18 Unusual Uses For Cling Film You'll Wish You'd Known Earlier

18 Unusual Uses For Cling Film You'll Wish You'd Known Earlier

Cling film - what a wonderful invention. Its widely known use is, of course, to cover up food, but there are loads of other, less-known ways to use cling film too.

Clingfilm's strength and elasticity is what makes it truly unique. It's able to fit neatly into or around almost any shape, solving a surprising amount of problems in one simple step.

Discover how your roll of cling film can make everything from travelling to dying your hair easier today with our 18 amazingly useful uses for cling film.

 1. Use cling film to prevent bananas from overripening

how to stop bananas from becoming overripe
Achieve perfect ripeness!

Achieving perfect banana ripeness is no easy feat. Prevent bananas from going brown by wrapping the stalks in cling film.

The cling film prevents the release of ethylene gas, which speeds up the ripening process.

Why not try our other tips on how to make fruit and veg last longer than ever too?

2. How to prevent toiletries from leaking

prevent toiletries from leaking using cling film
No spillages in sight!

Don't let a leaky shampoo ruin the start of your holiday. You can use cling film to prevent cosmetics and toiletries from spilling into your bags when travelling.

Remove the lids from your toiletries and place a thin sheet of cling film over the open end of the bottles before replacing the lids tightly.

That should prevent any mishaps!

Like the sound of a stress-free holiday? Check out our 25 must see travel tips now!

3. Don't wash paint rollers - try this cling film hack instead

Cling film's slippery texture means it doesn't absorb liquid. It's the perfect solution for keeping paint brushes and rollers from drying out mid-job.

Simply use cling film to wrap your wet tools until you're ready to start again. It saves on hours of cleaning.

4. Use cling film to make moving home easier

use cling film to package items when travelling
So much easier!

There is a never-ending list of things to pack when moving home. Rather than dismantling everything, some items can be transported as they are with the help of clingfilm.

Your utensil holder is a prime example of this. Don't worry about taking the utensils out - wrap the whole thing in cling film and it will transport easily.

Like this tip? Try our 17 smart packing tips to make moving home a breeze too.

5. Use cling film when sowing seedlings

If you're a fan of gardening, you'll really like this clingfilm hack. To help seedlings grow, place a layer of clingfilm over the trays.

It will protect them and more importantly, maintain the air's humidity and compost's moisture.

6. Line fridge shelves with cling film

If you live with several people, the fridge can get filthy pretty fast. Drips and spillages lead to tough stains which are hard to clean.

To make cleaning up as easy as possible, some people like to line their fridge shelves with cling film. When it starts to look messy, the cling film can be removed, thrown away and replaced - easy peasy.

7. How to poach eggs using cling film

How to poach eggs using clingfilm
Poaching eggs is easy with cling film!

Cheat your way to the most perfect of poached eggs using cling film.

Place cling film over an empty mug, crack an egg in and twist the top to fasten. Poach the egg in simmering water as normal. Just don't forget to remove the cling film before serving!

8. How to remove cork pieces from wine

Ruined your bottle of wine? Yikes. Fix this embarrassing mishap easily by decanting your wine, and adding a scrunched up ball of clingfilm to the liquid.

Whirl it around and it will attract and collect all remnants of the cork, leaving you with a perfect bottle of wine to enjoy.

9. Keep ice cream lovely & soft

Despite the name, no one actually likes icy ice cream. The trick to keeping it soft is easy - place a sheet of cling film over the ice cream before sealing the tub and placing in the freezer.

10. Easiest nail art ever using cling film

cling film nail art marble effect
Try something new today!

Nail art is all the rage. You don't need to pay a fortune for a professional treatment if you have cling film lying around.

Check how easy it is to create your very own marble-effect nails in Gingerbread Smiles' easy tutorial.

11. How to remove blackheads at home

Could the secret to finally getting clear pores be cling film?

Beauty pros recommend soaking the skin in moisture before attempting to remove blackheads. When the skin is supple, it makes the process much easier.

12. Try insulating your windows with cling film

Brrr - don't let the frosty chill ruin your cosy nights in.

Use cling film to insulate your windows during Winter to keep the warmth in, and the cold out.

Its elasticity means covering your whole window is easy. Make sure the layer is as airtight as possible for best results.

13. Keep glasses clean when painting

glasses wrapped in cling film.
Now you can get on with the job in hand.

Painting can be seriously tricky for people with poor eyesight. Do you risk missing areas or wear your glasses and risk staining them?

We have the answer - wrap your glasses in cling film before beginning to protect them from any stains. Its transparency will also mean you can still see crystal clear.

14. DIY your own statement wall using cling film

Could your living room do with a spruce up?

Just as cling film can create cool effects on nail varnish, it also works wonders on wall paint.

Frottage is a vintage-look wall effect that can be extremely effective. It's really easy to recreate, especially with the help of cling film.

15. How to keep flowers fresh using cling film

We still have even more uses for cling film for you.

One of our favourite ways to use this everyday item is to keep flowers fresh. When buying flowers as a gift, preventing them from wilting is something we often fret about.

Wrapping a dampened paper towel around the stems of your flowers using cling film will keep them looking lovely for longer.

16. Repel fruit flies with this simple trick

Trap flies easily with this tutorial.

Fruit flies can be a right pain during Summertime.

If you want to enjoy your picnic bug-free, knock up a simple but effective fruit fly trap.

All you need is some apple cider vinegar, washing up liquid, cling film, a small glass and a toothpick. Follow Somewhat Simple's easy tutorial to learn how to make yours.

We have lots of other ways to naturally keep bugs at bay - check them out!

17. How to protect hands when dyeing your hair

Another amazing use for cling film is to protect hands when dyeing your hair.

If you don't have any plastic gloves to hand, cling film can be a great substitute. Wrap it around your palms and in between fingers to prevent any embarrassing stains.

Don't let splattered hands give your new natural-looking colour away!

18. Reduce burn pain without water

uses for clingfilm
Cling film can be extremely useful in a medical situation.

Last but certainly not least - the last tip of our list of uses for clingfilm really is one to remember.

If you're unfortunate enough to burn yourself, cling film should be used to wrap the affected area. This is a process even the NHS recommend.

Cling film provides a clean, waterproof sheet of protection which blocks air, preventing further pain.

With all those amazing uses for clingfilm, you'll need to stock up! Which one will you be trying first?


Stephanie C


Lover of all things fashion & foodie...I look to satisfy my tastes without obliterating my budget. Wannabe interior designer, I'm an avid cushion cover maker and charity shop hunter.

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  1. Author Hannah on October 20, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    A lot of helpful tips! Thank you. I've knew only 1or 2 of these tips but number 12 will come into use immediately.

    1. Author Stephanie C on October 23, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      Hi Hannah. We're really pleased you enjoyed the article. Cling film really is amazing!

  2. Author Mary Clarke@sky.com on October 23, 2017 at 9:29 am

    covering the shelves in the fridge ! great idea. thanks !

    1. Author Stephanie C on October 23, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Hi Mary. Glad you found a new useful tip today! :)

  3. Author Donna on October 23, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    I don't understand number 11, it doesn't actually tell you how to remove blackheads with cling film? I tried clicking on the highlighted "beauty pros" part, but it just took me to a page saying I needed their app.

    1. Author Stephanie C on October 24, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      Hi Donna. Sorry about this. The hack using cling film for blackheads also requires vaseline. You lather the area to be treated in vaseline, cover with cling film and leave for 5-10 minutes. This is meant to help make blackhead extraction much easier and more effective. I hope this helps :)

  4. Author Helen Walker on November 3, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Hi, tried to make the poached eggs using the cling film as described, OMG what a disaster. The white stuck fast so had to scape it of. Only good thing was the yolk came out perfectly.

    1. Author Stephanie C on November 3, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      Hi Helen. That's strange as this tip always works for us! Did you definitely use clingfilm to wrap your eggs?

  5. Author Jood Evans on August 31, 2018 at 9:22 am

    #14 - frottage: this recommends using gloss or semi-gloss....on walls! Really? I don't think so.

    1. Author Joanne A on August 31, 2018 at 9:26 am

      Hi Jood, Why don't you think this is a good idea? We're intrigued!

  6. Author Donatello46 on August 31, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    I mentioned this before (quite a while ago now), cover the keyboard of your laptop or desktop with a layer of cling film to keep out dirt and to protect from spillage. The cling film is flexible enough to allow you to use the keys as normal (not too sure about the touchpad on a laptop though, I haven't tried it). Of course, it eventually works loose but it is cheap and easy enough to replace and may save you some grief while keeping your keyboard free from dirt, including the natural oils from your fingers.

    1. Author Joanne A on September 3, 2018 at 10:27 am

      Hi Donatello46, thanks for sharing!

  7. Author Mandy P on August 31, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    There are some great tips here, cling film is also great for protecting wooden furniture surfaces if you are having a party - a couple of layers on your bestest tables and sideboards saves having to run round after people with coasters. Some points to note that some of the terminology on these hints may not translate between US and UK that well. #14 Frottage....gloss or semi-gloss paint on walls - I believe they are referring to vinyl silk and vinyl satin emulsion (as opposed to Matt emulsion), in the UK we use gloss on woodwork!!! Also #8 The only fix for "corked" wine is down the sink, when wine is described as corked it refers to the wine souring and turning bad. If you get a little bit of cork in the wine when you open it it isn't "corked" it just has some cork in it.

    1. Author Joanne A on September 3, 2018 at 10:32 am

      Hi Mandy, Thanks for letting us in on that great tip! I've changed #8 for clarity.

  8. Author Susan Madanat on September 1, 2018 at 5:13 am

    At a time when we are being encouraged to limit/cut back on our plastic use is this a sensible article to put out? Some of the suggestions are just pure laziness, and some are best replaced with kitchen paper or even newspaper (which is recyclable unlike clingfilm).

    1. Author Joanne A on September 3, 2018 at 10:38 am

      Hi Susan! Thanks for sharing your opinion on this. We aim to cover uses for everything we can think of, and unfortunately, these aren't always environmentally friendly. They might be aimed at reducing time and effort. We will take your feedback on board and aim to produce more articles in line with current environmental concerns. You can read our article on reducing plastic use to see this in action. Using the newspaper as a substitute is a great idea!

  9. Author Karen Salisbury on September 1, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    A use you didnt list. Before baking, cover worksurface with cling film. Once finished roll up cling film and throw away. Makes cleaning up a doddle. And dont need to worry about spoon rests for batter covered spoons. And if store cling film in the fridge, it stops it sticking to itself, but still sticks to what ever you want to cover. Dont know how it works, but it does!

    1. Author Joanne A on September 3, 2018 at 10:39 am

      Interesting idea, Karen!

  10. Author Ram on May 21, 2019 at 5:21 am

    Use cling wrap to wrap around any bandages that you want to protect while taking a shower. You may need to use a few layers, but this will help the bandages stay on longer

    1. Author Joanne A on May 21, 2019 at 10:25 am

      Fab idea, Ram!

  11. Author jennifer on September 11, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Cling film maybe great but please use something different if possible. It is not biodegradable and is also filling our waters. Love the planet we only get one.

    1. Author Joanne A on September 11, 2019 at 12:22 pm

      Agreed, Jennifer! What are your go-to alternatives? Have you tried beeswax wraps?


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