15 smart uses for corn starch

If you don't have a box of corn starch in your pantry, the following list might have you picking some up the next time you're at the store. Here are 15 smart ways to use this versatile product...

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1. Sunburn

A mixture of corn starch and water can help to alleviate pain from sunburn. It also works well on insect bites and stings.

2. Squeaky floors

If your floors are squeaking (especially laminate), it could help to sprinkle some corn starch on the area causing the problem and then sweep it up. The starch fills the tiny cracks and helps prevent the noise.

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3. Finger paint

Corn starch, water, and food coloring mixed together make a great finger paint for little ones. Mix the starch and water together over heat while stirring constantly. Poor the mixture into smaller containers and then add some food coloring. This paint is harmless for your kids and your walls.

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4. Scrambled eggs 

If you mix a little corn starch into your scrambled eggs, they will be especially fluffy and delicious.

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5. Deodorant

Sprinkle some corn starch onto your armpits to prevent moisture and unpleasant smells.

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6. Stain remover

Do you have any stains on your carpet? Put a little corn starch on them and let it sit for 20 minutes. Afterwards, simply vacuum it up.

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7. Stains on leather 

The same goes for leather. If you have stains on your leather furniture or clothing, put some corn starch on the affected areas and leave it overnight. Dab it the next morning with a moist kitchen towel and the stains will be gone.

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8. Soft as a baby's bottom 

A sprinkle of corn starch in your bathwater can have healing effects even for the most sensitive skin.

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9. Oily hair 

If your hair is super greasy and you don't have time to shower, corn starch works well as a dry shampoo. Sprinkle it on your scalp and massage it into your hair. Make sure to brush your hair afterwards. This also works on pets!

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10. Clean windows 

If you add a teaspoon of corn starch into your window washing bucket, your windows will turn out streak-free.

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11. Sauce thickener 

The most well-known use: corn starch is great for thickening things in the kitchen.

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12. Clean your silver

A diluted mix of corn starch and water is a great natural polish for silver.

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13. Musty books 

Old books are great, but musty old books aren't. Sprinkle a little starch on them and let it settle in. A little while later you can shake or brush it out and the smell should be a lot better.

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14. Laundry starch

Mix one tablespoon of corn starch with water over heat. Then add a teaspoon of vinegar and a few drops of essential oil. The mix makes a great laundry freshener.

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15. Bad smells 

Smelly shoes have met their match. Just sprinkle some corn starch into your shoes, empty them the next morning, and the bad smells should be gone. 

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It's always good to learn a few new tricks and this is a great alternative to some of those harsher chemical cleaners. So go on — give corn starch a try!

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