This homemade wrinkle releaser is an all natural vinegar spray that helps you to remove wrinkles without ironing, chemicals, or commercial fabric softeners.
Pretty sweet huh?
I loathe ironing. In fact, I put off learning how to correctly iron a shirt until I was about 25 years old. I’ll never forget how hard my mother laughed when I asked her to show me how to tackle a button down dress shirt. (I guess she thought I paid attention when she covered that skill during my childhood.) I had a hot iron in hand, a furled brow, and about an ounce of patience for this task which I despised.
Fortunately, the introduction of wrinkle release products (soon after I became a pro at ironing) meant that I could almost completely avoid this mundane chore. No more battles with a heavy, hand-scalding, cord-wielding, clumsy iron. All I had to do was spray, re-shape, allow for a little drying time, and be on my way wearing my wrinkle-free outfit!
Reasons to make an all-natural wrinkle releaser
Save time. I think my ironing board only makes it out of the closet about twice a year. Spray-on wrinkle releasers are such a blessing when it comes to saving time. I don’t have to pull out the board and iron, wait for it to heat up, perform the actual chore (and sometimes re-iron the places I goof up on), or ice the burns on my hands. (Ouch!)
Rid chemicals from your home. If you have given chemical-filled commercial fabric softeners the boot, you should know that companies selling wrinkle release sprays are using the same chemicals found in the fabric softeners. The ingredients on one bottle of commercial wrinkle releaser I found includes: “fiber relaxers, water, quality control agents and perfume.” The chemical fiber relaxers coat your clothes and irritate sensitive skin. The perfumes can aggravate allergies and other health conditions.
Other DIY recipes aren’t natural. Have you searched for a homemade wrinkle release formula in the past? You may notice that other do-it-yourself recipes recommend a recipe of commercial fabric softener diluted in water. If you’re looking for a completely natural formula, we’ve got an easy one you can make with ingredients you likely have on hand.
Save money. A bottle of my old favorite commercial wrinkle releaser costs about $7.00 – 8.00 for 34 ounces. According to my calculations, when I make the same amount of natural homemade wrinkle releaser it costs roughly $0.60 (depending on essential oils used).
It works. The most common fear about homemade products is that they won’t work like your old commercial favorites. Check out the picture below in which I have sprayed homemade wrinkle releaser on only one side of the shirt.
Can you tell which side has been treated?
A few weeks ago I wrote about making your own natural fabric softener. This all natural fabric softener can be diluted with water to make an effective wrinkle releaser spray!
Homemade Wrinkle Releaser Spray
- 1 cup distilled or filtered water (find water purification systems here)
- 1 cup homemade vinegar laundry softener
- Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well to combine.
I recommend using only colorless essential oils in this recipe so fabrics aren’t stained. (If using your homemade vinegar laundry softener for this recipe, just be sure it’s colorless first.) Consider using colorless oils like lavender, peppermint, clary sage, juniper, or rosemary for a pleasant, light scent on clothing. (Find 100% pure essential oils here.)
Using your Homemade Wrinkle Releaser
1. Spray fabrics using a sweeping motion.*
2. Release wrinkles from clothing by smoothing and tugging fabric with your hands.
3. Hang clothing to dry.**
*Test wrinkle releaser on a small hidden area first for fabrics like silk or rayon that may water-spot.
**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, but will also be pleasing to your senses. Matt’s favorite is peppermint.