Cornstarch is one of those ingredients that easily gets stereotyped as a cooking only item. But you’ll be amazed at all of the other uses for it.
To start with, cornstarch can be used as a substitute for shampoo when it comes to bathing your dog. Just rub cornstarch into his or her coat and brush it out. The dry bath will fluff up the coat until it’s tub time.
Why not try making your own do-it-yourself deodorant? Cornstarch has an excellent ability to absorb moisture so if you feel your drugstore deodorant isn’t cutting it, try making your own. Mix together two to three tablespoons of coconut oil, 1/8 cup of baking soda and 1/8 cup of cornstarch. That’s all you need to make yourself a natural deodorant.
Translucent powder is the perfect finishing touch after you’ve applied all your makeup. It minimizes pores, absorbs oils, prolongs the wear of your foundation, lip color, and eye color, and compliments all skin tones and types. The only thing is it can be a bit pricey. So if you don’t feel like spending those extra bucks, you can create your own. Simply combine 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch and one teaspoon of baby powder and put it in a sealable container.
You can treat athlete’s foot with cornstarch, too! The smelly foot fungus grows on the skin of feet due to warm and wet places such as your sweaty shoes. To prevent yourself from developing this condition, sprinkle some cornstarch in your shoes to help absorb any moisture.
Cornstarch can also soothe dry skin, especially during the cold winter months. In order to help combat irritated skin, treat yourself to a moisturizing milk bath. You will need two cups of whole powdered milk, one-half cup of cornstarch, one-half cup of baking soda, and essential oil of your choice (use about 10 drops depending on how strong you want the scent). Combine all the powders in a sealable container and shake it until well blended. Then remove the lid and add the essential oil, closing it again and giving it another mix. Let it sit for 24 hours before using and store in a cool, dark place. When you are ready to use it all you have to do is pour one to two cups in a hot running bath and then sit back and relax.
Say goodbye to roaches with cornstarch. Make a mixture that is 50 percent plaster of Paris and 50 percent cornstarch. Spread the solution in the crevices where roaches appear. They’ll be gone in no time!
You can also create your own streak-free window cleaning solution by mixing two tablespoons of cornstarch with 1/2 cup ammonia and 1/2 cup white vinegar in a bucket containing three to four liters of warm water. Mix well and put the solution in a trigger spray bottle. Spray on the windows, then wipe with a warm-water rinse. Now rub with a dry paper towel or lint-free cloth.
To clean a stuffed animal, rub a little cornstarch onto the toy, wait about five minutes, and then brush it clean. Or place the stuffed animal (or a few small ones) into a bag. Sprinkle cornstarch into the bag, close it tightly, and shake. Now brush the surface clean.
Even the most careful cook cannot avoid an occasional spatter. A busy kitchen takes some wear and tear but here’s a handy remedy for those grease spots. Sprinkle cornstarch onto a soft cloth. Rub the grease spot gently until it disappears.
Have you ever bought a bag of marshmallows only to find them stuck together? To get them apart, add at least one teaspoon cornstarch to the bag and shake. The cornstarch will absorb the extra moisture and force most of the marshmallows to come apart. Repackage the remaining marshmallows in a container and freeze them to avoid sticking in the future.