Review on Household Uses for Aluminum Foil - Does it Work?
Can You Recycle Used Aluminum Foil?
Yes, you can.
Aluminum foil is one of the most common household items and is found in almost every kitchen. It has been in use in a variety of ways, ranging from industrial to domestic applications.
It is also one of those household items that can be put to lots of uses. If you Google, you will find several recommendations on what to do with used aluminum foil.
I decided to try to test some of these recommendations and check if it actually works.
Here are my findings.
1. Remove Wrinkles on Silk Clothes with Aluminum Foil
If you have silk, wool or rayon clothes, you know the frustration of Ironing it to perfection. It always requires quite a few passes of the iron, to flatten the wrinkles.
These materials can't take direct heat and the iron temperature has to be set to low.
It is claimed that by using aluminum foil, it can solve this problem.
The instruction says to place aluminum foil under the ironing board cover. The indirect and reflected heat from the foil will speed up and smooth the wrinkles.
Unfortunately, I didn't get the result as I had hoped for. I followed the above instruction, but there was no improvement in the ironing process. It took me just as long to remove the wrinkle, with or without the aluminum foil. Maybe my iron isn't good enough?
2. Starch Build Up on Iron
One of the methods to remove starch build up on your iron is to use vinegar and baking soda mixture. However, running a hot iron over a sheet of aluminum foil is claimed to be a faster and more efficient way to remove this starch build-up.
I decided to test this and surprisingly, it DOESN'T work. See the before and after photos. I tried on both recycle and new aluminum foils. Also, tried on the shiny and matte surfaces, still no difference.
This is frustrating as I need to remove that starch build-up on my iron. So now I have to try other methods!
3. Anti-Cat Spray
It is claimed if you hang or lay an aluminum foil sheet at places where your cat or dog likes to spray or do their business, it will stop them from doing so.
I did as described and my cat hasn't done it yet. So does it mean it works?
Maybe or maybe my cat decided to go somewhere else? But so far so good.
4. Scouring or Scrubbing
Instead of using steel wool try aluminum foil to scrub and scour your dirty and greasy oven, pots or BBQ grills from any burnt or food that got stuck on these utensils. Crumple a small sheet of aluminum foil, or recycle a used sheet, into a coarse ball. Use it to scrub the dirt off.
Does it work?
I tried on my toaster tray and from the before and after photos, you can see that there's not much improvement. I am not impressed and convinced that it will work. My recommendation is to use the commercially available grease cleaner or homemade vinegar and baking soda mixture.
5. Sharpen Scissors with Aluminum Foil
The next time you need to cut a sheet of aluminum foil for your cooking, don't just tear them. Use a pair of scissors to cut it. It will keep the scissors sharp.
If your scissors are already blunt, then fold any used aluminum foil so that it is eight to ten layers thick. Now cut the foil a few times with the blunt scissors. It is supposed to sharpen it. If it is still blunt, repeat the process.
Oddly enough, it works. It is easy and doesn't take too much effort to get results.
6. Rub Off the Rust Spot
Use a crumpled aluminum foil to rub off any rust spot from any metal surface. You may want to use recycled foil for this work.
I tried it on my metal gate that has rust spots at several places. From the before and after photos, using aluminum foil is an excellent tool for this job. It works. The rust came off easily.
Recycle Your Aluminum Foils
From these tried and tested reviews, it seems to work on about 50% of the suggested new uses for aluminum foil. Since it is available in most households, It will come in handy for those jobs.
So, next time you are done with your cooking, don't throw away that aluminum foil. You will find new uses for it.
Do you have success in the works that I had failed? Or do you have success in other uses? Share it with us here.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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