The Many Uses for Aluminum Foil

Maybe you thought aluminum foil was only useful when dealing with food. Lining pans or cookie sheets, wrapping food prior to baking or cooking, putting it under the racks in the oven to catch drips are all common uses for foil. However, there is so much more you can use aluminum foil for. In this article, I’ll cover many other ways this handy product can be used.

1. By layering the foil (about 7 pieces), you can sharpen dull scissors by cutting through the foil.

2. If you discover that your brown sugar has hardened into the consistency of a brick, you can use foil to bring it back to life. Wrap the brown sugar in foil and pop into the oven. Set to 300 degrees for 5 minutes and it will return to its useful form. To keep from having to do this in the future, keep the sugar wrapped by the foil and put the whole thing into a zip-lock bag.

3. If you are getting to embark on a door or cabinet painting project, you can use foil to pre-wrap knobs and handles. BTW, if you want to take a short break from painting, wrap you brush in aluminum foil to keep the paint and brush from drying out.

4. If you have some self-stick vinyl tile that has popped loose, you can use foil to help you put it back in place. Put a sheet of foil over the tile then press down using a hot iron on the foil until the backing has heated up enough to re-stick to the sub-floor.

5. If you’re tired of looking at the “gunk” on your outdoor grill, wad up some foil and use it to clean your grill.

6. Is your silverware looking a bit “haggard”? If so, you can use foil to bring it back to life. Line a non-metallic pan with foil, then pour in boiling salt water; add several teaspoons of baking soda. Now, you can put your tarnished silverware into the water and watch the tarnish disappear. The electro-chemical reaction causes the tarnish on the silverware to be transferred to the foil. Isn’t science great! Note, this does not work with stainless steel or chrome. I haven’t tried this, but this process should also work for other objects, such as silver coins.

7. You can use foil to make “fun things”, such as little animal sculptures, party hats, toy boats, an indoor ball (cats especially like playing with this), a toy sword, or as part of a costume.

8. At Christmas time, you can use foil to wrap gifts or to make the star atop the tree.

9. Heat up your sun tea faster by placing foil around the container to help concentrate the rays of the golden orb in the sky (aka the Sun).

10. You could buy some of those furniture glides you’ve seen advertised on TV, but why waste your money. Fold up several layers of foil, then place underneath the object you want to move (works over carpeting; not sure it would work over wood or tile floor).

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