Surprising & Smart: 8 OTHER Household Uses for Aluminum Foil

Surprising & Smart: 8 OTHER Household Uses for Aluminum Foil

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Brittney Morgan
Dec 24, 2016
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Aluminum foil is a staple in most households, and you already know it can be a huge help in the kitchen—you probably use it all the time when you're cooking or baking as it is. But there are actually tons of other ways that you can use aluminum foil around your home beyond your favorite recipes, from cleaning to laundry to painting and just about everything in between.

Sharpen dull scissors

According to WikiHow, you can use aluminum foil to sharpen the blades on a dull pair of scissors—just fold a strip up several times until it's several layers thick, then cut through it a few times.

Clean tarnished silver

Aluminum foil is actually really helpful when it comes to dealing with tarnished silver—be it silverware or jewelry. Along with baking soda, vinegar, sea salt and boiling water, you can get your silver looking good as new with help from this silver-cleaning tutorial.

Iron your clothes faster

You can iron your clothes much more efficiently with one simple trick, according to LifeHacker—just put a sheet of aluminum foil on top of your ironing board, under the garment you're ironing. The foil will reflect the heat back into the garment, so it's like ironing both sides at once.

Keep your clothes static-free

If you want to skip the dryer sheets in your next load of laundry, try balling up aluminum foil and popping it in the dryer with your clothes instead—it'll keep them just as safe from static cling.

Keep your garden bug-free

For a more eco-friendly way of keeping your garden free of pests (and your plants free of chemicals) try cutting up strips of foil and mix it in with mulch to keep bugs at bay. Bonus: According to Reader's Digest, it'll also reflect light back up on your plants, helping them grow.

Scrub pans and glassware

RealSimple suggests scrubbing with a wad of aluminum foil to get stuck on food out of glass baking dishes. You can also use it to scrub caked on food from pots and pans (just make sure they're not non-stick, or you could scratch the finish.)

Protect fixtures from paint

Aluminum foil can come in handy when you're painting your home, too—simply wrap it around door knobs, drawer pulls and other fixtures to protect them from the paint.

Get rid of rust

If you've got rusty metal around your home, you can get rid of it with a little elbow grease and a ball of foil. Another hot tip, from ThriftyFun: Keep steel wool from rusting by wrapping it in aluminum foil and sticking it in the freezer between uses.

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