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Everyday Cheapskate: 11 Ways to Use Aluminum Foil Around the House to Make Life Easier

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Using aluminum foil to line cookie sheets or to keep a steak hot while you finish getting everything ready to eat are nothing new when it comes to useful household tips. But there are many other ways to use aluminum foil you haven't heard of -- ways that can save you time, money and effort.


Line a bucket or bowl with aluminum foil. Add the silver items you want to polish into the bucket. Fill the vessel with 2 tablespoons washing soda (aka soda ash), 2 tablespoons ordinary table salt, 1 cup plain white vinegar and 2 cups boiling water. Leave the silver in the water for about 15 minutes. The tarnish that has covered your beautiful silverware is attracted to the foil, making it easier to clean the silver.


You have undoubtedly noticed that one side of aluminum foil is shinier than the other. Maybe you see the shiny side as the "right" side and always have it facing out. Have you ever thought about why the two sides have different finishes?

According to the largest manufacturer of aluminum foil, the different appearance of each side of aluminum foil is simply a result of how it's manufactured. The performance of the foil is the same on both sides; use it either way. The folks at Reynolds Wrap assure us that there is absolutely no difference.



Crumple up a sheet of aluminum foil. Now use it along with some elbow grease to make the chrome on appliances, strollers and older car bumpers shine like new. Aluminum foil will even remove rust spots. Caution: Most "chrome" on new cars is not chrome at all but plastic. DO NOT rub plastic chrome with aluminum foil!


Those who color their hair know that it involves time for the color to process -- time to just sit there and wait. You want to catch up on your reading, but you can't read without your specs. If you put them on, they're sure to end up stained by the color. Solution: Wrap the temples of your glasses (side arms) with a piece of aluminum foil. This won't wreck the color but it will protect your glasses.


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