Whether you call it tin foil or aluminium foil, this common household item can be used for much more than just wrapping and cooking food.
Here are 14 alternative uses that could make your life easier:
1. Get rid of static.
Want to replace your dryer sheets? Crumple up some clean foil into a ball about the size of a tennis ball and toss it into your dryer. It will help to keep your laundry static-free.
2. Remove rust from chrome.
Aluminium foil can be used as a rust-remover. Crumple it up into a ball and use it to rub off rust spots.
3. Clean your grill.
If you are already using foil for cooking on the grill, why not repurpose it and use it to clean the grates afterward?
4. Keep bananas fresh longer.
It’s natural for bananas to brown over time, but by wrapping the stem end of the fruit in aluminum foil, it will slow the browning process.
5. Clean tarnished silver.
If you’ve got silver pieces that aren’t looking as shiny as they once looked, simply line a container with aluminum foil and then add boiling water and about three tablespoons of baking soda.
Drop in the tarnished silverware to restore its shine.
6. Keep birds away from your garden and fruit trees.
In some cases, it can be beneficial to have birds in your garden, but if you are growing seeds that they want to eat, you might not want them around. Try hanging strips of aluminum foil around your garden or on your fruit trees. The foil will reflect the light from the sun and move around in the breeze, helping to scare off unwanted birds.
7. Get your ironing done quicker.
Not many people enjoy ironing. But you can get the job done quicker by putting a sheet of aluminium foil shiny side up on your ironing board underneath the cover. The foil will reflect heat back up and help you to essentially iron clothing from both sides at once.
8. Create a makeshift funnel.
In a pinch, aluminum foil can be shaped into a funnel for easy, mess-free pouring. Foil also can be used for other funnel-like purposes – such as putting icing on a cake.
9. Sharpen scissors.
If you notice your scissors are getting a little dull, aluminium foil can be used for fast and easy sharpening. Fold a sheet of foil a few times and then just cut through it several times to help sharpen the blades.
10. Save soap.
Keep bar soap from dissolving away quickly by wrapping it in aluminium foil when not in use. The foil will keep the soap from sitting in water.
11. Help seedlings to grow.
If you’ve ever tried growing seedlings in front of a window, you’ve probably noticed the young plants growing toward the source of light. To help them grow straighter, take a cardboard box and cut off the top and one side. Line the remaining box with foil and place the young plants inside with the open side of the box facing the window. The light will reflect off the foil to help seedlings get light from all sides.
12. Protect young trees from rodents.
Over the winter, saplings can fall victim to rodents that chew on them for a food source. Try protecting your young trees by wrapping their bases with aluminium foil. Be sure to re-do this on occasion as the tree grows.
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