How to Make Cheap and Easy Spray Starch

by Contributor ; Updated October 17, 2017

Store your homemade spray starch in a plastic bottle.

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Items you will need

  • Large bowl
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Spray bottle

Have crisply pressed shirts and blouses, a knife blade crease in your khakis and cloth napkins that stand at attention on the dinner table, without relying on canned spray starch. Dig through the pantry to create spray starch that you can spritz on your ironing without an aerosol can. Use cornstarch from your pantry to blend your own spray, or make an old-fashioned soak customized for heavy or light starch while you’re at it.

Step 1

Measure 1/2 cup of cornstarch into a large bowl. Add 1 cup of cold water.

Step 2

Stir in boiling water. For heavy starch add 2 quarts of boiling water, for medium starch add 4 quarts and for light spray add 6 quarts. Mix well.

Step 3

Put a funnel in the top of the spray bottle. Pour some of the mixture into a spray bottle. To use spray starch, spray lightly on clothes before ironing. Shake the bottle before each use.

Step 4

Dip clean clothes in the bowl for a more thorough starching and dry as usual. To press, sprinkle lightly with warm water, roll up in a plastic bag until the clothes are moist throughout then iron as usual.

Step 5

Discard mixture in the spray bottle after two weeks. Empty the bottle, wash it out with soap and warm water and fill the bottle with fresh spray starch.

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