A common household item, aluminum foil is mostly used for wrapping food, such as sandwiches or potatoes after baking, or leftovers before putting them in the fridge. However, the uses of silver foil go far beyond the kitchen. In fact, this item has various other applications that will make your life easier in many ways. It’s so versatile we’ve come up with some aluminum foil hacks that will make your life easier.
Here are some of the best ideas that we highly recommend:
1. Keep freshly baked bread warm and tasty
Aluminum foil is the one thing you need to keep your freshly baked bread warm and tasty. It’s ideal when organizing some picnic time or a camping trip. What you do is first wrap the bread in some paper napkins to absorb the moisture and then in aluminum foil to reflect the heat back into the bread thus keeping it fresh and warn longer.
2. Sharpen your old scissors
If you have some old scissors that you can’t use them then you definitely need to try this trick. Instead of throwing them, you should just grab aluminum foil. Fold a strip until you make it very thick and start cutting with the scissors. You should take a piece around 8-10 inches long and fold it lengthwise as many times as you possibly can. You should end up with a thick strip. Every time you cut with the scissors, the foil is going to grind against the scissors and it will sharpen them with every cut you make.
3. Save time when ironing your clothes
This is one of the best home tricks you can come across. The thing is aluminum foil can significantly reduce the time you spend ironing if you place it along the ironing board before you start ironing. In this way you won’t have to iron both sides of your clothes as silver foil will reflect the heat thus both sides will end up ironed. This method will reduce the time you spend ironing time by half.
4. Keep pets away from your furniture
Everyone who keeps pets will know that they can often damage your furniture by biting table legs or chewing on the sofa. This simple aluminum foil trick can help you prevent this. Use some aluminum foil to wrap the table legs or other places you want to keep your pets away from. As pets don’t like the sound of crinkling aluminum foil, this will definitely keep them away, and not only temporary. Once they learn it’s a place they don’t like, your pets will stay away from your furniture and you can remove the foil.
5. Keep paints fresh and use them more than once
Once you open a tin of paint, its shelf life becomes much shorter. The paint dries out easily and it often becomes useless before you can use it for the second time. Aluminum foil comes to the rescue again. Start by cutting out a circle of the foil. Make sure it’s the same size as the tin top. Place the foil piece on top of the paint surface. Then blow into the tin to get some oxygen inside and close the lid. This method will extend the shelf life of the paint and you’ll be able to use it all up.
6. Moving furniture over a wooden floor
You have to try this aluminum foil trick if the floor in your house is wooden. Sometimes we need to move stuff from one place to another in our house and we have to move our furniture from one room to another. You can prevent the scratching of all the wooden surfaces by placing pieces of aluminum foil under the legs of the furniture. In this way, the furniture will “slide” and it won’t leave any scratch marks on your floor. This simple trick is very useful and you should try it next time when you are moving some furniture.
7. Improve the picture on your TV
You just need to place a foil sheet between the DVD player and the TV. It’s going to decrease the electromagnetic fields from these devices and it will make the picture on the TV much better. Sometimes, the picture on the TV can become unclear due to the static electricity that goes between the two devices. Put a foil sheet between them and enjoy watching your TV with much better picture.
8. Improve the plants’ quality
Use aluminum foil for your house plants. First, fill a pot with some soil then cover the soil with aluminum foil. Next make some holes in the foil and plant the cuttings. What aluminum foil does is minimize water loss, meaning you won’t have to water the plant so often. This will not only improve the quality of your plants, but also make them grow stronger.
9. Make your silverware sparkle
This is a simple trick to restore the sparkle on your tarnished silverware. You can use it for your silver jewelry too. Start by coating a pan with a sheet of silver foil then fill the pan with hot water. Add a teaspoon of salt and a tablespoon of baking soda. Put the silver items in the pan making sure they are in contact with the foil. Leave the silver to sit for 5 minutes before you flip it over. Leave the other side to be in contact with the foil for another 5 minutes. Finally, rinse the silver with cold water and wipe it dry.
10. Restore the shine on your pots and pans
Another simple trick using aluminum foil can help you restore the shine on your stained cookware. Soak the pan that needs cleaning then crumple a sheet of aluminum foil and scrub the pan with it. This will make your cookware shine like new.