Five Clever Uses of Flour

Flour is an essential ingredient for bakers and cooks. It can be used to make bread, cakes and thicken the gravy. Did you know that flour can be used to do so much more than cook with it? We teamed up with Allinson’s to share 5 creative uses for flour that you might not have known.

Play Dough

Your kids will love helping you create your play-dough. It’s simple and quick to make. It’s made with safe and natural ingredients. The only thing you need to worry about when to make it is the color.


This glue is great for small papercraft projects. It’s safe, inexpensive, and easy to make. Mix 3 parts flour and 1 part sugar together in a saucepan. Add cold water slowly until the mixture forms a paste consistency. Mix the ingredients and heat on medium heat to melt any lumps. Continue stirring until the mixture thickens. Allow the mixture to cool down before adding a teaspoon of white wine vinegar. If stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, the glue will last for several weeks.

Dry Shampoo

You don’t have the time or energy to wash your hair. This handy DIY dry shampoo recipe will solve your problem. You can mix the flour in a bowl, sprinkle it on your roots and let it sit for 20-30 seconds before you brush it off using a clean brush. You will see a difference in your hair within minutes!

Ant Deterrent

This unwanted guest has been around at least once in our lives. Ants do not like powdery flour, and they will avoid it. But did you know that flour is ideal for keeping them away? To keep ants away from your home, place a small line near any areas where you suspect there might be ants.

Metal Cleaner

Did you know that flour can be used to clean copper and brass? Combine equal amounts of flour and salt in one bowl. Add white vinegar to make a paste. The mixture should be applied to the copper or brass surface. After it has dried, rinse the bowl with warm water. Finally, use a dry cloth to buff the surface. We recommend that you test the surface with a small patch before applying any new cleaning techniques.

Flour is great for brass and copper, making stainless steel appliances shine. Use a dry, clean cloth to dust flour on your stainless steel surface.

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