When I ran across this recipe for making homemade liquid starch I was happy because at times when I am quilting I just need to starch! It is also great for those who use an iron to sew clothing!! I laugh at this because , I tell my husband that the iron is just for quilting!!
Not only does using starch make ironing easier, it also gives fabric a flat, crispness that assists in accuracy with piecing and makes your clothing look very neat. Starching your clothes when ironing also helps to preserve your clothes as the dirt sticks to the starch and not the fabric.
This homemade liquid starch recipe is quick, easy and dirt cheap. It’s also safe and non-toxic as opposed to commercial starches that can contain formaldehyde. Also important, if you are making your own, you are saving on commercial packaging and avoiding the deposit to our landfills.
What You’ll Need:
1 Tbs. cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
3 3/4 cup tap water
2-3 drops of fragrant essential oil or lemon juice (optional)
How to Make It:
Bring 3 3/4 cup tap water to a rolling boil.
While waiting for water to boil, mix the tablespoon of cornstarch into cold water. Stir constantly until cornstarch is completely dissolved.
Once water boils, slowly stir in cornstarch mixture.
If using essential oil or lemon juice, add to mixture and continue to stir for one minute.
Remove from heat and let cool.
After cooling add to a one quart spray bottle or more small bottles.
Don't forget to label it!! Natural Liquid Spray Starch
I hope you have a great week!