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Let’s talk about some things that you can do with plain ordinary flour.

You can clean your deck of dirty looking playing cards by putting them in a plastic bag with a half cup of flour. Seal the bag tightly and shake vigorously for a minute. Remove the cards and shuffle the deck a few times over the sink to clear off the flour.

If you have a plastic container that closes a little too tightly for your taste, dip the container edge in flour to prevent sticking.

To spot-clean white canvas, leather, fake leather and even vinyl or curtains, rub some flour into the dirty areas and brush them clean.

Save your money and make your own craft glue for the kids or yourself. Mix 3 parts water with 1 part flour and bring to a boil, stirring until it becomes a paste. Store it in the refrigerator.

You can save even more money by making clay for the kids. Knead together 1 cup water, 3 cups flour and 1 teaspoon vegetable oil. Add any food color you choose and mix it well, then moisten it lightly. Wrap it in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator.

Let’s look at the canister right next to the flour. You know, the one that says sugar. You don’t really need that sugar if you read ingredients on labels. I watch sugar intake, since my husband was diagnosed with diabetes. I got my eyes opened up wide. There is sugar in frozen breakfast foods, salad dressings, canned soup, crackers, stuffing mixes, most bread, English muffins, mayonnaise, tomato sauces, and milk.

So, if your diet isn’t working, you might just check how many grams of sugar are in your food that you are eating. Even small portions contain sugar.

Happy and safe Labor Day to all.

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