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Thread: make your own Heavy Starch

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    Did you know that you can make your own heavy duty spray starch for under .20 cents ?! Here's a simple, do it yourself recipe.

    1/4 c. Corn Starch
    1/2 c. Cold water
    1 qt Boiling Water

    Dissolve the cornstarch in the cold water, stirring well. Pour dissolved starch mix into boiling water, bring to boil, cook 2 minutes over medium heat. Remove from heat, cool. This makes a Heavy Starch, great for laundry or crafts.

    ****If you plan on storing this for any length of time, add 1 Tbs. of Lemon Juice as a preservative. It will prevent spoilage/mold.***

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    Ohhhh jacquie! You rock! I love make-at-home stuff like this! :D

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    Would you mix this 50/50 to put in a spray bottle or use full-strength? Thanks for sharing!

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    Another starch - not heavy
    1Tbs. Elmer's School Glue
    3 C. Warm Water

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ
    Would you mix this 50/50 to put in a spray bottle or use full-strength? Thanks for sharing!
    to use as a spray starch for fabric you are going to cut and sew through this is what I would do...

    the heavy stuff is great to either brush or spray on!

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    I made my own starch this weekend, thanks to all the ladies here. I wanted to starch some yardage and decided I didn't want to spray it. So got a container. mixed up cornstarch and water (cold from the hose!) and dipped my fabrics in, making sure they were well coated. Squeezed them out gently and put on clothes line to drip dry - smoothing them out. I now have starched fabric which needs very little ironing because it dried flat on the line. (Oh - I had previously washed and dried the fabric in the dryer for shrinkage and to get rid of the sizing.)

    Dumped the excess starch on the grass, sprayed out the container, and done!

    The only thing I think I would do different next time is make the starch heavier.

    Am using the fabric very soon, if I can ever stop goofing up on my current project!

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    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!!

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    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...

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    thanks for the recipe!

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    Oh, thank you so much. I can remember when spray starch came in. It was such a blessing, but it is good to have this old recipe also. Love it. :thumbup:

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