Laundry starch adds body and stiffness to clothing giving it a crisp, polished look. Laundry sizing is simply a lighter version of starch that aids in making ironing easier. It also adds a bit of body and finish to ironed garments.
It is very simple to make your own for just pennies. All you need is water, cornstarch and a spray bottle. Place two cups of cold water in the spray bottle. Add one tablespoon of cornstarch and shake well until cornstarch is dissolved. If you like a heavier starch for shirt collars and cuffs, just add one teaspoon additional cornstarch to the water until you get the stiffness you desire.
To use your homemade starch, give the bottle a shake before each use. Store in the refrigerator between ironing sessions.
If you have a washer full of table linens or shirts that you plan to iron, add some crispness to the entire batch by adding cornstarch to the rinse cycle. Simply dissolve 2 tablespoons of cornstarch in 1 cup of cold water. Add to the rinse cycle or if you have automatic dispensers, pour the diluted cornstarch into the fabric softener dispenser. Dry clothes as usual but iron them while they are still damp.
Remember to use this method only when all of the laundry in the washer will be ironed.
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