Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Homemade Laundry Starch

Do you, like me, love the crisp feel of freshly starched clothes but hate buying the never ending bottles of spray starch. When I was a child we made our own spray starch. Regular corn starch was dissolved into water and poured into a shaker like the one above. Then the starch and water solution was sprinkled onto the laundry to be ironed.

Here's how it is done.

1 pint cool water
1 tablespoon corn starch

Dissolve corn starch into water and put into a spray bottle. You can use other starches as well, but corn starch is most convenient. Also, the best kind of corn starch is organic starch since it doesn't have the extra chemicals that come with generic corn starch.

I also add a drop or two of essential oil, my favorite is lemongrass to my starch for a light fragrance to my starched laundry.

Regardless of what starch you use, make sure to shake before each use to redissolve the starch. If you don't plan on using it often, make small amounts or refrigerate the unused portion; however, make sure to let the mixture return to room temperature before you use it.

Blessings from The Holler

The Canned Quilter


  1. I'm too lazy to starch things today :o( but this would have been ideal in my young skinny days :o)

  2. I'm afraid I'd starch the creases in. :|
    But thanks so much for the recipe. I didn't know it was that easy to make! :)

  3. Love the sprinkle bottle. Somewhere I have the top to my Mamaws.

  4. Thank you co much for posting this. I have been trying to find a recipe for homemade spray starch for quite some time. I can't wait to try it out this Saturday night! :-)

  5. Would this homemade starch work to make the starched doilie bowls?? THAT would make it so easy and inexpensive.

    1. I am not sure as i have never tried it for that. I starch my crocheted stars and use a mixture of cornstarch, water and Elmer's school glue. It works fine for my stars.

  6. Thanks so much for the recipe, I only starch my crochet doileys and have been looking for a homemade version of this for a while now.

  7. Hi,

    My mother used potato flour and it works well too :))

  8. Worked perfectly. I ran out of store bought starch yesterday and needed a quick fix without running to the store.


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