I have to brag on the “hubster” for a minute today…I actually probably don’t do that nearly enough on here. :-) He’s a pretty terrific guy and puts up with a LOT being married to me! Although we’ve definitely been through our ups and downs over the years…there’s no one else I would want to ride it out with than him. Especially since he does all his own IRONING! Yep, that’s what I’m braggin’ on today!
Ever since we first got married he has ironed all his own clothes (that needed it)…and he does a great job! It took him awhile when he first took on the task, but now he’s got it down to a science (despite the fact that he irons on the “wrong” side of the ironing board…OK…I guess being a leftie I’M technically the one who does that…or am I? hmmmmmm)
He even uses SPRAY STARCH to get his white shirts particularly crisp and sharp looking. As a matter of fact, one Sunday after a church an elderly lady approached me and said, “I’m so impressed with how nice your husbands shirts always look!” To which I smiled and responded, “Why thank you!” :-) LOL. See, I told you he puts up with a lot! ;-)
Since I’m always interested in homemade versions of products we normally buy, one day I decided to look into whether I could make a “laundry spray starch” that would work as well as the hubster’s trusty brand he’s been using for years. What I discovered was that not only is it RIDICULOUSLY EASY to make your own spray starch, it works every bit as good! I LOVE when that happens!
Here’s how it’s made:
Homemade Spray Starch
1 heaping tablespoon corn starch
1 pint water (if you have hard water you might want to use distilled water.)
1-2 drops essential oil (optional)
1. Fill a pint mason jar with water (or you can use a bowl, just measure one pint of water into it), add the cornstarch.
2. Put the lid on the jar, and shake it until the cornstarch is completely dissolved. (The mixture will be a milky color.)
3. Add in a couple drops of essential oil for fragrance (lavender or lemon would be nice!), if desired, then transfer to a spray bottle, and use. For best results, shake before each use, and remember a little goes a LONG way, so use sparingly.
Did you know?
- Commercially-produced spray starch usually contains formaldehyde.
- Starching clothes actually makes them last longer because dirt and perspiration sticks to the starch and not to the fabric.
I decided to try it out first on the cloth napkins I’d just made (see yesterday’s post) before I sprayed it all over one of the hubster’s white dress shirts. I was actually blown away at how well it worked. I only needed one light coat for the napkins and they were good to go! (For the shirts I ended up using two or three coats to give them a good starched look and feel.)
I kind of hate to think about how much money we’ve spent on this stuff over the years. But live and learn! We have definitely bought our last can of it!
Do you buy spray starch? Are you kicking yourself right now like I am? :-)