Aluminum foil isn’t just for keeping food warm. Because it’s impervious to both oxygen and water, you’d be surprised to know that there are so many different uses for what looks like a simple foil wrapper at first glance.
To get you started, here are six great uses for aluminum foil at home – and reasons enough for you to always keep a roll in the kitchen:
1. Reflecting light for pictures
Can’t afford expensive lighting equipment? Worry no more – simply attach a piece of foil to cardboard and you now have something that improves the quality and lighting for your photographs.
2. Preserving steel wool
You can extend the life of your steel wool by wrapping it in aluminum foil and storing it in the freezer after use – just be sure to dry off the steel wool completely before doing so.
You can even use aluminum foil as a substitute for steel wool. When it comes to cleaning stainless steel pots and pans, simply crumple a few sheets and use the aluminum foil to scrape them clean.
3. Polishing silverware
If your silverware is looking a little dull, bring back the shine with a simple ion exchange you can pull off in your own home.
All you need to do is to line a pan with aluminum foil and add cold water along with a teaspoon of salt or two, and let your silverware sit in it for a few minutes before rinsing off and drying.
You can also clean your jewelry using a similar method: submerging it overnight in water along with some aluminum foil and detergent.
4. Ironing clothes faster
A lot of the heat goes to the board itself when you’re ironing clothes, and this makes the task a lot more time-consuming than it needs to.
However, you can save more time on your ironing by simply putting a piece of foil under the board cover, which reflects the heat back to the clothing and makes smoothing wrinkles much easier.
5. Sharpening scissors
Like most things, scissors can lose their edge when used frequently, especially when used to cut rough surfaces. However, you can sharpen your scissors with a simple trick.
Simple fold a few strips of leftover aluminum foil into several layers and proceed to cut them with your scissors for seven or eight passes. Once that’s done, you’re left with a sharpened pair of scissors ready for use.
6. Moving large furniture
Having trouble moving big pieces of furniture around? If you have a smooth floor, you can place small pieces of aluminum foil dull side down under the legs. The dull side is more slippery and allows you to slide the furniture around with ease.