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I have seen blueing in the laundry aisle of grocery stores. It's in such a small bottle, it's easy to overlook. Inexpensive too.
That's what I use too but I've never boiled it. Does boiling keeps it from separating? Instead of lemon juice, vinegar would probably work too.Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
If you don't have time to iron all your fabric you can put it in a ziploc bagOriginally Posted by sewmary
and put it in the fridge for a day or two or in the freezer for long period.
I've never used the freezer myself but that's what Anita Grossman said in
her article about starch. I like to put my starched fabric overnight in the
fridge regardless of time. It helps distribute the starch more evenly.
Boiling cooks the starch so that it swells - like making gravy. It may still separate a little bit, but usually not much. This actually works better than just using cold starch - usually gives a smoother, stiffer finish and doesn't flake as much. Letting the fabric set for a while will allow the starch to penetrate better. Just remember, bugs like starch so you really shouldn't store fabrics pre-starched unless you know you are going to use them fairly soon.
I use boiling water but I just don't cook it for 2 mins. I suppose cooking it for 2 mins would make it thicker too. No?Originally Posted by e4
Flaking doesn't bother me. It all gets washed afterwards. However, I remove any big lump of cornstarch if I see any.
Thank you so much! I use a lot of starch and what a savings this will be :thumbup:
Blueing is readily available. People who show dogs use it to brighten white markings (as do horse people from what I understand). I don't know anyone who uses it in laundry but I know literally hundreds who use it on their show dogs. LOL!Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
never used laundry bluing for my dog, but used that Silver shampoo from the beauty supply!Originally Posted by MsEithne
Yes, cooking the starch helps the starch granules absorb the liquid and stabilises the solution.Originally Posted by EasyPeezy