Ironing is one of my least favorite chores. Chances are, if an item comes out of the dryer wrinkled, it has a better chance of getting re-washed than getting ironed. Most of the hubby’s work clothes are wrinkle-free, so if I get them hung up straight out of the dryer, we’re good to go. But if I forget and they sit around and get wrinkly…we’re in trouble!
That’s why I’m so excited to share this new Frugal DIY Home recipe for Wrinkle Release Spray. This one’s a game changer, people. It can take a shirt from being a wrinkly mess to being wearable, all while my iron stays stashed safely in the closet. It costs pennies, takes just a few seconds to make, and did a nice job on all the items I tested it on. (The clothes won’t come out looking starched and pressed, but for most casual or business-casual clothes, it should do the trick.)
- 1 cup water (bottled or distilled recommended if your tap water has a lot of chlorine or a high mineral content, just to be on the safe side)
- 1 tsp. liquid fabric softener
- 1 tsp. rubbing alcohol (optional, helps the spray evaporate quicker)
Dump the ingredients into a spray bottle with a fine mist nozzle. Give it a shake, and you’re ready to go!
- Spray a clean, wrinkled garment. Dampen it, but you don’t need to soak it.
- Tug on the garment or give it a good shake to loosen the wrinkles.
- You can also lay the garment on a flat surface (like a bed), and do a quick “iron” with your hands. I found that this worked well on wrinkly shirt sleeves: just spray, smooth from the middle of the sleeve out to the ends with your hands, and the wrinkles go away.
- Hang the garment to dry, and more wrinkles will disappear as it dries.
- If you’re in a hurry, you can lightly spray the garment, shake out some of the wrinkles, and toss it into an empty dryer on low to “fluff” out the rest.
Easy peasy, and much better than ironing or re-washing (something I’m embarrassed to admit I do, but one of the reasons I’m thankful for my inexpensive Homemade Laundry Soap!) As I looked through lots of wrinkle release recipes online, some of them contained more fabric softener, and some had a bunch of vinegar in them. This recipe worked well for me, without using a ton of the most expensive ingredient, and without leaving you smelling like vinegar all day.
- Too cheap to calculate I made a double-batch using a 16-oz bottle of water (cost of about 10¢), and about 1/3 of a free sample packet of fabric softener. Spraying down a decent-sized load of wrinkly laundry (4 pairs of pants and three dress shirts) used just over 2 oz. of the mixture. So 7-8 garments per 2 oz…60-ish garments for 10¢…yep–super cheap, especially compared to a 16.9 oz. bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser regularly priced at $3.99-$4.99.
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