We already know that aluminium foil is a kitchen must-have, but its metallic, pliable structure makes it super-useful all over the house. Here’s why you should stock up:
- Line cabinets and drawers
Not only is the foil easy to clean with a damp sponge, but it will help reflect light in a cabinet’s dark corners.
- Polish silverware
With this nifty trick, a chemical reaction causes tarnish to transfer from your silver flatware to the aluminium foil. Line a plastic bin with the foil (shiny side up), and place the silver pieces inside. Pour in a 1/4 cup washing soda, and a gallon of boiling water. Stir and let soak for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Clean the grill
A ball of foil makes quick work of de-gunking a grill of any burnt-on barbecue leftovers.
- Protect pie crust
Worried about burning your famous apple pie? Cover the edges with a ring cut out of aluminum foil to keep the crust from getting too brown.
- Scrub dishes.
Like wire wool, a ball of aluminum foil can help clean cookware you can give a good scrub, like glass casserole dishes or cast-iron skillets.
- Scare away birds
Chances are you love seeing brightly coloured feathered friends around your garden, but if you have a fruit tree, you might not want birds feasting on your bounty. Like the reflective tape sold at garden centres, strips of aluminum foil hung in your tree can help keep them away.
- Move heavy furniture
Wrap the feet of your sofa in a few layers of heavy duty foil to help scoot it across carpet (but avoid using this trick on delicate surfaces or furniture that the foil could scratch).
- Iron clothes faster
Aluminum foil reflects heat, so try placing a sheet under your ironing board cover, to smooth wrinkles a bit quicker.
- Make a funnel
In a pinch, create a makeshift funnel (which you can even bend to fit in tight spaces) out of a piece of foil fashioned into a cone.
- Soften hard sugar
When a recipe calls for a tablespoon of brown sugar but you’d need a chisel to carve it out, a little heat can help. Wrap the sugar in a piece of aluminum foil and toss it in a 350-degree oven for five minutes.