For centuries, aluminum foil has been used mainly for cooking. However, in today's Do-It-Yourself era, it's known as a modern marvel! Aluminum foil is an inexpensive product that can be repurposed in many thrifty ways. Try these 10 clever examples and then pat yourself on the back for a job well done!
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1. Preserve Bananas Longer
Not ready to use your ripe bananas for baking? Preserve them by wrapping the stem with a piece of foil. You can wrap the entire bunch or individuals. This tip also works great to keep those pesky fruit flies away!
2. Remove Static Cling in Laundry
No fabric softener? No problem! Take a 20-inch long sheet of foil & crumble into a tight ball. Pop 2-3 of them in the dryer with your clothes to instantly remove static cling. You'll even save energy because the heat they attract will help dry your clothes faster.
3. Sharpen Scissors
Let's face it — dull scissors can be frustrating. This easy fix is just what you need. Cut through a piece of aluminum foil about 10 times to bring scissors back to life. You may also be able to get small rust spots off while you're at it.
4. Re-Seal Plastic Bags
Don't let your leftover packaged food go stale. Re-seal a plastic bag using a piece of aluminum foil & an iron. Simply lay the bag flat, place a piece of foil over the open section and iron over the top — the heat will seal it!
5. Reusable Paint Tray
If you're an avid painter or DIYer, you'll love this hack. Line a paint tray in foil, pour the paint in and when you're done with your project, it's super easy to clean up. The best part is that you can re-use the tray over and over again!
6. Budget-Friendly Photography Equipment
Photography supplies can get pretty expensive, so try this money-saving hack to brighten your photos. Grab a piece of cardboard and cover the front with foil. Use this as a reflector to distribute the right amount of light onto your subject.
7. Hold Popsicle Sticks in Place
It's never been easier to hold sticks in place while make your favorite thirst-quenching popsicles. All you need is a popsicle tray, aluminum foil and popsicle sticks. Pour your favorite mix into the tray, cover it with a piece of foil and insert the popsicle sticks. Freeze and enjoy!
8. DIY Furniture Slider
Easily glide furniture into position by placing a piece of foil under its legs. Whether you are moving it across the floor or carpet, the foil will make life so much easier.
9. Easy Cooking Clean Up
Prevent baking spills with this simple solution. Just line the bottom of your oven with foil before putting a lasagna dish (or something equally as delicious) on a rack. If any of the savory sauces or melting cheeses boil over during the baking process, they will drip onto the foil, making clean up a breeze!
10. Artistic Handprint Keepsake
A child's handprint creates the most precious keepsake. This works great on a hard surface so grab a hard cover journal, pencil, glue gun, white glue, paint sponge and a piece of foil. Use a pencil to trace an outline of child's hand onto the journal cover, then go over the outline with hot glue. Once that dries, spread a thin layer of white glue over the journal cover. Place foil over the top, pressing down in center and smoothing out to the edges with a cloth. Seal the top with an extra layer of white glue for more protection.