22 Reasons Why You Need Cornstarch In Your Home

Benefits of corn starch packaging

  • Renewable: Corn starch comes from corn, which is a renewable resource.
  • Biodegradable: Compostable in industrial composting facilities and then reintegrated as an agriculture fertilizer. Hence, it is less likely to pollute the environment.
  • No toxins: Does not contain harmful chemicals (such as polyvinyl chloride or dioxin) associated in conventional plastic.
  • Low carbon production: Much less greenhouse gas emissions produced than conventional plastic production.

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Clean stuffed toys

Frequently used stuffed toys get soiled very quickly with dirt mixed with grease. Machine washing and drying too often can reduce their life. Give them a cornstarch treatment between washes.

Put the stuffed toys in a pillow cover or fine cloth bag with a cup of cornstarch, close the opening, and shake well. Leave it overnight to allow the starch to absorb all the grime. Take the stuffed toys out and remove the residue with a vacuum cleaner.

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Wax on Wood

Who hasn’t—at one time or another—dripped candle wax on their heirloom wooden table or other piece of furniture? Has panic set in? Did you fear the piece would never look the same again?

As long as you have a box of cornstarch in your kitchen, you needn’t ever have such fears again. Begin by removing as much of the wax as possible with a putty knife or blunt instrument. Next, apply the starch to the wax stain. Allow it to sit for an hour or so. Finally, brush the cornstarch away and buff the affected area. Repeat the process as needed until the wax stain is gone.

Make a face wash for oily skin

Make a paste with 3 tablespoons cornstarch and enough freshly squeezed lemon juice to get a spreadable consistency. Apply on the face and leave it on until it is nearly dry. Wash off with plain water. It will remove all the dirt and extra oil from deep inside the skin pores to give your skin a dry and smooth feel.

How to Use Cornstarch as a Thickener

Cornstarch imparts a glossy sheen to the liquids it thickens, so it tends to be used more in sweet sauces and pie fillings than in savory sauces and gravies. Still, it works really well, and it's easy to use:

  1. For each cup of liquid, you want to thicken, start with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in a small bowl. Add an equal amount of cold liquid and stir until smooth paste forms. This is your slurry.
  2. Whisk the slurry into the hot, simmering liquid that you want to thicken. Bring to a boil and simmer until any starchy taste has been cooked away. Don't cook longer, though, as the starch may break down and the liquid will thin out again.

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Clean Books

Books are prone to developing a musty smell when they sit on shelves for long periods of time. Sometimes they even grow mildew. Cornstarch is the perfect cleaner for removing both.

Sprinkle the starch between the pages of any of your affected books. Place the books into a box or paper bag and allow them to remain there overnight. The next day, use a clean, soft brush (a new paintbrush is perfect for this job) to brush away any of the remaining starch. The starch will have absorbed any moisture and killed the mildew.

Additional Uses

Cornstarch’s thickening properties can help you out in other ways, too. Suppose you’re making a stir-fry, and it’s become watery. That often happens when your wok or pan isn’t hot enough. All the liquid from the veggies and meat leaks out, causing the food to steam rather than fry. You could let it reduce, but you’ll just overcook your veggies. Instead, add some cornstarch (again, make sure to make a slurry) and in a moment or two, all that extra liquid will thicken into a flavorful sauce.

Cornstarch can also be used to make a quick gravy sauce if your meat dish needs a little sauce. In that case, use chicken stock for your slurry instead of water. Once the slurry is made, add in any meat drippings or small bits from the pan (anything is better than nothing) and you'll have a tasty, hot sauce for your roast.

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