5 Things To Do with Aluminum Foil
If you’re a jack or jill of all trades foil is one tool you can’t do without. Find out how to use it around the house, in the laundry room, in the garden, and in the great outdoors to solve common conundrums.
Did You Know?
Household foil was made entirely of tin until 1947, when aluminum foil was introduced into the home, eventually replacing tinfoil in the kitchen drawer.
Catch Ice-Cream Cone Drips
Keep children from making a mess of their clothes or your house by wrapping the bottom of an ice-cream cone with a piece of aluminum foil before handing it to them.
Speed Your Ironing
When you iron clothing, a lot of the iron’s heat is sucked up by the board itself- requiring you to make several passes with the iron to remove wrinkles. To speed things up, put a piece of aluminum foil under your ironing board cover. This foil will reflect heat back through the clothing, smoothing the wrinkles more quickly.
Put Some Bite In Your Mulch
To keep hungry insects away from your cucumbers and other vegetables, mix strips of aluminum foil with your garden mulch. As a bonus benefit, the foil will reflect light back up onto your plants.
Improvise a Frying Pan
If you don’t feel like lugging a frying pan along on your next camping trip you can form your own by centering a forked stick over two-layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Wrap the edges of the foil tightly around the forked branches, while leaving some slack in the foil between the forks. Invert the stick and depress the centre to hold food for frying.
Keep Paint off Doorknobs
When you’re painting a door, aluminum foil is great for wrapping doorknobs to keep paint off them. Overlap the foil onto the door when you wrap the knob, then runs a utility knife around the base of the knob to trim the foil. That way you can paint right up to the edge of the knob. In addition to wrapping knobs on the doors that you’ll paint, wrap all knobs that are along the route to where you will clean your hands and brushes.
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