Using Corn Starch on the Farm (or anywhere!)

Breanne Gullidge

Jun 06, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

When walking out of the house it is hard to grab everything we may need throughout the day. It would be much simpler if there was a product that simple did it all. Corn starch can be the answer to many common annoying problems each of us face. 



The first one is one I am defiantly going to have to let my brothers know about for this farming season. As soon as the Sun pops out and the weather is nice those pesky bugs also make their debut. Cornstarch can be the new thing to tuck in your back pocket to use when a bug bites you. Simply, take some cornstarch and mix it with water to create a thick paste and place it on the bite to get that annoying itchiness to go away.



Most popular for popping up at the most inconvenient times, blisters, can hurt so bad as the day goes on and the shoes continuously keeps rubbing it. Cornstarch can help reduce the irritation of this friction and keep the area dry to get rid of that blister as soon as possible. Put some cornstarch on the place of the blister and go about your day, reply when needed.


picture of corn starchOILY STAINS

The next one my father needs to write down, who is notorious for having stains on his shirts. When napkins are not nearby, or you miss your mouth and get an oily stain, cornstarch can come in handy to not ruin that shirt. Place some cornstarch on the stain as soon as possible and let it do its magic. 



My biggest pet peeve is when something is in a knot, and I have been struggling to get it untied. Take some cornstarch and put it around the knot to free up the space between them and watch your struggle slip away.  



As someone who never fails to get a terrible sunburn each summer, I made sure to make a note of this one. Cornstarch is rich in Vitamin A, B1, B2, C and multiple minerals that aid in stimulating the regeneration of healthy skin cells. After a day in the sun, make a paste of cornstarch and water and rub it all over the sunburnt area.  


I hope these will help you this summer.  Follow us on Tik Tok for more interesting ways to use corn and corn starch.