Cornstarch can be found in your kitchen pantry as a cooking ingredient, but it can also double as a stain remover. While there are a number of cleaning products on the market, this natural, fast-absorbing powder can be just as effective and much more affordable.

Grease Stains

Cornstarch quickly absorbs grease stains from clothing and other fabrics. Place an old cloth or paper towel under the stain to prevent it from bleeding, then blot away as much of the stain as possible. Make sure to blot, not rub, as rubbing can spread the grease stain. Sprinkle the fabric with a thick coating of cornstarch. This will quickly absorb the majority of the grease. Leave on the stain for 15 minutes, then add a few drops of water to create a paste. Rub into the stain with fingertips, then launder in a cold-water cycle.

Smoke and Soot

Sprinkle carpet or clothing that has been covered in smoke and soot with a thick coating of cornstarch. Let it sit overnight. Vacuum up the cornstarch; the stain should disappear as well.

Blood Stains

For blood stains on a mattress or carpet, sprinkle a thick layer of cornstarch and let sit for a few hours, or overnight when possible. Vacuum the area to remove cornstarch and stain. Repeat as needed until the stain is entirely gone.

Stains on Marble Surfaces

Stained marble surfaces require mild cleaning products. Mix cornstarch and water to create a thick paste. Apply an even coat over the stain and let sit until dry. Wipe away the hardened paste with a damp cloth and repeat as needed until the stain is completely removed.