Thursday, May 17, 2018


  • Fold foil in quarters, then cut with a scissors to sharpen the scissors blades.
  • Double wrap meat, vegetables and seasonings in a foil pouch, cook on the grill for 20 to 30 minutes for a simple and delicious BBQ dinner. Or place directly on campfire coals.
  • Heat cotton swatches within a foil envelope to create a char cloth. Foil is a great work surface for starting a fire with petroleum jelly and cotton.
  • Keep matches and tinder dry by wrapping them tightly in foil.
  • Don’t have a pot to boil water? Line a hole in the ground with foil and fill with water. Use tongs to pull rocks from a campfire and transfer them into the water. The water will soon boil.
  • A layer of foil beneath a sleeping bag prevents moisture from seeping in while you are sleeping.
  • In the woods, strips of foil hung at eye level make great trail markers, especially at night when they catch flashlight beams.
  • Use the reflectiveness as a mirror, to signal for help.
  • Fold a small piece of foil several times into a small square and insert it into the space between a battery and the loose spring to hold the battery in place and complete the circuit.
  • Wrap a piece of plywood in foil. Place it behind your radiator to reflect heat into the middle of the room.
  • Crumple foil into a ball to rub rust spots off surfaces such as shower curtain rods and car bumpers. Also works for cleaning pots and pans.
  • After grilling, use a ball of foil to scrub the burned food bits off the grill.
  • Clean silverware in a shallow pan lined with foil. Add two or three tablespoons of baking soda and boiling water, then drop in tarnished silverware.
  • Strips of foil hung from string to twist and flash in the wind and sun can scare off birds and protect garden crops.
  • Secure a loose peel-and-stick vinyl tile with a sheet of foil and a clothes iron. Cover the tile with foil to protect the finish, then iron it to soften and reactivate the adhesive.
  • A sheet of foil lining the bottom can keep baking tins looking new and, in a pinch, substitute for a cookie sheet.
  • Wrap doorknobs in foil to catch splatters when painting.
  • Create a custom-shaped cake pan (cartoon character, name, heart, etc.) by reshaping the inside of a regular cake pan with foil.
  • Wrap the heating element of an oven or toaster oven to protect it during a thorough cleaning.
  • Cut ironing time in half by placing a sheet of foil under the ironing board cover. The reflected heat from the foil lets you iron both sides of a garment at once.

This information is from the Patriot Headquarters website:

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