7 Unique Uses for Cornstarch

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7 Uses For Corn Starch

Have you ever seen that box of corn starch in your pantry and wondered what it was good for besides thickening sauces? Well we have 7 Unique Uses For Cornstarch that are sure to surprise you, and come in handy. Not only are they fun and easy, they are budget friendly too! We love finding new ways to use products we already have on hand.


Homemade Play dough: Mix together 2 parts cornstarch to 1 part hair conditioner for the softest play dough you’ll ever find. Add a few drops of food coloring for different shades. Not only is it fun to play with, it softens hands in the meantime.

Remove Ink Stains From Fabric & Carpet: Mix with milk to create a paste. Apply directly to the stain and allow to dry. Brush off, vacuum and wipe down if needed to remove the stain.

Remove Grease & Oil Stains: Some fabrics are difficult to clean due to not being able to get wet. Leather and Suede are easy to clean with a little corn starch on grease & oil stains. Simply dab onto stain and leave for 24 hours. Wipe off and see the stain disappear.

Sunburn Relief: Mix a loose past of Cornstarch and water and apply liberally to burned areas. Not only will it soothe the burn, it is inexpensive and doesn’t contain a lot of chemicals you hate putting on your skin.

Dry Shampoo: For those who want to avoid a full wash every day, but need to tame the oil their scalp produces, brushing corn starch through the roots of your hair is a great option. For a bit of added freshness after you comb this through, add a few drops of essential oils to your hands an lightly brush through to help your hair smell fresh and clean.

Kill Cockroaches: While I haven’t tried this myself, I have seen and heard this works great and is much safer in your home than the harsh chemical sprays and traps. Mix equal parts cornstarch and plaster of paris. Sprinkle along areas under sinks, behind refrigerators or behind your washer and dryer where roaches might be hiding. It kills them easily and is much safer than other alternatives.

Finger Paint: Mix equal parts water and cornstarch and bring to a boil. Cook stirring constantly until desired thickness. Add in drops of food coloring to create color desired. Great quick and cheap paint for kids.

What are your uses for cornstarch?

Michele is a married mom of 3 adult children. She is currently enjoying spending time with her husband in the empty nest. Michele can be found working on a healthy lifestyle, camping or having some frugal fun. Not necessarily in that order!

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    October 25, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    I had no idea you could use it as a dry shampoo, I will have to try that one.

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    Jen Temcio @dapperhouse
    October 26, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    My neighbors had a party last night and we are trying to find ways to remove some stains. I NEVER knew that I could use cornstarch for cleaning! Thanks.

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    Kathleen Bailey
    October 27, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Oh man I REALLY want to try that playdough but I’m made because I’m all out of cornstarch! It sounds so soft!

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    October 27, 2014 at 10:06 am

    We make the playdough like this! Sometimes get a bit carried away with the food coloring but it’s a super fun, cheap way to entertain the kids for sure!

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    December 30, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Used it to powder babies, when out of baby powder.

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