Friday, January 27, 2012

Alternative Uses for Corn Starch

Cornstarch has its applications in cooking. I personally can't remember the last time I was following a recipe that called for corn starch, but I'm not the best cook. 

Here is a list of other uses for cornstarch. By no means are these ideas mine. These are tricks and tidbits I found all over the web and in books and have been using for years.


Everyday Household Uses
  • Get rid of grease stains on clothing . Sprinkle spots with ot and rub into the stain, and then brush off. Repeat until grease is removed, then launder as usual.
  • Clean the wrists of bomber-style jackets by soaking with a past of 3:1 baking soda and hot water. Rub it in and let it sit for 20 minutes and wash in hot water. 
  • Absorb excess grease stains on driveways by sprinkling with corn starch.
  • Remove mildew in books by lightly sprinkling with corn starch. Let sit for a few hours and then wipe and shake clean.
  • Wash Windows: take 1 quart of water and mix in 1/4 cup Corn Starch and 1 Tbsp of dish soap. Apply with a clean cloth to windows.Wipe clean with a cloth. The outcome is amazing!
  • Clean carpets: mix 1 part baking soda to 2 parts Corn Starch. Sprinkle onto carpet or rug, wait 5 minutes, then vacuum. (I've also just used baking soda for this one and it works fine too.!) Vacuum! Vacuum! Vacuum!
  • Get mud off carpet by sprinkling Corn Starch on the damp spot. Let dry, then vacuum. You must vacuum though, cornstarch can pile up at the bottom of the carpet near the pad and later water or moisture can create pasty mounds!
  • Laundry Starch: Stir 1/2 cup Corn Starch into 1 cup cold water. Add boiling water (2 quarts for heavy finish or stiffness, 4 quarts for medium finish, and 6 quarts for light finish). Dip clothes into starch and dry. Sprinkle lightly with warm water; iron as usual.
  • De-tangle knots by sprinkling cornstarch into the knot. (I've tried this with shoelaces).
Pets:
  • Dry Shampoo Fido: rub Corn Starch into fur, then comb or brush out.
 "Cornstarch is an excellent choice for giving any dog a dry bath, since it is very inexpensive, absorbs excess oil on dogs with oily skin problems, and soothes the itch of dogs that have dry skin. It is also non-toxic, although you should be careful not to let the powder get into your eyes or your dog’s eyes when you are using it." from http://www.isnare.com/?aid=545683&ca=Pets
  • Get rid of pet stain odours by washing the area with a 1:1 solution of water and white vinegar. Afterwards, sprinkle cornstarch and let sit for 24 hours. 
  • Cornstarch is a great de-tangler for dogs with longer coats
  • Cornstarch won't hurt your dog if he licks it or digests it

 Other Uses:
  • Cornstarch mixed 1:1 with Plaster of Paris, works to kill cockroaches. Sprinkle the mixture in cracks and crevices where cockroaches hide.
  • A light dusting of cornstarch will also make handles of tennis racquets and golf clubs easier to grip.
  • Clean a deck of cards by placing cards in a paper bag with 4 Tablespoons Corn Starch. Shake vigorously, then remove cards and wipe clean

2 comments:

  1. Wow! I had no idea that cornstarch was so useful!

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  2. I sprinkle cornstarch into my 12 year old son's basketball shoes to cut down on the odour.

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