Not only is cornstarch great for perfectly ironed clothes and super crispy fried chicken, it is also great at giving beauty products their thick texture. Cornstarch has a slew of interesting facts and uses, let's explore them below!
Photo credit: Congerdesign pixabay.com
*** Disclosure: The statements below have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat cure or prevent any sickness or disease. Please reach out to a medical professional for any medical advice.***
- Cornstarch was invented by Thomas Kingsford and it is said that Colgate and Company were the first US producers of cornstarch all the way back in 1844!
- Until 1851, corn starch was mainly used for industrial uses and for starching laundry.
- In more recent times, cornstarch has several uses. Varying from cosmetic uses, cooking, and even science experiments! Pretty neat!
- As a form of advertising, cornstarch companies in the 1800s would include trading cards. These became very valuable and in high demand. Right around the time, colored ink became available, these companies could really add their own designs and photos to their trading cards, along with recipes and tips that we're already added.
- Cornstarch has many names, alter egos, if you will. Cornstarch is also known as corn flour, maizena, and maize starch!
- One of today's popular uses for cornstarch is for bath bombs! Cornstarch does a great job at holding all of the ingredients together right before you toss it in the bath!
- Cornstarch can also be used for a number of crafts like DIY moonsand, finger paint, ornaments and even play-doh! Making all these DIY's with cornstarch is a great way to have all natural and nontoxic fun!
- It is said to be a cure for sunburns! Yep, you read that right! Mix water and cornstarch into a paste and apply to the sunburned area. Allow to dry and rinse with lukewarm water. Summertime lifesaver!
- Cornstarch is also very handy to have around your home. Cornstarch is great at reducing odors naturally and polishing silverware and wood. To remove odors sprinkle cornstarch into your favorite shoes and leave overnight or fill a small jar up halfway with cornstarch and leave in your bathrooms and closets to absorb any unpleasant odors! For polishing, silverware create a paste with water and cornstarch and rub into silverware. Lastly, for wood polish mix equal parts cornstarch and water into a spray bottle. Lightly spray wood surfaces, wipe away with a cloth and voilà- a beautifully shined wood surface.
- Just like cornstarch thickens beauty products it can also thicken soups and gravies. At your next potluck or even next Thanksgiving, be sure to pull out that cornstarch to give your dish a thick and creamy consistency!
From trading cards to bath bombs, cornstarch has had quite a versatile history. What will you use cornstarch for next? Comment below.