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Homemade Spray Starch Recipe
Starch is exciting! Okay, okay. You might not think it's as exciting as I do, but what else keeps your collars clean and your sheets crisp? I use starch like a fiend. I'm constantly ironing yards of fabric, projects and everything around the house. I also add corn starch (that's corn flour for all of you UKers) to my "famous" paper mache paste recipe. My mom even dabbed corn starch on me when I was itching all over with the chicken pox. That was certainly not exciting! But I'm doing that whole digressing thing again.
My point is that I use so much starch that I am constantly running out! Even when my husband doubles up and buys two, I still run out! Sprays starch is readily available and plenty of brands make it. If your from the North like I am, you probably use Niagara (maybe in Lemon.) If you're in the South like I am now, you probably use Faultless. I also like Niagara's non-aerosol version, which is available in some funky, newfangled scents. No matter which brand you use, it's possible that you'll run out and just won't feel like driving to the store for a lousy bottle of starch. Well, homemade spray starch to the rescue!
What You'll Need
To make liquid starch at home, you will need corn starch, water, a measuring cup, a measuring spoon, a pot to boil water, a funnel and a spray bottle for your finished starch.
TIP: I like to use empty glass bottles with a plastic sprayer/mister for my starch. I've found that liquor and tequila bottles are ideal because they come in interesting shapes and have perfectly sized openings with threads that fit most any standard spray top. Keep the original cap for storing starch in the fridge.
If you like scented starch, add a drop of botanical essential oil. Just make sure you're using a glass container, because essential oils soften plastics.
You can also make your mixture stronger by doubling the cornstarch. Be careful through, if there's to much starch, it might flake when ironing. Remember to allow the liquid to soak in before ironing as this will help reduce flaking.
Unlike commercial products, your homemade starch won't have preservatives. In the winter, spray starch keeps for several days. However, it sours quickly in the summer, so it's best to store it in the fridge. To check your starch, simply unscrew the top. If you hear a slightly carbonated "pfff" sound, the corn is starting the fermentation process. You can also take a small sniff. Spray starch should be odorless. If you smell any sourness, make a new batch.
- Prep time: 5 min
- Cook time: 5 min
- Ready in: 10 min
- Yields: Enough for 1 Hungry Crafter
- 2 Cups of Water
- 1 Teaspoon of Corn Starch
- Assemble your ingredients and measuring supplies.
- For one batch of starch, you'll need 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of corn starch (corn flour in the U.K.)
- Pour most of the water into your saucepan, reserving approximately 2 tablespoons, and bring to a boil on high heat.
- Add the teaspoon of starch to the remaining water in your measuring cup, and stir to make a slurry.
- Once the water is boiling, pour in the starch slurry, and stir.
- When your starch returns to a boil, the color should go from opaque to transparent pretty quickly.
- After approximately two minutes, the starches will cook and the mixture will foam up. At this point, remove your starch from the heat.
- Allow to cool slightly, and pour your liquid starch into a spray bottle using a funnel. Be careful, because the starch will still be quite hot.
How Did This Recipe Work for You?
Argo is one of the most well-known starch brands, but any brand will do! I have store brand corn starch in my cabinet right now--it works just fine!
Fill it up. Then, spray away. This large 16-ounce spray bottle is ideal for spray starch. You can always pick up a mister in the beauty or garden departments (mister tee-hee!) and use the sprayer top with your favorite glass bottle.