluminum Foil for Scrubby

If you're used foil is clean enough to use as a scrubber; I'm thinking it would be much thriftier to simply not use the foil in the first place.


All kinds of wraps, foils and paper towels are expensive and bad for the environment. (04/29/2009)

By d horner

Recycle Aluminum Foil as a Scrubby

I think that's a great idea! Granted, other forms of scrubbers are more ecologically sound, but I still have to use foil for certain cooking methods. Just yesterday I threw out a piece of foil and thought to myself that it's terribly wasteful. Keep in mind, too, that Reynolds is now producing foil that is 50% recycled! Yay! We have no recycle centers in my area of Michigan, and can only recycle plastic bottles and aluminum cans if they contained (I can't believe this!) *carbonated* beverages!! Juice? Nope. Milk? No again. I do a pretty good job of recycling or reusing household materials, though. I have one of those big, wheeled trash receptacles. My neighbors, regardless of family size, all put theirs out every week with the containers bulging and the tops propped up by the trash inside. I put mine out once a *month!"


This will be a great saving. Thanks for the terrific tip. (05/03/2009)

By Polly Levesque

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