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    Quote Originally Posted by ccrow99
    Is there a great advantage to using the liquid over the spray, or is it just the size of the piece to be starched?
    I like it because you can custom mix , and vary the strenght. And its alot cheaper than spray starch in the can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmouse
    I have waterdampened clothes that I left in the fridge too long & it molded.
    I'm confused... you keep damp clothes in the fridge?
    I was curious so I googled. The only thing I found was to keep the clothes moist until you have the time to iron, place them in the refrigerator. It said only up to 24 hours. I even found some people that will put them in the freezer if they can't iron them right away.
    Sorry, I did not make that clear. Yes, it was clothing to be ironed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccrow99
    Is there a great advantage to using the liquid over the spray, or is it just the size of the piece to be starched?
    I don't care for the spray can because there is no way to adjust between a coarse or fine spray.

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    Walmart, bottom shelf. Most grocery stores too, but again, bottom shelf.

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    Wow, I know what you are talking about. I used to use it to starch my doilies when I used to crochet alot. I haven't noticed it in the grocery stores for quite a while although, I haven't really looked either. Good luck in your search.

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    Yep, I know about putting clothing in the fridge after starching. My sister is 10 years older than I am and I used to do her ironing for her when I was a young teenager. She liked me to very slightly dampen her blouses with water, then starch with the liquid starch/water mixed in an old soda bottle with one of those sprinkle stoppers, put them in the fridge for a while, then Iron. They used to turn out really nice and crisp looking.....An old old old fashinged thing, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmouse
    I have waterdampened clothes that I left in the fridge too long & it molded.
    I'm confused... you keep damp clothes in the fridge?
    I was curious so I googled. The only thing I found was to keep the clothes moist until you have the time to iron, place them in the refrigerator. It said only up to 24 hours. I even found some people that will put them in the freezer if they can't iron them right away.
    Sorry, I did not make that clear. Yes, it was clothing to be ironed.

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    I had to laugh when reading all of these post as you all have to be really tall. Because around here since I am short ( just under 5 feet tall) the starch is always on the top shelf. And yes it helps to ask an older woman in the store as they usually know what you are talking about. Yes if you are keeping the fabric for more than a day before ironing you must keep in the fridge to keep it from mildewing or molding and becoming very nasty smelling. If you are going to make up your own starch just remember that you do not have to make up a big batch. Just make up what you think that you will need and if you don't use it all just toss the rest away. I do use the Stay-Flo brand all of the time as I use it to prepare my fabric to cut it with my Cri-Cut machine for applique and for GFG quilt that I am working on right now. Of course everyone is correct in that you do not want to leave it in the fabric for very long as it will attract bugs some that you can see and others that you can't but if you put the fabric in an air tight container this is less likely to happen.

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    You can make your own -- go online for the recipe.

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    Make your own by using 1 Tablespoon of corn startch to 1 pint of cool DISTLLED water. if you use tap water you WILL get mold. I have had a problem since I started using this recipe; I starch my fabric ALOT.

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    I got a great hand spray bottle of starch at Wal Mart. It is a 16 oz spray bottle, not aersol. I think it is Niagara, this is a new product.

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    I buy Sta-Flo in Walmart. I haven't even looked in other stores because I always find it in Walmart ... so far. And I buy Niagara liquid with the sprayer.

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    Please clarify something for me, please.

    I recently washed, starched (with Sta-Flo), & ironed a LOT of fabric, only to discover that I did not like the combination of colors together, so I put most of it back in my stash. I thought the bugs eating starched fabric was a problem only if the starch was home-made. If you know whether the bug problem applies to ALL starched fabric, please tell me and I will re-wash all those again. I'm reluctant to do that because there is a lot of fabric there, but I am even more reluctant to have bugs eat it.

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    I found a recipe for Spray Starch Alternative....no starch in it....is 2 cups distilled water, 2 Tbsp vodka, 8-10 drops Lavender Essential Oil. Put in spray bottle and shake before using. Vodka helps get the wrinkles out of the fabric and gives them a slight crisp feel. I think it also helps mix the oil with the water.

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    I found some at Wal Mart. Stay Flo. I usually mix it 1/2 with water in a spray bottle. that works great and it doe not make the fabric too stiff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmouse

    Plus, if you starch fabric, you can't just store it starched, insects will eat the starch, and damage the fabric. (even if you dont "have" insects, you have insects)...EVERYone has dust mites & the bitty ones... we just cant see them.
    From everything I have read, I live in a climate with such low humidity that we do not have the insects that damage fabric.
    Lucky you! I have to be careful of my temps/humidy in my home. in the South, mold/mildew/insects are a big problem. So these homemade 'organic' starch recipes are not good for us as they attract bugs, both big and small!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TN Gal
    I found a recipe for Spray Starch Alternative....no starch in it....is 2 cups distilled water, 2 Tbsp vodka, 8-10 drops Lavender Essential Oil. Put in spray bottle and shake before using. Vodka helps get the wrinkles out of the fabric and gives them a slight crisp feel. I think it also helps mix the oil with the water.
    Vodka is also a great antiseptic and insect deterrent....they don't like Vodka. I'll have to try this recipe.
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    Even my grocery stores sell it - Stay Flo... plastic bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra
    I have looked and looked for liquid starch and can't find any. When I ask people at the stores about it they look at me blank! The younger clerks will tell me "Starch comes in a spray can." The spray has it's place, but sometimes I want to stabilize a large piece and want to use a liquid. Can someone(s) out there give me a recipe for starch? Or tell me where they get theirs? Thanx.
    I posted a topic here about making your own...http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-158141-1.htm

    be sure to read the posts in this...and you can do a search at the top of this page and find many more topics on starch and how to make/use your own which is really easy and cheaper than buying!

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    Thanks everyone.... I've tried the local target, but.... did I ask an older woman (no she was young), and did I check out the bottom shelf don't remember). We don't have a Walmart, but I will check out different groceries.

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    <--- also sees it at Walmart in the big plastic jug in the same area as the detergents, but on the bottom shelf.

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    for starch, i absolutely use ellens best press, love the scents and doesnt flake like starch does, i also like to use a product called sizing, as it doesnt flake like starch does either. and in the chat room i found out if you use 1 cup of (cheap) vodka and 1 cup of water, its supposed to be starch too, your choice, good luck
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    I've never heard of putting clothes in the refridge. I've never used liquid starch before either. Whats the difference with that and regular spray? Also how do you put liquid spray on what your ironing just use your fingers or paint brush?

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    Google "Sta-flo Liquid Starch." Several stores carry it . I get it a Wal-Mart. A word of advice; be sure you put what you mixed and not used in the fridge. It will sour and mold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliKat
    "I found several recipes on the internet for "homemade starch" - try Google. Corn starch, borax, and water...."

    I seem to remember it also had Vodka with the recipe ... or was that to drink, like making margueritas?

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    You use some and drink some. That way you won't have to rip out anything because you won't care if you make a mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dglvr
    Also how do you put liquid spray on what your ironing just use your fingers or paint brush?
    You can dilute the liquid starch and put it in your own spray bottle. Purchased spray starches are limited in their strength. With Sta-Flo you can mix it 1:1 with water to make a heavy starch (which I paint onto yardage with a large wall painting brush), or dilute it to make a spray starch.

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