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How do you make starch for crisper sheets/laundry?

By Sue from New Zealand

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Can anyone give me a recipe for homemade starch for clothing?

Thanks,
Kim

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This is my grandmothers starch recipe, which I still use. Peel, wash, and grate 2 potatoes. Add boiling water to cover, and let sit overnight. The next morning, strain, pour in spray bottle, and use as normal starch. This recipe must be made fresh. It will only keep about 2 days. (02/19/2005)

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I prefer a mix of starches so I can neutralize some of the acidity. 100% wheat starch will yellow white cottons quite quickly; but rice is a fine finish and can become expensive (comparatively). The dry mix of my recipe is as follows: 2c rice flour, 1 c corn starch (or, corn flour), 1/4 c wheat flour, 1/2 c Borax, and 2 Tbsp Epsom salt. Stir the dry mixture well, use a food processor to make it quick. Measure out 2 quarts of cool water, put all but 2 cups in a saucepan to bring to boil. Mix 1/4 c of the starch mix in the reserved water to create a slurry. When the water in the saucepan boils, stir in the slurry and reduce the heat to medium low. Simmer and stir the mixture constantly to minimize sticking. Keep the mixture moving and between 200 & 215 degrees F for about 20 to 30 minutes. When finished cooking, remove from heat and cool. When it reaches room temperature, stir it and inspect. If the starch solution separates or settles, it hasn't cooked long enough. Return the pan to low heat and gradually increase the temperature to cook longer. When starch is finished and cooled back to room temperature, add 1 tsp fabric softener for fragrance and to reduce iron drag. Decant the solution into a spray bottle for small applications - refrigerate the rest for longer storage. For larger quantities, mix: 1/2 c dry mix to 2 qts water for a heavy solution, 1/2 c dry mix to 4 qts water for a medium solution, and 1/2 c dry mix to 6 qts water for a light solution. The recipe can be scaled up or down from here. (04/18/2005)

By J C Sprowls

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I use potato flour. When the water in the saucepan boils, stir in the potato flour mixed with cold water and reduce the heat to medium low. Simmer and stir the mixture constantly to minimize sticking. Just like making a gravy. (04/23/2007)

By Kasia

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Boil 4 cups of water and add 1/2 cup of flour. This recipe works really good! (10/19/2007)

By happy paeple rock

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I tried elmer's glue diluted with water and it worked great. It also gave my son jeans that crisp look. Mrs.C (11/20/2007)

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I would like to have a recipe for simple laundry starch. It's getting harder and harder to find dry starch in my area.

Terry from Washington, DC


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(Posted on another article by"science teacher") You can make it yourself from the common dry cornstarch found in the baking sections: Yes, you can starch clothing with regular corn starch. In a large bowl or pot, stir 1/2 cup of corn starch into 1 cup of cold water. Stir in boiling water (2 quarts for a heavy solution; 4 quarts for medium and 6 quarts for a light solution). Dip the clothing into the starch solution and let dry. To iron, sprinkle the garments lightly with warm water, roll up and place in a plastic bag until evenly moistened, then iron as usual. (02/22/2009)

By Sally_Admin

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Would anyone have a recipe for making a stiff starch to put on an organdy christening dress, to perk it up. I'd appreciate it. Thank you.

By GrannieRoz from MI


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Years ago when I crocheted doilies, I made what they called sugar starch. It made them stand up in peaks you can make it heavy or mild. You have to try it till you get it right. It's just made with sugar and hot water. If you don't like it you can wash it out. (06/22/2009)

By Margaret

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You can make your own from cornstarch that you probably have in your kitchen pantry. Depending on just how stiff you want the fabric to be, add 1 to 3 tablespoons cornstarch with 2 cups of cold water in a clean spray bottle. Shake well. Spray on fabric and iron as soon as sprayed. (06/23/2009)

By Deeli

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I would like to know how to make liquid starch.

By Katryn from VT


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Buy Argo Corn Starch and mix with water. This link will give your the amounts to make. http://www.ashleys.net/recipes/Starch.htm (08/10/2010)

By Danialle

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