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5 More Things To Do with Aluminum Foil

Unwrap creative new ways to start using aluminum foil, from making a sun box for flowers, to keeping your oven spic and span.

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Before checking out Reader’s Digests’ cool new ideas for using aluminum foil, it’s time for a Fun Fact!

Fact: Before aluminum foil, tin foil was used. Tin tended to leave a slight tin taste to whatever food it touched, and ultimately paved the way for the more palatable aluminum foil. The term “tin foil” is still widely used to describe aluminum foil, however.

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1. Sharpen Your Scissors

What can you do with those clan pieces of leftover foil you have hanging around? Use them to sharpen up your dull scissors! Smooth them out if necessary, and then fold the strips into several layers and start cutting. Seven or either passes should do the trick. Pretty simple, huh?

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2. Create a Sun Box for Plants

A sunny window is a great place for keeping plants that love a lot of light. However, since the light always comes from the same direction, plants tend to bend toward it. To bathe your plants in light from all sides, make a sun box: Remove the top and one side from a cardboard box and line the other three sides and bottom with aluminum foil, shiny side out, taping or gluing it in place. Place plants in the box and set it near a window.

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3. Keep Bees Away from Beverages

You’re about to relax in your backyard with a well-deserved glass of lemonade or soda pop. Suddenly bees start buzzing around your drink – which they view as sweet nectar. Keep them away by tightly covering the top of your glass with aluminum foil. Poke a straw through it, and then enjoy your drink in peace.

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4. Keep an Oven Clean

When you’re baking a bubbly lasagna or casserole, keep messy drips off the bottom of the oven by laying a sheet of aluminum foil over the rack below. However, do not line the bottom of the oven with foil, as it could cause a fire.

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5. Make an Extra-large Salad Bowl

If you’ve invited a large group of friends over for dinner, but don’t have a bowl big enough to toss that much salad, don’t panic. Just line the kitchen sink with aluminum foil and toss away!

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