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2X4: Four Awesome Uses for Aluminum Foil

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Jessica
06.10.13

Aluminum foil is a kitchen staple, but it's good for more than just storing leftovers! This inexpensive item is surprisingly versatile outside of the kitchen, too. Here are four clever foil uses you’ve probably never tried:

Remove Rust. Rust happens. If a piece of iron has a fine layer of red, you can remove the rust stains with aluminum foil. Crumple a square of foil and use it like a sponge to rub rust off of iron furniture. This works because aluminum is a softer metal than iron and won’t scratch the material below the rust. Steel wool may get the job done faster than a DIY aluminum foil sponge, but there’s a higher chance of scratching your iron! 

Sharpen Your Scissors. Between cutting pizza into slices and making paper snowflakes, scissors are equally as useful in the kitchen and craft room. But because they see so much action, scissors can quickly become dull and ineffective. To sharpen your shears, simply use your dull scissors to cut through 6-8 layers of aluminum foil. After the last chop, they’ll be ready to dress up a terra cotta pot or clean your vacuum.

Protect Hardware. A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to update a room, but it can also be one of the messiest. Plastic tarps work great on the floor and furniture, but what about the door handles and clasps? You could go through the hassle of removing all of your hardware, or you can grab aluminum foil. The foil will easily mold to whatever surface you need to cover. Bonus: The molded aluminum will stay in place while your paint dries!

Speed Up Ironing. After you’ve tackled your mountain of laundry, there’s one more step before your clothes are hanging in your closet: ironing. This time-consuming chore can go a little quicker if you use aluminum foil! Before you set your shirt on the ironing board, throw down some foil. It will reflect the iron’s heat back into the shirt instead of heating the board itself, so your clothes will become wrinkle-free much faster!

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