Tin is a non-reactive metal whereas iron is a reactive metal.

If food is stored in an iron container, it might react with iron and get spoiled.

Hence, tin is electroplated on iron to make cans used for storing food.

Electroplating tin makes the container non-reactive and look better.

  1. Class 8
  2. Chapter 14 Class 8 - Chemical Effects Of Electric Current

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Davneet Singh is a graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He has been teaching from the past 9 years. He provides courses for Maths and Science at Teachoo.