Aluminum foil: Not only is it a great "Weird Al" Yankovic song; it’s also your secret weapon for various household chores. Here, seven totally ingenious things to do with it.

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Get rid of shower rust

Before you replace that old, brown shower rod, try balling up foil and rubbing away the rust. (We were shocked by how well this works.)

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Sharpen your favorite pair of shears

Scissors dull? Slice through a sheet of tinfoil. They’ll be sharper in seconds.

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Keep a room toastier

The next time your house feels like Antarctica, wrap foil around a piece of plywood and stick it behind a cast-iron radiator to amplify heat.

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Rid your clothes of static cling

Just say no to skirts that cling to your underpants. Throw a crumpled ball in with a load of clothes, and it’ll work exactly like a dryer sheet.

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Spiff up old gold or silver jewelry

Line a bowl with foil, fill it with hot water, and add a tablespoon of (bleach-free) powdered laundry detergent. Soak that necklace in the mixture for one minute--and it’ll come out good as new.

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Iron clothes faster

Tuck a sheet of foil underneath an ironing board cover. It’ll reflect and double heat from the iron, cutting ironing time nearly in half.

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Scare pets away from your Christmas tree

Crinkle scraps under the tree skirt, and behold as Fido freaks the hell out when he steps on them.

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