Home Remedies using Flour

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Serving as the main ingredient in most bread and bakery items, flour is a versatile product found in nearly every household. Open up a pantry door or kitchen cupboard and the powdery substance is most likely sitting next to the sugar. While it plays an important role in cooking and baking your favorite dishes, there are also many different home remedies using flour that may surprise you.

Flour Home Remedies

Flour is made when cereal grains, seeds, roots, and other ingredients are grinded into a powder. For many cultures, it serves as a staple food. Outside of cooking and baking in the kitchen, there are many other home remedies using flour that can clean, keep away pests, and address hygiene issues. A few suggestions include:

a) Ant Deterrent:

If you see ants parading about your pantry shelves, sprinkle a small amount of flour on the pests and they will head in the opposite direction.

b) Paper Mache Glue:

When adding equal amounts of water and flour to a bowl, you will have a thick paste-like glue that is typically used for paper mache projects. This is a great recipe to use when you want to make a piñata.

c) Dry Shampoo:

When you don’t have time to wash your hair, a quick fix is to lightly rub the roots of your hair with a very small amount of flour. Brush out the flour and wipe off to soak up some of the oil buildup at the roots.

d) Stop Sticky Cards:

The oils from our hands and residue from food can make playing cards feel sticky. To revamp the feel of sticky cards, drop them into a paper bag. Add a small amount of all-purpose flour to the bag and shake the bag to coat the cards. The flour will absorb the oils and leave cards ready for the next round of Gin Rummy.

e) Clean Sinks:

When your stainless steel sink looks a bit dull, brighten up the material by buffing with a small amount of flour and a clean cloth. Rinse the sink and dry.

f) Modeling Clay Replacement [1]:

When your kiddies have run out of modeling clay, you can whip up a batch of your own. Add one cup of water to three cups of all-purpose flour, ¼ cup of salt, and one tablespoon of vegetable oil. If you would like to make the clay a certain color – add two to three drops of food coloring. Knead the ingredients together in a bowl. If the mixture feels too sticky, add more flour to reach the ideal texture. Also, a few drops of water can cure clay that is too dry. Keep kneading the mixture to reach a consistency that you can work with. When you need to store it, transfer to resealable plastic bags.

g) Polish Brass and Copper:

To add shine to your brass and copper objects, polish with a solution made with equal parts of flour, salt and vinegar. Apply the paste to the metal and let dry before buffing it off with a soft cloth.

h) Stop a Grease Fire:

Grease that has splattered on stove burners could turn into flames rather quickly. To calm a grease fire, pour flour on the flames. The flour will smother the flames. You’ll be left with quite a mess, but at least you didn’t burn down your kitchen.

i) Thicken Your Sauces:

If you find your gravy and sauces come out a little runny, spoon in a bit of flour and vigorously whisk in with the rest of the contents. After a couple of minutes, your sauce should thicken.

j) Cure Thin Soup:

A tablespoon of flour tossed into a soup recipe will make it thicker.

k) Prepare Rolling Surfaces:

Before rolling the dough for your sugar cookies, cover a sheet of wax paper with a fine layer of flour. Dust your rolling pin with flour as well. When you roll the cookies out, the dough will not stick to surfaces or your rolling pin.

l) Add Crust to Your Meat:

Flour allows you to expand the ways you prepare your meat. Before browning your meat in a pan, ‘dredge’ the pieces by covering in flour. This process will help thicken the sauce that you are cooking the meat in, as well as help create a flavorful coating.

m) Crisp Your Tofu:

To make your first experience eating tofu an enjoyable one – marinate cubes of tofu in soy sauce, and then cover with a coating of flour. Fry the cubs in sesame or vegetable oil. The tofu will come out crispier on the outside and chewy in the inside.

n) Carpet Cleaner:

If you spill oil or grease on your carpet, pour flour on the spots. Leave it on for a couple of hours, and the flour will have absorbed the grease or oil. The next step is to vacuum up the residue.

o) Fight Japanese Beetles [2]:

To protect your rosebushes from the destruction of Japanese beetles, pour a bowl of self-rising flour and sprinkle over the entire bush.

p) Save a Tooth:

If you suffer a knocked out permanent tooth or chipped your front choppers, store the tooth or fragments in whole milk to prevent it from drying out [3].


[1] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 172.
[2] Who Knew? Almanac by Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin; pg. 531