Lots of households have a container of cornstarch somewhere. But most households don’t get as much use out of that container as they can. Cornstarch is often used as a thickening agent in recipes.
But that’s not all that cornstarch does. There are plenty of uses for cornstarch that have nothing to do with cooking. You can untangle a knot and even make finger paint.
Cornstarch can be your new household helper. There’s so much that it can do. Here are 31 Uses For Cornstarch Outside Of The Kitchen.
1) Soothe Irritated Skin
Got a bad case of sunburn or another type of skin irritation? Mix three tablespoons of cornstarch with some cold water until a paste is formed. Apply the mixture to your skin with a cotton ball and let dry before you rinse with warm water.
2) DIY Soap Scum Remover
Sick of those stubborn soap scum stains? This DIY soap scum remover works great and is inexpensive to make. Just mix some vinegar, cornstarch, and dish soap. Get the full recipe here.
Don’t feel comfortable wearing chemical-filled deodorant? Make your own. Just mix some cornstarch with baking soda and coconut oil. Get the full recipe here.
4) Glass Cleaner
Use cornstarch to make yourself a streak-free glass cleaner. Just mix some with vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Get the details on this recipe here.
5) Soak Up Oil
Don’t let an oil spill ruin that new shirt or tablecloth. Just sprinkle a generous layer of cornstarch over the stain. Keep it there for an hour so the cornstarch can soak up the oil. Launder your item as normal.
6) Diaper Rash Remedy
Corstarch is also used to cure diaper rashes. Instead of using baby powder, some pediatricians recommend cornstarch instead. Just sprinkle as you would baby powder. Always consult your doctor first as cornstarch can affect the respiratory systems of some babies. Learn more here.
7) Bleach Pen
Bleach pens are great for cleaning grout, crafting and more. But you don’t have to buy one. You can make your own with this recipe here.
8) DIY Dry Shampoo
Why spend money on dry shampoo when you can make your own. You can make one for light or dark hair. Get the recipe here.
9) Detangle a Knot
Got a knot you can’t untangle? Sprinkle some cornstarch over the knot and rub it in a little bit. This should provide some lubrication to help you untangle the knot.
10) DIY Athelete’s Foot Powder
Cornstarch can keep your feet dry and will make a great athlete’s foot powder remedy. Mix one cup of cornstarch with 15 drops of tea tree oil. Sprinkle the solution on your feet to heal your athlete’s foot.
11) DIY Face and Fingerpaint
This is an easy recipe. Just boil some cornstarch and water together. Drop in some food coloring and let cool before you use to finger paint. If you want to use this as a face paint just mix cornstarch, vegetable shortening, and some food coloring.
12) Matte Nail Polish
Make your own matte nail polish with cornstarch. Mix some cornstarch into your nail polish and use it to paint your nails right away. It’s best to pour the paint onto a paper plate first then mix with cornstarch.
13) Clean Playing Cards
Are your playing cards sticking together? Shake them in a bag with some cornstarch. It will get rid of the dirt and grease after you wipe them down.
14) Soothe a Bug Bite
Got an itchy bug bite? Mix three tablespoons of cornstarch with cold water to perform a paste. Apply it to the area with a cotton ball.
15) Revive Old Books
Do your old books have a musty smell? Sprinkle the old pages with cornstarch. This will get rid of the dampness and gross smell.
16) Starch Spray
Want to keep your shirts crisp without taking them to the dry cleaner? Just make your own starch spray. you can find the recipe here.
17) Chafing Prevention
Do you chafe when wearing certain clothing in the summer time? Put some cornstarch in the areas where you tend to chafe. This should prevent it.
18) Blush and Bronzer
Don’t spend money on expensive beauty products. Mix cornstarch with hibiscus powder or cinnamon insteadto make a DIY blush or bronzer. Get the recipe here.
19) Improve Grip
Need a better grip? Give the handles of your sports equipment a dusting with cornstarch. This will help you to better grasp it.
20) Get Rid of Scorch Marks
Did you have a little accident with the iron? You can remove scorch marks with cornstarch. Wet the markings with water and cover with cornstarch. Let it dry and then brush everything away.
21) Remove Blood Stains
Make a paste with cornstarch and cold water. Put this on the stain and rub it into your fabric. Let your fabric dry in the sun. Wipe the rest of the cornstarch away.
22) Stop a Squeaking Floor
Are your floor boards squeaking? Pour some cornstarch into the cracks of your floor boards. This will silence those cracks.
23) DIY Lifting Face Mask
This cornstarch face mask will help to firm and tighten your skin. All you need is egg whites and corn starch. Get the full recipe here.
24) DIY Carpet Freshener
Clean and freshen your carpets with cornstarch. Mix it with baking soda and some essential oils. Sprinkle on the carpet, let it sit for a little while, and vacuum up.
25) Litter Box Deodorant
Cornstarch can help to absorb the stinky odors from your cat box. Just mix a little bit into the litter box. It will help keep the area smelling fresh. Be sure to check with your vet first.
26) Homemade Slime
Slime is all the rage with kids now. But don’t go buying any. Make your own with this simple cornstarch recipe.
27) Sidewalk Chalk Paint
Help your kids have some outdoor fun with this cool sidewalk chalk paint. Mix some cornstarch with water and food coloring. You can find the recipe here.
28) DIY Facial Cleaner
Cornstarch can also work as a great oil absorbing facial cleanser. Just mix two tablespoons of cornstarch and glycerin with half a cup of water. Heat this mixture on the stove until it becomes thick. Cool it down and use it to clean your face.
29) Shine Silver
Create a paste from cornstarch and water. Cover your silverware with it and let it sit until it is dry. Wipe the paste away and shine up your silverware.
30. Make A Privacy Window
Create a paste from cornstarch and water to adhere dainty fabric onto a window. This can be used to block out sunlight or simply to add more privacy to a room. Learn how to make your own here.
31) Deodorize Shoes
Are your shoe stinking? Sprinkle some cornstarch in them. It will absorb any odors.