25 Ways to Clean Naturally with Corn Starch

I try to avoid harsh chemicals and I am switching to more natural cleaners.  Today ,for instance, I am sharing 25 ways to clean naturally with corn starch.  I have shared quite a few of my tips here over the past year and y’all love them each time I post them.  So here is another edition of my natural cleaning series.  I am kicking off an entire week of cleaning and organizing posts to help you kick off your year right.  Joining me for this fun series are my blogging friends Carolina from Always Expect Moore and Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage.  They will be sharing great cleaning and organizing tips all week as well.  Also don’t miss my other natural cleaning posts that I will round up for ya below.  

25 ways to clean naturally with corn starch -- a must see list for natural cleaning plus links to more great posts on natural cleaners.

As always, test all methods in an inconspicuous area before trying on your entire surface.  Methods may not work for all surfaces.

  1. Apply cornstarch to grease stains on fabric and leave for 12 hours.  Remove and wash as normal.
  2. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in a pint of water.  Add to a spray bottle for an all natural alternative to spray starch.
  3. A paste of cornstarch and water can be used to clean silver.
  4. Sprinkle cornstarch on your carpet and wait 30 minutes then vacuum.
  5. Sprinkle cornstarch on stuffed animals to clean.  Brush off after about 30 minutes.
  6. Use a little cornstarch on a buffing rag to shine your car.
  7. Sprinkle cornstarch on grease stains on leather and let sit overnight.  Brush away.
  8. Mix one teaspoon cornstarch with one teaspoon soap.  Add to one gallon of water.  Use this mixture to clean your windows.
  9. A thick paste of cornstarch and water can be applied to crayon marks on your walls.  Apply paste and allow to dry completely.  Then just wipe away.
  10. Mix cornstarch 3 to 1 with water to form a paste.  Use as a substitute for a soft scrub type product.  This can be used to clean stove tops, hoods, etc.
  11. Remove grease spots from wallpaper by applying a thick paste of corn starch and water.  Allow to dry then brush away.
  12. After polishing your wood furniture, add a small amount of cornstarch and buff.  This will make a great shine.
  13. Remove soap scum with a mixture of 1 cup vinegar, 1 tablespoon corn starch, and 2 tablespoons dish detergent.  
  14. Make a paste with equal parts cornstarch and baking soda then adding water.  Apply to upholstery and allow to dry completely.  Brush away.  
  15. Mix 2 teaspoons cornstarch with 1/4 cup baking soda and a few drops of essential oil for scent.  Add a little to the dryer for a alternative fabric softener.
  16. For mold and mildew stains, mix 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 1/4 cup of water.  
  17. Apply cornstarch to books or papers that have gotten wet to absorb water and prevent mildew.
  18. Scrub your pots and pans with a bit of cornstarch to bring back the shine.
  19. Apply a bit of corn starch to knots to loosen.
  20. Clean urine stains by applying a thick paste of corn starch and water.  Allow to dry completely then brush or vacuum away.
  21. Stains on fabrics (blood, ink, scorch marks, etc) can often be removed by applying a thick paste of corn starch and water to the area.  Allow to dry then remove.
  22. Sprinkle cornstarch in between squeaky floor boards to eliminate the noise.
  23. Sprinkle cornstarch in shoes to absorb perspiration and odors.
  24. Put cornstarch on driveway stains and allow to sit overnight.  Wash away.
  25. Apply a small amount to face to control oil.

Did you ever think that little box in your cabinet had such power?  Put that corn starch to work with my 25 ways to clean naturally with corn starch.  Need more natural cleaning ideas?  Try these:


Y’all enjoy and get a jump start on that spring cleaning now.  Stay tuned for more tips and projects all week!


  1. says

    I have used baking soda in similiar ways. Never tried the cornstarch. I will have to remember some of these. Question on the dryer tip—do you just throw some of the cornstarch/baking soda mixture into the dryer or use it in a little bag?


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