5 Unexpected Uses for Cornstarch! (Clean My Space)

Cornstarch is one of those products that
kinda sits in the back of your cupboard. You know, you use it every now and then in
a strange recipe like a tablespoon here, a teaspoon there. You have this huge box
or container of it. What do you do with all of it? As it turns out, there are lots
of interesting household uses, specifically cleaning uses, for
cornstarch. Today we’re going to explore five interesting ways to use cornstarch
around the house. Cornstarch happens to be incredible at absorbing oil and grease
stains on fabric and carpets. As soon as you see a greasy or oily stain, just pour
cornstarch over the area and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. You can even leave
it overnight if you need to. When it’s finished, vacuum it up and scrape away any
of the additional, crusty cornstarch. That’s the stuff with all the oil in it.
Then, if you still notice the stain is there, you can pre-treat it with a little
bit of dish soap or laundry detergent, scrub it with a little cleaning toothbrush
and a bit of water; rinse it; and you’ll see that stain is entirely gone. Looking
to up your window cleaning game? Don’t worry, cornstarch has got your back. Add a
tablespoon into your window and glass cleaner- which, of course, for me is just
water and white vinegar, a 50/50 mix. Shake that up, and then spray it on your
glass, and clean as you normally would. You’ll see that your glass comes out with
a streak-free shine, which is exactly what you want. If you like using wood polish on
your wood furniture, but notice that there’s some extra residue left behind,
there’s a quick fix for that and all it involves is a little bit of cornstarch. To
blot up any of that excess residue, just sprinkle cornstarch over the surface, let
it sit for about 10 minutes, and then wipe it up with a clean cloth and buff
dry. You know when you pick your shirt up from the dry cleaner and it has that
extra-special crispiness, that nice extra touch to it. You want to know what that
secret ingredient is? It’s starch. You can make your own starch spray to use before
ironing by just adding a tablespoon of cornstarch to two cups of cold water in a
spray bottle and shake it up. If you want to have an extra-special scent to it, you
can certainly add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil. Spray your
clothes lightly before ironing for that special, professional-clean feeling. An
added bonus to using cornstarch in your ironing spray solution is that starch will
actually help your clothes last longer. So, assuming you don’t eat like a slob,
you can get more wears out of your garments because the starch will absorb
odors and dirt. Even though I think my cat looks absolutely perfect and frankly, so
does she, there’s something a little extra I can do to help her coat look even
healthier. People who show cats professionally actually sprinkle a little
bit of cornstarch into the coat and then brush it through before they show their
pet. And the reason they do this is because it helps absorb any excess grease;
makes the coat look healthier and fluffier; and, apparently, helps it smell
better too. So, why not give it a try? And those are just five of the great uses for
cornstarch that I wanted to share with you today, but not surprisingly we have a
lot more available on our website, which is cleanmyspace.com. Link will be down
below. This week’s comment question is, “What is your favorite unexpected
household cleaner?” We talked about vinegar, baking soda, salt, lemons. All
kinds of cool things, but I want to know what works best for you. Let me know in
the comments down below. If you’re interested in seeing what I’m up
to during the week, you can find me on Instagram. I’m @melissamaker. The
guy who had to corral the cat with a whole bunch of treats for that shot, he is
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your journey to a cleaner life. Thanks so much for watching and we’ll
see you next time. Well, it’s that special time of the week
where I get to throw you to two other videos I think you’re going to love.
And while we’re on the topic of cleaning with white powders
I thought we could explore a couple of other household staples that you can
clean with, the first one being borax, the second one being salt, so why don’t you
go ahead and check those out. They are super cool. You can also visit our
website. It’s cleanmyspace.com and I’ve got a link down below for
you. See you next time.

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100 thoughts on “5 Unexpected Uses for Cornstarch! (Clean My Space)

  1. I did not see corn starch coming from miles away! And so helpful…I just dumped some coconut oil on a table cloth! Wow! Keep these vids coming!

  2. Melissa, my doggie got sick on the carpet. I used some store bought 'stuff' but even after cleaning carpet there is still a red stain. What do recommend to get this out PLEASE! Thx

  3. Melissa this isn't exactly cleaning, but I'd love a video about combining organizing/storing and decorating… I live in a small apartment and any ways to make it look more organized while looking cozy and welcoming would be much appreciated!

  4. Hi Melissa , wanted to ask you is instead of corn starch can I use corn flour… what's the difference between both ..corn starch and corn flour… just wanted to find out what if corn starch is not available…

  5. Definitely baking soda and alcohol!  The job baking soda did on my flat top stove blew my mind!  I'll never get over it!

  6. Your cat is incredibly cute 🙂 Does anyone know her name? White vinegar is one I've been really getting into 🙂 I'm just getting into creating my own cleaners right now!

  7. I use lighter fluid – the kind I use is called Ronsonol Lighter Fuel. A few drops will remove sticky labels, heel marks from floors, crayon marks from most surfaces, gum from hair or other surfaces, rust from stainless steel, etc… Lighter fluid is flammable so I only use a few drops while wearing gloves in well ventilated areas.

  8. Alcohol. Especially hand sanitizer when I am somewhere & don't have cleaning products…that & some water usually do the trick.

  9. Ever since I came across your channel I have been obsessed with VINEGAR. I have a bowl in my sons room absorbing a special odor right now.

  10. FYI tip for you: You can let your viewers know that cornmeal works as a natural pesticide for those tiny ants. Put a few pinches around areas you see those pesky ants and, they gravitate to it, eat it, take back to the nest, feed the Queen and, they all explode from the cornmeal expanding in their stomachs.

  11. oh and, I put vinegar in the fabric softener drawer of my laundry machine, my regular detergent in the drawer for detergent and, then sprinkle baking soda on top of my clothes before running the machine. Clothes look cleaner and no smells.

  12. I like water and elbow grease. If I use vinegar, it is with water. borax and water, lemon juice and you guessed it, water! needless to add, dawn and water?

  13. Do you have any suggestions on what to use when you don't have a linen closet? And you should do a Q&A video! I want to know how you keep your sink areas dry? I'm always upset when the are around the sink is gross and wet! 🙁

  14. This vid was very interesting!  I will try out all the corn starch tips (since I've had my box of corn starch forever)

  15. The versatile uses for baking soda!!! I never realized how much it can be used til i started watching your videos! You've helped me keep a cleaner home thanks to your tips 🙂 Love your channel <3

  16. Hand sanitizer is a great way to get ink off hard surfaces and even my hands too. I've used it on counter tops, in my car up holder a pen exploded and it took great care of it quickly!

  17. I don't know if you have done a video on this, but how do you clean fans? Box fans, table fans, standing, oscillating fans

  18. I like to use it on my hair as a dry powder shampoo.

    But I was wondering, if you had time that is, if you could do a pet video? Like how often to wash their bowls (dry/wet), how often to wash normal household pet (cats/dogs), how often to clean or throw away their toys? Just things like that. Also maybe, and I know you did a couch cleaning vid, but how to destink a couch when a hound dog gets up and doesn't get off since my father decided after years of never letting a dog on the couch to let the stinky spoiled brat get up there. -_- Then he complains that the couch smells, can't imagine why.

  19. Mint essential oil, dishliquid and water as a wasp repellant and killer! Put it in a spraybottle to eradicate the nest.

  20. Thanks for the video, love your helpful tips! Do you know if potato starch is any different? They mostly buy and use potato starch where I live, so it would be great to use it the way you described.

  21. These are really great tips. I've never heard or any of them. I can't wait to try it on grease stains. Thanks, Melissa. 🙂

  22. Melissa, I loved your tip of using baking soda in the toilet before going to bed. .in the morning, a tiny scrub and it looks like new 🙂 thanks!

  23. I have a Newfoundland residing in my home. He drools on everything. 1/4 cup ammonia and 1 cup water in a spray bottle cuts through the slobber on my glass tables and windows and leave them streak free. Vinegar just doesn't do the trick on saliva.

  24. Bleach is one of my favorite cleaners. It not only kills 100% of germs, it disinfects, whitens a host of items, it is great to pour some down the drain of sinks to help get rid of gnats and also it helps unclog drains in sinks, tubs, and toilets. Just pour in and let set for at least 10 – 15 minutes before washing hands or pouring any water or other fluids down the drain to give it time to really start working on any clogs that are in there.

  25. On three different occasions I have rubbed corn starch into my Cat who has been Skunked!!!! Then I washed him with oily skin face wash!!! Thank goodness it worked at 5:00 a.m. !!!!

  26. Hi i really like your videos as am a cleanning obsessed person lol i spend a hell lots of money on products :/ and its really frustating !! Dont you have a good nice smell "recipe" for cleaning ground at home ??
    Thank you in advance 🙂

  27. Even after 40 years of keeping house I find, Clean My Space so informative. Love your tips on saving money and non toxic ways to keep things in tip top shape:) Thank you

  28. God I have missed you Melissa I took a break form your videos so I could have a clean my space binge!! thank you for the videos you brighten both my day and my house 😀

  29. Great video and help! My windows and mirrors have never looked better after using your recipe. Thanks so MUCH!

  30. I love cornstarch to absorb all the sweat and odor from my armpits and other regions 🌚
    Now I can use it for other things! Thanks

  31. I use Blue original dawn and vinegar great cleaner also vinegar and orange peels or lemon peels put in vinegar for 2 weeks then use ,it’s like the orange glow you buy but you make your own for just pennies a great cleaner.

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