10 Amazing Uses for Cornstarch

You'll never believe all of the ways you can use this common household ingredient.

10 Amazing Uses for Cornstarch

Athlete's foot, greasy hair and oily carpet stains may seem like unrelated problems with different solutions. But it turns out that a common household ingredient can be used to battle all three issues and many more. Cornstarch, that powder you probably tuck away with other cooking ingredients, can come in handy in a host of health and cleaning situations. Its soothing quality makes it an excellent remedy for skin problems, and its moisture-absorbing power and lack of scent make it a tried-and-true deodorizer. At prices as low as $1 per box, the ingredient also makes a far less expensive alternative to store-bought products. Learn about all the ways you can use cornstarch in your everyday life.

Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo comes in handy when you’re in a rush and don’t have time for a full shower. And while it’s typically sold in stores as a spray, you can create your own using cornstarch. Just mix a quarter cup of cornstarch and two tablespoons of baking soda in a storable container. Sprinkle a small amount in your hair and brush. The solution should remove most of the grease and leave your hair looking clean–all in a fraction of the time it would take you to shower and dry off. (Because cornstarch and baking soda are light in color, this may work best for people with lighter hair.)

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