Moderator, please feel free to move this if there's a more appropriate place. It's a how-to and where-to thread, but it's not military.
Starched underpinnings resist dust and hold their shape much better than soft cotton. This is helpful for petticoats and especially corded petticoats.
Someone on another forum asked where to find laundry starch. With hopes of warmer weather and the chance to wear petticoats in the near future, here is information from Argo Gloss Laundry Starch.
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1. Niagara has purchased Argo laundry starch. Bensons Corn Starch is the Canadian version. They do not sell Argo brand or laundry starch in Canada.
2. Laundry starch is corn starch. However, because it is not intended for human consumption, it is not necessarily cleaned as well. Any corn starch from a grocery store should work equally as well as laundry starch with either of the following sets of directions.
Boiled Starch Directions:
Heavy Starch: In large saucepot, mix 1/2 c. starch (laundry or corn) and 1 cup cold water. Gradually stir in 2 quarts water. Stirring constantly, bring to boil over medium heat and boil 1 minute. (Note: 1 minute of boiling, no more or less produces the best starch solution.) Use warm.
Medium Starch: Dilute Heavy starch solution with 2 quarts water.
Light starch: Dilute Heavy starch solution with 4 quarts water.
Heavy Starch: Mix 1/2 cup starch and 1 cup cold water. Gradually stir in 2 quarts of boiling water. Use warm. (Mixture should be translucent.)
Medium Starch: Dilute Heavy starch solution with 2 quarts cold water.
Light Starch: Dilute Heavy starch solution with 4 quarts cold water.
For best results:
Fabric should be clean, wet, and unfolded before dipping into starch solution.
Use starch solution while warm.
Iron fabric while damp.
Due to lack of demand, powdered laundry starch distribution is being severely curtailed. It should still be available at the following store chains, at least in the near future:
Lynne Gaither (formerly Doddington), the corded petticoat expert, suggested immersing garments in the prepared starch solution in the bath tub. That way, the garments may be pulled out of the starch and hung over the tub to drip nearly dry.
I remember my mother wrapping damp, starched garments in a large plastic bag and refrigerating overnight before ironing. She said it helped set the starch even better.
Anyone else had experience with a better way?
34 days until spring,