Cornstarch, also known as corn flour in the U.K., works wonders as a thickening agent for some thin soups, sauces, and gravy. But you can also use cornstarch for some remarkable uses at home involving more than just cooking. You can also clean with it, use it in several beauty hacks, and use it for fun activities!
Check out these top 10 uses for cornstarch at home.
Make Fluffier Omelets
Do you like omelets that are light and fluffy? If so, you can use cornstarch to make it happen. Just add a pinch of cornstarch before beating egg whites. Then cook as normal for a delicious, fluffy omelet.
Create a DIY Milk Bath
Take a relaxing milk bath with cornstarch to relieve the stress of a hard day. Milk baths also help soothe and soften your skin. Plus, they smell amazing. Check out this easy-to-create milk bath recipe, which requires 1/2 cup of cornstarch, 2 cups of whole powdered milk, 1/4 cup baking soda, and some drops of an essential oil of your choice.
Remove Grease Stains
Cornstarch can also help remove tough grease stains. First, use a clean cloth to blot the stain. Then cover each side of the stain with cornstarch, leaving it on for 10 minutes as it absorbs the grease. Next, shake the extra cornstarch off into the sink. Finally, use a clean cloth to dab white vinegar on any stain that’s left and wash as normal.
Clean Your Windows
For sparkling clean windows, just add 1/2 cup of cornstarch to your regular window cleaner. This adds an abrasive quality that helps eliminate grime and stains from your windows. For an alternate DIY window cleaner, combine 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, and 2 cups of water. Shake well before spraying it on your window, wiping the window clean with a clean rag.
Polish Your Silver
Need to polish your silver? Using cornstarch on your silver can help make it shine. Just mix equal parts water and cornstarch into a paste. Then lightly scrub your silver to remove tarnish for a stunning shine. Remember to apply the paste with a clean, soft cloth using circular motions before wiping it clean.
Make a Dry Shampoo for Your Dog
Refresh your dog’s hair by applying a homemade dry shampoo. It’ll leave your dog looking clean and smelling good. Mix 1 cup of cornstarch, half a cup of baking soda, and up to 10 drops each of tea tree oil and lavender oil. Shake well, and apply to your dog’s coat.
Remove Blood Stains
Getting blood stains out of fabric can be tough. But you can actually get blood stains out of fabric if you treat it before you put it in the wash. Just mix cornstarch with water to form a thick paste. Rub the paste into the stain, hanging it to dry in the sun. Then brush off the extra paste and wash as normal.
Treat Athlete’s Foot
To treat painful, smelly, and irritating athlete’s foot, try using cornstarch, which helps absorb moisture. Just rub cornstarch across the soles of your feet and between your toes each morning to keep them dry.
Use it on Your Skin
Some people actually use cornstarch on their skin to prevent blemishes. Sometimes, it’s also used to lighten acne scars. To create your own skin treatment solution that includes cornstarch, mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, 1 teaspoon of ground coffee, 1 teaspoon of ground oats, and 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Clean your skin well, and then apply the mask to your face, leaving it to set for about five minutes. Then wash is off.
Mix Your Own Finger Paints
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You can create a fun-filled day for your kids with homemade finger paints using cornstarch. Just mix together cornstarch, water, and some food coloring, and your kids will be ready to paint! Just remember to put some newspaper or other protection under the painting area to keep everything as clean as possible.