DIY Fabric Starch with Essential Oils

Materials Needed:

Spray Bottle (8 oz. or larger)

Measuring Cup (1 cup of water)

1 Teaspoon of Cornstarch

Microwave Safe Bowl (if using microwave technique)

Saucepan (if using stovetop technique)

Essential Oil(s) (use any oils of your choice)

Funnel (optional)

Vitamin E Oil (optional)

How to Make

Microwave Method: In a microwave safe bowl, place 1 cup of water and 1 tsp of cornstarch in the microwave for approximately 30 seconds. If needed, use oven mitts to safely remove the bowl from the microwave and begin stirring. Leave the bowl on the counter to allow the mixture to completely cool.

I used the microwave method

Stovetop Method: Place 1 cup of water and 1 tsp of cornstarch in a saucepan. Bring both ingredients to a boil while stirring to ensure there are no clumps. Once the mixture comes to a rolling boil, turn off the stove and let the mixture rest until completely cooled.

Once the cornstarch mixture has cooled to room temperature, pour the mixture into your spray bottle. If needed, use a funnel to carefully pour everything. Add several drops of your favorite essential oil(s) into the bottle. Because I love fragrant smells and the essential oil I used had a pretty light scent, I added 30 drops to my mixture. Feel free to experiment with the amount of drops based on your personal preference. Lastly, add in a few drops of vitamin E oil. Adding vitamin E is optional, but I would recommend it in order to help keep the mixture from becoming rancid too quickly.

Once your mixture is complete, give it a good shake to incorporate everything. Now you have your very own fabric starch! This starch is great to use on cotton fabric. I have been quilting a lot lately and this home-made starch is fabulous! Here’s an example of the starch in action! The quilt block on the left has been ironed without fabric starch and the one on the right has been ironed with the fabric starch. See the difference?!


A little spritz goes a long way! Be sure to shake your spray bottle after each use to incorporate everything. Remember to always do a small test patch on your fabric first.

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