Fifteen uses of aluminum foil you never imagined

Up until now, you've probably only ever thought to use aluminum foil in the kitchen. Surprisingly though, it can be used for a whole lot more than just cooking. Check out these 15 varied uses of aluminum foil and you'll be grateful you always have it around.

1. Scare away birds

Hang up some strips of foil on your trees and the birds will no longer dare to eat your delicious fruit.

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2. Save time with ironing
If you place some aluminum foil under your clothes before ironing, it heats up really quickly and effectively you'll be able to iron your garments from both sides.

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3. Static-free laundry 

Put two or three balls of foil along with your clothes in the dryer. When you take your clothes out, they will be static-free. 

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4. Sharpen scissors
To sharpen your old scissors, simply cut some foil with them and voila!

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5. Move furniture

A very easy way to move furniture around is to put pieces of foil (shiny side up) underneath the legs. You'll see how easy it is to slide the furniture along the floor now! 

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6. Better WiFi signal

To improve the signal of your WiFi, take a large piece of foil, fold it several times and place it behind the antenna as if it were a screen. The foil will redirect the signal wherever you want it.

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7. Extend your battery life

To extend the life of your batteries, put some foil on the positive tips of the batteries to hold them in place and they’ll operate perfectly.

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8. Seal bags

To seal plastic bags, simply place a piece of foil over the edge of the bag:

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Then you just have to iron over it!

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9. Desserts
Make your own cookie cutters with foil to create original tasty treats in the oven.

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10. White teeth

Who would've have thought that aluminum foil can even whiten your teeth? Mix some baking soda with toothpaste and smear a thick layer of this paste over a strip of foil. Then apply the strip to your teeth and let it take effect for an hour. After this time, remove it and rinse your mouth thoroughly. 

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11. Fresh celery for longer

To keep celery fresh for up to four weeks, wrap it in foil and put it in the refrigerator. Unlike plastic bags, aluminum allows ethylene gas to escape. This gas is what makes the vegetable ripen faster.

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12. Rusty metals

Dip a ball of aluminum foil into water and rub it against iron or chrome-plated metal to get rid of rust that has accumulated over time.

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13. Revitalized scourer

Dry out your scourer then wrap it in a piece of foil and place it in the freezer. The next time you use it, you'll notice a huge difference!

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14. Cleaning the barbecue

When you finish using your barbecue, rub a ball of foil over the stuck on food. Make sure you use tongs so as not to burn yourself!

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15. Smartphone

It's interesting to discover that smartphone touchscreens react to foil. You can create very own stylus by wrapping a pencil with foil. If you're wearing gloves and can't use your phone, wrap your fingers with foil and then put your gloves over the top. 

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So you see, aluminum foil does a whole lot more than just wrap up food. It’s truly a multi-purpose material that can do everything from eliminating static in the dryer to sharpening scissors and cleaning barbecues. Just brilliant!

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