I try to avoid harsh chemicals and am switching to more natural cleaners. Today, for instance, I am sharing 25 ways to clean 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. You can print a book with all of my ideas here.
As always, test all methods in an inconspicuous area before trying on your entire surface. Methods may not work for all surfaces.
25 Ways to Clean with Corn Starch
- Apply cornstarch to grease stains on fabric and leave for 12 hours. Remove and then wash as normal.
- Dissolve 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in a pint of water. Add to a spray bottle for an all-natural alternative to spray starch.
- A paste of cornstarch and water can be used to clean silver.
- Sprinkle cornstarch on your carpet and wait 30 minutes then vacuum.
- Sprinkle cornstarch on stuffed animals to clean. Brush off after about 30 minutes.
- Use a little cornstarch on a buffing rag to shine your car.
- Sprinkle cornstarch on grease stains on leather and let sit overnight. Then just brush away.
- Mix one teaspoon cornstarch with one teaspoon soap. Add to one gallon of water. Then you can use this mixture to clean your windows.
- A thick paste of cornstarch and water can be applied to crayon marks on your walls. Apply the paste and allow it to dry completely. Then just wipe away.
- 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.
- Remove grease spots from wallpaper by applying a thick paste of corn starch and water. Allow it to dry then brush away.
- After polishing your wood furniture, add a small amount of cornstarch and buff. This will make a great shine.
- Remove soap scum with a mixture of 1 cup vinegar, 1 tablespoon corn starch, and 2 tablespoons dish detergent.
- Make a paste with equal parts cornstarch and baking soda then adding water. Apply to upholstery and allow it to dry completely. Brush away.
- 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 an alternative fabric softener.
- For mold and mildew stains, mix 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 1/4 cup of water.
- Apply cornstarch to books or papers that have gotten wet to absorb water and prevent mildew.
- Scrub your pots and pans with a bit of cornstarch to bring back the shine.
- Apply a bit of corn starch to knots to loosen.
- Clean urine stains by applying a thick paste of corn starch and water. Allow it to dry completely then brush or vacuum away.
- 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 it to dry then remove.
- Sprinkle cornstarch in between squeaky floorboards to eliminate the noise.
- Sprinkle cornstarch in shoes to absorb perspiration and odors.
- Put cornstarch on driveway stains and allow to sit overnight. Wash away.
- Apply a small amount to your face to control oil.
So, 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 with corn starch.
So, do you need more natural cleaning ideas? If you have missed any of our series, you will also want to check out the ways to clean with vinegar, cream of tartar, peroxide, steam, baking soda, lemon, corn starch, salt, and rubbing alcohol. Y’all enjoy and also be sure to get a jump start on that spring cleaning now.
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So, whether you use these 25 ways to clean naturally with corn starch or you download our all-natural cleaning guide, you are sure to make a difference in the number of chemicals used in your home.
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Wow! I had no idea corn starch was so handy!. I’ll be sure to grab it the next time I have crayon marks on my walls…
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Another use for cornstarch – use in place of talcum powder. No additives. Work great for perspiration in your bra you-know-where )no kidding. Baby’s butt, foot rub out of the shower, I can go on and on. You get the point. Hope this is helpful!
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?
I’m so trying this on my driveway…what a great idea!
You can also sprinkle in your hair and brush out between washes. My mother (89) used to do this “back in the day”. I even tried it and it does work. Not the same as a shampoo, but it will get rid of a greasy head of hair.
my plumber pals warn me never to discard cornstarch down drains or toilets. one would think: hey it’s a dissolvable powder, what could possibly go wrong ? clumps & clogs, that’s what ! i suggest you list that at the top of your list as a caution.