If you’ve never had the luxury of sleeping on a ironed and lightly starched pillowcase, please proceed to the ironing board.
Maybe it’s not for every day, but this is one of life’s little pleasures that Grandma knew all about–and we’ve forgotten. Try it once, and see if you don’t agree.
“But I don’t iron,” you may say. “I’d rather die.” The Damsel understands. She’s said these words before.
It may sound painful but ironing a pillowcase is a quick job indeed. The Damsel estimates your survival percentages to be quite high.
But what about that starch thing? Who has spray starch around anymore, and why would a person spend their sheckels on such?
Let the Damsel put your mind at ease. You can make your own spray starch in, like, 30 seconds, out of stuff you probably already have. Here is the list of necessary ingredients:
- spray bottle
- water (you can also add a couple of drops of essential oil for a nice scent)
Yes. It’s just as you suspected. Starch = cornstarch, at least for this purpose.
Mix a heaping tablespoon of cornstarch in two cups of cold water until dissolved. Pour into a spray bottle. Shaking the spray bottle just before, and using the finest mist setting the bottle has, spray the fabric lightly and iron. This works beautifully but there are two things to be aware of. First, the mixture will get yucky in a few days, so make just enough to get you by. (hence the small spray bottle in the photo) Second, this works great for white fabrics but may cause white specks on colored fabric. You can eliminate this by heating the cornstarch/water solution to a boil and then cool. Now the cornstarch is in a more highly dissolved state and shouldn’t cause problems with colored fabric.
If you have vodka in the house **cough** use that in place of the water for a long-lasting mixture.
Quilters and sewers sometimes wash and then starch/iron fabric before cutting to give it extra “hand” that makes it a bit easier to work with.
Just as with purchased spray starch, you may notice flaking. Starching/ironing on the wrong side of the fabric is one solution.
The lost art of hand-embroidered pillowcases is another thing altogether.