So-called normal uses for aluminium foil like preventing pies from being burnt in the oven and keeping food warm are just boring. Check out these uses you may not have even thought of.
1. Protect a child’s mattress
As any parent of a potty-trained youngster knows, accidents happen.
When they happen in bed, however, you can spare the mattress – even if you don’t have a plastic protector available.
First, lay several sheets of aluminum foil across the width of the mattress.
Then, cover them with a good-sized beach towel.
Finally, attach the mattress pad and bottom sheet.
2. Polish your silver
Is your silverware looking a bit dull these days?
Try an ion exchange, a molecular reaction in which aluminum acts as a catalyst.
All you have to do is line a pan with a sheet of aluminum foil, fill it with cold water, and add two teaspoons of salt.
Drop your tarnished silverware into the solution, let it sit for two to three minutes, then rinse off and dry.
3. Preserve steel-wool pads
It’s maddening. You use a steel-wool pad once, put it in a dish by the sink, and the next day you find a rusty mess fit only for the trash.
To prevent rust and get your money’s worth from a pad, wrap it in foil and toss it into the freezer.
You can also lengthen the life of your steel-wool soap pads by crumpling up a sheet of foil and placing it under the steel wool in its dish or container.
(Don’t forget to periodically drain off the water that collects at the bottom.)