Abel Uribe, Chicago Tribune
• 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.
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JOE KOHEN, BLOOMBERG NEWS
• Remove perspiration stains from white fabric by dissolving two aspirin in half a cup of warm water and applying to the fabric for a couple hours before washing. • Eliminate chlorine discoloration from hair by dissolving eight tablets in a glass of water and rubbing into your hair. Leave for about 10 minutes and rinse. Shampoo. • Reduce pimples by making a paste of water and crushed aspirin. Cover the pimple and rinse after a few minutes. • Recharge a car battery by dropping two tablets into the battery. The aspirin's acetylsalicylic acid will combine with the battery's sulfuric acid to produce one charge. Drive to the nearest service station.
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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