7 Money Saving Cornstarch Cleaning Hacks for a Spotless Home

by Theartge
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If you're looking for an affordable and non-toxic way to keep your home clean and fresh, look no further than your pantry! Cornstarch, a common kitchen ingredient, can be used in many surprising ways to keep your home looking and smelling great.

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In this article, we'll share 7 money-saving home tips for cleaning with cornstarch that will save you time and money, and leave your home sparkling clean.

Scrubbing a greasy pan with cornstarch and a sponge

1. Scrub pans

You can use cornstarch as an effective and natural cleaning agent to clean a greasy pan or surface.

Simply sprinkle a small amount of cornstarch onto the greasy area and scrub it around, spreading it evenly across the surface. Once the cornstarch has been applied, you can rinse it off with water to reveal a clean and grease-free pan.

Cornstarch is particularly effective for cleaning greasy areas because it is a natural absorbent of both oil and fat. This means that it can easily break down and remove the build-up of grease on your pans or surfaces without the use of harsh chemicals.

Polishing a silver fork with a cloth dipped in a cornstarch and water solution

2. Polish silver

Cornstarch can be a great option if you're looking for an easy and affordable solution for cleaning silver, like jewelry or utensils.

To use cornstarch for silver cleaning, simply mix a small amount of cornstarch with water, being careful not to create a paste. Then, take a cleaning object, such as a microfiber cloth you don't mind using for this purpose, and scrub the mixture onto the silver. This will help remove the tarnish and restore the shine to your silver items.

Cleaning a stovetop with cornstarch

3. Stovetop cleaning

If you're wondering how to clean grease with cornstarch on your stovetop, then this tip is for you. Simply sprinkle a small amount of it onto your burner and let it sit for a few minutes. The cornstarch will absorb the grease, making it easier to remove.

After a few minutes, use a cloth or sponge to scrub away the scorch marks and grime. You'll find that the cornstarch cuts through the grease, making it easier to remove.

Rubbing a cornstarch paste onto an oily stain on fabric

4. Stain removal

Let's move on to another great cornstarch cleaning tip: using cornstarch for oil stains and grease stains.

To begin, mix a small amount of cornstarch with water in a container to form a paste. This paste will be quite thick and dense. Next, apply the cornstarch paste to the affected area of the fabric, rubbing it in thoroughly. Leave the paste on the fabric until it dries completely, which may take some time.

Once the paste has dried, use a fork or knife to gently scrape it away from the fabric, removing any stains or greasy marks along with it.

Sprinkling cornstarch into a sneaker

5. Deodorize shoes

Another natural cleaning tip with cornstarch is to use it for odor control. If you are dealing with stinky shoes, cornstarch can be a lifesaver.

To get rid of unpleasant shoe odors, simply take a pinch of cornstarch and sprinkle it inside each shoe. Shake the shoe around to distribute the cornstarch, then let it sit for a while. The cornstarch will absorb any moisture and odor inside the shoe, leaving them smelling fresh and clean.

Sprinkling cornstarch into the pages of a musty book

6. Refresh books

To freshen up a musty book, consider cleaning it with cornstarch. Open up the book and sprinkle a small amount of cornstarch evenly throughout the pages. As you flip through the pages, the cornstarch will help absorb any unpleasant smells.

After you've finished, shake out any excess cornstarch. One of the benefits of using cornstarch is that it won't leave any residue or marks behind since it doesn't contain any grease. This natural cleaning tip can help give new life to your favorite books.

Spray bottle filled with a vinegar and cornstarch solution for cleaning windows

7. Cornstarch for Window cleaning

Get your windows streak-free with this DIY cornstarch cleaning solution!

Start by adding a tablespoon of cornstarch to a cup. Next, add some white distilled vinegar. Carefully pour the mixture into a spray bottle, over the sink to avoid spills. Screw the top on and now you have a cornstarch window cleaner.

When cleaning windows, spray the mixture onto the glass and use a cloth to wipe away dirt and grime, including built-up grease. This natural cleaning tip with cornstarch is an affordable and eco-friendly alternative to commercial window cleaners.

Save money with cornstarch

More Cleaning Hacks

A guide to cleaning with cornstarch

Cornstarch is a cheap and effective, non-toxic cleaning product that can be used in many different ways to keep your home clean and fresh. Whether you're looking to scrub pans, polish silver, or remove stains, cornstarch is a natural and powerful solution.

So the next time you're at the grocery store, pick up a box and save money with cornstarch, your wallet and home will thank you!

Have you tried any of these cornstarch cleaning hacks? Do you have any other tips for using cornstarch in your home? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Holly Wildey Holly Wildey on Jun 02, 2023

    Will this work on soap scum in the shower?

  • Nin65783069 Nin65783069 on Jun 02, 2023

    Any Water in with the Corn Starch and Vinegar?

  • Sam71827965 Sam71827965 on Jun 03, 2023

    Will try some of the projects.

    Has anyone ever tried sprinkling in their auto to removeoders?

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