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What You Can Do With Corn Starch And More

Updated on November 3, 2012

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Corn starch: very finely ground endosperm of corn kernels; silky smooth texture
Corn meal: flour produced by grinding or milling corn
Corn syrup: a liquid sugar derived from corn; composed of dextrose (glucose)
Baking Powder: a leavening agent manufactured from corn starch, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), and sodium aluminum sulfate or calcium acid phosphate.

Handle your car with care:
buff your car’s polish with a bit of argo corn starch on a clean cloth
clean even the dirtiest car windows with minimal effort. mix a small amount of corn starch and 1 cup of Parson’s Ammonia in a bucket of water. wearing rubber gloves, dip Scott Towels into the solution: wipe the glass clean. Rinse with clear water. Try this method on headlights and taillights too.
Here’s a recipe for making your own windshield washer fluid: Combine 1C Rite Aid isopropyl rubbing alcohol, 2T Ivory liquid hand cleanser, 1 gallon water, and 1 or 2 drops McCormick Blue Food Color. Mix well and store in a clearly marked plastic container.
One dry cleanup treatment for garage spills is to sprinkle on a mixture of ARM and Hammer baking soda and quaker yellow corn meal. Allow the mixture to soak in, then sweep or vacuum up. If a spill leaves a stain on your concrete floor, sprinkle baking soda on it, let stand, and scrub with a wet brush.
Those Pesky Pests:
Create a mixture of equal parts argo corn starch and plaster of paris. sprinkle this around cracks and crevices in your home to control cockroaches. They will eat it and turn into little bug statues.
Make the bait in a mousetrap even more appealing: Top it off with little Quaker Yellow Corn Meal or Old Fashioned Quaker Oats.
To stop an ant attack put small piles of quaker yellow corn meal where you’ve seen the pests. The ants will eat it or bring it home for a take-out dinner, but they can’t digest it. They’ll be gone in a week.
Combat cockroaches with a mixture of equal parts quaker yellow corn meal, gold medal all purpose flour, and 20 mule team borax; also add a dash of domino confectioners sugar. Sprinkle into cracks and crevices under sinks. make sure children and pets can’t get at the mixture.
Wherever you see ants coming into your home or area, block their entry with a line of dried out coffee grounds, crayola chalk, argo corn starch, heinz vinegar, or a bit of gold medal all purpose flour.
In the kitchen:
Secret to making light fluffy omelet: add a teaspoon of corn starch when mixing the eggs.
If you’re short one egg for a recipe, add a little corn starch instead.
Bag of marshmallows all stuck together? Add at least 1 teaspoon corn starch to the bag, hold it closed and shake. When excess moisture is absorbed the marshmallows should come apart easily. Repackage in a glad freezer zipper bag and store in the freezer to keep them fresh and unstuck.
when rolling out pastry or dough, use corn starch instead of flour on your rolling surface. it works better and cleans up easier
if you’re out of brown sugar, stir 1 tablespoon grandmas original molasses into 1 cup domino demerara washed raw cane sugar. for dark brown sugar, add 2T molasses.

HandyPerson Hints:

Leaking floorboard: Sprinkle corn starch then vacuum up the excess

Add a couple drops of food color to your wall paper paste during wallpapering project. It will help you see how well you are spreading the paste.

Plumbing problem: To determine if your toilet tank is leaking: put a couple drops of food color into the tank. If the water in the toilet bowl turns the same color, the seal is leaking.

Camping: knots in tent ropes and other camping gear will untangle easier if you sprinkle with corn starch.

Houseplant food: mix 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon ammonia, 1 tablespoon epsom salts, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 gallon water. Store in a spray bottle. Shake well before using. Spray houseplant soil once a month.

Fertilizing spray: 1 ounce molasses, 1 cup manure-based compost tea, 1 ounce seaweed, 1 ounce vinegar, 1 gallon water. Shake well before using.

Easy all-purpose fertilizer: add 4-5 tablespoons molasses into 1 gallon water. Pour into spray bottle and apply to soil of any plant.

Cabbage worms: mix together 1 cup flour and 1/2 cup salt. Dust mixture on cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower leaves to protect them from worms. Best to apply the powder when plants are damp.

Burns and Bites:

Mix corn starch and water to make a paste. Apply directly on sunburned skin to soothe pain.

Ease bug bites and stings by applying corn starch and lemon juice. 3 parts corn starch to 1 part juice. Adjust as needed to become paste.

Minor burn: apply honey on sterile gauze bandage and cover. Change 4 times a day.

Honey on a bug bite can relieve pain and itching.

Relief from itching/minor burns: use grinder to grind up 1C oats into powder. Stir powder into a warm bath and enjoy the soak for ~20 minutes.

Coughs, Colds and Fevers:

Sore throat: Drink warm cup of tea mixed with lemon juice and honey.

Sore throat: Mix 1/4C apple cider vinegar with 1/4C honey. Take 1 Tablespoon every four hours.

Cough syrup: Mix 4 Tablespoons lemon juice, 1C honey, and 1/2C olive oil. Heat then stir. Take 1 teaspoon every 2 hours.

Bronchitis: slice an onion into a bowl. Cover with honey. Let it stand overnight. Take 1 teaspoon of the liquid 4 times a day.

Reduce a fever: combine 1 and a 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, 2 and a 1/2 cups warm water, and 1/2 teaspoon honey. Drink slowly.

Hand and Foot Care:

Before outside work: rub about a tablespoon of corn starch between your hands. It will help prevent blisters.

Sprinkle corn starch on your feet and in your socks and shoes to absorb moisture and prevent athlete's foot.

Athlete's foot remedy: Mix 30 minced garlic cloves, 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1/2 cup isopropyl alcohol. Put mixture in sealed jar and let steep for 2 weeks out of sunlight. Apply 2 times a day with cotton balls.

Arthritis pain: soothe by making paste: Mix 2C oats and 1C water in a bowl. Warm the mixture then apply for quick relief.

Relieve tired aching feet: combine 1/4C oats, 1/4C ground almonds, 3 Tablespoons cocoa butter, 2 tablespoons honey. Massage into both feet and wear clean cotton socks overnight. In morning, remove socks and rinse feet with cold water.

Relief is on the way:

Migraine: 1 teaspoon honey once you feel it. Take 2 teaspoons honey with each meal until pain is gone.

Heartburn: Mix 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in a glass of water. drink.

Heal or prevent urinary tract infection: Boil 8 ounces cranberry juice, reduce heat and add 2 teaspoons powdered echinacea root. Simmer for 15 minutes. remove from heat, then add 1 teaspoon powdered goldenseal root. Steep for 20 minutes. Strain and add honey or lemon. Drink warm or on ice.

Hemorrhoid pain: Make a paste of corn starch and water. Gradually adding enough of each to measure a pint. Boil then cool completely and use in an enema.

Good for what ails you:

Honey has a mild sedating effect and can aid sleep. Add to tea or warm water before bedtime.

Hangover: take 1 teaspoon honey ever hour until you feel better.

Cure diarrhea with this once a day remedy: peel, core, and puree 1 apple. Mix it with 1 teaspoon lime juice, 3-4 drops honey, and a pinch of ground cinnamon. Eat it up. Diarrhea should not last more than 2 days.

Constipated: Drink before breakfast: Mix 1C warm water, 4 Tablespoons lemon juice and honey.

Constipated: Take 1 Tablespoon honey 3 times a day. Mix with molasses for more kick.

Constipated: Two tablespoons molasses before bedtime can help keep you regular. Add molasses to milk, fruit juice or even prune juice to dilute the strong taste.

More energy: Spoonful of molasses (known as a blood builder).

Bad breath: 2C water, 3 sprigs parsley, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves and a dash of cinnamon. strain and allow liquid to cool and use as a mouthwash.

Beauty, Grooming and Hygiene:

All about hair:

Dirty hair and no shampoo: Pour corn starch and oats into palm of hand and rub it through hair at the scalp. Brush through your hair until the powder is no longer visible.

Damaged hair: Massage small amount of olive oil into hair. Beat the yolk of 1 egg and massage into hair- working from ends up. Leave on for 10 minutes then shampoo as usual. Do this once a week for a month and hair should begin to feel healthier.

Alternative conditioner: Beat 1 egg white until foamy, stir into 5 Tablespoons plain yogurt. Apply to hair, let sit 15 minutes then rinse.

Alternative hair gel: Dissolve 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin in a cup of warm water. Great to apply before rolling curlers.

Face in the mirror:

Face powder: corn starch and baking powder can substitute as face powder.

Separate an egg. Put the white in a bowl and the yolk in another bowl. Beat each separately. Apply the egg white to oily areas on your face and the yolk to dry areas. Let dry 20 minutes then rinse off with warm water.

Deep-cleaning facial mask: Combine 1 egg, 1/4C nonfat dry milk, 1 Tablespoon dark rum or brandy, and the juice of 1 lemon or about 3 Tablespoons lemon juice in a blender. When the texture is creamy, pour the mixture into a bowl or jar. Gently apply mixture to your face. ZLet dry. Peel off the mask and thoroughly rinse your face with warm water. Pat dry. Apply usual moisturizer.

Clarify, Exfoliate, and Moisturize Normal to Dry Skin: Mash half of a banana in a bowl. Add 1 Tablespoon honey and 2 Tablespoons sour cream, mix well. Apply mixture to your face. Leave on for 10 minutes. Then rinse with warm water.

Minimize pores: Beat 1 egg and combine with 1 Tablespoon honey. Spread mixture onto face. Leave it on for about 20 minutes then rinse off.

Overnight blemish remedy: Dab honey on the spot and cover with a bandage.

Blackheads: Heat 1 or 2 Tablespoons of honey and dab it on the blackheads. Wait 2-3 minutes. wash off the honey with warm water. Follow with cool water rinse. Dry gently with clean soft towel.

Age spots: Combine 2 Tablespoons honey, juice of 1 lime and the juice of 1 lemon (or 3 Tablespoons each Lime and Lemon juice), and 4 Tablespoons of plain yogurt. Once a week, gently massage lotion on each spot. Refrigerate remaining mixture in a covered container.

Facial cleanser: Grind 1/4C oats in blender or coffee grinder to consistency of flour. Mix in a bowl with heavy cream to make a paste (use skim milk if your skin is oily). Let the mixture thicken for about 2 minutes then gently massage it onto your face and neck. Rinse with cool water.

Blackheads: Mix 3 parts oats and 1 part water. rub mixture on blemishes. Wait 10 minutes then rinse off with warm water. Pat face dry with clean soft towel.

Baby and Child Care:

Baby Powder: If you run out of baby powder, corn starch makes a good substitute and is more absorbent than talcum powder. Use sparingly and be sure to keep corn starch away from baby's nose and eyes.

Soothing bath: Mix 1/4C nonfat dry milk, 1/4C whole dry buttermilk, and 1 Tablespoon corn starch. Store in a covered glass jar. Pour 1 Tablespoon of mixture into baby bathtub or 1/4C into full-size tub.


Deodorant: Mix equal parts corn starch and baking soda with a pinch of ground cloves. Apply mixture to underarm areas. Otherwise, sprinkle on baking powder.

Scented powder: combine corn starch with a few drops of scented oil (optional). For spicy scent, use 1 Tablespoon cinnamon with 1/2C corn starch. Sprinkle on after bathing.

Curb Your Appetite: Drink mixture of 2 teaspoons honey in a glass of water 30 minutes before each meal.

Sweaty feat: Wash and dry feet. then rub them with baking powder before putting on socks.

Prevent heat rash: Sprinkle baking powder on bed sheets.

Dirty/Greasy Hands: Mix corn meal with enough apple cider vinegar to make a paste. Thoroughly scrub hands. Rinse well and dry.

Dry or Cracked Areas: Mix 1 part oats, 1 part baking soda, with 3 parts water. Apply mixture with a clean cloth in a circular motion.

Laundry and Clothing Care:

Stains and Spots:

Collar stains: dampen collar and rub a little corn starch in, then wash as usual.

Bloodstain: mix paste of corn starch and water- apply to stain. Let dry, then brush off. Repeat if necessary.

Grease stain: Rub baby powder or corn starch into stains. Allow the area to sit for an hour or more to soak up the grease. Then brush off and wash as usual. Repeat if necessary.

Rust mark: dampen the spot and rub cream of tartar. Wait 1 hour then wash as usual. Repeat if necessary.

Bleach-spot: mix food color until you have a matching shade, paint solution on spot, let dry.

Bright and Clean:

Stuffed animals: rub toys with handful of corn starch. Let sit for 15 minutes. Brush or vacuum thoroughly.

Stuffed animals: place into plastic bag. Add corn starch. Close tightly and shake. Brush toys clean.

Shoe scuff marks: rub them with egg white on soft cloth.

Permanent press finish for curtains: Add packet of unflavored gelatin to some hot water and pour mixture into washing machine's final rinse.


Spray Starch: dissolve 1 Tablespoon corn starch in 2C water. Use spray bottle.

Remove iron scorches from clothes: wet a scorched spot then cover with corn starch. brush off when dry.



Grease spot: Cover spot right away with corn starch. Wait until much of grease has been absorbed then vacuum. Repeat if necessary.

Wood furniture shine: After polishing wood furniture, sprinkle with corn starch over surface. Then use clean soft cloth to buff it to a high shine. Any excess oil will be absorbed.

Keep leather looking new: every few weeks, wipe with a soft cotton cloth that's been dipped in beaten egg white. Buff to a shine with a second cloth.

Floor chores:

Revive Carpets: sprinkle with corn starch, wait 30 minutes then vacuum.

Grease spot: Pour some corn starch on stain to absorb grease. Let dry then vacuum.

Ink stains: start with about 2 Tablespoons corn starch then slowly add enough milk to make a paste. apply paste, wait a few hours, and brush off.

Oil spill: sprinkle with baking powder right away. Let dry then vacuum.

Smelly carpet: mix 1C borax with 2C corn meal. Sprinkle solution on carpet. Wait 1 hour then vacuum.

Walls and Windows:

Wallpaper Grease spot: Blot with towel then sprinkle with corn starch. Gently rub off the corn starch then vacuum area using upholstery brush attachment.

Wallpaper Crayon Marks: mix corn starch with water to make a thick paste. dab onto affected area. let dry then brush off.

Wallpaper dirt and grime: make a paste with water and baking powder and apply to area with a sponge. wipe clean with another damp sponge.

Streak-free window cleaner: Mix 2 Tablespoons corn starch, 1/2C ammonia, 1/2C vinegar in a bucket of 3-4 quarts of warm water. Pour the solution into a spray bottle. Spray on windows. Wipe with warm water. Rub with a dry towel or lint free cloth.

Kitchens and Bathrooms:

Stains: first rinse stained surface with clear water. then pour off the water, but don't dry. sprinkle on a small amount of baking powder. gently rub away the stain with a sponge and rinse.

Rust stains in sink or tub: Mix cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Apply paste to area then scrub clean with nonabrasive pad or brush. Rinse.

Burnt smell: sprinkle a bit of ground cinnamon in a pie plate and place in a warm oven for 10 minutes then apply to area.

Clean hard-to-reach places like in vases or bottles: Insert crushed eggshell in vase or bottle then add warm water and a drop of dish washing liquid. Swirl mixture around and let shell pieces do the work.

Stainless-steel pans: Keep shiny if you rub them with a dry soft cloth and a little flour. Buff with another clean cloth.

More Tips:

Tarnished silverware: Make a paste of corn starch and water, then apply to silverware. Let dry, wipe clean with dry cloth.

Put on rubber gloves easier: Put a little corn starch and baking powder in your palm and rub hands together.

Wet book: sprinkle pages with corn starch and let sit overnight. Brush out the corn starch in the morning.

Mildewed books: Cover the mildew spots with corn starch and let sit for a few days. Brush off the powder outside so mildew spores won't find a new home.

Smelly Trunk: To get rid of odor, haul trunk outside for some sunlight and fresh air. Pour a light layer of baking powder in the bottom and close the lid. every few days, sweep out the old and sprinkle on some new powder. Repeat until smell is gone.

Smaller smelly items: Place items in a bag with some baking powder. Change powder every few days until odor disappears.

Clean Pewter Piece: Immerse it in water that has been used to boil eggs. Wait a couple minutes then gently rub the pewter with a soft cloth dipped in the same water. When the item is clean, rinse with clean water and wipe dry.

Clean and shine copper or brass surface: make a paste out of equal parts salt, flour, and vinegar. Rub paste on surfaces with a soft cloth, let sit about 1 hour then wipe off and buff with a clean soft cloth.

Arts/Crafts & Pets/Pastimes:

Create your own finger paints: Add 1/4C corn starch to 2C cold water and boil until mixture thickens. Let cool slightly then pour mixture into small dishes or containers. Add a ew drops food color to each container to make various paint colors. Also add a few drops of dish washing liquid to each bowl to help with cleanup later. Make sure the paints are completely cool before using.

No-Bake Modeling Clay: Mix together the following in a bowl: 1 part Elmer's Glue, 1 part corn starch, 1 part flour, and a few drops of food color (optional). Turn out mixture on a cutting board and knead until it's consistency of bread dough. Add more glue, corn starch, or flour if necessary. Make jewelry, ornaments, sculptures, or other creations out of the clay. Let dry, then decorate with acrylic paint if desired. Store unused clay in a sealed container.

Holiday Hints:

Fake blood for Halloween: In a small container, combine corn starch and red food color. Add molasses to thicken the mixture.

Fake scar: Add a packet of unflavored gelatin to hot water. When it cools enough, use it to make a mark across area. As the mixture dries, it will appear to be a scar.

Keep Real Christmas Tree Looking Fresh: Mix in a bucket; 2C corn syrup, 4 Tablespoons bleach, 4 multivitamin tablets with iron, and 1 gallon very hot water. Fill the tree stand with the mixture. Add more when the level drops.

Pet's Nails Cut Too Short: Dab any bleeding areas with corn starch. it will speed of clotting and pain relief.

Pet Bath: Try giving them a dry bath. Sprinkle corn starch or corn meal over fur. rub it in then brush it out.

Keep Dog or Cat From Playing with Houseplant: Push 2 or 3 cinnamon sticks into the soil in each pot. Smells nice but not to your pet.


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