A barbequed meal is delicious, but it can leave quite a mess behind on the grill. How many times have you opened your grill to use it and found the remnants of your last meal still stuck to the grate/rack? Those unsavory leftovers should clean up easily with a bit of scrubbing with some crumpled up aluminum foil.
If you have a vegetable garden, you know how many hungry insects are just waiting to attack. Mix strips of aluminum foil in with your garden mulch and you won’t see as many bugs dining in your garden.
To polish your tarnished silver, try lining a pan with a sheet of aluminum foil, fill with water, and add two teaspoons of salt. Place your silverware in the solution and let sit for two or three minutes. Remove, rinse, and dry. Your silver will be shining! Then, to keep that shine, store your silverware on a sheet of aluminum foil.
Even in homes where pets are allowed on furniture, there may be one or two special pieces that are off limits. If you want to keep pets off your favorite sofa, chair, ottoman, table, etc., just spread a sheet of aluminum foil over it. Pets tend to shy away from the sound of crinkling foil and find it rather uncomfortable as well.
When a battery-operated appliance won’t work, we often assume it is must be because the battery needs to be replaced. Not so fast! The battery may be fine. Instead, it could be that the spring holding the battery in place has become loose and is no longer connecting with the battery. Fold a small piece of aluminum foil until it is the right size to fit snuggly between the spring and the battery. You may find the problem has been resolved with no new battery required!
A rolled up ball of aluminum foil thrown in the dryer with your clothes can reduce static equally as well as your fabric softener or dryer sheets. The only thing you’ll be missing is the fragrance added to the standard products, but many people actually prefer their clothing to be scent-free. Aluminum foil lasts a lot longer too. You can use the same foil ball in your dryer for months.
Aluminum foil… tin foil… whatever you may call it… there’s probably a roll of the shiny stuff somewhere in your kitchen. Aluminum foil has actually been around for generations, perhaps even centuries. The first mass-produced, widely-used foil was made from tin and was used primarily for industrial purposes, like lining cigarette and chewing gum packages. Although it could be used to wrap leftover food, “tin” foil left a metal-like taste on whatever it touched. Tin was later replaced by aluminum, which became the foil we use in our homes today.
You’ve most likely used aluminum foil to cook with and wrap up your leftovers. You may have discovered how it can keep the edges of a pie crust from burning. You may even line the bottom of your oven with aluminum foil to catch anything that might bubble over. These are all great uses, but there are a lot more reasons to pull out a sheet of aluminum foil.
Here are some clever uses for aluminum foil that may be new to you:
Every party needs some platters… but some parties require more platters than you may have in your cupboard. Make convenient disposable platters by covering a piece of cardboard with aluminum foil. If you need especially sturdy platters, just use heavy-duty aluminum foil.
When brown sugar has been stored for a while, it tends to solidify. It can be very aggravating to reach for the brown sugar you need for a recipe only to find it is hard as a rock. To loosen up the granules, wrap chunks of the hardened brown sugar in aluminum foil and put in a 300° oven for about five minutes. The brown sugar should soften up and be ready to use in your recipe.
How many times have you tried unsuccessfully to pour something into a smallish hole without the aid of a funnel? Never again. Just take a sheet of aluminum foil, curl it into a cone-like shape, tape it together… and you’ll be ready to pour easily without spillage. You can bend the end of your aluminum foil funnel if you need to reach difficult spots.