I use a lot of spray starch during quiltmaking. Once upon a time (just this
was able to purchase Niagara Starch in a non-aerosol plastic spray bottle. Now
the stores no longer carry starch in this type of bottle, they are back to the
I would like to empty the contents of the aerosol can into the plastic sray
Does anybody know how to do this?
Good Morning Micki
Have you tried Sta-Flo liquid starch. It comes in a 64 oz bottle. I
buy it at most grocery stores and of course Walmart. It equals 7 cans
of spray starch.
It has the formula for light, medium or heavy starch printed on the
I haven't seen Niagra in anything other than spray cans for many
years. As a matter of fact I can't find it in the box either. The
first thing I learned to cook was Niagra starch. :>}.
A word of caution, those cans are pressurized and might go boom if you
try to open them.
Kate T. South Mississippi
There's no way to do it safely. But you can buy liquid starch in bottles
and dilute it to suit your needs, and use it in any spray bottle. I use
that all the time for quilting and when I iron my clothes.
Sometimes the nozzle clogs, but a quick rinse in water seems to put it right
You can still get the boxed starch you have to cook, I buy it here NAYY, it
lasts a *long* time!
Lehman's carries it too, but they always seem to be "out of stock".
I also mix my own starch from the jug of liquid to put in a hand pump spray
bottle, haven't bought the aerosol kind in years. One little tip; after you
get done for the day unscrew the spray top gizmo, put the long tube in a
glass of HOT water and give it few good sprays until the water runs clean
and then rinse the nozzle thingy with hot water. This keeps the starch from
drying and gumming things up so that the next time you use it you get a
spray instead of a drippy stream from the dried clog.
I still cook up the powdered starch to do my grandmother's doilies, it just
seems to work better than even dipping them in the undiluted liquid for some
when I want to use spray starch I use regular liquid starch, diluted to
the strength I want, in a regular spray bottle. Lots less expensive
than the cans, and I can have a very heavy or much lighter starch as I
choose. Do keep the mixed liquid in the fridge though, because it can
go moldy if left out for any length of time.
Pati, in Phx
Here in the Swamp, we would have to be creative about cooking or diluting
starch. The well water is so loaded with stuff that the starch would
possibly discolor the fabric. A good reason to drink beer. Don't know if
beer would work with starch or not. Polly
That's what I use, too. I like it because you can mix it up as stiff
as you want. Plus,
it's more economical. It just works better. There's really no reason
that I know of why
spray starch has to be in an aerosol can.
And, thanks to Pati for the tip about keeping it in the fridge! I did
not know this! I *had* noticed
a funky odor developed if I didn't use it all that day. I'd just be
sure not to mix up too much, and throw
out what was left over in the bottle. It *never* occured to me that
was mold! Duh!
That's a great idea to make your own but I wonder if you can tell me
if Cornstarch is the same as cornflour and what is wheat starch? Is
that just plain old wheat flour?
I too use loads of it in quiltmaking. Never realized about the bug
problem though. You learn a lot on here :)
Try my recipe for spray starch for all your pressing/piecing needs. Produces
a super flat stable quilt: Dissolve half a teaspoon (or 1 teaspoon - you can
always dilute it) of regular Argo cornstarch (in your cupboard probably) in
a few tablespoons of cold water in a heat proof 2-cup measuring pitcher like
Pyrex. Add boiling water to make one cup, stirring constantly. Then add cold
water to the 2 cup line. Let cool and use in a pump spray bottle. Shake it
every time you spray. You may have to dilute it a little if it is too thick
or builds up white flakes. Lasts a week or so as there are no preservatives,
no chemicals, no nothing that harms us or the environment, and it's
practically free, except for the spray bottle! Don't starch fabrics for
storage as it will attract critters such as centipedes, and mice. Works
especially well for quilt backing fabric so the quilt will move freely.
This info is from Diane Gaudynski's webpage.
it's at the bottom of the page. There are so many good tips on her site that I should just have given the link so you have to read through them all! :-) hummmm I see she doesn't say to keep it in the refrigerator, but I do think she told us that in a class. Or to mix up a fresh batch when needed. I know it's not to be stored at room temp for very long.
Elly - in England, cornstarch is cornflour - in the US, it is not.
Wheatflour in England is regular flour and is NOT wheat starch -
Confusing, isn't it? I haven't seen wheat starch in Canada either but
tapioca and potato starch are available.
You could try out the recipe using more cornflour (UK) or google
search another free recipe for spray starch - there are other pages
which offer this type of recipe.
a spray starch and also the old-fashioned powder stuff, but that looks v expensive to me. I have some of the mix up Robin starch and saw some quite recently in a general type hardware shop that sells various cleaning things too. I think that the big supermarkets have given up selling anything that isn't quick and easy and that doesn't include starch.
I don't think our bugs are interested in starch - too busy giving blue
tongue to the cattle!
Sally at the Seaside~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~uk