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Sometimes there is a need to launder a heavily starched item, removing the starch entirely. This page has tips about cleaning starch from clothing.


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By 1 found this helpful
January 5, 2016

OK, after total frustration and desperation, I put 2 pair of heavily starched jeans in the washer, on warm, added 2 cups of Advanced Finish dishwasher detergent and 2 cups of cider vinegar. I washed them for approximately 30 minutes and added 3 fabric sheets to the rinse. It was a miracle, almost all the starch is gone!

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By 0 found this helpful
March 6, 2010

How do you get starch out of blue jeans that have been starched so stiff they can stand up by themselves? They've been through the wash at least three times and they are still stiff. The jeans were from my husband's nephew, who likes them starched that much.

By cj from Rural NM


March 7, 20100 found this helpful
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Wow! Have you used hot, hot water? Like adding a big pan of boiling water along with your regular hot water.


Try adding 3 or 4 cans of Coca-Cola to the wash along with your laundry soap. I don't know if this will work, but one can of regular "classic" Coca-Cola (not the sugarless kind) removes nicotine, & other nasty smoke odors. I'm wondering if it's that strong, maybe it will remove the starch???

Go to the supermarket or Walmart & read the back of the liquid starch bottle. Maybe they have directions for removing it!?

If Vinegar doesn't work, try adding half a box of baking soda to your wash cycle (because Baking Soda is the opposite of Vinegar) & works like a water softener. Hey! Come to think of it, maybe a water softener (like Calgon) might help!?

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December 18, 20140 found this helpful

I sewed a ladies' jacket and used spray starch. Is there a way to get the starch removed without washing? Please help, thanks!

By E W from Saskatchewan, Canada


December 4, 20170 found this helpful

You either have to wash it out or it will eventually wear out. To wear it out, you might try putting it in a tumble dryer on no heat.

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December 5, 20170 found this helpful

You could try misting it with water to break down the starch.

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June 10, 20190 found this helpful

If you are using spray starch, always start with a clean iron to avoid burn marks. If you manage to get burnt marks on your clothing, try scrubbing it out with an abrasive detergent or baking soda.

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