Five unexpected uses for flour
Flour is for more than food
Have you ever wondered if there were other uses for flour, beyond baking and cooking? We’ll let you in on a little secret—there are! From insect repellent to craft building and cleaning, flour has more uses than you might think.
- Soak up oil messes – A grease or oil spill in the kitchen can leave you with quite the mess that’s slippery and hard to clean up. It’s best to make sure you clean up these messes right away to avoid injury in the kitchen. Simply sprinkle flour over the spill and mix with the oil—the flour and oil mixture will create a paste that you can then scrape up with a flat tool. Mess, be gone!
- Make paper mâché glue – Making paper mâché glue may be easier than you think… you just need flour and water! To make paper mâché glue, add one part water to one part flour and mix to combine until you get a glue-like consistency. Add more flour or water if the mixture seems too thin or thick. Voila! You have a glue ready for crafting. Try it out with these Paper Mâché Pumpkins or Biodegradable Paper Mâché Seedling Pots.
- Repel insects – If you notice an ant problem in your home, try sprinkling a line of flour where you want to stop the ants Repelled by flour, ants won’t cross the line. If you find bugs on your plants, shake all-purpose flour from a saltshaker on the leaves. The insects should fall off with the flour. After a few days, rinse off the remaining flour from your plant.
- Polish stainless steel – Buff it out! Keep your stainless steel shiny with flour. To clean sinks, fridges, faucets and other stainless-steel surfaces, clean as you regularly would with a disinfectant kitchen cleaner or soap and water and wait for the surface to completely dry. When dry, sprinkle flour over the surface and buff in a circular motion with a cleaning cloth until the surface shines.
- Make kid-safe slime – This one’s for the kids (or the big kids, slime is fun for all ages). By mixing flour, water and dish soap, you can create a kid-safe slime in no time! No glue necessary for this one—the gluten in flour acts as a glue to create a gooey slime. Make it your own with fun colours and glitter. Learn how to make slime with flour here.
How many of these fun flour hacks did you know? We’re sure there are more unexpected uses for flour out there, so let us know some of your favourite flour hacks in the comments below.