I had one of those “why didn’t I think about this before” moments this evening. I’m an ironer, I iron my jeans, my pillowcases, and even my lunch napkins. The thing is, I sometimes, well most of the time, let things pile up and end up doing a lot of ironing at once. I’m also a laundry starch fan, preferably my blue jeans could stand up on their own when I get done ironing them. That means I go through a lot of starch.
I gave up on spray starch years ago and started using liquid starch in a spray bottle. Problem is I’m about as good at remembering to buy a jug of starch as I am at getting the laundry done promptly. Tonight things had come to critical mass and I really needed to get some ironing done, and oh course, I was out of starch. So as any modern girl does I Googled “Homemade Laundry Starch”, and went, “Duh.” I knew laundry starch was nothing but cornstarch and water. So I dug out my much ignored box of starch and made up a batch. It was way too easy. Recipe is below (as if anybody really needed one).
3 cups + 1/4 cup water
1 Tablespoon of cornstarch (it’s way back there in your cabinet, trust me)
A few drops of essential oil
Put the 3 cups of water on to boil. While you are waiting, mix the cornstarch with the remaining 1/4 cup of water. When the water boils, add the cornstarch and stir. Turn off the heat and add the essential oil. Cool and put in a spray bottle.
I used magnolia oil, it smells great. This recipe makes a fairly heavy starch, you can adjust the amount of cornstarch to your preference, or just add more water to the bottle and shake well.
File this under stuff I should have figured out long ago.