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30 Amazing Household Uses for Organic Cornstarch

You may think of cornstarch as a thickener, and it is – it’s great for makings sauces and gravies but did you know it has a myriad of household uses also?  Check out this list of unusual uses for organic cornstarch and be prepared to be amazed.  Not only is organic cornstarch economical and organic cornstarchversatile, it is very eco friendly, just make sure you’re buying organic cornstarch  so you’re not getting GMO corn.

Kitchen Uses For Organic Cornstarch

DIY Baking Powder: If you run out of baking powder, all you have to do is mix 1 part of organic cornstarch with 1 part of baking soda and 2 parts cream of tartar and you’ve got baking powder.

Remove grease spots from walls: It’s happened to all of us, the splattering of grease in the kitchen.  To remove grease spots that may splatter onto the wall, sprinkle organic cornstarch onto a clot and rub the grease spot gently until it is gone.

Polish silver: Make a paste by mixing organic cornstarch with water. Use a damp cloth to apply this to your silverware. Let it dry, then rub it off with a clean soft cloth to make it shine like new.

Unstick marshmallows: If you’ve ever bought a bag of marshmallows and they’re all stuck together inside the bag?  Add some organic cornstarch to the bag and shake it up.  The cornstarch absorbs moisture and the marshmallows will separate.

Create a Perfect Fluffy Omelet: Just add ¼ teaspoon of organic cornstarch per egg, beat well and cook as usual for the fluffiest omelet ever.

 

Laundry Uses For Organic Cornstarch

Lift a scorch mark from fabric: If you’ve ever left the iron in one spot a little too long, you know the feeling of seeing that scorch mark and knowing you’ve ruined your clothes.  Save that clothing by wetting the scorched area and covering it with cornstarch.  Let it dry then brush it away and the scorch mark will be gone.

Remove blood stains: Whether it’s on clothing or table linens, you can remove or minimize a bloodstain with this method. Make a paste of cornstarch mixed with cold water. Cover the spot with the cornstarch paste and rub it gently into the fabric. Put the cloth in a sunny area to dry. Once it is dry, brush off the remaining residue. If the stain is not completely gone, repeat the process.

Remove grease on fabric: Blot as much grease as you can with a cloth and sprinkle cornstarch over the stain. Let it sit for ten minutes, and then shake it off. To break up the grease, dab the stain with white vinegar. Launder as normal.

Remove ink stains on fabric:  Mix a paste of cornstarch and milk and apply it to the stain.  Let it dry, brush off the residue, and launder as usual.

 

Bath & Body Uses For Organic Cornstarch

Dry shampoo: Even if you’re not ‘no-poo’ (no shampoo) all the time, if you’re in a rush and don’t have time to shower, sprinkle some organic cornstarch on your scalp.  Let it sit for a few minutes before brushing out.  The cornstarch will absorb the oil and make your hair look fresh.  This method also works great for pets.

Sweat & Odor Remover: To absorb sweat, sprinkle on some organic cornstarch. This will also help absorb body odor.

Sunburn, Bug Bites & Poison Ivy Relief: Make a paste of organic cornstarch and water and apply to the affected area.  Let the paste dry and then remove with lukewarm water.

Facial Mask:  Mix ¼ cup organic cornstarch, 2 Tablespoons milk and 1 egg white.  Mix until smooth and apply to face.  Let dry for 15 to 20 minutes then rinse off.

 

Household Uses For Organic Cornstarch

Remove ink stains from carpet: Mix milk with cornstarch to make a paste. Apply the paste to the ink stain. Allow to dry on the carpet for a few hours, and then brush off the dried residue and vacuum.

Give carpets a fresh scent: Sprinkle a little cornstarch on your carpeting. Wait about half an hour and then vacuum normally.

Soak up furniture polish residue: If you wind up with polish left on the surface of your furniture, sprinkle cornstarch lightly on furniture then wipe up the polish and cornstarch and buff the surface.

Make windows shine: Create your own window cleaning solution by mixing 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 1/2 cup ammonia and 1/2 cup white vinegar in a bucket containing 3-4 quarts (3-4 liters) warm water. Mix well and put the solution in a trigger spray bottle. Spray on the windows, then wipe with a warm-water rinse. Rub with a dry paper towel or lint-free cloth.

Get rid of roaches: Make a mixture that is 50 percent plaster of Paris and 50 percent cornstarch. Spread this in the crevices where roaches appear.

Remove stains on leather furniture. To get rid of oil stains from leather simply apply cornstarch to the oil spot. Leave the cornstarch in place overnight to give the cornstarch time to soak up the grease. The next day use a cloth to brush off all of the corn starch. You may need to repeat to remove the stain.

Save your books You can use cornstarch to help you prevent and kill mildew in your books.  Sprinkle cornstarch all throughout the book to absorb the moisture of the damp pages. Let the cornstarch sit several hours or overnight. Then take your books outside and brush the pages clean

Say no to squeaky floorboards: Sprinkle cornstarch in between the seams where the boards are rubbing together and the squeak will stop.

 

Organic Cornstarch Solutions for Babies & Kids

Untangle knots: Have your kids ever gotten their shoes tied in such tight knots that you can’t get them undone? Sprinkle the knot with a little cornstarch. It will then be easy to work the segments apart.

Make your own paste: The next time kids want to go wild with construction paper and paste, save money by making the paste yourself. Mix 3 teaspoons organic cornstarch with 4 teaspoons cold water. Stir to create a paste consistency. Use with fingers, wooden tongue depressor or popsicle stick.

Make finger paints: Mix together 1/4 cup organic cornstarch and 2 cups cold water. Bring to a boil and continue boiling until the mixture becomes thick. Pour your into several small containers and add food coloring to each container and you’ve got finger paints.

Clean stuffed animals To clean a stuffed toy, place the stuffed animal into a bag. Sprinkle cornstarch into the bag, close it tightly, and shake. Take the toys out of the back and brush them clean.

Make face paints: Mix two parts of organic cornstarch with one part of white vegetable shortening to make a non-toxic grease paint. Make different color variations by just adding a few drops of food coloring mix until you get the color you want.

Clean sticky playing cards:  Place the cards into a paper bag along with a 2 teaspoons of cornstarch. Shake the bag. Remove cards and wipe them down and the sticky will be gone.

Un-stink shoes: If you’ve got active kids, you know how stinky their shoes can get.  Sprinkle some cornstarch inside the shoes to absorb perspiration and odor.

Diaper Rash Relief: To protect your baby from diaper rash, add ¼ cup of organic cornstarch to their bath water. To sooth diaper rash, powder their bottoms with cornstarch after each diaper change.

Remove grease stains from zinc oxide ointment: Use a spoon to scrape off as much of the ointment as you can. Sprinkle the stained area with cornstarch and let it sit for an hour or so. Brush the starch away and treat the stain with a grease-cutting dish soap. Wash in cool water.

Do you have any of your own tips and tricks for using organic cornstarch? Share below in the comments!

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