Home Remedies using Aluminum Foil – Household

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Wrapping your freshly prepared food or protecting your oven from splatter and spills, aluminum foil is a staple found in nearly every kitchen. The lightweight, silvery product has a low density, the ability to resist corrosion, and is soluble in water under regular conditions. Because of this, foil possesses a lot of qualities that make it quite useful outside of the kitchen. You never know when home remedies using aluminum foil can help you solve an issue in your household.

Aluminum Foil Home Remedies

But, there are a handful of items that actually benefit from the use of foil over other common methods of cleanup. To explore the home remedies using aluminum foil that makes life much easier, consider some of the following suggestions:

a) Shine Your Chrome:

To add a sparkling shine to your chrome appliances, crumple up a handful of aluminum foil (shiny side out), and rub into the chrome with force. This remedy also works well with baby strollers and golf club shafts.One of the last things you’d probably link foil to is being able to clean.

b) Clean Tarnished Silver Jewelry [1]:

To treat tarnished silver, line a pan with aluminum foil and place jewelry on the foil. Dissolve a tablespoon or two of baking soda in two cups of hot water that you then pour over the silver. You will actually see the foil getting darker before your very eyes. Your jewelry will also get lighter. Do not use this method to clean silver trinkets with gemstones.

c) Cat Deterrent:

Since cats do not like the feel of aluminum foil on their paws, you can wrap furniture legs and cover countertops to discourage your feline from jumping up and scratching where you do not want them to.

d) Prevent Rusty Steel Wool Pads:

After using a steel wool pad just one time, you make it vulnerable to getting rusty. To prevent this from happening, wrap the pad in aluminum foil and store in the freezer.

e) Radiator Treatment:

To get more heat out of your old cast-iron radiator without it affecting your energy bill, you can make a heat reflector to put behind your unit. Tape heavy-duty aluminum foil to a piece of cardboard with the shiny side of the foil facing out. How will you feel the change? The radiant heat waves will bounce off of the foil and travel throughout the room – instead of being absorbed by the wall located behind the radiator.

f) Mattress Protector:

To protect your mattress from the little accidents that come with potty training, lay several sheets of aluminum foil across the width of the mattress. Next, cover the foil with nicely sized beach towels. Lastly, attach the mattress pad and the bottom sheet.

g) Easy Furniture Movers:

When you need a little extra help moving big pieces of furniture across a smooth floor, place small pieces of aluminum foil under the legs. The dull side of the foil should be facing downward as the dull side is actually more slippery than the shiny side [2].

h) Stop Electronics Interference:

To get back a good picture on your TV set, place a sheet ofaluminum foil between any electronic (like the DVD player stacked on top of the cable box) to stop any interferences that you are experiencing.

i) Sharpen Scissors:

When you find that your scissors are getting dull, cut through several layers of aluminum foil (all at one time) to sharpen [3].

j) Keep Batteries in Place:

When the springs of your remote control no longer hold batteries in their compartment as tightly as they should, you can fold a small piece of aluminum foil and carefully place between the battery and the spring to keep batteries in place.

k) Clean Your Fireplace:

An easy way to clean the ashes out of your fireplace is to place a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil across the bottom of the fireplace. The foil can also go under the wood grate. When all the ashes have fully cooled, you can simply fold the foil up and toss it away.

l) Enhance Your Ironing Power:

To prevent your ironing board from absorbing all the heat that should be used to remove wrinkles from your clothing, place a piece of aluminum foil under the ironing board cover. The foil will actually reflect the heat back through the clothing and the wrinkles on your garments will smooth out much better.

m) Clean Your Iron:

Over time, starch can start to build up on your iron – causing it to stick. To remedy this problem, run a hot iron over a piece of aluminum foil.

Resources

[1] Five Minute Fixes by Reader’s Digest; pg. 274.
[2] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 42.
[3] Who Knew? Almanac by Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin; pg. 406.

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