In North America, aluminium foil is known as aluminum foil. It is also sometimes called Reynolds wrap after Reynolds Metals, the leading manufacturer in North America. In the United Kingdom and United States it is, informally, widely called tin foil, for historical reasons.

The Many Uses Of Aluminium Foil:
  • To get rid of rust spots on chrome bumpers, scrub with Pepsi; use a wadded-up piece of  (Reynolds Wrap) aluminum foil as a scrubber.

  • You can also clean battery termnals with the above method.  Dip a piece of aluminum foil in Pepsi and use it to scrub.
  • Use heavy strength aluminum foil to protect exterior hardware, including doorknobs, window frames, and awning brackets, from paint.  the foil adapts to a variety of shapes and comes off easily when you're done painting.
  • Save clean-up time when painting with a roller by lining your paint tray with aluminum foil before adding the paint.  When you're done, simply throw away the foil.  Even better yet, let it dry then throw away the foil!
  • To prevent a 'film' from forming on leftover paint, cut out a piece of foil circle by placing the paint can on a piece of foil and tracing around the bottom of it.  Cut out the foil circle, lay it gently atop the paint's surface, then seal the can.
  • Instead of using a sponge for special effects when painting a wall, how about using some crumpled up foil instead!
  • Help household plants that need a lot of sunlight by lining a windowsill with aluminum foil to increase the sun's reflection.  This is great for cacti and geraniums.
  • Make a seed incubator box:  Line a shoebox with aluminum foil, shiny side up; allow the foil to extend over the sides about 2 inches.  Punch several draining holes in the bottom of the box, through the foil, and fill the box slightly more than half-way with potting soil.  Plant the seeds, place box near a sunny window, and keep the soil moist.  The foil will reflect the light and absorb heat for the seedlings.
  • If deer are nibbling at the bark of a young tree, protect it by wrapping the trunk with aluminum foil.  The foil should be at least as high as your waist.  This method can also deter mice and rabbits.
  • If your crop of cucumbers or squash seems threatened by munching bugs, cut up small strips of aluminum foil and use them as mulch.  The shiny substance scares away some light-sensitive pests.

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Did You Know?:

  • Four Syllables or Five?  English chemist Sir Humphry Davy discovered and named a new element in 1807.  He first spelled it alumium, then changed it to aluminum, and finally settled on aluminium in 1812.  That spelling paralleled the recently discovered barium, magnesium, sodium, and strontium. When Charles Hall applied for patents on his electric current process(to isolate aluminum), he used the extra i, too. Shortly after isolation techniques become known He dropped the vowel permanently, and with it a syllable, which aligned his product with classy platinum. His new metal caught on so quickly and grew so economically important that "aluminum" became indelibly stamped on the American psyche.

Resource(s):  wikipedia, merriam-webster.com/, Publications International Ltd.
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