Aluminum foil: Not only is it a great “Weird Al” Yankovic song; it’s also your secret weapon for various household chores. Here, seven totally ingenious things to do with it.
Sharpen your favorite pair of shears
Scissors dull? Slice through a sheet of tinfoil. They’ll be sharper in seconds.
Keep a room toastier
The next time your house feels like Antarctica, wrap foil around a piece of plywood and stick it behind a cast-iron radiator to amplify heat.
Rid your clothes of static cling
Just say no to skirts that cling to your underpants. Throw a crumpled ball in with a load of clothes, and it’ll work exactly like a dryer sheet.
Spiff up old gold or silver jewelry
Line a bowl with foil, fill it with hot water, and add a tablespoon of (bleach-free) powdered laundry detergent. Soak that necklace in the mixture for one minute–and it’ll come out good as new.
Iron clothes faster
Tuck a sheet of foil underneath an ironing board cover. It’ll reflect and double heat from the iron, cutting ironing time nearly in half.
Scare pets away from your Christmas tree
Crinkle scraps under the tree skirt, and behold as Fido freaks the hell out when he steps on them.
Originally posted 2015-11-28 23:08:00.