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The Miracle of Cornstarch

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The Miracle of Cornstarch

Do It Yourself (DIY) videos are fun and include simple, yet ingenious ideas I can use. Not since MacGyver have plastic bottles, string and a coffee filter been so amazingly useful. From my hours perusing the Internet, I thought I’d share a few DIY tips for using cornstarch.

  • • Gluten-free? Use cornstarch in place of flour to thicken gravies and soups. For every cup of gravy, use a 50/50 mix of cornstarch to water by stirring or shaking in a container with a tight-fitting lid. For soup, start with three tablespoons of cornstarch/water, shaking or stirring to mix. To thicken, reduce heat to low, slowly add the cornstarch mixture and incorporate. Return the heat to medium-high and stir until thickened.
  • • Keep bug bits from itching by combining three tablespoons of cornstarch with cold water and making a paste that can be dabbed on the affected areas.
  • • Separate marshmallows by adding a teaspoon of cornstarch to the bag and shaking. The cornstarch absorbs the extra moisture, which causes them to stick together.
  • •Create a nice translucent face powder using a 50/50 mixture of cornstarch and baby powder. Keep in an airtight container.
  • • Dry shampoo is the latest time-saving beauty trend, but did you know you can make your own by mixing a quarter of a cup of cornstarch and two tablespoons of baking soda? Sprinkle a small amount on hair, then brush. This recipe can also be used on Rover using the same method, until you can get him in the tub for a real bath.
  • • Freshen up your carpets by sprinkling cornstarch over the floors, waiting an hour and then vacuuming.
  • • Keep the fungus that causes athlete’s foot at bay by sprinkling a little cornstarch on your feet.
  • • Remove ink stains and scorch marks from carpet and clothing easily. On carpet, mix a bit of milk and cornstarch to make a paste. Spread on the area, allow to dry and vacuum. On clothing, wet the area with water and cover with cornstarch. Allow to dry and then brush the scorch marks away.
  • • Untangle shoelaces (and hair!) by sprinkling a small amount of cornstarch on the knot. Work the laces around and untie.

Let’s hear it! Do you have unique ways you use cornstarch that aren’t listed here? Shoot me a message letting me know.


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