7 Fantastic Things You Can Do With Plain Flour

sack of flourWith gluten intolerance, wheat allergies, and a bevy of carb-phobias we've got in this country right now, poor plain ol' flour isn't nearly as highly regarded or popular as it used to be. But hey, you don't have to be baking up a decadent cake or making a batch of waffles with it anyway. In fact, there are plenty of uses for the powdery stuff that don't have anything to do with food!

Here, 7 amazing things you can do with the baking staple.


1. Clean your kitchen sink. Instead of busting out cleaning chemicals, you can use flour. Sprinkle the sink while it's dry, then take a clean rag and rub it all over the sink. Rinse and wipe away excess flour. Voila, shiny new sink!

2. Care for a pet's nail injury. If you accidentally cut into your dog's quick -- the tender part just above the nail -- you can use flour to stop the bleeding

3. Keep ants away. Sprinkling flour around the outside of your entryway and doors will keep ants outside where they belong. They don't like to track their way inside through flour.

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4. Make modeling clay. Combine one cup of water, one cup salt, and three cups of flour together, then knead like bread dough. You can even add food coloring. Bake in the oven for an hour at 250 degrees to harden. You can even use the mix to make Christmas ornaments!

5. Polish copper. Use a mixture of equal parts flour, salt, and white vinegar. Apply the paste to your metal, allow it to dry, then buff it off. Your copper will look brand new!

6. Keep garden pests at bay. Many gardeners know flour works as an organic, homemade pesticide for squash or potato plants. Just sprinkle with a fine layer of flour.

7. Make homemade spray glue. Consider your search for a cost-effective, nontoxic adhesive over. Just follow these easy instructions.

What non-food activities do you use flour for?


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