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Thread: Liquid starch

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    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.

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    I've found it at Walmart and Fred Meyers, on the bottom shelf with the laundry detergents. Usually it comes in a plastic gallon jug.

    Maybe look for an older female clerk to ask, also? :)

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

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    Go to top of page & put in liquid starch recipe. There's several that come up & some opinions on which one works best.

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    The only store that sellls it around me is Walmart. It is in the laundry section, in about a 1/2 gal blue plastic jug. Its called Stay Flo starch concentrate. My Walmart "hides" it down on the bottom shelf.

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    yep... most stores hid it on the bottom shelf... I get mine at walmart, grocery store or dollar store

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    I've found it at Walmart too, right by the spray starch.

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    I've found Sta-Flo in most of the grocery stores around here, in with the other laundry supplies. Check the bottom shelf for a blue plastic jug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I've found Sta-Flo in most of the grocery stores around here, in with the other laundry supplies. Check the bottom shelf for a blue plastic jug.
    Me too!

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    you can get liquid starch in a bottle at most WM or you can get the powder and make it up your self. If you do a search on here there are recipes for starch on here.

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    Try a local hardware store, not a big box store.

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    I tried our local Joann's and our box store pharmacy, no luck. Do the homemade recipes with Corn Starch mold after awhile?

    Since I'm slow about getting my projects done to be washed, I'd hate to use a biodegradable product if it's going to degrade before I get the project done! Some of the recipes caution to dispose of the unused starch after a couple of days.

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    Have you checked grocery stores? I wouldn't expect to find it at JoAnn's or in pharmacies.

    The homemade stuff is fine, but only lasts about a week in the frig before it starts getting moldy. Even Sta-Flo, once it is mixed with water, gets moldy eventually. It's really inexpensive, so you just mix up a fresh batch as needed.

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    "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?

    ali

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    I found at local grocery store on bottom shelf.

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    My Walmart doesn't carry it, but my Albertsons does.

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    Walmart, not the neighborhood walmart but the Large stores still carry the liguid starch.

    I do understand this.. I love that starch. Used it for all my white white blouses when working.

    I see it in the special treatment isle.. static free shelf
    Good luck.

    Ell

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    Quote Originally Posted by VickyS
    I tried our local Joann's and our box store pharmacy, no luck. Do the homemade recipes with Corn Starch mold after awhile?

    Since I'm slow about getting my projects done to be washed, I'd hate to use a biodegradable product if it's going to degrade before I get the project done! Some of the recipes caution to dispose of the unused starch after a couple of days.
    * I haven't made homemade. But, I think the borax keeps the container contents from molding. However, I have waterdampened clothes that I left in the fridge too long & it molded. Back when I was a single sick working mom... I think there's enough bacteria on clean clothes to mold if they are damp.

    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.

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    i got mine at walmart. it's probably on a lower shelf

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    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.

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    I found mine at good old Target,next to spray starch.

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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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish
    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.

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    I get mine at Kroger's or Target. It comes in a two quart blue jug with a brand name of Sta-Flo.

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    Is there a great advantage to using the liquid over the spray, or is it just the size of the piece to be starched?

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    I hade a terrible time finding starch when I started looking. And yep there it was in the laundry aisle on the very bottom shelf.. hidden with only one brand. The first clerk I ask looked at me like I was crazy .. she had never heard of it.
    My bottle is almost empty so I am going to make my own from one of the receipes on the board to see if I like it.

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