25 Reasons You Need More Cornstarch In Your Life (#15 Is The Best!)


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7. Stop Diaper Rash

This is a common problem every parent faces at one time or another. Rather than use risky talcum powder or chemically filled diaper creams, try cornstarch. Cornstarch is completely non-toxic and can be used over and over without any worries. Every time you change a diaper, use an old fashioned ladies’ face puff, and dust your baby’s bottom and the diaper with some cornstarch. You will be amazed at how well this works, and it’s inexpensive too!


8. Protect Your Veggies From Worms

Don’t you hate it when you find your vegetables are growing big and beautiful only to find a few days later that some kind of worm has decided that your veggies are too good to resist? You certainly don’t want to use any type of toxic pesticide, so what can you do? Although diatomaceous earth is fine on the ground, it’s not good for the leaves or the vegetables themselves. Not to worry — cornstarch to the rescue! Simply dust your plants, including the leaves, dirt, and the vegetables themselves, with cornstarch. If it rains, or if you wash it off with the hose, simply dust them again. This is a completely non-toxic way to protect your vegetables from worms. Be sure you wash off your veggies before eating them in case the cornstarch has absorbed anything toxic in the air.


9. Serious Sunburn Relief

If you should overdo your fun in the sun, cornstarch can provide some much needed relief. Mix cornstarch with cold water until you have a thin paste. Apply this to the burned skin and dry. Rinse off with cold water, and then apply a moisturizer. Repeat as often as necessary. You can also dust your sheets and pajamas with cornstarch to stop irritating your skin even more.


10. Give Seedlings A Better Start

Plants that are warm grow better. Give your seedlings a head start in the spring by putting a bit of the following cornstarch mixture into each hole before you plant the seedlings. If you are using seeds, you can also use this method. As the cornstarch mixture breaks down in the soil, it generates heat, which means that your seeds will sprout faster and your seedlings become established quicker. Put four cups of water in a pot and add two tablespoons of cornstarch. Bring to a boil, and cook it until it becomes almost clear and thick. Allow to cool completely before using.


11. Terrific Face Wash For Oily Skin

To really deep clean pores and leave your skin super soft, try this: Make a paste using three tablespoons of cornstarch and some lemon juice. You only want to use enough juice to make a spreadable paste. If it gets too thin, add a pinch more cornstarch. Apply this to your face, and leave on until it is almost dry. Rinse off with lukewarm water.


12. Remove Grease Or Oily Stains From Carpet Or Upholstery

The next time your kids drop something oily on your car’s upholstery or your husband brings in grease from the garage all over your carpet, cornstarch can help you clean up the mess. Sprinkle cornstarch liberally over the stain and rub it in well with a stiff brush. Let this sit for an hour or so to absorb all the grease, then vacuum up the remaining cornstarch. You can repeat this several times if you need to — until all the grease has been picked up and the stain is gone.


13. Treat Minor Household Burns

Minor burns, such as first degree burns you typically get in the kitchen or when you touch a hot iron, can be eased with a simple application of cornstarch. Add one tablespoon of corn starch and one tablespoon of baking soda to two quarts of water. Soak the affected area in this solution for instant relief from pain and inflammation.

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