Back Roads Living

Many Uses for Flour

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Many Uses for Flour

uses for flour


RECIPE 1 for Modeling Clay

Mix together:
* 2 1/2 cups flour
* 1 cup salt
* 1 cup water
* Food coloring, optional
Store in refrigerator.


Mix and cook over low heat until mixture thickens:
* 1 cup salt
* 1 cup flour
* 1 cup water
* Food coloring, optional
Cool before using.


Combine over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture becomes stiff and comes away from sides of pot:

* 1 cup salt
* 4 tablespoons oil
* 2 cups flour
* 4 tablespoons cream of tartar
* 2 cups water
* Food coloring

Store in a closed container or plastic bag.


* 1 cup cornstarch
* 2 cups bicarbonate of soda
* 1 1/2 cups cold water
* Food coloring

Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture is dough-like. Cool, covered with a damp cloth. Coat finished products with a shellac to seal and preserve.




Make Play Dough with Flour

Playdough is a classic childhood toy everyone can have fun with, and it’s so easy to make at home you’ll never buy that stinky store variety again.

Basic ingredient ratios:
2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)

food coloring (liquid, powder, or unsweetened drink mix)
scented oils




Make Cloud Dough with Flour

The consistency of this dough is lovely to feel and hold. It can be powdery like flour one moment, and then moldable like damp sand the next. This brought HOURS of fun to my home, and maybe it’ll do the same for yours…
8 cups flour
1 cup vegetable oil
Essential oil such as lavender or grapefruit (optional)
Scoop and pour the flour into the center of a large tub.
Create a crater in the middle of the flour.
Pour the oil into the crater.
Gently mix it all together.
Enjoy mixing and learning about the properties of the dough as it is, or add small silicone bowls, spoons, or measuring cups to make small structures, hills, or pretend cupcakes.
The original recipe is an 8:1 ratio and we started off with half the recipe (4 cups of Flour and ½ cup of oil) because I didn’t want to deplete my flour reserves, just in case. Turns out that this was such a hit and a full batch would have been equally wonderful, especially after our neighborhood friends wanted to come over and play with us.




Refresh a deck of cards.

You can spruce up an old playing deck by dropping the entire thing (loose) into a paper bag with about a ¼ cup of flour. The thirsty flour will soak up all the oils and grime from years of dirty fingers, greasy snacks, etc.


Use Flour to Deter Ants:

Flour and Borax. Mix 1 cup flour and 2 cups borax in a jar. Punch holes in the lid of the jar and sprinkle contents around the house foundation. Keep Borax out of reach of children and pets.




Buffing Stainless steel with Flour

After cleaning your sink with a paste of baking soda and water, dry the sink out completely and shake in some flour.
We use roughly 1/4 cup, though to be honest it’s not really a measuring thing – more of a dump a little out and call it good, kind of thing.
Simply buff your sink with a soft cloth rag and keep at it until your sink is glistening.
Wipe out leftover flour with your towel and shake into your compost bin or trashcan.
It’s as easy as that.




Polish Copper with Flour ~N~ Vinegar

This recipe is from a professional Chef!
What You Need
¼ Cup Fine Sea Salt
¼ Cp All Purpose Flour
White Vinegar
Mixing Bowl
A Soft Rag (I use a sock that lost its match in the wash)


1. Combine the sea salt and flour.

2. Add the white vinegar a little bit a time while stirring until you’ve made a thick paste.

3. Rub the paste onto the pot or pan using a cloth (or sock) until it shines.

4. Rinse, dry, and display!




Making Spray Glue form Flour

1: Boil 3 cups of water and add 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Stir until the salt is fully dissolved. Reduce heat to medium.

2: Whisk 3 tablespoons of flour into the water. Add the flour a pinch at a time, whisking the liquid as you do so to break up the flour and distribute it evenly in the water. Continue whisking after all the flour is added and until the mixture thickens and becomes somewhat gelatinous in consistency.

3: Let the flour mixture cool to room temperature (about an hour, or a half hour in the fridge).

4: Check the consistency of the flour mixture; it should be the consistency of heavy cream. If it’s thicker than this, stir in some water until it reaches the appropriate thickness. Mix well, whisking if necessary.

5: Fill a spray bottle 1/4 full with rubbing alcohol.

6: Add flour mixture to fill the rest of the bottle. Leave about a half inch of space at the top of the bottle to allow air mixture.

7: Cap the bottle. Shake well before using. Apply to porous surfaces, especially paper products.




No-Cook Paper Mache Paste Recipe from Flour

Ingredients Needed: Paper Mache

Instructions: Paper Mache

To make this paste, simply mix together 1 part flour to 2 parts water. Pour the flour and water in a large bowl and stir it well. Keep mixing until there are very few lumps left. You want it to be runny like a white glue, not thick like paste. Add more water or flour as necessary.

A few helpful tips I have read in regards to using this paste are:
If you live in an area with high humidity, add a few tablespoons of salt to help prevent mold.
If you don’t like the smell of the glue mixture you can add a few sprinkles of cinnamon to sweeten it up!
You should be able to store this glue in a covered bowl or jar, in the refrigerator, for a few days.





Flour is effective on beetles, grasshoppers and wet, soft-bodied insects. Sprinkle flour on insects to kill them. Beetles’ and grasshoppers’ wings and legs get coated in the flour and it impairs their movement. They fall to the ground and die or are attacked by predatory insects. Soft-bodied insects such as aphids and slugs become coated in flour and are unable to stay moist, then gum up or dry out and die. Flour mixed with salt may be more effective against large infestations, but salt can burn plants so take care to sprinkle only on insects.


Thanks for stopping by Back Roads Living again!


Leave a Comment:

Add Your Reply