Monday, September 14, 2009

Wrinkle Release Spray

As the mothers of two young boys each, we do a lot of laundry. A LOT. But let's face it, it doesn't always get immediately whisked out of the dryer, folded/hung up, and put away. And this means wrinkled clothes. And ironing? Please.... The iron pretty much only comes out when we need it for a craft project.

We've been seeing commercials lately for Downy Wrinkle Releaser, and while it looks pretty cool we'll admit that we are too cheap to actually buy it. So, true to form, we searched around and found a recipe so that we could make our own!

What you need:
  • 1/3 cup liquid fabric softener (we bought the cheapest we could find)
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
Mix your three ingredients and pour them into a spray bottle. Then take your wrinkled garment, place it on a hanger, spray it thoroughly (though not soaking), and give it a shake. The wrinkles will be gone in a matter of seconds! It is seriously like magic!!

Here is a picture of a shirt before:

And here is one after we used the wrinkle release spray:
We purposely used a dark-colored shirt to make sure it didn't effect the color.

Maggie has dubbed it a miracle in a bottle. It works great and smells terrific! Finally! An excuse not to iron!
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22 comments:

  1. Oohhhh!!! I can't wait to try this! I am horrible at leaving things in the dryer WAY too long after its done...Thanks!

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  2. This is fabulous, I'm absolutely going to try it on hubby's shirts. One question: you said you used it on a dark shirt so as not to effect the color. Does that mean I should avoid using on white or light shirts as they may discolor with its use?

    Thanks!

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  3. Glad you guys like this! We think it's pretty amazing! To answer your question Missingheart, it works great on light colored stuff, too! We just figured that a dark shirt was a good one to test it on. Oh! And we used a husband shirt as a test subject too! haha!

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  4. Great, thanks for responding! I can't wait to try this out.

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  5. Wow! This is wonderful as I HATE to iron! I can't wait to try this tip.

    Thanks for the follow...now following you!

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  6. I loved this. Just tried it today and it worked like a charm on my husbands wadded up dress shirts. I HATE ironing.. to the point that we just walk around embarrassingly wrinkled.. but not anymore. THANK YOU!

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  7. I was so excited to find this! BUT....it didn't work at all! I was so disappointed. I shook it good first....any thoughts?

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  8. Oh no, Lynda! Sorry to hear it didn't work for you! We've had no problems with it personally, so I'm not sure what to tell you... :(

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  9. Me again! Sorry....it does work! I went back to my shirt and sprayed a lot more on, even though I didn't soak it I used quite a bit....and that works. This would be especially handy when we're traveling.

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  10. Can you smell the vinegar, though? I use the Downey spray ALL THE TIME and this would save me so much money!!

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  11. Biggest failure...Doesn't work

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  12. Wondering if you can smell the vinegar as well. Found another recipe that is 1tsp fabric softener and 1 cup water. Two very different recipes

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  13. wow...this is awesomely cool!...lol...(is awesomely a word?) I HATE ironing with a passion, so this will be my new homemade recipe to try! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I can't wait to try it! ^_^

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  14. I made this today, and it works great! I even used it on a shirt that has a frilly collar on it, and it just loves to turn up after being washed. I used this stuff and it turned it right down! w00t! Thanks for sharing this with us!

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  15. I don't use vinegar. I mix just a bit of fabric softener with water. Does a great job. I

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  16. Found this through pinterest! Can't wait to try it!!!!!

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  17. question... what significance does the vinegar hold? I have been using the softener-water mix for years for many things but not with the vinegar and I was wondering what purpose it served in the recipe. Thanks...mrsgate@wi.rr.com

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  18. I absolutely love the spray. Works in seconds! Thanks so much.

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  19. While it does work, BE PREPARED TO SMELL LIKE VINEGAR ALL DAY LONG! This recipe definitely needs tweaking.

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  20. I can't see why you need the vinegar, but it does make you smell like it. Using a spray bottle of water with a couple of tablespoons to about 1/4 cup (depending on your scent preference and bottle size) of fabric softener works just as well. I've been told you can also spray this on your wet clothes before putting them in a dryer and not use dryer sheets. I haven't tried that yet, though.

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  21. You need to add either white vinegar/rubbing alcohol/cheap vodka to the water and softener. It helps with the wrinkle remover and prevents the solution from spotting, by drying quickly. Yes, go easy on it, a teaspoon or two in 14-16 oz. should do the trick.

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