Homemade Spray Starch

This is the best copy cat recipe ever!  As far as for quilters go.  I have been using this recipe and my spray for over a year and I love it!  It works great.

The recipe make a lot of spray starch.  Out of my gallon of distilled water, I got 18 bottles plus there was some left over.  It goes a long way.

How to make your own spray starch | best press knock off | patchworkposse

This is a copy cat to Best Press.  I love that stuff, but when I am sewing and pressing so much, it’s just not reasonable to use it all the time.  This works just as great and is soooo cheap!

This spray starch keeps your fabric starchy, but not too much that the crease is permanent in your fabric.  It’s perfect if you are looking for a nice lite starch feel to your fabric.  Helps hold the quilt blocks straight and in shape.

spraystarch2

Materials Needed:

1 bottle of VODKA — can be the cheapest one in the store.

1 gallon of DISTILLED water

1 Spray bottle — I found these cute 5 oz in the beauty department of the dollar store

Essential Oils (optional.  mix with the vodka before adding to the water)

Recipe:

3 oz. Vodka

24 oz. distilled water

Instructions:

1)  mix 24 oz distilled water with 3 oz Vodka

2)  blend well

spraystarch1

3)  Pour into spray bottle using a funnel

4)  Use!

I have heard of others adding a few drops of essential oils.  I haven’t tried this as I don’t really care if it smells or not.  As long as you shake your bottle before spraying you should be fine…there shouldn’t be any oil spots on your fabric.  You don’t need but a few drops too– don’t go crazy!

spraystarch4

I have never had any problems with it.  There has been no fading or spotting of fabric.  No running of colors.  No stinkyness {unless you really don’t like the mile smell of the mix} or stickiness.  No flakes or white spots.  Nothing.

Have you tried this before? 

I love my new smelly spray starch….if you are interested in a essential oil for beginners kit, head on over here for all the info on essential oils.

patchworkposse.com

irontutorial1 portable ironing board tutorial | easy and great for sewing retreats | patchwork posse #ironing #tutorial

 

♥ Are you a member? Click here to login & access the exclusive content.

→ Not a member yet, but interested in our online quilt guild? Click here for more info and to sign up.


  1. Lianne

    21 August

    This is the BEST spray starch recipe!!!

  2. Joyce

    21 August

    I will try this today – thanks for this great “recipe” !

  3. Irene

    21 August

    Why vodka? How does it improve over just water?

  4. Sheila Plock

    21 August

    How does this make the fabric stiff since there is no starch? Is it just the vodka but seems so dilute.
    Sheila

  5. Mary Prowse

    21 August

    I’ve been using this same recipe for spray starch for about a year and think it performs great – so much cheaper then Best Press!

  6. Becky

    21 August

    The question about where the starch comes from– vodka I believe is potato based and so the starch is from the potatoes!

  7. Becky

    21 August

    You can try different amounts of the vodka in your spray. If you want a stronger starch, then add more then the recipe calls for. You can find the combination you like the best and make that! good luck everyone!

  8. Daune

    21 August

    Our quilting group makes it and we add liquid starch.

  9. Kelley P

    4 September

    I don’t get how this is any better than plain water. Most vodka is grain based these days. Even if it was potato based, the distilling process removes any starch.

  10. Chris

    5 September

    If you will add some fabric softener as well it will be dreamy. Any scent or no scent works perfect. I add about 2 tsp to the size you are making but add more if you like. The more Vodka you add the stiffer the fabric. If you add essential oils put them in the Vodka first then in the water and you won’t have any problems. It’s a chemistry thing.

  11. Daune

    14 September

    We add liquid starch to ours.

  12. Ann Marie Storlie

    18 October

    we call it quilter’s moonshine!

  13. suzyquilter

    25 October

    You said you used a gallon of distilled water, but the recipe called for 24oz. Which is correct?

  14. Becky

    29 October

    suzy- the gallon is what I bought for the whole project. The 24 oz is what I used to fill the container with. Hope that helps.

  15. Becky

    29 October

    Ann Marie- that is too funny! I love that name. 🙂

  16. Barb

    5 August

    Just drink the vodka and you won’t care about the wrinkles !!!!LOL

  17. Leslie

    25 December

    There isn’t any starch in the vodka mix; any starch (whether from grain or potatoes) left in the mash to make the vodka wouldn’t make it over through the distillation process. I suspect that this must work because the vodka slightly dissolves the sizing/starch that is embedded in the fabric already, re-mobilizing it and spreading it around again. Either that or it is dissolving the cotton slightly (doubt it). Rubbing alcohol would likely work just as well.

  18. Becky

    26 December

    I’ve never tried the rubbing alcohol route– might have to!

  19. Janelle

    7 January

    Thanks for this recipe, I will have to try it!
    And for all those wondering how this can possibly work since vodka is a distilled product–it is because the yeast doesn’t eat ALL the sugars when it is converting sugar to alcohol. In things like distilled alcohol (eg vodka) there are complex sugars left behind during the distilling process. Plus, the sugars that are converted to alcohol are still chemically structurally similar to sugar, anyway. It’s why vodka still has calories even though it’s distilled.

  20. Lois Hannula

    20 August

    I bought a pint of potato vodka, and the clerk in the liquor store told me that not all vodka’s are made with potatoes any more. Some people say you don’t need potato vodka…..is this correct?

  21. Becky

    23 August

    I will have to check what kind I picked up. Works just fine. Hadn’t heard or paid attention. But it might make a difference….just haven’t tried it.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

INSTAGRAM
KNOW US BETTER