Flour Is Not Just for Cookies – 9 Household Uses You Would Love
There are some ingredients in the kitchen you should never run out of. Salt, pepper, olive oil, all these are essential for preparing the most basic dinner otherwise you will eat a tasteless dish and its preparation will turn out a complete waste of time. Apart from the aforementioned ingredients, flour is yet another ingredient you should always keep in the kitchen. You never know when the creativity would strike and you can get an inspiration to bake a delicious cake. Along with cooking and baking, flour has a few other applications around the household. Check them out below and you will definitely find at least one application you have not supposed about.
- Kids’ materials for arts and crafts can be quite expensive. Manufacturers know that kids are parents’ weakness and use that as a tool for selling various more or less entertaining stuff. However, you can provide your kids with numerous hours of entertainment without spending a fortune. All you need to do is to make them a play dough. What you need are equal parts of flour and warm water (for example one cup of each) and half a cup of salt. Add one tbsp of vegetable oil and there you have it. If you want your DIY play dough to resemble the one at the stores, add 1 tbsp of tartar cream in order to improve its consistency. Add some food colouring to make it even more entertaining.
- How many times did you get mad at yourself as you found yourself unable to open a stubborn lid of a jar? There is no point in wasting your time and energy or ask for help as you can easily get the things handled if you sprinkle some flour on the edges. Rest assured the lid will not stick again.
- Surprising or not, flour can be successfully incorporated into your domestic cleaning routine. Even though the flour is mainly associated with making mess, you can take advantage of its cleaning properties. Flour can be your reliable cleaning assistant when you want to brighten up stainless steel surfaces. You don’t even need to prepare a paste. Just sprinkle some flour over the surfaces you would like to clean and buff with a soft, microfibre cloth. You will be amazed at the great difference it makes, not to mention the risk of damaging the surface is completely eliminated.
- If you are planning to take up a painting project and bring the great condition of a particular surface back, you should definitely consider stripping off the old paint. Before you invite the painters, you can do something to facilitate the process. Mix flour, washing soda and water and apply on the soon to be painted surface. Then, scrape off the paint with a suitable brush/ tool.
- Apart from polishing the stainless steel faucets, you can also use flour for polishing chrome and copper items. For the purpose, you need to prepare a paste consisting of equal amounts of salt, vinegar and flour. Apply the paste on the surfaces and wait some time until it gets dry. Then, buff with a suitable rag and rinse.
- If you are sick and tired of fighting pests and ants, in particular, and you are looking for an eco-friendly solution to save your plants, sprinkle some flour in the affected areas. You can apply this trick not only for your garden but also in your kitchen.
- Even the most experienced cook is fallible. Accidents happen and if you want to prevent grease fire and have a kitchen renovation sooner than you originally expected, the best thing you can do is to turn off the stove and pour flour on the fire.
- You might be lucky to live at a time when you can buy every household item you need from the nearest supermarket or home improvement store. However, your ancestors had to think of unusual techniques for sticking two pieces of paper together. If you want to make your own eco-friendly glue, you need to mix sugar, vinegar, flour and water. Mix the ingredients well and it is ready to use.
- Strange as it may seem, flour can be used for your beauty rituals. You must have heard that the dry shampoo can be a lifesaver when you don’t have time to wash your hair. If you are out of a dry shampoo, sprinkle some flour in your roots. It will absorb the excessive oils and your hair will look good for a few more hours. Rub the flour into the scalp and remove it with a brush.
Don’t forget about these tricks and always keep a pack of flour in the kitchen. As you can see, it can save you a lot of money and time, not to mention that it is an absolutely toxic-free substitute of the standard products you use for solving the aforementioned issues.