Wednesday, November 6, 2013

50+ Unusual Uses for Cornstarch


 50 Unusual Uses for Cornstarch


50+ Unusual Uses for Cornstarch

Wether it's Cleaning, First Aid, Beauty, DIY, Pests, Cooking, Pets or Kid's Projects, it's all here!



  1. Blood Stains ~ Use cold water to make a paste, apply to the stain and rub it in, let the fabric dry in the sun, remove remaining cornstarch. Still there? Repeat until it’s all gone.
  2. Body Powder ~ To make it scented, add a few drops of your favorite oil and shake well.
  3. Burns3-1 Sunburn ~ 1 Cup Cornstarch into warm bath water and soak for about 30 minuets 3-2 Other Burns ~ 1Tbs. Cornstarch and 1 Tbs. Baking Soda in 8 Cups warm water. Dip a soft cloth or gauze into the mixture and place on skin. Allow it to remain for 30 minutes.
  4. Clay ~ Mix 1 Cup Cornstarch, 2 Cups Baking Soda, 1 ¼ Cup Water. Knead until well mixed.
  5. Clean Grease, Oil, Ink, and Mud out of Carpet, Clothing and Leather 5-1 Carpets/Ink ~ Make a paste using Cornstarch and Milk. Allow the paste to dry. Using a hard bristle brush, brush the spot then vacuum. 5-2 Clothing ~ Sprinkle with Cornstarch and let it sit for 15-30 minutes, brush off, blot with white vinegar, and wash as directed. 5-3 Leather ~ Apply Cornstarch to the area and let it sit overnight, clean off using a brush 5-4 Mud ~ Sprinkle a generous amount onto the wet mud, and let it sit for 30 minutes or so, till its dry, vacuum up.
  6. Clean Stuffed Animals ~ Rub a little Cornstarch onto the toy, wait about 5 minutes, then brush it clan. You can also place one, or a few, into a bag. Sprinkle Cornstarch into the bag, close tightly and shake. Brush clean.
  7. Clean Sticky Playing Cards ~ Put the cards into a paper bag with 2 tsp. of Cornstarch, shake the bag, and dump onto a towel, wipe the cards down.
  8. Cleans up Extra Furniture Polish & Wax the Car ~ Sprinkle some Cornstarch on the area, wipe clean, and buff it up.
  9. Dry Shampoo ~ Sprinkle some Cornstarch onto your scalp; let it sit for about 5 minutes so it can absorb the oil and brush.
  10. DIY Baking Powder ~ Mix 1 part Cornstarch, 1 part Baking Soda, and 2 parts Cream of Tarter
  11. DIY Powdered Sugar ~ 1 Cup of granulated Sugar and 1 Tbs. Cornstarch in a blender and mix on high until smooth.
  12. Diaper Rash Relief ~ Add ¼ Cup of Cornstarch to their bath water. You can also powder their bottom with a tad to help protect in the diaper.
  13. Face Paint ~ Mix 2 parts Cornstarch and 1 part vegetable shortening or cold cream; tint with food coloring
  14. Finger Paint ~ Mix ¼ Cup Cornstarch and 2 Cups water in a saucepan. Boil until the mixture has the consistency of pain; tint with food coloring.
  15. Frozen Chalk ~ half cornstarch, half water, plenty of food coloring (tempera paint work for this too), poured it into ice cube trays, and froze it.
  16. Facial Mask ~ Mix ¼ Cup Cornstarch, 2 Tbs. of Milk and 1 Egg White until smooth. Apply to face and allow to dry for 15-20 minutes; rinse.
  17. Gives Carpet a Fresh Scent ~ Sprinkle the carpet with Cornstarch and allow it to sit for about 45 minutes, vacuum.
  18. Iron Clothes ~ Spray Starch Heavy ~ ¼ Cup Cornstarch and 4 Cups Hot water Medium ~ ¼ Cup Cornstarch and 8 Cups Hot water Light ~ ¼ Cup Cornstarch and 12 Cups Hot water
  19. Jewelry Clay ~ Mix ½ Cup Cornstarch, ½ Cup Salt, ¾ Cup Flour. Slowly add warm water to make clay. Shape as desired and air dry.
  20. Lifts Scorch Marks from Clothing ~ Wet the scorched area with water, cover wet area with Cornstarch, let it dry and brush away.
  21. Moon Sand ~ Mix1/2 Cup Cornstarch and ¾ Liquid starch over medium heat. Add 1 Cup of Fine Sand and stir. Lay it out flat on a baking sheet and let it dry in the sun.
  22. Makes Fluffy Omelets ~ Add ¼ tsp. of Cornstarch per egg, beat well and cook as usual.
  23. Ornaments ~ Mix 1 Cup Cornstarch, 2 Cups Baking Soda, and 1 ½ Cups water in a large saucepan. Cover and cook over medium heat until the mixture becomes thick. Remove from heat and cover with a damp cloth. When cool to the touch, knead until smooth. Roll out to ¼ inch thick, cut and place on a baking sheet in a 250 degree oven for 20-30 minutes. Paint.
  24. Paste ~ Mix 3 tsp. Cornstarch and 4 tsp. cold water; Mix well.
  25. Prevents Chaffing ~ Dust area with Cornstarch
  26. Remedy Smelly Shoes ~ Sprinkle some Cornstarch inside the shoes
  27. Removes Grease Splatters from Walls ~ Sprinkle some Cornstarch onto a cloth, and rub the spot until its gone.
  28. Removes Book Mold & Mildew ~ Sprinkle the pages with Cornstarch and allow to absorb overnight; Dust clean.
  29. Roach Killer ~ Mix ½ Cornstarch and ½ Plaster of Paris in a bowl. Spread in crevices where roaches appear.
  30. Removes Oil Stain in Driveways ~ Sprinkle with Cornstarch, allow to sit overnight. Rinse clean.
  31. Soothes Burns, Bites, and Poison Ivy ~ Make a thick paste and apply to affected area.
  32. Separates Stuck Marshmallows ~ Add ¼ tsp. to a bag and shake.
  33. Sweat Remover ~ Underarms ~ rub underarms with rubbing alcohol then dust with Cornstarch. Body/Clothing ~ Sprinkle on some Cornstarch
  34. Sidewalk Paint ~ Mix 1 Cup Water with 1 Cup Cornstarch, if you want color and smell, add 1 packet of Kool-Aid
  35. Slip Resistant ~ Mainly for sports equipment ~ lightly dist hands with Cornstarch
  36. Squeaky Floorboards ~ Sprinkle Cornstarch in between the seams where the boards are rubbing together
  37. Shine Free Complexion ~ Dust your face with a small amount of Cornstarch
  38. Silver Polish ~ Make a paste mixing Cornstarch and Water. Use a damp cloth to apply to your silverware, let it dry. Rub it off with a clean soft cloth to make it shine.
  39. Thickening Food ~ Add a few sprinkles up to 1 tsp of Cornstarch to your food.
  40. Untangles Knots ~ Sprinkle with Cornstarch
  41. Watercolor Paints ~ 1 Tbs. White Vinegar, 2 Tbs. Baking Soda. When the mixture stops foaming, add 1 Tbs. Cornstarch and ¼ tsp. Glycerin. Add food color to tint.
  42. Waterless Pet Bath ~ Sprinkle your pet with Cornstarch, let it sit for about 5 minutes, and brush clean.
  43. Window Cleaner ~ Mix 1 tsp. Cornstarch and 1 tsp. Dish Soap in a gallon of water, mix well.



              I hope you enjoyed all of these uses and you learned something new! I know I did! 
Did I miss something? Please let me know so I can get it added!





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