10 Creative Uses for Cornstarch

10 Creative Uses for Cornstarch

10 Creative Uses for Cornstarch

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Posted on May 31, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 13 at 4:03 PM

Let's just ignore the fact that the picture I chose for this post resembles some sort of drug....

Got cornstarch? Everyone has an extra box in the pantry, check out all the ways below you can use cornstarch. Talk about an easy and frugal alternative plus, it's safe for the family too.

10 Creative Uses for Cornstarch

1. Marshmallow Separation: The last time I bought marshmallows, they were all stuck together. But, I found out if I add a little cornstarch to the bag and give it a shake, the cornstarch will absorb the moisture and the marshmallows will separate. Who knew?

2. Easy Silver Polish: Mix together cornstarch and water to form a paste, then simply use it to polish your silverware. Be sure to rub it off with a soft cloth and watch it shine. 

3. Spray Starch: Out of starch? This one happened to me not too long ago and I simply mixed 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with about 1 pint of water. Simply shake the mixture then spray and iron. The more cornstarch you add, the more "starchy" the mixture will be. 

4. Roach Remover: Get rid of nasty roaches by combining 50% cornstarch with 50% plaster of Paris. Simply spread the mixture around where the roaches are coming from and that should do the trick. 

5. Emergency Shampoo: Sprinkle cornstarch on your hair to absorb oil in between shampoos. Certainly this is not a replacement but it will work in a pinch! 

6. Sweat Remover: I sweat. Yep, there, I said it. Seriously amounts of sweat, folks. To absorb the wetness, simply sprinkle on some cornstarch, this will also help absorb odor similar to baking soda. I'm not saying that this replaces deodorant but in the event you find yourself with no deodorant but happen to have a box of cornstarch just sitting there well, you know what to do.

7. Stuffed Animal Cleaner: Simply place your stuffies in a bag and shake with cornstarch. Let them sit overnight then, dust them off or vacuum them in the morning. 

8. Carpet Freshener: Sprinkle cornstarch on your carpet about 30 minutes or so before you vacuum, it will help absorb odor and bring some cleanliness back into your floors. 

9. Window Cleaner: Combine 2 TBS cornstarch with 1/2 cup ammonia and 1/2 white vinegar. Then, add 3-4 liters of warm water, mix it together and add it to a spray bottle. It's a pretty simply mixture but once you spray it on, you'll have to wipe it clean with a warm water mixture and then, dry with a paper towel. It's a little more intense then just grabbing a bottle of Windex but it's a seriously cheap alternative. 

10. Make Your Own Baking Powder: Where has this been my entire life? All you have to do is mix 1 part of cornstarch with 1 part of baking soda and 2 parts cream of tartar. BAM. Instant baking powder! 

There are hundreds of uses for cornstarch and all of them are frugal and pretty creative. If we missed one of your favorites, feel free to post it below! 

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