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7 Smart Uses for Aluminum Foil ...

By Jordin

Did you know that aluminum foil is pretty much 100% recyclable? Recycling is pretty popular these days but there are more ways to recycle than dropping it off somewhere. What about recycling within your own home? Here are 7 ways to re-use your aluminum foil!

1 Sharpen Your Scissors

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Yes, that’s right! You can use aluminum foil to sharpen the edges of your dull scissors. Simply fold it into a square and cut it about 8 or 10 times. Viola! You’ve re-used your aluminum foil AND sharpened your scissor. Now that’s multi-tasking!

2 Eliminate Static Cling

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Having problems with static cling in your clothes? Here’s your quick fix! Add a piece of aluminum foil to the dryer next time you do a load. Make sure it’s nothing delicate though, you wouldn’t want to tear anything.

3 Bye Bye Mice

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I hate mice! Ugh they are so nasty! Here’s a great tip for keeping the mice at bay: Crumple up a ball of aluminum foil and put it near mice holes or any openings that mice may use to enter your home. The rough, jagged edges will deter their efforts to enter!

4 Efficiant Cleaning

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Use a ball of aluminum foil to scrub the gunk away that gathers underneath your burners and on the stovetop. You can also use it to clean pots and pans but not on the non-stick pans. You don’t want to scratch them up!

5 Brown Sugar Softener

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When your brown sugar turns into one big hard lump, there is a way to rescue it that doesn’t include stabbing it to death with a knife! Carefully wrap the lump in a big piece of aluminum foil and place it in a pan. Put it in the oven on about 300 and check periodically to make sure it’s softening up.

6 Wrapping Food

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Of course, everyone knows that you can cover food with this shiny stuff before you stick it in the fridge. But did you know you can do it again the next day? Just wash the same piece with soap and water, allow it to air dry and store it till you need it again! However, be cautioned: aluminum foil that comes into contact with raw meats should never be re-used.

7 Arts and Crafts

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If you have kids in your home, or just like to do artsy stuff for your own recreation, why not try creating some things with aluminum foil? You can make Christmas ornaments and decorations, embellish cards, or make paintings with aluminum foil. It’s a lot of fun to play around with!

You see, you can give aluminum foil many different uses before tossing it into the recycling bin! Can you think of anything I didn’t mention here?

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