9 Clever Ways to Use Flour
Flour is a must have in every bakers kitchen, but did you know you could use flour in a lot of interesting ways around your house? You can use flour when doing crafts, in your garden and even for your do it yourself beauty routine!
1. Soft cloud dough. Mix 2 cups of flour with 1/4 to 1/2 cup baby oil. Start with the 1/4 cup baby oil and add more as needed. Cloud dough is soft like flour but you can mold it.
2. Make play dough. It is very easy to make and kids just love it. Mix 2 cups warm water with 2 cups of flour, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 2 cups of salt, and 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar. The cream of tartar will allow it to last a bit longer and improve the elasticity. Add a few drops of food coloring for some added color. Make sure you keep your play dough in a Ziploc bag or airtight container.
3. You can make modeling clay similar to the play dough, but it won’t last quite as long. Mix 3 cups of flour, 1/4 cup of salt, 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, and 1 cup of water. Add some color with a few drops of food coloring. Knead until it is uniform and mold it however you desire. Bake it in the oven at 250 degrees for an hour to harden. You can use this idea to make some great one of a kind Christmas ornaments.
4. Keep ants away by sprinkling a nice thick line of flour where you see them entering. They supposedly won’t cross the barrier. If you have an ant problem it might be worth a shot!
5. Refresh those old playing cards by sticking them in a paper bag with some flour (about 1/4 cup). The flour will soak up all the grime and oils that dirty, greasy fingers have left behind over the years.
6. Make your own spray glue. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil, add 3 pinches of salt. Stir it until the salt is fully dissolved. Lower heat to medium. Add 3 tablespoons (one tablespoon at a time) of flour with the water. It should have a jelly like consistency. Let it cool at room temperature. After it is cooled it should be like heavy cream consistency. If it’s to thick add a little bit of water. Get a spray bottle and fill it a quarter full with rubbing alcohol then add your flour mixture. Presto spray glue!
7. Reduce the pimple swelling considerably overnight with this natural acne serum. Mix equal parts honey agave nectar and flour. Apply a small amount of this mixture to any pimples. Cover the pimple with a band aid while you sleep.
8. Once a week rejuvenate your skin and keep it looking fresh with this awesome red grape/ flour face mask. Mash up about 1 cup of red grapes into a pulp. Mix a few tablespoons of flour to the pulp. Mix it together so that it becomes like a paste. Apply the mixture to your face, avoid your eyes, lay down for about 20 minutes. When applying the mixture be gentle with your skin. Rinse it off with warm water and dab dry with a towel. Moisturize as you normally would. Grapes contain different antioxidants that are good for your skin. They also contain amino acids that are vital in rebuilding of skin cells.
9. Get that old copper or brass clean by mixing equal parts salt, white vinegar and flour. Apply the mixture with a sponge to your copper or brass. Allow it to dry then rinse it with warm water and dry it with a soft cloth.
Do you use flour in any unusual ways? I would love to hear about it!
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