Total Time
Prep 1 min
Cook 5 mins

This recipe comes from a book by Jerry Baker and is his favorite for spray starching. I've not tried this one yet but will soon. There are several ways to make your own laundry starch, but they all include the same secret ingredient: Stirring the bejeebers out of them to make sure they end up lump free.


  1. Mix the cornstarch and the water in a saucepan over medium heat (not boiling) until mixture is smooth and transparent.
  2. Let it cool enough so you can safely pour it into a spray bottle.
  3. Voila!
  4. You're ready to go!
Most Helpful

This recipe technically worked to stiffen the clothing, but left white sploches all over colored clothing so they couldn't be worn. Would only use on white or very light khaki. Probably wouldn't use this one again.

Mom2 T, K, K & G October 01, 2006

Works well at less than 10% the cost of commercial sprays. Not quite as well as commercial sprays in terms of quality.

Richard P May 28, 2006

I tried this recipe of stir up spray starch and found it excellent,very convienient and very cheap as compared to the commercially available sprays.I also added a pinch of corn flour ,which made the clothes more crisp and nice looking .This is really a nice breakthrough in starching - atif

atif_andrabi April 21, 2006