From baking to making crafts, cornstarch is a household item you never want to be out of. Cornstarch is a natural byproduct of corn, making it a safe ingredient in home remedies, children's crafts and cleaning products. There are a handful of ways you can use cornstarch at home.
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Cooking With Cornstarch
Use cornstarch in baking and cooking recipes. Cornstarch is gluten-free and does not change the flavor of foods when substituted for flour. It has twice the thickening power of flour and can be used as a gravy and pudding thickener.
Cornstarch is one of the main ingredients in baby powder, due to its ability to heal diaper rash. It also plays a vital role in soothing sunburns, poison ivy and rashes. Mix ¼ cup of cornstarch with 3 tbsp. of water and create a paste to apply to rashes and irritated skin.
Cleaning With Corn Starch
If you need to clean your windows, mix cornstarch with ammonia and white vinegar for a cleaning solution. Dry cornstarch works as a gentle abrasive for cleaning glass, metal and aluminum pots and pans. It can also be mixed with water to produce a paste for polishing silver.
Cornstarch is a safe product for making child-friendly crafts. Children can make homemade clay by mixing cornstarch with water and mixing it until it forms a thick, starchy consistency. It can also be made into edible finger paint by mixing it with a small amount of sugar, water and food coloring.