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16 Surprising Uses for Flour

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12. Brass or Copper Cleaner – Combine equal parts flour, salt and white vinegar. Apply the mixture to your brass or copper with a sponge, let it dry, rinse with warm water and buff it with a dry cloth.

13. Buffing Stainless Steel – Flour is great for returning shine to stainless steel, like the kitchen sink. Clean, dry, then use a sprinkle of flour and a dry cloth.

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14. Clean Sticky Playing Cards – I don’t think I’ve ever played a game of cards without serving some snacks, and that can leave your deck kind of a mess. Clean off sticky cards with flour!

15. Stop a Grease Fire – Douse a kitchen grease fire with lots of flour to smother the flames.

EDIT (July 1, 2013): Flour may not be the best option to put out a fire, since it turns out that flour can explode.

16. Deter Ants in the Garden – You’d think that flour would attract ants, but putting flour around a plant that they’re bothering will actually deter them.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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7:14AM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

Thank you

5:15PM PDT on Jun 17, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

4:39AM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

Some nice tips. Thanks.

1:57PM PDT on Aug 23, 2013

Thank you for tips.

5:02AM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

Thank you

10:26AM PDT on Jul 14, 2013

I was particularly interested in how to clean brass and copper, but I found the other uses of flour pretty interesting as well. The domestic cleaners in Wimbledon will soon learn how to deal with brass. You can find them at .

5:55AM PDT on Jul 14, 2013

Thank you.

8:36AM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

thanks for the copper cleaning tip

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