12 uses for corn starch in a bike shop

If you have a bunch of it, here are some tips!

1. Deodorant

Cornstarch is a very fine powder with an excellent ability to absorb moisture. Throw some baking soda and a little coconut oil together, and you’ve got a great DIY deodorant!

2. Matte Nail Polish

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If you have a bike with a matte finish, you can use nail polish with it to fill in frame scratches. Just mix cornstarch with a nail polish on a small paper plate (or why not a post-it note?) and then immediately apply it to your bike or nails.

3. Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo comes in handy when you’re in a rush and don’t have time to give your hair a full wash and dry. Sweating out on your morning commute can make your hair greasy. A tiny amount can really help. 

5. Bug Bites

Applying a cornstarch paste to a bug bite can help keep it clean and dry while minimizing itchiness. Combine 3 tablespoons of cornstarch with cold water and thick paste. Use a gauze pad or cotton ball to apply to the affected area.

6. Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a smelly foot condition caused by fungus that grows in the skin of the foot. The fungus flourishes in warm and wet places like sweaty shoes, which is why the condition commonly affects athletes. Help prevent athlete’s foot by sprinkling cornstarch in athletic shoes, which will help absorb moisture.

7. Sweaty/Chafing Privates

If you tend to chafe, rub a dust of cornstarch on problem areas before putting on clothes. 

8.Washing Windows

For squeaky clean windows, add 1/2 cup of ammonia, 1/2 cup of white vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to a bucket of warm water. Apply the solution to your windows with a clean cloth, and wipe clean with a paper towel or lint-free cloth.

9. Increase Grip

Handlebars are easier to grip when dry. Give handles a light dusting of cornstarch to help absorb perspiration and avoid slipping!

10. Remove Blood Stains

Use cold water to make a paste, apply to the stain and rub it in, let the fabric dry in the sun, remove remaining cornstarch. Still there? Repeat until it’s all gone.

11. Eliminate Floor Squeaks

Have a squeaky floor or obnoxious step? Dust the offending area with cornstarch, allowing it to penetrate the cracks. You should notice a significant improvement!

12. Absorb offensive shared fridge odors

Share a fridge at work or with roommates at home? Is there forgotten food that is stinking up the place? Fill a tea bag (or a bound coffee filter) with cornstarch and put it in the back of the fridge. The food will still rot, but stink power will be reduced!