Aluminium Foil Frugal Tips & Uses 

Uncommon frugal living uses for aluminium foil.

Foil is so useful that I make sure I keep it in my cupboards all the time. Here are a few uses that you may not have thought of.

Sun Box

If your indoor plants need a dose of sunshine, try using a sun box to revive them. Remove the top and one side from a cardboard box and line the inside of the box with foil.

Place the plants in the box and put the box near a window where sun will hit the box. It will encourage your plants to grow straight instead of bending towards the sun.

Heat Reflector

To make the most of the heat coming from your radiators, wrap aluminium foil around insulation board and place the boards behind the radiators. This will help prevent the loss of heat through the wall and redirect it back into the room.

Novelty cake tin

if you want to make a cake in to an unusual shape but do not have the right shaped tin, it is possible to form foil into the desired novelty shape for the cake. Use double thickness foil for stiffness and make sure that the heights of the sides are as high as the cake tine you are placing it in to bake the cake.

Fishing Lure

Wrap foil around a hook, leaving a flap of foil. Then fringe the flap with scissors so that it wriggles in the water, as the line is reeled in. the shiny surface along with the movement will attract fish to the hook.

Camping foot warmers

On cold camping evenings a nice warm foot warmer can be just the thing. Warm large stones in the fire and then cover them with aluminium foil to keep the heat in. then wrap them in a towel and place them at the bottom of your sleeping bag.

Piping funnel

If you find yourself without a piping bag to decorate your cake. Simply roll your own with a length of foil. Theres nothing worse when your half way through your cooking to discover that you don't have all the tools to hand.

Pastry support

To bake pastry blind without beans, make a sausage shape from foil and press it gently into the pastry around the sides of the dish.

Photography Reflector

Wrap foil around a large piece of cardboard to make a cheap alternative light reflector to highlight faces when taking photographs in a dark room.

(Tips from Readers Digest Practical Problem Solver)

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