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Cornstarch: Amazing Uses Outside the Kitchen

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles that are interesting to her readers.


Most cooks know that cornstarch can be used in the kitchen. It is used to thicken soups, sauces, gravies, marinades, glazes, casseroles, custards, puddings, and other desserts. It is also used to coat meats. It can be used to make corn syrup and other sugars. You won't see or taste cornstarch in your dishes, but it's one of the best and least expensive thickeners.

Cornstarch and water can replace an egg in many baked items. For an egg substitute, simply add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to 3 tablespoons of water. For that extra crispness of fried chicken, use corn starch to absorb the grease after cooking.

Use cornstarch for extra crispy fried chicken

Use cornstarch for extra crispy fried chicken

Cornstarch can be found in the baking aisle in the grocery store.

If you only use cornstarch in the kitchen, you are limiting its use. Cornstarch has dozens of uses outside of the kitchen.

Use on Diaper Rash

Some mothers use cornstarch on their babies' diaper rash and heat rash. In fact, some baby powders include cornstarch as one of their ingredients.

Use on Sunburn

Make a light paste by adding water to cornstarch. Put the paste on the sunburned spots. After a lukewarm bath, sprinkle cornstarch on your sheets so the cornstarch will minimize friction between your sunburned skin and the fabric of your bedding.

Use on Burns and Blisters

If you get burned, put cornstarch on the area so healing can begin.

If you ever get blisters on your feet, sprinkle cornstarch in your shoes, especially if you are not wearing socks.

Use on Insect Bites and Stings

If you are ever bitten by insects or stung by a bee, make a thick paste with 3 tablespoons of cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of cold water. Gently smear the mixture over the area. Let it dry and keep it on overnight.

Washing a dog

Washing a dog

Detangle Dog's Hair

No matter which type of dog you have, more than likely the hair will get tangled when you wash it. The hair is hard to manage, especially if it is long and curly. If you pull hard on the hair, it could be painful for your dog.

Rub a generous amount of cornstarch into the dog's coat, brush gently from the bottom to the top to detangle the hair.

Make Dry Shampoo

Cornstarch is ideal for you to use between shampoos because it soaks up oil. Mix two parts cornstarch with one part of baking soda. Dab the mixture close to your roots and brush through thoroughly. The dry shampoo will do the job until your next wet shampoo.

Use As a Deodorant

If you ever run out of deodorant, use cornstarch as a substitute. Mix equal amounts of cornstarch and baking soda in your hand. Use an oversized makeup brush or cotton balls to apply to your underarms. This is also a great deodorant for those whose skin is irritated by regular deodorant.


Use Cornstarch As a Cleaner

Cornstarch can be an ideal multipurpose natural cleaner around the house. It can be used to do the following jobs:

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  • to polish silverware
  • to clean pots and pans
  • to clean countertops
  • to polish silverware
  • to get rid of grease stains on clothes
  • to remove carpet stains and odors
  • to refresh mattresses
  • to clean throw pillows
  • to remove oily driveway stains
  • to deodorize smelly shoes

So you see, you can use cornstarch for more than thickening foods and baking in the kitchen. Feel free to try the other uses listed in this article. You will not regret it.

Feel free to add in the comments section if you have a special use for cornstarch.


Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 24, 2021:

Peg, I am glad you learned something new from my article about cornstarch. I love sharing interesting things like that with others. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on February 23, 2021:

Well I learned several new uses for this pantry staple. I've often used it in puddings and gravy but never knew its use on bug bites and sunburns. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 20, 2021:

Peggy, James, DeBorrah, and Liza: Thanks for reading and commenting on my article about cornstarch. Peggy, I will check out your Pinterest board.

As soon as I published this article, "Benefits of Using Baking Soda" popped up in my news feed on Facebook. I'm never without something to write about.

Liza from USA on February 20, 2021:

I always have cornstarch in my kitchen cabinet. Besides cooking, cornstarch does a lot of tricks! Thanks for sharing the article!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans on February 20, 2021:

Wonderful! Thank You for these great creative and helpful tips to use cornstarch.

James C Moore from Joliet, IL on February 20, 2021:

Very useful information. I'll be getting some corn starch soon.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 19, 2021:

I knew some but not nearly all of these tips on how to use cornstarch. Thanks! Will pin this to my Do You Know This? board on Pinterest.

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