Use Corn Starch to Clean

Cornstarch can be used in the home to help clean.
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Clean Grease Stains on Clothing

Apply a pile of cornstarch to a grease stain on a piece of clothing and allow it to sit for 12 hours before washing normally.  The cornstarch will absorb the grease directly from the clothing.

Clean Silver

A paste of 1 part cornstarch to 2 parts water can be used to polish silver.  Be sure to test this in some hidden areas before you use it on all of your silver, but it's an inexpensive way to remove tarnish.

Clean Carpet

Sprinkle corn starch onto carpet. Allow it to sit for 10-20 minutes before vacuuming. This can work as an all-over treatment or be used to treat specific spots on your carpet. Corn starch is especially good at drawing out oily spots on your carpet.

Clean Stuffed Animals

Put stuffed animals in a plastic bag. Sprinkle corn starch onto the animals in the bag. Shake the bag and allow it to sit for 5 minutes before shaking and brushing the animals to remove the corn starch.

Rubber Gloves

To prevent dampness in your rubber gloves and allow them to slide on and off more easily, sprinkle a small amount of cornstarch into each glove.

Cornstarch on Carpet

Cornstarch can absorb odors and freshen carpets.  Sprinkle a little cornstarch over your carpets and allow it to sit for up to 15 minutes before vacuuming thoroughly.

Cornstarch as a Scrubber

Mix 1 part water with 2 parts cornstarch to make a nonabrasive scrubbing cleaner.

  This can be used to scrub bathrooms and other surfaces like cook-tops in the kitchen.

Scrub Pans

Scrub pots and pans with a small sprinkle of cornstarch to really remove stains and burned on foods. It doesn't take a lot to make a big difference with even your messiest pots and pans.

Clean Mattresses

Sprinkle cornstarch onto mattresses.

  Pay special attention to wet areas that need to have the liquid absorbed.  Leave a pile of cornstarch on the surface for up to an hour before vacuuming the corn starch away.

Driveway Stains

Oils and dirt can stain your driveway leaving unsightly blobs all over the surface. These stains can be difficult to remove because they soak deeply into the surface.  Sprinkle the area liberally with cornstarch and allow it to sit for several hours. Vacuum or sweep away the cornstarch to find that it has soaked up the stain from the concrete.

Smelly Shoes

Cornstarch can actually help significantly with smelly shoe odors. Just sprinkle a little cornstarch into the shoes and allow them to sit until the next morning.  Dump out the corn starch the next morning before wearing the shoes. You'll have absorbed wetness and odors. You can also use a vacuum cleaner hose to vacuum the shoes out before wearing them again.