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Homemade wallpaper paste

Posted by Susan on March 23rd, 2002 11:43 AM
In reply to How to make wallpaper paste by Nicole on August 17th, 2000 12:09 AM [Go to top of thread]

The link previously posted says it's outdated, but
I found Annie's recipe:

"Wallpaper Paste
by Annie Berthold-Bond, Producer, Green Living Channels

People ask me for this old folk recipe all the time. Everybody claims that there is
no commercial wallpaper paste that works as well and is free of pesticides!

Simple Solution:
1 cup flour (wheat, corn, or rice)
3 teaspoons alum
10 drops oil of cloves (natural preservative)

Combine the flour and alum in a double boiler.
(If you don't have a double boiler, set a
smaller pan inside a bigger one that contains
enough water that can be brought to a boil without
overflowing). Add enough water to make a
consistency of heavy cream; stir until blended.
Heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture has
thickened to a gravy texture. Let cool. Stir in
the clove oil.
Pour into a glass jar with a screw top. Apply
with a glue brush.
Makes 1 cup
Shelf Life: 2 weeks refrigerated

Helpful Hints:
Alum is available in the herb section of most
20 Mule Team Borax (found in laundry section of
grocery stores) can be used as an alternative to
Clove oil is found in pharmacies and health food

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