In every household, there is a pack of cornstarch hiding in some kitchen cabinet. In this article, you will learn how to make the best use of it besides from thickening soups and tomato pastes. Believe it or not, cornstarch is a versatile household product which has numerous of applications. It is inexpensive and can save you money thanks to this list of uses around the house. Let`s start!
- You can efficiently clean your carpets and remove fresh stains from them with the help of cornstarch. Before you call the professionals in carpet cleaning, try this method. To freshen up your rugs, apply cornstarch on it and leave it for about an hour. As it has odour-absorbing properties, your carpet will be left clean and ready for use after you vacuum the excess. You can add a few drops of your favourite essential oil for even fresher results. If there is a grease stain, sprinkle a generous amount of cornstarch on the spot – it will soak up the grease without a hassle. This also works on fabric!
- Cornstarch is a very fine powder which makes it the perfect substitute for a dry shampoo. Sprinkle some on the roots of your hair and let it sit for about 5 minutes – it is enough to absorb dirt and grease. Brush it out afterwards and you are ready – your hair is freshened up! This is also a great shampoo for pets. If you have a kitten or a puppy which has a stinky coat but should not be bathed often, use this absolutely harmless trick! You can even make an anti-flea dry shampoo – mix equal parts oatmeal and cornstarch and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. This is perfect for cold weather baths! Rub into the fur of your pet and brush thoroughly after half an hour!
- Diaper rash is a nightmare for every parent and their baby! Cornstarch helps a lot when you have to soothe this issue. Rub some every time you change the powder and make a mixture of water and cornstarch to apply on the affected areas when you bathe your little one. Because of this soothing properties, cornstarch is also effective when treating sunburned skin – use the aforementioned paste and apply on your skin.
- If you are dealing with a squeaky step or floor, you can dust the area with cornstarch. As it will penetrate in the cracks, the noise should be reduced!
- Maybe this will sound a bit weird to you but you can make your windows sparkling using cornstarch. Your local domestic cleaners shared this trick which you can use when you want to shine your windows with a homemade solution. Mix 2 tablespoons cornstarch with ½ cup white vinegar and ½ cup ammonia. Put this in a spray bottle. Fill a bucket with 3-4 litres of warm water. Spray your windows and wipe with the water and finish with a lint-free cloth. You will be amazed how crystal clear your windows have become!
- If you have accidentally made a scorch mark while ironing, you need a trick to fix that. Cornstarch is here to help you – wet the area and cover generously with starch. When it dries out, brush the excess away – the spot will be gone!
- How to deal with ink stains? You can remove it with the help of some cornstarch – mix it with milk to form a paste. Apply on the stain and when it dries out, brush it off. Wash your garment as usual.
- Another great application of cornstarch is silver polishing. Once again, you should form a paste of water and starch and gently scrub on your silver possessions – you will be able to remove the tarnish without scratching the surface. Rinse in lukewarm water afterwards and hand dry.
- Clean the stuffed toys of your little one with cornstarch – frequently used toys get dirty quickly and usually they are soiled with dirt mixed with grease. You know that if you throw them in the laundry every time they are such condition, you will shorten their life. What you can do in between washes to keep them fresh and clean is to give them a dry wash with cornstarch. Put the stuffed toys in a pillow cover and pour 1 cup of starch inside. Close tight and shake well. Let it sit for a few hours and take out the toys. Give them a good shake and remove the residue with a vacuum cleaner.
- What is your solution to accidentally applying too much furniture polish? That`s right, cornstarch! Dust the area with some and let it absorb the excess. The cornstarch will lift it up – buff and you will leave a shiny surface behind!
- Stubborn knots can be very annoying – you can detangle strings, ribbons and threads by applying a little cornstarch on the knot. Just imagine – no more tangled shoelaces!
Usually, you buy a pack of cornstarch, use 1-2 tablespoons to thicken your soup and leave the rest somewhere, completely forgetting about it. Now you have 11 more applications you can try out!