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Thread: Making Spray Starch

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    Super Member bamamama's Avatar
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    I've been making my own spray starch lately and its working out great. Best part is it is virtually free (except for the price of the spray bottle)

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    I am going to keep this article thanks so much.

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    Thanks

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    I mix mine with:
    1/4 cup vodka
    2 cups water
    few drops of Lavender essence

    Vodka is made from potatoes so therefore it is starch.
    I never get any flakeing from this mixture.

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    Interesting. I have this recipe from Mark Lipinski (he was a guest on Simply Quilts). I wonder if the cornstarch in your recipe could be put into this concoction:

    Lavender Linen Water Recipe

    Combine:
    2 cups of distilled water
    2 ounces of cheap vodka
    15 to 20 drops of 100% essential oil of lavender
    (available at health food stores) or another 100% essential oil scent

    Make sure you’re using 100% essential oils! Accept and use no substitutions!

    Add the mixture to your steam iron and enjoy the aroma while you piece. Store the leftover water in the fridge.

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    Cornstarch is alot cheaper than vodka and it works great. The only downside is that you have to make a new batch each week but it is not hard to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamamama
    Cornstarch is alot cheaper than vodka and it works great. The only downside is that you have to make a new batch each week but it is not hard to do.
    Oh but you won't be as "happy" as you will be when using the other! :)

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    Thank you for an easy recipe to make and use.

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    Okay I don't drink so I don't know how cheap is cheap vodka? Smirnoff is the only brand I know. How do you store it? I bought the Sta starch to dilute and it flakes terribly. I had been buying the spray can that doesn't flake. So if you make your own only the vodka version won't flake?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cybrarian
    Okay I don't drink so I don't know how cheap is cheap vodka? Smirnoff is the only brand I know. How do you store it? I bought the Sta starch to dilute and it flakes terribly. I had been buying the spray can that doesn't flake. So if you make your own only the vodka version won't flake?
    It hasn't flaked for me..

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    going to make some! thanks for sharing.

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    It might be a good idea to post complete recipes in this thread. I can just envision me (at a younger age!) mixing up vodka and water, not realizing the recipe needs cornstarch too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    It might be a good idea to post complete recipes in this thread. I can just envision me (at a younger age!) mixing up vodka and water, not realizing the recipe needs cornstarch too!
    I don't think they are adding cornstarch when doing the vodka blends

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    It might be a good idea to post complete recipes in this thread. I can just envision me (at a younger age!) mixing up vodka and water, not realizing the recipe needs cornstarch too!
    Don't put Cornstarch with my recipe...

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    Interesting thread. Thank you for sharing these recipes!

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    I use the vodka, but I also add some liquid starch to the mixture.

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    my recipe is -

    1 cup sta-flo concentrate
    1 cup water
    1 cup of Febreeze any scent will do ( i use lavender )

    Mix well and pour in spray bottle..

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    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    I mix mine with:
    1/4 cup vodka
    2 cups water
    few drops of Lavender essence

    Vodka is made from potatoes so therefore it is starch.
    I never get any flakeing from this mixture.
    wow learn something new every day. I am going to have to try this. It really stiffens the fabric?
    I buy the bottle of sta flo and mix mine like 20 water to 1 startch , I also add lavender to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by damaquilts
    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    I mix mine with:
    1/4 cup vodka
    2 cups water
    few drops of Lavender essence

    Vodka is made from potatoes so therefore it is starch.
    I never get any flakeing from this mixture.
    wow learn something new every day. I am going to have to try this. It really stiffens the fabric?
    I buy the bottle of sta flo and mix mine like 20 water to 1 startch , I also add lavender to it.
    I think it is more like Mary Ellen's rather than making fabric stiff, but maybe that is just me...

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    wow learn something new every day. I am going to have to try this. It really stiffens the fabric?
    I buy the bottle of sta flo and mix mine like 20 water to 1 startch , I also add lavender to it.[/quote]
    I think it is more like Mary Ellen's rather than making fabric stiff, but maybe that is just me...[/quote]

    Thanks for letting me know. That's ok to. I have bought Mary Ellens once. It was so expensive I used it only to iron clothes. I have had the bottle going on 3 years. and there is still a little left in the bottom hehe!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by damaquilts
    wow learn something new every day. I am going to have to try this. It really stiffens the fabric?
    I buy the bottle of sta flo and mix mine like 20 water to 1 startch , I also add lavender to it.
    I think it is more like Mary Ellen's rather than making fabric stiff, but maybe that is just me...[/quote]

    Thanks for letting me know. That's ok to. I have bought Mary Ellens once. It was so expensive I used it only to iron clothes. I have had the bottle going on 3 years. and there is still a little left in the bottom hehe!!![/quote]

    I add 1/3 cup liquid starch and it makes it a little stiffer. Be careful in high humidity areas, because it can attract bugs. I don't worry about it because we are very low humidity.

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    I missed something here. I don't see a recipe posted using cornstarch. Will someone please post it for me? I am sure that if I started spraying quilt fabric with vodka my husband would have me committed!

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    What's the recipe? If you posted it, it didn't come through when I got this.
    Quote Originally Posted by bamamama
    I've been making my own spray starch lately and its working out great. Best part is it is virtually free (except for the price of the spray bottle)

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    Recipe is missing. Will bookmark this and check back later. The ones with vodka is intriguing! I've been buying the Niagara in a spray bottle and really like the finish it gives but free would be better.

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    If you click on Deb's blog link (from the original post)you will get the recipe.

    http://debsquiltsandthings.blogspot.com/

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