Ways to Use Cornstarch Around The House

by Pam on May 9, 2009

Cornstarch is popular for making gravies and sauces, but you can do a lot of other things with it ways to use cornstarch around the houseas well. Using cornstarch is a great alternative to using more expensive, potentially toxic products. Check out some of the ideas below:

1. Sprinkle some cornstarch onto the knots in your shoelaces and it will make it easier for you to untangle them.

2. Get rid of grease spots on your kitchen walls by sprinkling cornstarch onto a cloth and rubbing the spot gently. It will soon disappear. You can also use cornstarch to remove grease spots from leather (shoes, sofas, etc.) by sprinkling the starch directly onto the spot and letting it sit overnight.

3. Freshen up your carpets by sprinkling cornstarch onto your carpet and letting it sit for about half an hour. Then vacuum as normal.

4. Give your dog a bath without water by rubbing cornstarch into your dog’s coat and then brushing it out.

5. Cornstarch can be used in lots of different ways to inexpensively entertain kids:

A. Mix it with water to make a paste to make glue. A great alternative to white glue and all natural!

B. Mix it with water and let your kids put their hands in it. It is a gooey mixture that is a lot of fun to play with. Put in some food coloring to add to the fun.

C. Make finger paint by boiling a quarter cup of cornstarch in two cups of water and then mixing in some food coloring.

D. Make face paint by mixing 2 parts cornstarch with one part vegetable shortening and add some food coloring. It’s nontoxic and works great for Halloween!

6. After you have cleaned your windows, mix some cornstarch with water and wipe down the windows. Dry the windows with a clean cloth and your windows will shine!

7. Sprinkle some cornstarch onto a damp cloth and use it when buffing your car. It will make your car shine.

8. Run out of baby powder? Use cornstarch! It has the same effect.  Some parents also use cornstarch instead of diaper rash cream.

9. Use cornstarch to remove mildew stains from paper by sprinkling it on the stains and letting it sit for a few days. This doesn’t always work but it’s worth a try.

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