Unlike myself, not everyone I know loves to iron. I guess I’m just crazy that way. There’s just something soothing about the sound of a good burst of steam, the smell of clean, and then instant results. But enough about me. For most people, ironing is the worst. So when the makers of Downy laundry softener came out with a wrinkle releaser spray that touted also to be a static guard, odor eliminator, iron-in-a-bottle—we were thrilled. And I was first in line to give it a try.
Downy Wrinkle Releaser is a clever product that you spray on clothing, smooth and stretch the material a little bit, let dry and the wrinkles will disappear.
While Downy Wrinkle Releaser works well for non-ironers to remove wrinkles well enough, mostly I love the subtle fragrance.
Over the years, Downy Wrinkle Releaser has become quite pricey. The regular supermarket price of $8 for a 16 oz. bottle is pretty standard. And for what? While Procter and Gamble is quite secretive with the exact ingredients, it’s easy to figure out that it is mostly water.
Here are two DIY recipes to make homemade wrinkle release spray:
Copycat Downy Wrinkle Releaser
You will need:
- 2 cups distilled or bottled water
- 2 tablespoons Downy liquid fabric softener (or any brand)
Combine water and fabric softener in a 16-oz spray bottle. Swirl to mix.
Test a small portion of fabric before spraying the entire garment. Hang the item on a hanger and spray in a sweeping motion until all wrinkles on the front and back are slightly damp. Do this from about 6 inches away from the garment. Trickier fabrics such as linens and other more resistant situations may need two applications.
Holding by the hanger, whip the item back a forth a few times. Rehang. Tug and smooth out the wrinkles. Allow hanging freely until completely dry before moving to the closet or wearing the item.
DIY wrinkle releaser is perfect for travel, for gifting to college students; on tough-to-iron fabrics like tablecloths and curtains, or simply for anyone who hates to iron anything. For sure it’s a time saver! No more irons, no more hassle, and best of all—no more wrinkles.
If you have given commercial fabric softeners the boot due to allergies and health issues, this recipe will be better for you.
Homemade Wrinkle Releaser Spray
You will need
- 1 cup distilled or bottled water
- 1 cup plain white vinegar
- 6 to 8 drops essential oil (lavender is a lovely choice)
Combine ingredients in a 16-oz. spray bottle. Shake well to combine
Spray fabrics using a sweeping motion. Release wrinkles from clothing by smoothing and tugging fabric with your hands. Hang clothing to dry.
Note: Avoid using too much homemade wrinkle releaser or fabrics will smell faintly like vinegar once dry. Experiment with different essential oils that will mask the vinegar.