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2X4: Make Your Life Easier With Aluminum Foil

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Jessica
08.23.12

Aluminum foil can do a lot more than cover leftovers! This common kitchen item is inexpensive and versatile. Here are four clever foil uses you’ve never tried:

Clean Your Grill. It may have been a seriously good barbeque season, but every great steak left a little bit of gunk on your grill rack. As the summer comes to a close, make sure your grill is properly cleaned by breaking out the aluminum foil. Simply crumple the foil into a ball and then rub it along the grill rack. The foil will free the gunk. For one last hurrah before fall sets in, try one of these delicious grilling ideas: You Can Grill What? 9 Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Grill.

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

      

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 be quick 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 become wrinkle-free much faster!

Soften Brown Sugar. Brown sugar is tasty but can be hard to cook with because it clumps so easily. Instead of chipping through a solid block of sugar every time you need it for in a recipe, soften it in the oven! Wrap the brown sugar brick in aluminum foil and then bake it in the oven for five minutes at 300°F. Your sugar will crumble easily once it’s removed!

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