Starch sprays are one of those things that make ironing a breeze, especially for linen and cotton shirts.
Starch sprays also help give your clothes a clean, crisp and fresh look, nice smell and a firm feel. Starch sprays also makes your clothes more resistant to dirt and stains.
They also help preserve and look after your clothes. Using these sprays when ironing ensures your clothes look fabulous as it helps your clothes be more resistant to wrinkles.
The good news is that you can make homemade ironing sprays, with corn starch that work better than commercial sprays.
Homemade sprays are healthier and are much environmentally friendly. Some commercial sprays contain formaldehyde and other nasty preservatives and chemicals.
The heat of ironing releases these chemicals intro your face. Spray cans have propellants that may damage the ozone layer and be harmful in other ways. The cans themselves are not recyclable.
This article includes a range of fabulous homemade liquid starch recipes that are easy to make.
They use cheap ingredients that are readily available.
There are detailed tips for how to use homemade corn starch sprays for ironing clothes.
There are also guides for how to remove starch that may build-up on your iron.
You can simply add a little corn starch to water in a spray unit and shake vigorously, but the boiling method is far superior and ensures the starch is fully dissolved.
Bring the 4 cups of water to the boil in a saucepan. Mix the cornstarch into a 1/4 cup of cold water. Stir vigorously until all the cornstarch is dissolved in the water. Slowly mix the cornstarch mixture into the boiling water. Remove from the heat, allow to cool and add the lemon juice or essential oil. Using a funnel pour the corn starch mixture into a spray bottle. The lemon juice acts as a preservative, but it should be kept in the fridge and a new batch made ever week of so. Warm the mixture to room temperature before use.
Below are some important tips on how to use homemade corn starch effectively:
Allow the iron to cool down after each use and simply wipe it with a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue on the iron. This will help prevent and build-up.
If a build-up develops on the iron, dampen a clean, soft cloth with little vinegar and apply the hot iron to the dampened cloth. This will clean the surface of the iron. You can also use a little stain-remover on a cold iron, and then rinse off.