Household Hacks: Aluminum Foil

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Aluminum foil is a staple of any mom's kitchen. In fact, you may have more than one roll in the drawer where you keep the plastic wrap and zip-close baggies. But aluminum foil can be used for so much more than cooking and storing food! Below are 18 household hacks for aluminum foil.

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Make a funnel. If you're short a funnel (or an icing tube!), simply cut aluminum foil into a cone shape and fasten it shut with Scotch tape. (via This Old House)

Get rid of rust. Crumble up a piece of foil into a ball and rub rust off your car bumper, curtain rod or anything that's rusting! You can also shine chrome the same way. (via This Old House) Need more help in the chrome cleaning department? Try dryer sheets.

Fix a loose connection. If your TV remote is going a little haywire, check the battery compartment before switching out new batteries altogether. There's a chance the spring might just be loose and doesn't touch the battery. Wedge a piece of foil in between the foil and spring to pick up the slack and go back to enjoying your cable. (via This Old House)

Glue down loose vinyl tile. Sometimes the self-adhesive vinyl tiles come off the floor, causing a dangerous eyesore in your kitchen. Simply place a sheet of foil on top of the tile and iron over it. The tile should stick back to the floor. (via This Old House)

Sharpen scissors. Scissor blades a little dull these days? Fold a piece of foil a few times and cut through it. Your blades should be as good as new. (via This Old House) If they're not doing the trick, dryer sheets can also sharpen scissors!

Radiate heat. Are your living room or bedroom windows not quite winter-proofed? If you tape aluminum foil over a piece of cardboard and place it between your radiator and the wall, it will radiate heat back into the room. (via This Old House)

Guard against paint drips. Cover doorknobs, drawer handles and the like with aluminum foil when painting so you don't have to worry about taking them off and refastening them later! You can even cover paint rolling pans with aluminum foil in order to avoid a big paint cleanup later. (via This Old House)

Decrust the grill. Wad up some foil into a ball and scrub the crud off your grill. An entire summers' worth of crud will come right off! (via This Old House)

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Save steel wool. When you're finished scrubbing with steel wool, place it on top of a sheet of foil to prevent rusting. You can do the same with a bar of soap so it will keep longer! (via This Old House)

Shine silver. Line a glass baking pan with aluminum foil. Add a few teaspoons of baking soda and fill the pan with boiling water. Drop in your tarnished silverware and watch the baking soda and foil work their magic. In order to prevent silverware from tarnishing in the first place, store it on top of a sheet of foil, or tightly wrap silverware in foil for long-term storage. (via This Old House)

Create special cake shapes. If you're feeling really crafty, try shaping foil in a baking pan to create a fun cake for special occasions. (via Reader's Digest)

Keep rolls and bread warm. Wrap or cover your bread or dinner rolls in foil while the rest of your dinner is still cooking. The foil will keep the heat radiating so that the bread stays warm until dinner is ready to eat. (via Reader's Digest)

Move furniture. Slide a piece of foil under furniture legs to move big furniture with ease across a smooth floor. Make sure the dull side of the foil is facing the floor, because that side is more slippery. (via Reader's Digest)

Speed up ironing. A lot of the heat from your iron travels down into the ironing board itself and decreases efficiency. To speed things up a little bit, put a layer of aluminum foil underneath your ironing board cover so the heat from the iron stays in your clothing instead of the board. You can also clean your iron of starch residue by simply running your hot iron over a piece of foil! (via Reader's Digest)

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Improve outdoor lighting. Utilize foil's reflective properties and tape it to the back of your outdoor lights with electric or duct tape. Be sure to tape the foil to the light fixture and not directly to the lightbulb.

Soften brown sugar. Brown sugar often hardens into unmanageable blocks. To get it to return to its original soft form, set your oven to 300 degrees, wrap a brick of brown sugar in foil and bake it for five minutes. It will be good as new and easy to cook with. (via Instructables)

Keep your oven clean. When baking particularly bubbly or messy recipes, place a sheet of foil on the rack that sits below whatever you're cooking. That way, the mess drips onto the foil instead of the oven floor or racks. Be sure not to place the foil on the oven floor or heating element! (via Instructables)

Protect your furniture from pets. We love our four-legged friends, but their hair and nails can get the best of our furniture. When you're leaving the house unattended for a few hours and want to make sure no pets jump on the couch, lay a few sheets of foil over the cushions. The animals will most likely be afraid of the noise the foil makes and stay off the couch. You can also wrap couch or table legs with foil to keep pets from gnawing on them and damaging the wood! (via Life Hackery)

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