10 Fantastic Uses for Cornstarch that You Didn’t Know

· November 19, 2017
Thanks to its texture and its properties, cornstarch can be useful for eliminating bad odours from footwear as well as plenty of other handy things. Learn more!

Have you ever heard about all of the amazing uses for cornstarch?

Cornstarch is starch from corn or fine flour, a product that we usually find in the kitchen for making delicious recipes.

However, today we’ll uncover several tricks with cornstarch that can be really useful in your daily life.

Take note of them!

1. Removing grease stains

Removing stains is one of the uses for cornstarch

Cornstarch can be your best friend for removing grease stains from places such as the sofa, a chair, or a rug.

If you’ve got food stains on a chair, take note of the following recipe:


  • 4 tablespoons of cornstarch (32 g)
  • ¼ cup milk (62 ml)


  • Make a paste with the cornstarch and milk.
  • Put it on the stain and leave it overnight.
  • The next day, you’ll notice that the paste has solidified. Remove it.
  • Do the same with ink stains and they’ll disappear!

2. Eliminating odours from footwear

If your shoes give off a bad smell, cornstarch can be the perfect solution. It acts as a classic homemade talcum powder and helps to get rid of fungi and bacteria that causes odours.

  • Just put a little corn-starch into your shoes and leave overnight.
  • The next day, remove it (it helps to use a vacuum cleaner).
  • You’ll notice that the smell has disappeared.

3. Cleaning your glasses

In addition, you’ll find the best glass cleaner in cornstarch.


  • 1 cup of vinegar (250 ml)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)
  • The juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch (16 g)


  • Add all the ingredients together in a spray bottle. Shake well to make sure that everything is well mixed.
  • You only have to apply it to the desired areas and use a damp cloth to clean your glasses.

4. Easier ironing

Ironing is easier with cornstarch

If you’re not very good at ironing, make note of this trick because it’s just for you. A corn starch ironing spray is one of the many uses for cornstarch that your probably didn’t know of.


  • 1 tablespoons of cornstarch (5 g)
  • 2 cups water (500 ml)


  • Make your own starch spray by mixing both ingredients in a spray bottle.
  • Spray it on any clothes that you find difficult to iron and say goodbye to wrinkles in your clothes. It’s a piece of cake!

5. Polishing your cutlery

In addition, corn-starch is highly recommended for polishing silver objects such as cutlery.


  • ¼ cup of water (62 ml)
  • 4 tablespoons of cornstarch (32 g)


  • Make a paste out of the two ingredients.
  • Rub it on the objects which you want to polish and let it dry.
  • Immediately afterwards, remove it with a damp cloth and you’ll notice your cutlery is instantly more shiny.

6. The best product for your furniture

Did you know that cornstarch can also help make your furniture look much newer?


  • 1 cup water (250 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch (8 g)


  • Mix both ingredients, moisten a cloth in the mixture and wipe it over your furniture.
  • Wait a few minutes and then wipe with a dry cloth to bring out a shine.

7. Say goodbye to mould on your books

Remove mould from your books

Moisture build-up in books can result in the appearance of mould, but now you can remove it easily by sprinkling cornstarch on them.

This will absorb the odour and moisture and will fight the mould.

8. Do you have oily skin? Make yourself a face mask!

If you have oily skin, this homemade mask may be perfect for you.



  • Mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with the warm water in a bowl and add your favourite moisturiser.
  • Apply it to your face, leave it for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse with plenty of water.
  • You can do this 2 or 3 times a week.

You will notice your skin is much smoother and it will help you combat acne and pimples.

9. Knots that are impossible to untie

If you have a knot that’s impossible to undo, then cornflour can help you.

To do this, spray a bit of cornstarch on it and you’ll see how you’re able to then untie it without any difficulty. That’s how easy and simple it can be to finally untie that annoying knot!

10. It’s ideal for dry cleaning clothes

Dry cleaning

Finally, this mixture can help you to remove dirt and deodorize clothes without having to go to the dry cleaner’s.

What do you need?

  • 2 cups of cornstarch (240 g)
  • 1 plastic bag


  • Place the garment inside the plastic bag (it’s best if you can seal the bag) and add two cups of cornstarch.
  • Seal the bag and shake it well to make sure that the garment is completely covered.
  • Let it sit overnight. The next day, remove the cornstarch with a vacuum cleaner on a low-power setting.
  • You’ll find that your clothes are now free of dirt.