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Random Recast - New Uses For Aluminum Foil Day 1

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Welcome to the very first edition of Random Recast! Each week, Random Recast will feature a new-use-a-day for a common household item. Got any ideas you'd like to share? Leave a comment!

Aluminum foil is a lifesaver in the kitchen, helping out when there's a casserole dish or brownie pan in need of a quick cover. But we think it's possible to get a little more mileage out of the stuff. Today's genius other-use for aluminum foil is for removing rust from chrome. Let's see how Sara from the blog Russet Street Reno used it on her bike.

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Sara started by crumpling the aluminum foil up into a ball, keeping the shiny side facing out. Then, she dipped it in water. (Nothing fancy, just from the tap.)

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Next, take the aluminum foil ball and rub the chrome using a back-and-forth (not circular) motion. You'll start to see black "bubbles" appear on the surface. At this point, you'll want to give the chrome a good scrubbing and then dry with an old rag.

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And you're done! This is a glimpse of a part of Sara's bike before (left) and after (right) the aluminum foil treatment. See how the little rust marks are gone? Amazing.

Want to see how to use a similar aluminum foil trick to get silver jewelry looking nice and shiny again? Then check out...


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