Handy Uses for Cornstarch

Cornstarch is another household staple like vinegar and baking soda that has multiple uses. Most people have it in their kitchen for baking or as a thickening agent in gravy or stew. However, as noted below, its value is not limited to cooking.

  • Since it has light abrasive qualities, it is useful for cleaning pots and pans, particularly the non-stick variety that need special care.
  • Similarly, you can make a paste of cornstarch and water to polish silverware. Apply it to the silver, let dry and then remove with a cloth.
  • For difficult grease stains on fabric, sprinkle cornstarch onto the stain and let dry for a while to absorb the grease. Then brush off and launder.
  • Blood stains can also be treated with a paste of cornstarch and water. Rub the mixture into the stain, let set until dry, then brush off and launder.
  • Grease and blood stains on walls and floors can also be treated in the above manner.
  • Try cornstarch on the grease spots in your garage and driveway.
  • Add a cup of cornstarch to your bath for relief from sunburn or insects bites.
  • Apply a paste of cornstarch and water to insect bites to ease pain and itching.
  • Untangle knots in shoelaces and jewelry by sprinkling a little cornstarch on the problem area.
  • If your dog’s fur is matted and smelly, sprinkle some cornstarch on to freshen and remove the matted area.
  • Deodorize the shoes in your house by sprinkling with a little cornstarch.

As you can see, the possibilities are endless. For more ideas, look here:  http://www.hodgsonmill.com/tips-tricks-terms/index.php?page=corn-starch-tricks