Cornstarch Uses - 37 Unique Uses

Cornstarch Uses
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Again this week my family and I have come up with with another long list of uses for a common household product, This week it's cornstarch. Other than the common use, as a thickener for gravies, it can be used on your skin, your hair, as a cleaner and even for some fun projects that will keep the kids entertained. 

As I'm doing this series, there has not been a week that has gone by that I'm not completely amazed at how versatile all of these products are. Despite my amazement I'm a little upset that I didn't know all of this information when I was younger. To think, all of these years I have been paying big money for name brand products when all I had to do was look in my cupboards for a more economical solution. 

Enjoy the list and as always if you have any additional uses I would love to hear them.

Cornstarch Uses

Cornstarch Uses

Cornstarch Uses

Cornstarch Uses

More Modern Uses:
  • Ornaments – to make your own, mix 1 cup cornstarch, 2 cup baking soda and 1 ½ cup water in a large saucepan. Cover and cook over medium heat until the mixture becomes thick. Remove from heat and cover with a damp cloth. When cooled to the touch knead until smooth. Roll out to ¼-inch thick, cut  and place on a baking sheet in a 250 degree oven for 20-30 minutes.  Paint. 
  • Moon Sand – to make your own, mix ½ cup cornstarch and ¾ cup liquid starch over medium heat. Add 1 cup of fine sand and stir. Lay it out flat on a baking sheet and allow it to dry in the sun. 
  • Watercolor Paints – to make your own, mix 1 tablespoon white vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda in a small bowl. When mixture stops foaming add 1 tablespoon cornstarch and ¼ teaspoon glycerin. Add food coloring to tint. 
  • Clay – to make your own, mix 1 cup cornstarch, 2 cups baking soda and 1 ¼ cup water. Knead until well mixed. Related Post: Make your own Garden Stakes.
  • Jewelry Clay – to make your own, mix ½ cup cornstarch, ½ cup salt and ¾ cup flour. Slowly add warm water to create clay. Shape as desired and air dry. Paint.      
  • Face Paint – to make your own, mix 2 parts cornstarch and 1 part vegetable shortening or cold cream. To tint add food coloring. 
  • Finger Paint – to make your own, mix ¼ cup cornstarch and 2 cups water in a sauce pan. Boil until the mixture has the consistency of paint. To tint add food coloring. 
  • Paste – to make your own, mix 3 teaspoons cornstarch and 4 teaspoons cold water. Mix well.
** If, by some small miracle, you worked at Amway in Ada, MI in the 1980;s and were the person my mother loaned the notebook to, please contact me. The notebook is a small (approx 6x9), black leather, 3-ring binder, and contains hand drawn patterns (teddy bear), recipes, and household tips and tricks. It would mean so much to my family to have it back.
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  1. Who would have thought it would have so many uses?? I am going to remember the knot idea next time my daughter ties up something 100's of times!

  2. I had no idea there were so many uses for cornstarch! Thanks for sharing these!

  3. I know! It's crazy how windex gets invented & people forget to tell the next generation...then you end up with us who don't realize windex is made from simple ingredients we already have :)

    1. If you use the wadded up newspaper ads, all black and white, to dip in this mixture to clean and dry windows, they get CRYSTAL clear... like leaded glass! You won't believe the difference...

    2. Can you use on technological screens, ie..TV, computer screens, cell phones, ect.

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  5. Amazing, I oly used Corn starch in cooking, guess that's going to change!

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  7. Thanks for all these uses for cornstarch. I didn't know of lot of them. I've made clay before and it really has a nice soft texture. Thanks for sharing! :-)

  8. Great info on cornstarch. I didn't know that it had so many uses. I am going to have to try the clay for jewelry making. Does it dry really hard?


  9. I used to buy face powder with cornstarch because my skin is very oily. I used cornstarch when I ran out of powder. It works just as well so that's what I use.

  10. wow. Who knew? Thanks for sharing this info.
    I'm stopping by and following along via the linkin' with my ladies hop. ;)

  11. Thanks for the great info! Gotta go find my cornstarch now...

  12. terrific! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

  13. Great ideas......Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick


  14. That is great information. I have always been fasinated by the stuff. Thanks for sharing at The Gathering Spot this week :)

  15. Wonderful information and definitely some I will use like removing wax build up on furniture. Thanks for joining us at Transformed Tuesday.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  16. Who knew? This is wonderful information, I don't usually think about corn starch for anything other than cooking. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas with us at the Pretty Things party this week!

    xo, Tanya

  17. I was happy to see diaper rash as #1. That's what I most remember from when my children were little. A remedy given to me by my mother. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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  19. Thank you for sharing this very informative post on our Busy Bee's (Thursday link party) Thanks so much for joining us and making our party better each week! We really do appreciate you!
    Joye & Myrna
    The Busy Bee's

  20. Fascinating - I am going to clip these ideas - had not thought corn starch had so many uses! Fabulous - I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  21. Wow I have no idea there were so many alternate uses for cornstarch! Definitely going to try this the next time I get a burn.. Since nothing I've found yet helps very much :) Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Wonders. Hope you're enjoying your week so far.


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