Aluminum Foil: If you only use aluminum foil to line your cookie sheets, you’re only tapping into a fraction of its potential. These awesome aluminum foil hacks can save time, money, and effort.
Aluminum foil: what tips when using?
Protect from food drips, sharpen blades, speed up ironing, keep paint, etc.
Bet aluminum and silverware or iron
What can you do with those clean pieces of aluminum foil lying around? First, use them to sharpen your dull scissors! Then, if necessary, smooth the details, fold the strips in several layers, and start cutting. Seven or eight passes should do the trick. Simple enough.
Does your silverware look dull? Try an ion exchange, a molecular reaction in which aluminum acts as a catalyst. All you have to do is line a pan with a sheet of aluminum foil, fill it with cold water and add two teaspoons of salt. Drop your tarnished silverware into the solution, let it sit for two to three minutes, then rinse and dry.
Keep silverware spotless
Store freshly cleaned silverware on a sheet of aluminum foil to prevent tarnishing. For long-term storage of silver, cover each piece tightly in a cellophane wrap—be sure to squeeze out as much air as possible—then wrap and seal the ends.
Keep Steel Wool Pads From Rusting
You once use a steel wool pad, put it in a dish by the sink, and the next day you find a rusty mess only suitable for the trash can. To prevent rust and get your money’s worth, wrap it in aluminum foil and put it in the freezer. You can also extend the life of your steel wool soap pads by crumpling up a sheet and placing it under the steel wool in its dish or container. Do not forget all the same to drain the water that accumulates at the bottom periodically.
Rub the pans with aluminum foil
Don’t have a scouring pad? Scrunch up a handful of the silver product and use it to scrub your pans.
Keep the clean oven inside.
Are you preparing a sparkling lasagna or a casserole? Keep messy drips in the bottom of the oven by laying a sheet or two of aluminum foil on the rack below. Do not line the bottom of the stove with it; it could cause a fire.
Aluminum foil and gardening
Growing untangled cuttings
Help plant cuttings grow strong and lean by starting them in a container lined with foil. Just remember that the cutting is a part of the plant that is cut with secateurs before being planted in the ground. The cutting will produce roots when placed under appropriate temperature, humidity, and nutrient conditions. Drill a few holes in the leaf and insert the cuttings through the holes. The sheet slows water evaporation, so you’ll need to add water less frequently.
Build a seed incubator
To give plants grown from seed a good head start, line a shoe box with aluminum foil, shiny side up, leaving about 5cm of foil extending out the sides. Drill several drainage holes in the bottom, penetrating the leaf, then fill the box just over halfway with potting soil and plant the seeds. The leaf inside the package will absorb heat to keep the roots warm as they germinate, while the leaf outside the box will reflect light onto the young shoots. Place the container near a sunny window, keep the soil moist and watch them grow!
Protect tree trunks
Mice, rabbits, and other animals often feed on the bark of young trees during the winter. In late fall, a cheap and effective deterrent is to wrap tree trunks in a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Be sure to remove the foil in the spring.
Aluminum foil and energy saving
Improve radiator efficiency
How do you get more heat from your old cast iron radiators without spending a penny more on the gas or oil bill? Craft a heat reflector to place behind them. Glue heavy-duty aluminum foil to the cardboard with the shiny side facing out. The radiant heat waves will bounce off the sheet in the room instead of being absorbed by the wall behind the radiator. If your radiators have covers, attaching a piece of foil under the top of the body is also helpful.
Speed up your ironing
When you iron clothes, much of the iron’s heat is drawn away by the iron itself, requiring you to make multiple passes to remove creases. To see, Tohings up, place a piece of aluminum foil under your ironing board cover. This sheet reflects heat through clothes, smoothing out wrinkles faster.