When pursuing the natural life, household cleaners and products need to be evaluated. Laundry starch is a terrific way to minimize your ironing efforts. With these TWO all-natural, homemade laundry starch recipes, you can avoid nasty chemicals and still achieve desired results!
“I’m not sure about you, but one of my least favorite chores is ironing. Ironing can be frustrating if, well, the wrinkles don’t come out right away. After doing a huge load of laundry with lots of dress shirts to iron, it occurred to me that maybe this whole ordeal would turn out better if I just used laundry starch.
So how would I make laundry starch?
Homemade Laundry Starch #1
I was already boiling potatoes for the Shepherd’s Pie I was making for dinner, so the first thing I tried was potato water! I reserved the starchy potato water (make sure your potatoes are clean so there isn’t dirt in your water!), let it cool, and then added it to a small spray bottle.
I used the spray bottle to mist the shirts, then ironed on a higher heat. The wrinkles disappeared right away, but I don’t think the water was starchy enough to be effective a holding a stiff edge. I used red potatoes, but I think that using a starchier potato like a gold potato would work better.
Homemade Laundry Starch #2
This second recipe should give you more of a starched edge. I think recipe #2 is great for collars and cuffs, but that #1 is just fine for shirt backs and sleeves and less-fancy things.
1 pint of water
1 tsp non-gmo organic corn starch (buy here)”