Little Known Non-Food Uses for Cornstarch

While cornstarch is great helper in the kitchen, it’s uses extend far beyond food. Take a look at some of the household uses you can put it to:

  1. Streak-Free Window Cleaner: make your own window cleaning solution by mixing 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 1/2 cup of ammonia and 1/2 cup white vinegar in a bucket of 3-4 quarts of warm water. Mix this and put the solution in a spray bottle (it should look a bit milky). Spray cornstarch solution on windows, then follow with a warm water rinse. Wipe dry with newspaper or lint-free cloth.
  2. Pest Control: mix together equal parts cornstarch and plaster of Paris to sprinkle into cracks and crevices around the home. If pesky cockroaches are hanging around, they will eat this and die.
  3. Oil Stain Remover: to eliminate stains on leather items like furniture, clothing, briefcases or shoes, apply cornstarch to the oil spot and leave overnight. The next day, you should be able to brush the stain off with a clean cloth.

Take a look at 4 more helpful uses over at 7 Little Known Uses for Cornstarch.