How to Use Liquid Starch & a Steam Iron

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Liquid starch is used to give clothing a slightly stiff and crisp appearance. Spray starches are available for use but one bottle of liquid starch will last much longer and save you money. When starch is properly applied to clothing, the effects of ironing will last longer and sometimes the clothing will maintain a wrinkle-free appearance even after washing. The steam setting of your iron will enhance these effects and help you create creases on your clothing if desired.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Plastic spray bottle
  • Liquid starch
  • Water
  • Ironing board
  • Thin towel
  • Steam iron

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Mix equal parts of water and liquid starch in a clean, empty plastic spray bottle. Swirl the bottle around slightly to mix the starch and water together.

  2. 2

    Place a thin towel on your ironing board. You also could use an old pillowcase or any piece of scrap fabric. The purpose of this is to protect your ironing board from the liquid starch as it could create dry sticky spots which could later transfer starch to other items of clothing you don't want starched.

  3. 3

    Plug in your iron and set it to the appropriate setting for the fabric you will be ironing. Many irons have a small dial on top to select the amount of steam wanted, choose the highest steam setting. Allow the iron to warm up for a few minutes.

  4. 4

    Lay the item of clothing onto the towel on the ironing board and spray it liberally with the diluted starch. Don't worry if the fabric becomes wet, the starch should not stain and the item will become dry during ironing.

  5. 5

    Iron the clothing by pressing the iron against the clothing and smoothing it across the surface to remove any wrinkles. If you are trying to create a crease, fold the article of clothing where the crease is desired and spray it with additional starch. Iron the fold firmly and then flip the clothing over, spray the other side with starch and iron again.

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