Today, we have a huge array of cleaning products at our disposal – each meant for a different purpose. Effective as they may be, these chemical products have many downsides. Not only are they expensive, but these various kinds of products, each targeting a certain kind of cleaning, occupy precious storage space in your home. And most importantly, all of them are toxic to humans, animals and the environment.
What if we were to tell you that you can do all of your cleaning and many other things with a humble item right from your pantry? The miracle product we are talking about is – cornstarch, that in all likelihood, you have a box of, lying around the house.
Read on to know the many different and unbelievable uses that this product can be put to.
1. To Clean Grease Stains From Clothes
Cornstarch is great at absorbing grease from clothes. Just sprinkle cornstarch generously on the stain on the item of clothing allowing it to sit for 12 hours before you wash it normally.
2. As A Dry Pet Shampoo
For a dry pet shampoo, just sprinkle cornstarch on your pet and rub it into his/her fur and simply brush it through for a shiny new pet! The cornstarch magically removes the dirt and dander stuck in the fur and comes away with the brushing.
3. For Polishing Silver
Just make a paste of 1 part cornstarch and 2 parts water and give a new shine to your tarnished silver.
4. To Remove Scorched Marks From Clothes
If you have scorch marks from the iron on your shirt, just wet the area and cover it with cornstarch. Once it dries, just brush the cornstarch and the marks away.
5. To Remove Carpet Stains
To remove oil stains from your carpets just sprinkle the area with cornstarch and let it sit for 15 minutes before vacuuming it off.
6. For Crisp Shirts
Add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to 2 cups of water in a spray bottle and spray it on your clothes lightly before ironing for that professional, clean and crisp feeling.
7. To Clean Stuffed Toys
Just put stuffed toys in a plastic bag with cornstarch and shake it before allowing it to sit for 5 minutes. Shake the cornstarch off for fresh, clean toys.
8. To Polish Wood
Mix equal parts cornstarch and water in a spray bottle and spray it on your wooden furniture before wiping it off with a microfiber cloth to a shiny finish!
9. To Remove Smell From Rubber Gloves
Keep cornstarch sprinkled on the inside of gloves to keep them from smelling and slide on and off easily.
10. To Help With Oily Hair
Don’t have time to shampoo your oily hair? Just sprinkle cornstarch on your scalp and brush your hair and see the oil disappear!
11. To Clean Mattresses
Just sprinkle some cornstarch on your mattress before vacuuming it in an hour’s time and you have yourself a fresh and clean mattress. Happy sleeping!
12. To Untangle Knots
You’ll be amazed at how easy it becomes to untangle a stubborn knot with just some cornstarch sprinkled over it.
13. To Deodorize Smelly Shoes
Just sprinkle some cornstarch into the errant shoes and let it sit in them until the next morning. Tap out the cornstarch before wearing the fresh and odor-free shoes.
14. To Help Soothe Sunburns
For relief from sunburn, just apply a paste of cornstarch and water to the affected area and let it dry before rinsing it with warm water.
15. To Deodorize The Carpet
For a fresh and odor-free carpet, just sprinkle cornstarch over your dirty carpet allowing it to sit for 15 minutes before vacuuming it.
16. To Give A Matte Finish To Nail Polish
Just mix cornstarch with your favorite shade of nail polish in a small plate and apply it on your nails for a stunning matte finish!