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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Uses for Cornstarch – Other than Baking

Container of Cornstarch and Powder.

I used to only use cornstarch when I was making a gravy, desserts, or sauces. But just like white vinegar and baking soda, cornstarch has many uses around the house other than baking.

So, how can you use cornstarch? Follow me on down the page and let's take a look.

Help Athletes Foot by using a little Cornstarch

Put corn starch on your feet between the toes, and sprinkle it inside your shoes prior to wearing them. This will help keep feet dry.

Cornstarch can also be used to absorb and remove odors in shoes.

Cornstarch can be used to help Sunburns

Make a paste of cornstarch and water. Apply to the skin, let dry about 20–30 minutes, then rinse.
You can also add 1 cup cornstarch to the bath and soak for 20 to 30 minutes.

Treating Blackheads with Cornstarch and White Vinegar

Make a paste by adding white vinegar to 1/2 cup cornstarch until a paste forms. The paste should be just thick enough for it to stay on your face and not slide off, but not so thick that it just clumps and can’t be applied to your face. Apply this to the blackheads and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

The mix will harden as it sits and may start to flake off if you move around, so maybe take this time to read a book or play a card game.

Use Cornstarch in the Bath for Itchy or Irritated Skin

Psoriasis. For a natural cure to help ease the itching and redness associated with psoriasis, add 1 cup cornstarch to your bath and soak for 30 minutes.

Itchy Skin. To treat a plain old itch that just won’t go away, add corn starch directly to the skin or add 1 cup to the bath and soak.

Poison Ivy. Make a thin paste of corn starch and water. Apply to the skin until it dries.

Chafing. One way to avoid chafing is to stay dry. To avoid sweating or friction that can happen between body parts and/or body and clothing items, lightly apply cornstarch after you have completely dried off from a shower or bath, then dress. Although this will work, some prefer to use an ointment instead.

A Home Remedy for Diaper Rash using Cornstarch

Nobody wants to see their child have a case of diaper rash. How uncomfortable. To use cornstarch for diaper rash, make sure baby’s bottom is dry first, then sprinkle a little in your hand and pat on baby’s bottom.

You can also use 1/4 cup cornstarch to every gallon of bath water.

Absorbing Grease Stains from Clothing using Cornstarch

Absorbing grease from washable items, sprinkle cornstarch on the greasy area and rub it in with your finger or use your fingernail to work it in. Rub until the cornstarch has absorbed the grease. Dump the dirty cornstarch in the garbage and repeat until you have lifted as much of the grease as possible. Wash the item as you normally would and pre-treat if necessary.

To absorb grease from leather items, sprinkle corn starch over the grease stain and then rub it in with your finger and let sit to absorb. When absorbed, discard used cornstarch and repeat until the grease has been lifted. This can be left to sit on the grease stain overnight, but make sure to brush it off in the morning.

Making your own Laundry Starch using Cornstarch

Take 2 tablespoons corn starch and mix with 2 cups cold water in a spray bottle. Shake well to completely mix the ingredients together. Use as you would any store bought laundry starch.

These are just some of the uses for cornstarch. Tell us and others how you use cornstarch.

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