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Fabric Starch: How to Make Homemade Starch for Clothes

Interested in making your own fabric starch solution? Check out our homemade starch recipe. Learn how to make liquid starch for clothes and laundry at home.

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I recently received questions about how to make starch. “My husband loves to have his shirts cleaned at the cleaners because he likes to have them heavy starched. Can you please tell me how to make a good starch I can put in the laundry at home? These cleaning bills are killing me.”
I’ve never tried to make my own starch, but here is a recipe that I found. You can also buy spray starches in laundry aisle at supermarket. 

Recipe for 1.5 cups of Laundry Starch 

1 cup cornstarch 

1/2 cup wheat starch 
Mix the starches together and store tightly covered. To use, dissolve 2 teaspoons in 1 cup of water. Apply with a spray bottle or dilute more water and moisten fabrics in a starch bath. 

Another starch question: “Can I make laundry starch from Argo and Kingsford’s corn starch?” 


Yes you can starch clothing with regular corn starch. In a large bowl or pot, stir 1/2 cup of corn starch into 1 cup of cold water. Stir in boiling water (2 quarts for a heavy solution; 4 quarts for medium and 6 quarts for a light solution). Dip the clothing into the starch solution and let dry. To iron, sprinkle the garments lightly with warm water, roll up and place in a plastic bag until evenly moistened, then iron as usual./p>