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Thread: make your own Heavy Starch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glassquilt
    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Linda
    Quote Originally Posted by Glassquilt
    Another starch - not heavy
    1Tbs. Elmer's School Glue
    3 C. Warm Water
    How do you mix this? The other recipe used boiling water then boiled it.
    mix in a spray bottle and shake to mix each time before using.

    Sorry I didn't answer sooner - lost internet connection Thursday.
    Thanks Glassquilt. Sounds so simple. I'm going to give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    My mom always made laundry starch that way, and while I am not positive, I think she used to add a small piece of something called bluing. It made the whites and colors brighter. She made her own lye soap for laundry too!!
    yes...bluing...I am not sure if we can find that any more..but it sure worked great for the whites...
    I use the bluing in my laundry on all colors. Does not change the colored clothes just makes them appear brighter.
    Bluing is also great in the swiming pool makes for beautiful water and does not turn a person blue while swiming. LOL....although that would be a fun "dirty" trick to play for a pool party however it's not going to happen.

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    We made our own starch. We had so many clothes, we had to. No money. Mother put FLOUR in water and mixed it good, in a huge pan. Put it on the coal stove and boiled it a few minutes. We had to stay with it or it would stick. We had to put it into a sieve and strain it, then dunk a piece into the starch, and run it through the wringer. Onto the clothesline to dry, back into the house to sprinkle and roll up, then iron. Whew! We worked like crazy. We took in washings for money.

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    Interesting but I am not a cook. I find my starch for 99 cents at my local Walmart.
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    I buy Sta-Flo liquid starch at my grocery store in quarts and half gallon bottles. Then I just dilute it with water in a spray bottle. Sometimes 50/50 water/starch and sometimes just straight. Half gallon lasts a long time. It's best if you rinse the sprayer after each session of spraying (like a week or more between times) because it has a tendency to stop up. I don't like the pressurized cans of starch because they always seem to stop spraying when the can is only half empty. I've seen Sta-Flo in WalMart too.

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