Cornstarch: A Few Unusual uses
When most people think cornstarch they immediately think thickening agent for things such as pudding, sauces, soups and gravy. But why limit yourself to using cornstarch only in your food? Why don’t we breakout our inner creative and find new and somewhat unusual uses for this seemingly one trick pony. Here are some of the uses for corn starch:
Try mixing up a paste of cornstarch and water, use a soft cloth to spread the paste over silverware and let dry. Once the paste has dried; buff the piece to a beautiful shine.
Fight grease stains-
Grease on fabric:
To remove grease on fabric, blot as much as you can with a cloth. Sprinkle cornstarch over the stain. Let stand for ten minutes, and then shake it off. To break up the grease, dab the stain with vinegar and wash garment as normal.
Grease on leather:
For stains on leather, sprinkle cornstarch over stain and let sit overnight. In the morning brush away the cornstarch and it will have absorbed the stain.
Need a budget friendly window cleaner use cornstarch.
Mix one teaspoon liquid dish soap and a teaspoon of cornstarch into a gallon of water. Make sure to mix really well and apply to windows with a clean sponge. Squeegee and wipe dry for a beautiful shine.
Clean sticky playing cards-
Kids got your good crib cards full of a sticky mess. Drop the cards in a zip lock bag with a few teaspoons of cornstarch, shake the bag and dup the cards on a towel. Wipe the cards down, for no more sticky mess.
Freshen up carpets- (here is one I know pet owners will love)
Sprinkle cornstarch over carpet and let sit for about an hour, and then vacuum as normal. The cornstarch will draw out odors and dirt, cleaning a freshening in one easy step.
I am sure most people have tried the expensive spray starch, so why not try your own. Give your clothes that crisp clean look by ironing with cornstarch. For homemade spray: Mix one tablespoon cornstarch into a pint of water. Put solution in a spray bottle. Shake well, spray on your clothes and iron as usual. This works just as well as the store bought spray starch at a fraction of the cost.
So I hope you feel like you have gotten your inner MacGyver on with these cool, and unusual ways to repurpose this common household item.