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EXTRAORDINARY USES FOR ORDINARY THINGS
Learn how to use what's in your closet for each day
IN THE KITCHEN
Bake a perfect stamp: To keep the cookies on your homemade pies from burning, you just need to cover them with strips of aluminum foil. The foil prevents the edges from becoming excessive while the rest of your pie becomes completely brown.
Create specially shaped cake bottles: You can create a teddy bear birthday cake, a valentines day heart cake, a Christmas tree cake or whatever shaped cake the occasion may require. All you have to do is shape a double thickness of heavy aluminum foil to the shape you want and then sit the cake in a larger cake.
Soft up brown sugar: To restore your hardened brown sugar to its former powdery glory, cut one piece, wrap it in aluminum foil and bake it in the oven at 150 degrees C for 5 minutes.
Decorating a Cake: No pastry bag? Just shape a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil into a tube mold and fill it with free-flowing cookies. And the real bonus is that there is no condition bag to clean - simply throw out the foil when you're done.
Make an Extra Large Salad Bowl: If you have invited a large group of friends to dinner, but do not have a bowl large enough to throw so much salad, do not panic. Just clean the sink with aluminum foil and discard!
Keep rolls and bread warm: Want to lock in the fresh-baked heat in your homemade rolls or bread for a dinner or picnic! Before uploading your basket, load the freshly baked goods into a napkin and place a layer of aluminum foil underneath. The foil reflects the heat and keeps your bread warm for a long time.
Catch drops with ice cream cone: Prevent kids from making a lump in their houses by wrapping the bottom of a glass cone (on a watermelon wedge) with a piece of aluminum foil before handing it over to them.
Maintenance of silver: If your cutlery looks a bit dull, try cleaning it with an ion exchange - a molecular reaction where aluminum acts as a catalyst. Just fill one bowl with a sheet of aluminum foil, fill it with cold water and add 2 teaspoons of salt. Drop your plastered silver paint into the solution, let it sit for 2 to 3 minutes, then rinse and dry.
Keep silver colors undisturbed: Store fresh silver cutlery on top of a sheet of aluminum foil to prevent garments. For prolonged storage of cutlery, first tightly over each piece in cellophane wraps, so that you squeeze out as much air as possible - and then wrap the package in aluminum foil and seal the ends.
Keep the oven clean: When baking a bubbly lasagna or casserole, keep messy drops from the oven bottom by placing a sheet of aluminum foil over the rack below. However, do not direct down the oven bottom with foil as it may cause fire.
Toast your own cheese sandwich: Next time you pack for a trip, include a couple of cheese sandwiches wrapped in aluminum foil. That way, if you book at a hotel after the kitchen is closed, you won't have to resort to the cold, expensive snacks at the minibar. Instead, use the hotel room to hit both sides of the wrapped sandwich and you will get a direct, tasty, hot snack.
Preserve Steel Wool Cushions: It's crazy. You use a steel wool plate once, place it in a bowl by the sink and the next day you will find a rusty mess that just fits the garbage. To prevent rust and to get your money's worth from a pillow, wrap it in foil and place it in the freezer. You can also extend the life of your steel wool pillows by wrinkling an aluminum foil sheet and placing it under the steel wool in its bowl or container. (Don't forget to regularly drain away the water that accumulates in the bottom).
Scrubbing your pots: If you do not have a scrubber plate at hand during the wash, you can just squeeze a handful of aluminum foil and use it to scrub your pots.
AROUND THE HOUSE
Protecting a child's mattress: As all parents of a toddler-educated toddler know, accidents happen. However, when they happen in bed, you can spare the mattress - even if you do not have a plastic cover available. First, lay several sheets of aluminum foil over the mattress width. Then cover them with a good size bath towel. Finally, attach the mattress pad and the bottom sheet.
Keep pets away from furniture: Can & # 39; Don't keep your spoiled pet from your brand new couch? Place a piece of aluminum foil on the seat cushions, and after trying to settle on the noisy surface, your pet will no longer consider it a convenient place to snooze.
Sharpen your scissors: What can you do with the clean pieces of remaining foil that you have hung? Use them to sharpen your boring scissors! Smooth them out as needed and then fold the strips into several layers and start cutting. Seven or eight passports should do the trick. Quite simply, huh?
Clean jewelry: To clean your jewelry, simply erase a small bowl of aluminum foil. Fill the bowl with warm water and mix in 1 tablespoon of bleach-free powdered detergent (not liquid), such as Omo. Put jewelry in the solution and let it soak for a minute. Rinse well and air dry. This procedure uses the chemical process called ion exchange, which can also be used to clean silver cutlery.
Moving furniture easily: To push large furniture over a level floor, place small pieces of aluminum foil under the legs of the furniture. Let the dull side of the foil face down, since the dull side is actually more slippery than the shiny side.
Cleaning your fireplace: An easy way to clean the box from your fireplace (braai) is to place a double layer of heavy aluminum foil over the bottom of the fireplace or under the wood gate. The next day - or when you & # 39; is sure that all ashes have cooled down - simply fold it up and throw it away.
In the laundry
Faster ironing: When ironing clothes, much of the iron's heat is absorbed by the board itself - which requires you to make several passes with the iron to remove wrinkles. To speed things up, place a piece of aluminum foil under the cover of the ironing board. The foil will reflect the heat back through the clothes and smooth out the wrinkles faster.
Clean your iron: Is starch that builds on your clothes iron and makes it stick? To get rid of it, run your hot iron over a piece of aluminum foil.
IN THE GARDEN
Create a sunbath for plants: a sunny window is a great place to keep plants that love a lot of light. Since light always comes from the same direction, plants tend to bend towards it. To bathe your plants in light from all sides, create a sun box. Remove the top and one side from a cardboard box and line the other three sides and bottom with aluminum foil, glossy side out, tape or glue in place. Place the plants in the box and place it near a window.
Build a seed incubator: To give plants grown from seeds a healthy lead, place an old shoe box with aluminum foil, glossy side up, so that about 5 centimeters of foil extends over the sides. Punch several drainage holes in the bottom - penetrating the foil - then fill the box slightly more than halfway with pot water and plant seeds. The aluminum foil inside the box absorbs heat to keep the seeds warm as they germinate, while the foil outside the box reflects light for the young germs. Place the box near a sunny window, keep the soil moist and then see & # 39; em grow!
IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Clean your grill: Once the last steak has been taken in, and while the charcoal is still red, place a sheet of aluminum foil over the grill to burn off any remaining food. The next time you use your grill, crush the foil and use it to easily scrape off the burnt food before you start cooking.
Improve outdoor lighting
Light up the electric lighting in your garden or campsite by making a foil reflector to put the light behind. Attach the reflector to the fixture with a few strips of electrical tape or fork tape - do not apply the tape directly to the bulb.
Make an impromptu picnic dish: When you need a convenient disposable picnic dish or school collector, just cover a cardboard box with sturdy aluminum foil.
Keep your sleeping bag dry: Place a piece of heavy aluminum foil under your sleeping bag to insulate against moisture.
Shine your chrome: For sparkling chrome on a variety of appliances, strollers, gold club axles and older car bumpers, crush up a handful of aluminum foil with the glossy side out and apply some elbow grease. If you rub really hard, the foil even removes rust stains. But be warned that most "chrome" on new cars is actually plastic - don't rub it with aluminum foil.