During their childhood, kids use a large amount of glue. Most of them are chemical mixtures with no ingredients listed on the packaging. You can only imagine what’s in there.
Preschoolers love pasting and collage, as well as tasting anything that comes close to their mouths. Besides the awful taste, shop-bought adhesive might not be the perfect substance for their tummies.
School kids have (hopefully) learned not to lick the glue, but having it on their skin and, occasionally, all over them, isn’t good either as we know that our skin absorbs anything that’s put on it. Try this old trick to prove it: rub a clove of garlic onto the soles of your feet and after a while, you’ll feel the garlicky taste in your mouth!
Whether you would like to avoid a chance of your kids digesting synthetic adhesives, make your house greener and as chemical-free as possible, or just want to avoid buying stuff and reducing wasteful packaging, the recipe above is a sure winner.
Many natural glue recipes are around, but this one is the simplest to make with only 4 ingredients you most likely have on hand. I’ve tried it and it works, not only for paper but also as wood glue.
How To Make Non-toxic Homemade Natural Glue
For the ingredients needed, see the photo above.
- In a saucepan mix 1 cup of flour with 1/3 cup of sugar.
- Add half of the water required and mix into a thick paste without clumps.
- Pour in the rest of the water and combine till the paste is smooth.
- Pour one teaspoon of vinegar and put on medium heat until the mixture starts to thicken.
- Cool and transfer to a jar or an airtight plastic container.
This glue will keep for a few days. Refrigerate to prolong the shelf life (the jar of glue in my fridge is 6 months old).
Homemade Glue Tips
Vinegar in this glue recipe acts as a mild natural preservative. You might use grapefruit seed extract or tee tree oil (5-10 drops) instead of vinegar to naturally preserve the glue. Stick with vinegar though if you have small kids – not only is this glue nontoxic, but perfectly edible too!
This glue needs more time to dry, but when dried, the bond is really strong.
At Christmas time I use this homemade glue for card making and add a few drops of anise or cinnamon essential oil to give the cards a nice scent.
If adding dark essential oils or ground cinnamon, bear in mind that the glue will have a slightly brownish color unlike the plain one that becomes almost transparent when dry.
Final Thoughts On Making Natural Glue At Home
It’s well known that natural glues made from organic sources such as starch (dextrin) are used in industry for bonding paper-based materials. Now with this simple recipe, you can make your own natural adhesive at home.
It is simple, doesn’t cost much, uses only natural ingredients and, most importantly, it works.