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Flour Power: 6 Clever Household Uses for Flour

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05.31.12

Cupcakes. Chicken potpie. Pancakes. What do these delectable dishes have in common? Flour! Even if baking isn’t your cup of tea, chances are there’s a sack of flour sitting in your kitchen cabinet. Did you know that this baking staple can also shine stainless steel? Here are six alternate ways to use flour plus some beautiful baked good recipes.

1. Ripen avocados. If you buy a rock-hard avocado and can’t wait a week to make your favorite guacamole recipe, speed up the ripening process by placing it in a deep bowl. Cover the avocado completely with white flour, and then let it sit for a day. The avocado will be ripe and ready to eat.

2. Deter insects. To deter ants, cockroaches and silverfish, mix one cup of white flour with one cup of Boric acid. Sprinkle the powder heavily anywhere you find these insects such as under the kitchen sink, around baseboards and under appliances. The pesky insects will eat the concoction and stop bothering you – for good. Note: If you have curious kids or pets, keep the flour mixture out of reach. Boric acid is poison. For more pest control tips, read: Pest Control: Things With Wings.

3. Make sculpting clay. Lions, tigers...or maybe a spaceship? The sky's the limit with sculpting clay. Even better, you don't have to run to the store if you're feeling crafty, you can make it yourself. All you need is flour, salt, water and vegetable oil (food coloring optional). Mix it together over the stove and you have play dough! For more detailed instructions, visit Instructables

4. Shine stainless steel. To keep a stainless steel sink from losing its luster, sprinkle white flour throughout your dry sink. Rub it lightly with a dry, soft cloth and let it sit for a few minutes. Rinse the flour away and watch your sink shine. For more stainless steel cleaning tips, read: Six Olive Oil Tricks and One Delicious Dip.

5. Polish copper. To give your copper a good shine, mix equal parts flour, salt and white vinegar. Apply the paste to your copper object and let it fully dry. Then, buff it off with a soft cloth and enjoy your gleaming mug! For more copper cleaning tricks, read: Keep Copper Clean & Clever Copper Creations.

6. Loosen a lid. Do you have plastic containers that close too tightly? Next time that container is open, dip the container edge in flour. When you put the lid back on the container, it won’t stick.

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