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5 Amazing Household Uses For Cornstarch

Vinegar and baking soda aren’t the only wonder cleaners in your pantry

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Photography: blaber.pl (Main Photo)

Cornstarch is an ingredient found in most households. While we use it mostly for thickening soups and sauces, you should know that it can be very useful for removing stains and odors from different fabrics, too. To help you maximize this magical powder, here are some cleaning hacks you can try: 

1. Remove stains from leather. 

Start by blotting the stain with a clean washcloth to absorb as much oil as possible. Next, rub the stained area briskly with cornstarch to help draw the oil out of the leather. Repeat the process until the stain is gone. 

2. Remove ink stains from fabric. 

Every homemaker knows the trade secret for removing ink stains: a mixture of white vinegar and water. However, if you want to give it a potent boost, try adding cornstarch to form a paste. Allow the fabric to absorb it and lightly scrub the stained area with a soft toothbrush. Wash the garment as you normally would afterwards. 

How-To: Removing Ink Stains

3. Polish silver. 

Before stashing your party silverware back in the box, it is important to clean and polish these pieces to make sure it lasts a lifetime. Get rid of every scratch and stain with a stovetop cleaning routine. 

How-To: Cleaning Silverware

4. Absorb wax stains. 

Begin by scraping off excess wax with a plastic knife or spoon. Next, apply the cornstarch to the wax stain. Allow it to sit for an hour or longer and buff the affected area with a washcloth. Repeat the process until the stain is gone. 

5. Deodorize carpets. 

Did you know that cornstarch can soak up odors, too? Make a paste out of equal parts cornstarch and milk. Apply the paste to any heavily soiled or smelly areas, then allow it to dry. Brush it off with a cleaning brush.  

Main Photo: blaber.pl 

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