Natural remedies are especially recommended for families with young children and allergies. But everything must be approached wisely: it is better to buy a factory-made organic laundry detergent or dishwashing detergent than to experiment on your clothes and wash the pans with soda for hours. But in other areas of the household, it is quite possible to do with improvised means.
Remember the main assistants in the house:
- Salt cleans and disinfects.
- Soda cleans, disinfects, removes odors.
- Fresh lemon Refreshes, cleanses, removes stains and degreases.
- Essential oils lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus and citrus fruits refresh and disinfect.
- Vinegar degreases surfaces, dissolves mineral deposits, kills fungi and mold, destroys up to 99% of bacteria.
The insect spray will replace the natural repellent - citronella essential oil (you can buy it at the pharmacy). This bright pleasant aroma, similar to citrus fruits, effectively scares off almost all insects. Citronella will help eliminate harsh kitchen odors and even get rid of tobacco smoke. Using oil is simple: add 3-5 drops per aroma lamp based on every 15 square meters of the room.
Homemade softener is recommended for people with sensitive skin. The recipe is simple and almost free: 1 cup of drinking soda, 1 and 1/4 cup of warm water, 8 cups of 9% vinegar and your favorite essential oils.
Combine vinegar and water, and then stir in and add soda. Wait until the end of the reaction (and it can be stormy, so take the dishes higher for cooking) and pour the finished mixture into the bottle. Add 1/3 teaspoon of any essential oil to your taste. Shake the mixture before each use and add 1/2 to 1 cup when washing at the beginning of the rinse cycle.
Spray for smoothing creases on clothes
A wrinkle smoothing spray will help you out if your clothes are wrinkled slightly in a closet or suitcase. This is an indispensable tool for travelers and housewives. Instead of a factory spray, you can make a home-made analogue from improvised components: pour and mix 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup water and 3 tablespoons of liquid fabric conditioner in a spray bottle. Hang the clothes on a hanger and spray the liquid at a distance of 20 cm to make the fabric slightly damp. Then straighten the folds and let the clothes dry.
Tip. You can make a starch spray yourself. To do this, you will need corn starch and distilled water (1 tbsp. Starch per 1 tbsp. Water), as well as a spray bottle. Shake the bottle vigorously before each use.
This is the traditional way of starches. First you need to determine the optimal concentration of starch, depending on the type of your tissue.
For things made of light fabrics, for example, cambric, muslin, chiffon, a soft method is used to starch baby clothes. Proportions: in 1 liter of water, a teaspoon of starch powder is diluted.
For starching shirts, napkins, tablecloths, the concentration is increased to medium: a tablespoon full of starch per liter of water.
For cuffs, fluffy petticoats, collars use the maximum concentration - you need to dilute in a liter 2-3 tablespoons of starch powder.
Starch solution recipe: Starch is poured into a container, poured with a small amount of cool water, stirred until completely homogeneous so that there are no lumps. Then slowly, in a thin stream, pour into boiling water, stirring constantly. Ready solution should be transparent. If the mixture turned cloudy, it needs to be boiled for some more time.
If the material you are going to starch is colored or with a pattern, the solution should have a temperature not higher than room temperature - otherwise the product will fade.
In order to make it easier to iron after starching things, ordinary milk is added to the starch solution - 2 teaspoons per 1 liter of water. For white things, there is also a little trick: a drop of blue added to starch will return its former whiteness.
What things can not be starch?
- underwear, because starch makes things practically airtight and non-hygroscopic. Doctors go a little further and recommend that you never starch bedding.
- things of dark shades, otherwise whitish starch stains will ruin them.
- synthetic fiber things
If your material is on the “forbidden” list, but it still needs to be stiffened, there are several ways that will help you achieve your goal, but you can't call them sparing.
Cook sugar syrup, remembering to stir constantly. Dip the product into the syrup, let it lie down a little, then squeeze it and give it the desired shape. If water gets in, the effect will disappear.
Soak one tablespoon of gelatin in cold water. After swelling, bring the volume of water to 200-250 grams and heat. When the gelatin has completely dissolved, the solution is ready for use.
If you are used to using corn starch only in the kitchen, you will have a surprise: you can also make a lot of inedible, but extremely useful things from it - at least dry shampoo, at least a glass cleaner.
“There are hundreds of appetizing grains in these yellow pyramids.” Guess what we are talking about? The answer to the riddle is corn. But today we will talk about its derivative - starch. It is often used in cooking: it perfectly replaces the usual potato starch and is suitable for the preparation of many dishes - from sauces to puddings. But did you know that this amazing product can be used outside the kitchen? Before you are 12 original recipes - these useful products you can cook at home with your own hands from corn starch.
Liquid starch spray for fabric
Almost all purchased aerosols, including starch sprays, contain substances that can hardly be called safe for humans - we are talking about butane and other controversial chemical elements. Fortunately, you can always prepare alternative remedies from what is at hand. For example, a mixture with corn starch, which for a long time will give the desired shape to clothing and linen. And most importantly: it can be used without fear on children's and black things - no harm to the skin, or white stripes.
Elementary Spray Recipe:
- Mix 2 ½ cups of tap water with 1 ½ tablespoon of corn starch in a saucepan (make sure there are no lumps left).
- Put the mixture on fire, bring to a boil, leave for a minute, and then cool to room temperature.
- Pour the resulting product from water and corn starch into a spray bottle and shake the container to mix well.
Voila: the spray is ready. The mixture does not have to be used on the same day - leave it in storage in a place protected from sunlight.
Soap and limescale cleaner
How do you like the idea of preparing a cleaner, after which the bathroom will literally shine, while the miracle cleaner will cost a mere penny? For this, in addition to corn starch (1 tablespoon), you will need white vinegar (1 cup) and any dishwashing detergent (2 tablespoons).
- Place vinegar and corn starch in a glass bowl, mix thoroughly - the mixture should become homogeneous and thicken. Do not exceed the recommended doses, otherwise the future solution will turn out to be too thick.
- Put the mixture in the microwave for 2 minutes.
- Take a spray bottle, pour dishwashing liquid into it.
- Remove the mixture from the microwave, mix thoroughly several times. In the process of cooking, it can bubble - there is nothing to worry about.
- Pour the mixture of vinegar and corn starch into a spray bottle, shake.
The finished product should be applied to the stains, left for 30-60 minutes, and then wiped with a wet rag.
Bronzer for face and body
Corn starch is suitable not only for food, but also for the creation of decorative cosmetics. Instead of expensive makeup products, prepare your own, which, by the way, will be much more useful and safer than store counterparts, such as a bronzer. The recipe, as always, is very simple:
- Take 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon and 3 tablespoons of corn starch.
- Mix these ingredients in a bowl, adjusting the proportions depending on how dark the tone you want to get in the end.
- Add a few drops of essential oil (such as lavender or rose), mix thoroughly.
- Place the mixture in a clean small jar with a lid and a wide neck.
Apply a thin layer of bronzer to your forehead, nose, chin and cheeks for a beautiful glow. Bonus: Corn starch absorbs grease from the skin and removes shine even on summer days.
Aerosols with starch improve the glide of the iron on the fabric, give freshness and smoothness to linen and clothes, making them more resistant to contamination. The natural counterpart is simple: mix 1 cup of water and 2 teaspoons of corn starch in a spray bottle. Shake the mixture well and spray onto linen from a distance of 20–25 cm. Use with caution on dark and black fabrics.
Mix 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup salt and 1/4 cup tartar. Measure out a quarter cup of mixed powder and pour into a clogged drain. Pour two glasses of boiling water and let stand for about an hour, and then let the tap water run. A safe pipe cleaner works through tartar - it is white powder, which is obtained from the natural fruit acid of grape juice and is widely used both in industry and in cooking. This powder can be purchased at any supermarket in the food section.
Disinfection and aromatization tablets
Natural remedies can even cope with toilet disinfection. We will need: 1 and 1/3 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup citric acid, 30 drops of lavender essential oil, 30 drops of peppermint essential oil, 30 drops of lemon essential oil. You can change the aromatic oils, but make sure that they have stable odors and antibacterial action.
Mix all the components, and then carefully add water from the spray gun to make the mixture slightly moist - you need to achieve a consistency suitable for sculpting. Then place the mixture in ice molds and let dry for 6 hours. After drying, put the pieces in storage in a container with a lid. The finished tablet can simply be thrown into the toilet, or can be put in the drain tank. The result is a clean toilet and fragrant air in the toilet room.
Do you want to clean glass and mirrors from the most persistent stains (even from old toothpaste)? Look for the corn! An excellent cleaning product is prepared using alcohol or vodka (2 tbsp. Tablespoons). You also can not do without white vinegar (2 tablespoons), corn starch (1 tablespoon) and 1 ½ cup water. Place all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well.
Shake the mixture before each use. Use a newspaper or terry cloth to clean the glass. Wipe the dirty area until the glass is clean.
A corn mask with a lifting effect acts instantly - after it the skin looks stronger and younger. And it costs a lot cheaper than store alternatives. You will need corn starch and two egg whites:
- Put the squirrels in a bowl and beat them.
- Continuing to work with a whisk, slowly introduce ¼ teaspoon of corn starch until the mixture is white and uniform.
- Apply the mask on the face, leave for 20 minutes.
- Rinse with cool water.
Foot fungus remedy
Foot fungus is an extremely unpleasant disease, in which it is necessary to exclude the appearance of moisture on the infected surface. Corn starch does an excellent job of this. An effective and efficient powder is quickly prepared at home, while it can be stored in a glass jar and applied every time after a shower / change of socks.
In a glass jar, mix 1 cup cornstarch with 15 drops of tea tree oil, which is a powerful antifungal essential.
When we talked about ceramic floristry, we mentioned that with the help of corn starch and building sealant you can make molds for flowers (details here). But starch is also suitable for making homemade plasticine. To do this, mix it with food coloring and PVA glue (starch / glue ratio 2: 1). The mass should be plastic and viscous. You will also find detailed instructions with pictures here.
If a four-legged friend lives in your house, you know for sure: no matter how often the filler in the tray changes, a specific aroma will still hover around the apartment. In this case, corn starch cannot be dispensed with - it absorbs odors. Add a little starch to the filler, and you will immediately notice improvements.
An excellent and, most importantly, completely natural deodorant is prepared on the basis of coconut oil. You will need ⅓ cups of coconut oil, ¼ cup of baking soda, ¼ cup of arrowroot powder, 4 tablespoons of corn starch and essential oils (tea tree oil, sweet orange, cinnamon). So the plan is this:
- Combine baking soda, corn starch, and arrowroot powder in a bowl.
- Add coconut oil and mix well.
- Add 5-10 drops of the selected essential oil.
With the help of corn starch, you can refresh carpets, improve their appearance and give them a fresh smell. You will need a cup of starch, a cup of baking soda, 30 drops of any essential oil (it will be responsible for the aroma). Place all the ingredients in a container, close it and shake it to mix the ingredients. Leave the mixture overnight: soda and corn starch should be soaked in oil. Before use, lightly wet the carpet, apply a freshener, leave it for 15 minutes, and then clean it with a vacuum cleaner.
Powder for children with dermatitis
For decades, corn starch has been a cure for childhood dermatitis. This gentle and effective remedy relieves inflammation from diapers. Many pediatricians recommend replacing starch with baby powder, which contains talcum powder - given the results of studies that have confirmed that its prolonged use can provoke cancer, the idea seems quite reasonable.
How to use a kitchen tool? Pour a little cornstarch onto a clean hand and apply on the baby’s skin with patting movements. Try not to let the child breathe air into which particles of starch rise, and avoid places with bleeding wounds.
What should dry shampoo do? Remove grease that makes your head look dirty. And the all-consuming corn starch copes with this task perfectly, after using which the hair looks fresh and clean.
There are two recipes for bulk product. For the first, you will need ¼ cup of organic corn starch, 5 drops of any essential oil and an old makeup brush (you will apply shampoo to it).
- Add essential oil to corn starch, mix with a spoon.
- Apply powder with a brush to greasy hair roots, comb them as usual.
The remaining mixture can be stored in a jar of cream.
For the second version of the shampoo, take 1 cup of warm water, ¼ cup of corn starch, ¼ cup of alcohol / vodka and essential oil.
- Mix all the ingredients in a small bottle with a spray bottle (for example, from a styling product), mix well and spray on the roots / dirty areas.
- Dry and style your hair in the usual way.