Reliving Mom’s Cooking – Almirol

This is not a recipe of a certain dish but a recipe a fabric treatment. 😉

I used to see my lola and my mom doing this treatment to our pillow cases, blankets and even their dusters. Something I don’t like because I find it itchy, but now I’m doing the same treatment for my husband’s office barong.


2 cups boiling water

¼ cup cornstarch (Liwayway brand)

½ cup water


  1. Combine cornstarch and water to make slurry.
  2. Add in to boiling water.
  3. Mix using a wire whisk until translucent.


4. Let it cool.


Your almirol is ready to use.

To apply to newly washed clothes:

  1. Add water to almirol to make a thinner mixture. It depends on how crisp you want your clothes to be. For me and hubby’s stand-alone-polo, I add 2 cups of tap water.
  2. Mix using the same wire whisk. Make sure that the mixture has no visible lumps.
  3. Dip your newly washed but squeezed/spin-dried clothes. Make sure that the clothes has less water because it will dilute your almirol further.
  4. Give the clothes some massage to assure that all parts have been coated with the mixture.
  5. Hand squeeze and hang dry. Make sure that there’s adequate sunlight to dry the clothes.


When ironing clothes, spray water or use flat iron with steam.

This recipe is usually enough for five pieces of linen polo, but sometime you can also manage to add 2 pillow cases. 😉



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