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Thread: Homemade Spray Starch

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    I go through spraystarch like crazy. It's getting rather expensive. I have googled and found many recipes but some say it needs a preservative or needs to be used within a few days. I would hate to starch my fabric and have it mold. There are lots and lots of smart quilters on this board so I expect that maybe some of you make your own starch. Care to share the recipe? katie

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    OH I would like to know this too!

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    Look what they posted here, not to long ago.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-91248-1.htm

    I haven't tried it yet.

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    I get the half gallon Sta Flo concentrated starch and mix 50/50 in a spray bottle.

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    how interesting

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    it will only go bad in the bottle, not after you've srayed and ironed dry. the concentrate is very economical

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    you can mix 2oz. of vodka to 4 oz of distilled water.. that got alittle expensive also ..i'm goin to try the cornstarch as soon as i run out of vodka.. hope the cornstarch doesn't leave flakes,the vodka doesn't .. a nice sizing..molly

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    One of the things I read, said to boil the water before adding the starch, then cook for a short time to dissolve before adding to bottle. Makes sense to me. I have added it to cold water and later it did get a sour smell. Can refrigerate to prevent this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnmom
    you can mix 2oz. of vodka to 4 oz of distilled water.. that got alittle expensive also ..i'm goin to try the cornstarch as soon as i run out of vodka.. hope the cornstarch doesn't leave flakes,the vodka doesn't .. a nice sizing..molly
    Are you kidding Vodka? Really? Joking?

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    no kidding , drinking vodka, yes,yes...its called sizing not starch, my bad,... it really does a good job,material real nice and crisp..molly

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    I make mine..

    1 c Staflo
    1c Febreeze- I love the Lavender scent
    1c Water..

    mix well.. I have had it for a month at a time in my closet. I use it pretty quick tho, but so far No mold.. I even use a clean glass spaghetti jar for my starch..

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    My great grandmother always made her starch. She never measured, just put a little bit of cornstarch in small pot of water and boiled it. For dipping clothes she made a big pot and reduced it down to the thickness she wanted. It never spoiled as it was made and used the night before ironing day. I grew up with washing day, ironing day, baking day, cleaning day......

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    I have had no probs with homemade spray starch. What does not fit in a spray bottle should be stored in fridge in a warm climate I would suspect. When I make mine I take what won't fit in spray bottle to a group and refill their spray bottle. It is cheap to make. I put a few drops of lavendar oil in.

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    thanks so much, i'm tired of buying and 1/2 thru, it falling on the floor and the sprayer breaking off.

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    Starch now comes in the big non areasol spray bottles. I like Niagara, it has a nice scent and doesn't flake. I find it at Walmart. The bottle is good to reuse if you make your own.

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    I have been using home made starch for years and never had a problem with it on my fabric. If you leave it in the bottle for more than a week or two (depending on heat and humidity) it will go moldy. I make a batch, starch my fabric, make my quilt and then wash it. But I've had "quilts in the making" with starched fabric sit around for a few months and never had a problem with it on the fabric.

    Here's the recipe I use:
    1 cup boiling water
    1 cup room temp water
    anywhere from 1 tsp. to 1 TBLS. corn starch (the more cornstarch you use, the stiffer your fabric will be)

    Put the cornstarch in a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup (or anything similar that can take boiling water).
    Add small amount of cool tap water and stir to dissolve starch.
    Add boiling water and stir for one minute
    Add room temp water and stir thoroughly
    When cool enough, pour into spray bottle.

    Shake often while using and use within a week or two.

    I love this because it's inexpensive, very easy to make, no perfumes or preservatives and it's always on hand since it only has two ingredients we all have on hand. :D

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    If you heat it up, you can add one teaspoon of salt to a qt and let the salt disolve and that will prevent mold just like the vodca does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt
    I make mine..

    1 c Staflo
    1c Febreeze- I love the Lavender scent
    1c Water..

    mix well.. I have had it for a month at a time in my closet. I use it pretty quick tho, but so far No mold.. I even use a clean glass spaghetti jar for my starch..
    This is exactly the recipe I use. Never had any problems. I have been using the same bottle of it for over 2 or 3 months now. I don't use any thing else in mine either.

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    I'm a bit confused. If you starch, then dry your fabric, will it iron the wrinkles out? Or do you need to dry it, then kind of spinkle it with water? Guess I'm being blonde again, but I can't get a mental picture of this process. Someone please explain it again for a dummy

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    I made the vodka mix and it doesn't make the fabric stiff at all. It's no better to me than using water so I probably won't make it again.

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    The vodka mix is working nicely for me, which is good because the ONE brand of spray starch I can find here is crap.

    Anything that needs to be used within a week or two is probably not a good idea for me, LOL.

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    I use this recipe

    2 parts linen water
    1 part liquid starch
    1 part distilled water

    It lasts quite a while and I have never had a problem with mold. I have used this for a long time.

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    old fashioned recipe for spray starch;

    Argo corn starch or other corn starch, you need to experiment with it, that is how stiff you want your starch
    try a couple of tablesoons of cornstarch with a cup of water, stir well, place in a container that will fit your item(a 2' square, for your experiment) let it dry, and you have it.

    this also has been used for the thread crocheted items.

    I am likew you, I hate to buy the starch and doesn't halfway spray or the sprayer itself breks. oh and if you get an old fashioned sprayer, which probably can't find any more, can spray your item and iron it, or just lightly steam your item

    from the link above

    Frebreeze? hmmm, gotta try that!

    12 oz water
    3/4 tablespoon cornstarch
    3 drops lavender essential oil
    Mix well in a measuring cup and pour into a spray bottle.

    All of these are great to try, and I plan to do this afgain, so much cheaper too. and does just as well as the store bought spray kind.

    SusannahG that recipe is the one I think my mom used ! thanks for the info,

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    can I still find that sprayer you put in the bottles? I really haven't looked for one, but would love to find one!

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