Cornstarch has many interesting uses other than as an ingredient for thickening sauces or gravies. That’s the focus of this Household Hustler Highlight.
To start with, try using cornstarch to untangle knots in a string or shoelaces. Just sprinkle the knot with a little cornstarch and you’ll be able to easily work the segments apart.
Whether it’s on clothing or table linens, you can remove or reduce a bloodstain with cornstarch. Make a paste of cornstarch mixed with cold water. Cover the spot with the cornstarch paste and rub it gently into the fabric. Now put the cloth in a sunny location to dry. Once dry, brush off the remaining residue. If the stain is not completely gone, repeat the process.
When it comes to ironing, you can lift a scorch mark from clothing with cornstarch. Scorch marks can happen if you move an iron around a bit too slowly. If this happens, wet the scorched area and cover it with cornstarch. Allow the cornstarch to dry, then brush it away along with the scorch mark.
If you like the look of matte nail polish, why not do it yourself with a little cornstarch? All you have to do is mix the cornstarch with a nail polish color of your choice on a small paper plate and then immediately apply it to your nails.
If the sparkle is gone from your good silverware, make a paste by mixing cornstarch with water. Using a damp cloth, apply it to your silverware. Let it dry, then rub it off with a soft cloth to reveal that old shine.
After you finish polishing your furniture, you might notice a bit left on the surface. Sprinkle cornstarch lightly on your furniture after polishing. Wipe up the oil and cornstarch, then buff the surface.
To give your carpeting a fresh scent, before vacuuming a room, sprinkle a little cornstarch on your carpeting. Wait about half an hour and then vacuum normally.
If you have kids, you might occasionally find ink on your carpet. To remove it, all you need to do is mix milk with cornstarch to make a paste. Apply the paste to the ink stain. Allow the concoction to dry on the carpet for a few hours, then brush off the dried residue and vacuum it up.
The next time the kids make arts and crafts, try this easy way to make a paste. Mix three teaspoons of cornstarch for every four teaspoons of cold water. Stir until it reaches a paste-like consistency. This is especially great for applying with fingers. You can also add food coloring so the paste can be used for painting objects.
If your kids enjoy finger painting, this simple recipe will keep the kids happy for hours. Mix together 1/4 cup cornstarch and two cups cold water. Bring to a boil and continue boiling until the mixture becomes thick. Pour your product into several small containers and add food coloring to each container to create a collection of homemade finger paints.