Sta-Flo Liquid Starch is a concentrated product that helps make ironing easier and adds body to fabrics. It is environmentally friendly and can be mixed with water to the level of stiffening you desire for fabrics and crafting.
What's Good about Sta-Flo Liquid Starch
- Environmentally friendly product - no aerosol cans.
- Can be mixed with water to the level of stiffness you desire.
What's Not So Good about Sta-Flo Liquid Starch
- The packaging does not contain post-consumer recycled plastic.
Sta-Flo Liquid Starch
Sta-Flo liquid laundry starch is a long-time product used to provide body and stiffness to natural fibers after washing. Sta-Flo is offered in 32 oz. or 64 oz. bottles in a concentrated form. It is then mixed with water and used in a hand-spray bottle. This offers a more environmentally friendly product than aerosol cans - and per use costs are less expensive.
Laundry starch is made from rice, corn or wheat. The use of starch adds body to fabrics, creates soil resistance and easier soil removal and makes ironing easier. As a natural product, starch works best on 100% cotton and cotton blends.
Sta-Flo Liquid Starch lists ingredients as:
- Corn Starch
- Cyclocarbonxypropyloleic Acid
- Sodium Hydroxide
- Sodium Tetraborate
- Terasodium EDTA
- Castor Oil
- Sodium Hydromethylglycinate
- Sodium Metabisulfate
- Liquitint Blue HP
Sta-Flo Liquid Starch and the Henkel Company
Sta-Flo Liquid Starch is manufactured by Henkel, an international company that produces adhesives, cleaning products and personal care products around the world. Many familiar United States brands - Loctite, Soft Scrub, Dial Soap, Right Guard, Soft 'n Dri - are products of Henkel.
Sta-Flo Starch is a decades old product that was first offered on the market by the A.E. Staley Company (later Staley Continental) based in Decatur, Illinois. The Staley company processed corn to produce cornstarch as a food product. Sta-Flo Starch was a natural product fit as the the original formula was formulated from corn starch. The company's products, Sta-Flo Starch and Sta-Puf Fabric Softener were later sold to Henkel.
As an interesting aside, A.E. Staley founded a company semi-pro football team, the Decatur Staleys, in 1919. The players worked in his factory. In 1920, the team became a charter member of what became the National Football League and in 1921, Staley turned the team over to George Halas. Halas moved the team to Chicago and changed the team name to the Chicago Bears. The team's mascot since 2003 is Staley Da Bear.
Henkel offers a full line of laundry products including Purex liquid laundry detergent, single dose laundry detergents, laundry detergent powder, liquid fabric softeners, dryer sheets and in-wash scent boosters. The products are manufactured by Dial Corporation of Henkel North America based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Other Henkel products are Magic Release, Purex color safe bleach, Zout, 20 Mule Team Borax, all Laundry Detergent, Snuggle Fabric Softener and Scents and Persil Laundry Detergents.
Sta-Flo Liquid Starch Product Review and Laundry Recommendations
I found Sta-Flo to work just as I remembered from my childhood when I did a bit more starching and ironing. If you like the look of professionally ironed shirts from the laundry, starch is an essential.
You can control the finished stiffness of the ironed fabric by how you mix the product with water. For a very crisp finish, mix equal parts water and Sta-Flo Liquid Starch. For just a bit of body and a smoother surface after ironing, mix two parts water to one part starch. The best way to distribute the starch on the fabric is to mix the solution in a spray bottle. When mixed with water, the starch solution is suitable to use for several weeks, just by giving it a shake before spraying.
Sta-Flo Liquid Starch does contain fragrance and dye that may be unsuitable for those with allergies.
In addition to its usefulness as an ironing aid for clothes, Sta-Flo Liquid Starch can be used to create kid's crafts like paint or paper mache paste. One of my favorite ways to use Sta-Flo Liquid Starch is to shape and stiffen crocheted crafts. The handiwork will hold its shape as long as it stays dry.
If you are want to iron like an expert, you should have starch on your laundry room shelf and Sta-Flo Liquid Starch is an excellent choice.
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