Extraordinary uses for ordinary items
Some ordinary, unassuming household objects have super powers. And most of these items cost less than a couple of bucks. So the next time you stain a shirt, smell something funky or think about tossing a banana peel, check these 100-plus uses first. Not only will you be going green, you'll be saving some green. --By Aisha Sultan
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• Sharpen your scissors by cutting through six to eight layers of foil.
• Shine rusty chrome by scrubbing with a little water on a wadded-up piece of aluminum foil.
• Keep birds out of your fruit trees by hanging twisted strips of aluminum foil on them with fishing line.
• Keep the soot off the bottom of your fireplace or charcoal grill by lining it with aluminum foil before starting a fire. Dispose of the foil after the fire cools.
• Eliminate electromagnetic interference if your TV and DVD player are stacked on top of each other by placing a sheet of aluminum foil between them.
• Iron more effectively by putting a piece of aluminum foil under the ironing board cover. The foil will reflect the heat from the iron so both sides get ironed at once.
• Move furniture with ease by putting small pieces of foil under the legs, dull side down.
• Clean starch buildup from your iron by running a hot iron over a piece of aluminum foil.