Last Updated on February 13, 2020
The best baking cookbooks will teach you many uses for all types of flour – from white corn flour to whole grain flour. The possibilities are countless! But have you ever considered using flour for something other than cooking?
It is an ingredient that we all have at home, whether to use for our everyday recipes or for baking with kids – and the truth is that flour is very versatile and useful. Today, we bring you 11 surprising uses for flour around the house that you’ve probably never heard of before but need to ASAP!
For your own enjoyment, keep reading to find out!
1. It can be used as the best natural ant repellent
Why pay a bunch of money for an ant repellent powder when the powder you need can be found inside your kitchen cabinet? If you are suffering from an ant plague, flour can act as a natural ant deterrent. All you need to do is sprinkle a line of flour near their entrance place, and you will observe that they will not dare to cross that line!
2. You can use it to make Play Dough
Baking with kids can be one of the best activities to use flour, but did you know that you can also use it to make your very own Play Dough? Check PBS Parents, where you can find a simple but effective playdough recipe that only requires four cups of flour, canola oil, salt, water, and some food coloring and glitter to make things more fun.
3. DIY Homemade glue for craft projects
By simply mixing flowers, sugar, and water, you can make your own glue for arts and crafts, like making your own paper mâché. If you want to preserve your homemade glue to use in the future, you can add a bit of alum powder, this will keep it good for a few weeks. It is a cheap alternative and it can be a lifesaver for the times when you simply can’t make it to the store.
4. Use it to clean your deck of cards
If you have an old deck of playing cards that you absolutely love but that is getting kind of grimy, know that flour is here to help. All you need to do is put your cards inside a sealable bag, add a little bit of flour and then use your shaking skills to mix it all up. After you are done, remove the cards and simply wipe them with a dry cloth – you will see you can even shuffle them more easily now.
5. Use flour as a natural insect repellent
As stated before, flour can work as an amazing and cheap ant repellent to keep them outside of your house. But you can also use it in your garden, to prevent those leaf chewing insects, like grasshoppers, from attacking your beloved plants
6. Make your own fabric starch
To make sure that your shirts and sheets are as crisp as they can get, you can also use flour as a time and money effective hack. Simply mix 2 ½ cups of water with one spoon of flour, put it in a pan and let it boil. After it gets cold, get the mix inside a spray bottle and there you have it.
7. Fight pimples and acne
Forget all about that expensive clean and clear acne wash or Murad acne cleanser– flour is, once again, your best friend. Mix a bit of flour with a spoonful of honey and you will have your miracle overnight pimple fighter. Then, apply it directly to the annoying red bump, get a band-aid to cover it, and when morning comes, you will notice that the swelling is gone.
8. Make your stainless-steel appliances shiny again
Finding stainless steel products that are effective is an easy task, but you will spend a lot of money and there is no need for that. Just clean your appliances the way you usually do, and then to make them shiny, sprinkle a little bit of flour onto a dry, soft cloth and rub your appliances until they are spotless.
9. Use flour as a dry shampoo
There are many brands of dry shampoo in the market, but if you don’t have any at home and you are in a hurry and don’t have time to shower, you can use flour instead. Just apply it through the greasy parts of your hair, and then use a comb to get the excess out. If your hair is too dark, you can add a little bit of cocoa powder to make the mixture darker.
10. Polish Your Copper
Copper pots are quite beautiful and can make any kitchen look more elegant and iconic, but overtime, copper will start losing its shine. Worry not – by mixing equal parts vinegar, salt, and flour, you can make a cheap paste that will make your copper pans shiny again. After scrubbing it thoroughly, clean the remaining paste with a soft cloth.
11. Make a refreshing face mask
If you suffer from oily skin, you can use flour to make a refreshing mask. By adding 2 tablespoons of flour, one tablespoon of turmeric and 3 to 4 tablespoons of plain yogurt and mixing it all together you will obtain a complete face mask that will leave you with a brighter complexion.