15 Surprising Uses for Aluminum Foil
Around the House.
1. Prevent Paint from Dripping on your Doorknobs. Wrap doorknobs and hinges in foil. No need to remove them when you’re repainting a room.
2. Move Heavy Furniture with Ease. Line the legs with aluminum foil, dull side down, and glide that baby across the room. No heavy lifting involved!
3. Fix those Loose Battery Compartments. That remote not holding batteries like it used to? Can’t figure out why that flashlight isn’t working? The springs might be loose. Fold a tiny piece of foil and place it between the spring and the battery.
Fashion & Beauty.
4. Extend the Life of Soap. Store your soap on some foil to prevent it from water, which will wear it away more quickly.
5. Iron Your Clothes in Half the Time. This is my personal favorite: put some foil under your ironing board’s cover and iron your clothes on top of it. Because the foil retains heat, it’ll basically iron both sides at the same time!
6. Protect Your Glasses When You’re Dying Your Hair. The only times I don’t wear my glasses are when I’m sleeping and when I’m in the shower. I just can’t function otherwise! So why would I want to remove them when I’m dying my hair? Line the temples with foil to prevent dye from getting to your glasses.
7. Iron Delicate Fabrics. Is your silk, wool, or rayon garment getting wrinkly? Even though these kinds of fabrics can’t handle direct heat, you can still iron them at home and save money on dry cleaners. Line the top of the ironing board with foil and place the clothing item on top of it. Move the iron a few inches above the item a few times — it’ll get rid of those wrinkles.
8. Soften Brown Sugar. It’s true, foil works better than a microwave for softening brown sugar. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil, spread the brown sugar on top, and bake for about 5 minutes.
9. Frost a Cake. Who needs fancy pastry bags when you have foil around? Roll foil (if your brand isn’t very strong, do a second layer of foil) into a cone. Leave a tiny opening at the bottom, and fold the top of it down to prevent spillage.
10. Keep Bread Warm. Don’t let those rolls go cold on the dinner table! Line a basket or bowl with foil, and place napkin-wrapped bread in it.
11. Perfect Your Pie Crust. An easy and foolproof method for preventing your pie crust from burning: take the pie out of the oven a little over halfway through the baking process and cover the edge with foil.
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12. Shine Up Your Metals. Line a large pan or bowl with foil, fill it up with cold water and add two teaspoons of salt. Place your rusty metals in the water and let is soak for about three minutes. Rinse the water off and let it dry.
13. Clean your Grill or Fireplace. Line the bottom with foil for easy cleanup after the fun. Forgot to do that? Foil is also good for cleaning off the gunk.
14. Extend the Life of your Steel Wool. That stuff’s expensive — don’t let it go to waste! Store your steel wool on top of a crumpled ball of foil. You can also wrap it in foil and store it in the freezer to lengthen its lifespan.
15. Sharpen Your Scissors. Nobody wants dull scissors! Sharpen them back into shape by cutting through several sheets of foil.