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

 

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20. Use Cornstarch Rather than Talcum Powder

If you live in an area where it gets humid in the summer months, or if you plan on taking a vacation to a tropical place, your body can quickly get that uncomfortable, sticky feeling. Talcum powder, however, has an unsavory reputation and many people find that the mineral in it makes their skin itchy. You can avoid all these problems by using cornstarch instead. Put some in an old talcum powder container and use it the same way you would talcum powder to stay dry whenever you find yourself in a sticky situation.

 

21. Make Your Own Fabric Starch

If you would like to make your own non-toxic fabric starch, put 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of corn starch in a pot. Bring to a boil and stir frequently until the mixture begins to thicken. Now add three cups of water to make it thin and allow it to cool. Strain into a bucket. You can dip your tablecloths or napkins in this mixture after washing. Wring them out the excess gently and hang to dry. If you want really crisp linens, iron them while they are still damp. If you want you can also use this as a spray on starch. Put this mixture in a spray bottle and spritz the inside of clothes just before you iron them.

 

22. Get Sticky Stuff Off Fido’s Coat

Dogs just love to roll around in stuff, don’t they? The problem is that those sticky things can be really hard to remove, even in a bath. Next time Fido decides to get himself sticky, sprinkle the area (or the whole dog if you need to) with cornstarch. It’s okay if he licks it off — it won’t hurt him. Allow it to sit for just a minute, and then brush it out. Repeat if necessary. This also works well getting rid of that wet-dog smell. Towel dry Fido until he is just damp, and then sprinkle some cornstarch all over. All it to absorb odors for a few minutes, and then brush it out.

 

23. Clean Stuffed Animals And Dolls

Stuffed animals and fabric dolls can quickly become dirty and greasy when they get too much love from your child. Machine washing can quickly cut their life short. Lengthen the time between washings by giving them a quick cornstarch bath. This will absorb dirt, oil, and freshen them up in a heartbeat. Put the toys in a pillow case along with a cup of cornstarch. Close tightly and shake well. Allow to sit overnight, then shake one more time. Remove the toys and vacuum well or shake them outdoors to remove excess cornstarch.
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24. Give Your Cat A Dry Bath

Most cats really hate water and giving young kittens a bath can even be dangerous. You can kill fleas, remove bad odors, and give kitty a dry bath by using the following mixture.

Mix half a cup of cornstarch, a teaspoon of baking soda, and a half a cup of oatmeal in a bowl. Cover your cat’s eyes and pour this mixture over his body, rubbing it into his fur really well. Allow it to sit for 30 to 40 minutes, then brush it out or use a vacuum to clean kitty, if he doesn’t mind. To kill fleas, repeat every week for six weeks. If you like, you can even add three or four drops of lavender essential oil or some other sweet-smelling oil to the mixture, so Fluffy will smell as sweet as can be.

 

25. Deodorize Stinky Shoes And Feet

You might think that smelly shoes and feet belong only to athletes and young men, but many people suffer from this due to synthetic shoe materials that do not breathe. This allows bacteria to grow inside our sweaty shoes and socks, causing stinky shoes and smelly toes. To help stop this problem, sprinkle the inside of your shoes liberally with cornstarch as soon as you take them off to help absorb odors and moisture. Shake out any excess cornstarch in the morning before you put on your shoes. You can also sprinkle your toes and feet with a bit of cornstarch before you put on your socks to help absorb moisture.

 

References:

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