EIGHT PLACES YOU’LL FIND CORN IN YOUR HOUSE (THAT YOU’D NEVER GUESS!!)

bathroom cabinet1. Bathroom cabinet – Your bathroom is likely overflowing with corn products, but I’ll just mention a few.  Your toothpaste has the texture and flavor of toothpaste because of corn, make up contains corn starch, and most perfumes have a grain alcohol base.  You would look and smell a lot differently if not for corn.

2. Purse – Corn is in your chewing gum – both to sweeten it and to keep it from getting too hard.

3. Shower – Have you noticed that your shampoo contains citric acid?  Many shampoos do – and even though citric acid makes you think of lemon, limes, and the tropics, much of that citric acid is coming from good, old-fashioned corn.

4.nursery Nursery – Your child’s disposable diapers use a corn product to soak up all that waste and capture it so that you never have to touch it again.  You know how a used diaper feels like gel?  That’s the corn trapping moisture away from your baby’s bottom.

5. Office – I know they don’t taste like corn, but corn products are used in adhesives just like the glue on the back of the envelopes in your office.  You may have switched by now to the sticker sort instead of the lick the flap sort in which case, I commend you.  Those adhesive strips taste awful!

6. Medicine Cabinet – Corn starch and water are the binder and the filler in the aspirin hiding out in your medicine cabinet.  Corn holds the tablet together and also adds bulk so that the tablets are an adequate size – and then delivers that pain-killing relief wherever you need it!

open-house-car-garage-480x3607. Garage – Chances are, you have some squirrel corn sitting around in your garage (which, you better clean that up before you get mice!) but I’m talking about something in your car.   Spark plugs.  The ceramic part of a spark plug that has to be really resistant to heat is made from cornstarch and is a great insulator.

8. Kitchen – Yes, you’ve heard about how high fructose corn syrup is a cheaper sweetener and in everything from yogurt to soda, but I’m not talking about stuff you eat.  Corn is actually used to make those plastic seals that come on your vitamins, oatmeal, pancake syrup and more.  Corn as a plastic is actually really common – and really biodegradable so it’s a great option for an environmentally conscious world.

Lindsay MitchellLindsay Mitchell
ICGA/ICMB Marketing Director

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