Homemade Nontoxic Spray Starch

Date: April 28, 2016      Publication: Bottom Line's Household Magic      Source:  Joan Wilen & Lydia Wilen      Print:

We know what you’re saying. Who irons these days, let alone uses starch on their shirts? But just in case you need a crisp, stiff collared shirt for a special occasion, spray starch is the way to go! What, you don’t feel like purchasing an entire aerosol can of starch? Try this easy recipe . . .

To make your own spray starch, you’ll need a bowl, cornstarch, cold water and a 16-ounce fine-mist spray bottle. For a light starch, combine one tablespoon of cornstarch with two cups of cold water in the bowl. For a heavier starch, use three tablespoons of cornstarch in the same amount of cold water. Mix well—making sure that the cornstarch is completely dissolved—then transfer the mixture from the bowl to the spray bottle. To use the starch, shake the bottle, then spray the garment and iron immediately.

Here’s a video on how to use starch to make your shirts look great…

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Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen are health investigators based in New York City who have spent decades collecting "cures from the cupboard." They are authors of Bottom Line's Treasury of Home Remedies & Natural Cures and Bottom Line's Household Magic and of the free e-letter Household Magic Daily Tips.