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Old 12-27-2009, 02:57
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I need help!! I live in Canada and I can't find liquid starch. The lady at Walmart even laughed at me for getting liquid starch: " No one use liquid starch anymore, I haven't seen them for years " Any suggestions on what else I can use? I don't want to use hairsprays because my cat is allergic to it, he will sneeze like there's no tomorrow. (I know, who cares if a cat is allergic to hairsprays. LOL) and it's too cold for me to go outside to work. Can I just bake the bow and that's it?
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Old 12-27-2009, 08:06
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Here is a recipe for starch: http://frugalliving.about.com/od/col...ray_Starch.htm

I have never made it, but my mom always tells me I should. I always purchase the spray starch and just recently bought a bottle of the liquid. I can not believe they do not sell it! Good luck making some - it looks quite easy. Let us know how it turns out!
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Do they have spray Startch in the laudry isle? I use that when I cann't find the fabric stiffener. It take a little bit longer to dry but works like a charm.
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Default Re: substition for liquid starch

I mixed about 1 tablespoon of fabric stiffner with about 12oz of water & put in a spray bottle. I spray each layer of the stacked bow & assemble. NO need to bake. It works great. The bows are a little stiff but not to the point where they get crunchy!!
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I need help!! I live in Canada and I can't find liquid starch. The lady at Walmart even laughed at me for getting liquid starch: " No one use liquid starch anymore, I haven't seen them for years " Any suggestions on what else I can use? I don't want to use hairsprays because my cat is allergic to it, he will sneeze like there's no tomorrow. (I know, who cares if a cat is allergic to hairsprays. LOL) and it's too cold for me to go outside to work. Can I just bake the bow and that's it?
I also live in Canada and I found a product called stiffy in the craft isle at wal-mart, Michaels carries it as well.......I think it works great
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Default Re: substition for liquid starch

EEEEWWWWWW! I just read this...

Commerically-produced spray starch usually contains formaldehyde yuck!
Starching clothes actually makes them last longer because dirt and perspiration sticks to the starch and not to the fabric

I'm thinking the homemade looks too easy not to do. I'm going to try it.

In the old days you used the water from boiling your potatoes to startch you clothes.

Hey, can I use this as a selling point for my bows? "Ma'am, my bows are Formaldehyde free so if your little one ever chews on her bows you will have nothing to worry about."
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I also live in Canada and I found a product called stiffy in the craft isle at wal-mart, Michaels carries it as well.......I think it works great
I'm in Canada as well and have been searching for the liquid starch but haven't bothered asking anyone...glad I didn't!

I've used the Stiffy, but I find that the pump and nozzle get plugged after a few uses and it comes out in a single stream rather than a spray. I've tried a few bottles and rinsed everything after every use but still no luck.
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I am in Canada too and didn't find it so I use the spray and find it works well.
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Thanks. I'm going to try it this weekend and I'll let you know how it works out
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has anyone tried the homemade starch.. what do you think of it?
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