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Starching Clothing

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You will need to use starch to get that crisp look to clothing such as dress shirts. This is a guide about starching clothing.


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May 28, 20041 found this helpful

When starching dark clothing, starch the inside instead of the visible side of the clothing. This will prevent any streaking that may occur from being visible.

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June 14, 20160 found this helpful

How do you make starch for crisper sheets and other laundry? Although not as commonly used today, spray starch is still needed for some tasks. This page has advice for about making homemade spray starch.

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December 19, 2008

When I worked, I used starch in many of my clothes. A cheap alternative to the spray cans (which don't last long at all), is to buy some liquid starch. I would mix it in a spray bottle - usually about 1/2 water to 1/2 starch for fairly heavy starch results.


A $3.00 or $4.00 bottle of liquid starch would last literally for years. The clothes looked and smelled really good after an ironing with the starch. With the cans costing $1.00 or more, and only starching one or two shirts, this is a real savings.

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April 29, 2008

I would like to make something out of felt and stiffen it with starch, but I have never tried this before. Could anyone please tell me if the starch would alter the felt drastically or if there is a specific brand that works better? Thanks in advance.


Jane from OH


By Anna (Guest Post)
April 30, 20080 found this helpful

Hi Jane I am just experimenting with this right now - have soaked the felt in a PVA water solution and then placed it on the mould I am using in this case a balloon. This works OK but the felt I made is very fine and when the balloon was let down the felt was not really firm enough to hold the shape. It does dry clear though. This works better with a thicker felt. Now I am trying a sticky rice flour starch to harden fine felt over a glass vase as my mold. Not sure how it will work, Have just been looking at the homemade starch receipes on this site as well.

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By KJ (Guest Post)
May 1, 20080 found this helpful

There's a product called "Stiffy" - I think. I see it often around Halloween, to use on cheese cloth to make stand-up ghosts.


You might check to see if your craft store has some and if this would work for you.

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December 19, 20140 found this helpful

How do I use corn starch to stiffen my clothes?

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December 4, 20170 found this helpful

mix 1 heaping tablespoon of corn starch with 2 cups of warm distilled water. Mix well.

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August 13, 20140 found this helpful

I have been using Merito starch to ease ironing. Yesterday, I used it on my shirt the same way I used it before, but stains were left on my shirt. I have already tried to wash it with water once, but it did not come off. What should I do to get the stains off? Has this happened to anyone before, and is Merito safe to be used on all clothes? Thanks :)


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July 22, 20170 found this helpful

It happened to me so now I make my own starch very cheaply. I bought a small pump sprayer for plants, very cheaply in UK we have Poundland where everything cost £1. This sprayer has a piston to manually pump up the pressure and is great when there is a lot of spraying involved.
Use cornflour and cold water with perhaps a splash of vodka to keep it fresh and shake it all up. I can't give exact amounts but a teaspoon of cornflour would be a good starting point with perhaps half a litre of water. Always shake before you soray - every time. I have had great fun with this starch and it is so cheap!

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