Great Extra Uses for Regular Aluminum Foil
foil is one of those things a kitchen just can't do without, but it is
mainly used for cooking and for wrapping food. Well I'm here to tell you
that this household item has many more uses and can help you in a
number of areas, for instance...
1. Separate brown sugar lumps Brown
sugar is a great product, but hard to work with, as it tends to harden
into lumps. If that happens, wrap a lump of brown sugar in metal foil,
and put it in the oven on 150 (Celsius) for about 5 minutes. The sugar
will soften and separate.
2. Protect the dough of the pie Sometimes,
when we bake a pie in the oven, the stuffing hasn't finished cooking
but the dough at the edges is getting burnt. Fold a piece of metal foil
over the dough at the edges of the pie to prevent it from burning up.
3. Make cakes in various shapes easily. To
bake cakes in many special shapes, simply make the shape in a regular
baking pan and use 2-3 layers of the foil to strengthen and fix the
internal pattern. It will hold and bake in that shape.
4. Keep the oven clean The
worst kind of dirt to clean in the oven is the fat that drops from meat
and into the floor of the oven. Cover your oven's floor with aluminum
foil to protect it from hard to remove stains. Make sure to make it
thick so it doesn't melt and stick to the oven floor.
5. Protect your solid soap
Cover the bottom of the soap with aluminum foil so it doesn't melt and become a lump.
6. Keep birds away Many
birds get frightened by shiny objects. Hang pieces of aluminum foil off
your fruit tree, and most birds will pass it, looking for an easier
meal. You can also draw eyes on the foil to make it even more effective.
Note: This won't work with crows, who love shiny things and may actually steal the foil.
7. Get rid of stains on your silverware
Use this scientific method to get rid of stains on your silverware. Lay
some foil in a shallow pan and spill some hot water on it. Add a little
salt and drinking soda to the water. Now put the silverware in the pan
and make sure the they are touching each other and are all on the foil.
After soaking it for a few hours, wash the silverware in cold water and
dry with a cloth.
8. Easily scrub pots It's
fun to use a pot, not such fun cleaning it after. Make a ball (not
dense) from aluminum foil, and use it to scrub the pan. You can use this
method for all kitchen tools that need a serious scrubbing.
9. Move furnitue with ease Sometimes
we need to move heavy furniture pieces and have a hard time sliding
them on the rug. Use a piece of foil under the legs of the furniture
piece to slide them easily along.
10. Sharpen your scissors
the sharpness to your old pair of scissors with this method: Fold a
foil to 8 layers, and then cut it using the old scissors. The more you
cut, the sharper they will become, as the foil will remove a layer off
the old metal and make it sharp again.
11. Prevent static electricity on your clothes If
you hate the way your clothes come out of the dryer full of static
electricity, add a ball of aluminum foil into the dryer next time, and
it will prevent it from happening.
12. Quick ironing Wrap
the iron board with aluminum foil to shorten the process of ironing.
The foil will return the heat from the iron to the clothes, so you're
actually ironing both sides at the same time.
13. Clean the iron You
can use the aluminum foil to clean the bottom of the iron from any dirt
that clung to it. Spread out a piece of foil and sprinkle a little salt
on it. Heat the iron and use it to 'iron' the foil. The combination of
metal and salt will easily clean the bottom of the iron.
14. Protect table legs Usually
our table legs tend to be full of scratches and bruises. You can use
foil to cover the lowest points of the table legs to keep them intact.
15. Buff that chrome exterior
even chrome gets little stains of rust on it. Use a little foil and
very little water to scrub the chrome until the stains are gone.
16. Fix devices that work on batteries One
of the most common problems in battery operated devices is that the
little spring in the battery compartment loses its elasticity and
becomes flat, which prevents the battery from connecting to it well
enough to operate the device. Fold an aluminum foil a few times and
stick it between the battery and the spring to conduct the electricity
and easily fix the probelm.
17. Use your radiator more efficiently When
you have a radiator that is placed against a wall, half of its heat is
wasted on the wall. Instead, take a thin plank of wood, wrap it in foil
and place it behind the radiator, thus bringing all the heat coming back
in your direction.
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