Have you ever imagined what aluminum foil can do, besides protect you from the alien brain control rays? Aluminum foil has been used on everything from sunday chickens to the Apollo lunar missions.
In “Quick and Simple Life Hacks: Aluminum Foil Edition,” a short YouTube video from Household Hacker, we will learn six new ways to use aluminum foil that don’t involve wrapping our windows or heads with the stuff.
After you’re done cooking on the grill, instead of an expensive copper wire brush, you can tightly ball up the used aluminum foil used during cooking, and use it to scrape the racks. Of course, wait till everythings cooled down or you could really hurt yourself.
Ironing clothes is a necessary evil of domestic obligations, but takes so long. Try lining your ironing board with aluminum foil to reflect heat and get both sides done at the same time.
You can also use aluminum foil as a conducting bridge in battery powered devices. If you don’t have quite enough batteries of the correct size, you can install a smaller battery and jump the space with some foil… this is a short term solution and may void the warranty, but if you just have to use your calculator to figure out the square root of six right now, it could work.
If you need to move a heavy piece of furniture and don’t have roommates, you can place layered foil under the legs of the piece and it should slide across most surfaces, including carpeting, nice and easy like.
A lot of cooking generates grease, and it can be a pain to get rid of. You can fashion a small bowl out of foil and pour that grease into it. Later, once it has solidified, you can just crinkle it up and throw it away.
Because of its malleability and moisture resistance, foil can also be used to make funnels for transferring all sorts of liquids, both water and oil based, from one container to another.
Now that you have some ideas about what to do with your aluminum foil, we’d like to share some fun facts about this stuff.
Did you know that Americans recycle about 70 percent of all household aluminum waste each year? Most of it is in the form of cans, since many recycling centers don’t accept items contaminated with food. Still, every can recycled saves enough energy to power a television for three hours.
You can actually reuse aluminum foil yourself. It is dishwasher safe, so, instead of baling it up and tossing it when your done with your leftovers, roll it flat rinse it off and put it in with your next load of dishes. When it comes out you just dry it off and you are ready to wrap another day’s chicken parm in it.
About 8 percent of the Earth’s crust is composed of aluminum, by weight. In nature it is rarely pure, usually being found in a compound called potassium aluminum sulfate, or Alum for short. It is also about a third lighter than copper, which means there is a LOT of it, but since we recycle so much of it, we don’t need to mine too much to keep us flush with this useful metal.
Do you have any great uses for aluminum you want to share? Let us know.