Another Everyday Household Cleaner: Corn Starch

Another Everyday Household Cleaner: Corn Starch

Amber Byfield
Jan 28, 2011

Still have that one box of corn starch you bought for one very specific recipe (homemade thin mint cookies, perhaps?), lingering in the back of your pantry, taking up valuable real estate? It's not an ingredient we turn to often, but now we know what we can do with it between stir fry nights. You guessed it: Clean! Here's how.

While we knew about the myriad uses for baking soda, we weren't aware there were so many for corn starch. From cleaning windows, polishing silver, fighting grease stains on fabric and leather, keeping your ironing nice and crisp (yes, even with powdered starch), and even de-sticky-fying playing cards, corn starch is a pretty good go-to household cleaner. And, given its food-based nature, it's very safe for use in households with kids and pets.

Find out a whole list of uses (and how to use 'em) over at (Oh, and it's also great for making goop, which is unbelievably fun to play with.)

Have you ever cleaned with corn starch?

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