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Some "Wright" clever ways on using flour around the home as well as baking with it!
07 December 2014
All children love play dough, so make some for them by mixing up a cup of flour with a cup of warm water & half cup of salt with a tablespoon of vegetable oil to create play dough! A tablespoon of cream of tartar improves the consistency and you can even add food colouring to make the dough even more fun!
If you have trouble opening the lids on plastic containers or jars - when you do get them open - put flour on edges. The lid won’t stick again when you put it back on the container.
If your stainless steel sink looks dull, flour can brighten it up! Simply sprinkle flour on the sink when it is dry then buff it with a soft cloth. This is the same for taps too.
Also copper and chrome often need a bit of shine. Mix equal amounts of flour, white vinegar and salt to make a paste. Apply it to the copper or chrome, let it dry then buff it off with a soft cloth.
With ants and other insects around during the summer months, you can detract them by using a line of flour. Sprinkle it in the garden or at points of entry to try to prevent creepy crawlies from getting into your home or kitchen.
As Christmas rolls around, you might be keen to get your playing cards out. If they are getting stuck together, simply toss the cards in a bag with a half cup of flour to soak up any finger grease and they will be easier to separate for your next game.
Create your own glue using flour, sugar, white vinegar and water. You can use this glue for papier-mâché and other crafts too.
Give your white laundry a clean, crisp look by making your own starch out of flour. Mix 2 tablespoons of flour into a cup of cold water then add this into a cup of boiling water and whisk until it becomes thick.
Dry shampoo is essential when you don’t have time or can’t wash your hair. All you need to do is sprinkle flour on the roots your hair then brush it away with your hair brush.
Flour can soften avocados which can be bought rock hard and require a few days of waiting before they are soft enough to eat. To quicken the process, place the avocado in a paper bag filled with flour. Once the avocado is in place, fill the bag with more flour until the avocado is covered completely. Roll down the edges of the bag so that it is sealed and keep it in a cool, dry place overnight to soften.
As a decent facial depilatory, mix an egg white with 1 tablespoon of sugar and 2 teaspoons of flour until it forms a paste. Spread on area of the face you’d like to remove the hairs - wait until it dries - then peel it off.
Fires can often start due to a grease fire on the stove. To prevent a grease fire from spreading and becoming more serious, turn off the stove and pour flour on the fire if you don’t have a fire blanket handy.