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Thread: Question on spray starch made with cornstarch

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    Question on spray starch made with cornstarch

    I used the recipe for 1 1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup fabreze, and 1 tablespoon cornstarch. There is a lot of cornstarch still on bottom even though I have shaken it several times. Did I do something wrong, and what can I do to fix?

    Thanks in advance!

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    You have to boil it.

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    Thank you, will try that.

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    I use a recipe that you boil the water and then whisk in powdered corn starch. It works well but even with a tsp. of vodka in it, it goes stale after about 2 weeks. I have purchased the Bounce ironing spray at Walmart and I am going to see if it compares to the homemade stuff.

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    I still like the Faultless spray can of starch better than anything else. All the others build up on the bottom of my iron and the Faultless doesn't.

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    Years ago before spray starch was invented, you made your starch fresh each time you used it. It didn't keep. you starched everything at once - ironed when you wanted.

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    Never had a problem with good ol' cheapo Sta-Flo liquid. Just dilute it to whatever stiffness you want. Never builds up on my iron or causes any problems. To me it's not worth making your own.
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    starch

    Has anyone everheard that leaving starch in cotton items will result in fiber breakdown (rot) after time passes? My grandmother always said to never leave starch in doilies, especially, when storing them.

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    When DH first went into the army, his uniforms had to be starched so stiff they would almost stand alone. I boiled so much starch and spent so many hours over a hot iron I learned to hate starch and ironing. I now use spray starch and it works just fine for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karenpatrick View Post
    I still like the Faultless spray can of starch better than anything else. All the others build up on the bottom of my iron and the Faultless doesn't.

    Thats the brand I use too, nothing else compares !

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    Most of us wash the quilt when its done, so don't have a problem. Washes out the Elmer's Glue if you've used it, too


    Quote Originally Posted by buick quilter View Post
    Has anyone everheard that leaving starch in cotton items will result in fiber breakdown (rot) after time passes? My grandmother always said to never leave starch in doilies, especially, when storing them.
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    Is the vodka for the fabric or the seamstress??

    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I use a recipe that you boil the water and then whisk in powdered corn starch. It works well but even with a tsp. of vodka in it, it goes stale after about 2 weeks. I have purchased the Bounce ironing spray at Walmart and I am going to see if it compares to the homemade stuff.
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    Hahahah to funny! I'd vote for the seamstress though
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    Is the vodka for the fabric or the seamstress??
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    I don't like starch very much. When I have used it I make sure I store my projects with Bay leaves to keep out the little 'pesties' that the starch attract and store the projects in very large plastic zip bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliKat View Post
    I don't like starch very much. When I have used it I make sure I store my projects with Bay leaves to keep out the little 'pesties' that the starch attract and store the projects in very large plastic zip bags.

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    Bay leaves! Oh I like that, they would smell good too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by buick quilter View Post
    Has anyone everheard that leaving starch in cotton items will result in fiber breakdown (rot) after time passes? My grandmother always said to never leave starch in doilies, especially, when storing them.
    I've not heard that about starch, I've only heard that about bleach. I know that if you store doilies with starch in them, they might attract bugs that will then eat the doilies. Maybe this is what your grandmother meant.

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