A Natural Homemade DIY Wrinkle Release Spray

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DIY Wrinkle Release Spray

This natural DIY wrinkle release spray helps you to remove wrinkles without ironing or chemicals, just a simple homemade wrinkle releaser!

Pretty sweet huh?

Easier Than Ironing!

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 furrowed brow, and zero patience for this terrible task.

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!

Why Make DIY Wrinkle Release Spray

There are many great reasons to make a homemade wrinkle releaser.

Save Time

First of all, this will save you a lot of 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 mess up), or ice the burns on my hands. (Ouch!)

Rid Chemicals From Your Home

Secondly, 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 include: “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. Read this article to learn more about commercial wrinkle release spray ingredients.

Other DIY Recipes Are Not Natural

Thirdly, this recipe is 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

Fourth, 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!

Finally, 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.

DIY Wrinkle Release Spray in Action

Homemade Wrinkle Releaser 2

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!

DIY Wrinkle Release Spray

DIY Wrinkle Release Spray

This natural DIY wrinkle release spray helps you to remove wrinkles without ironing or chemicals, just a simple homemade wrinkle releaser!

Prep Time
10 minutes
Active Time
10 minutes
Total Time
20 minutes
16 ounces
Estimated Cost




  1. Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well to combine.

Using Your Homemade Wrinkle Releaser

  1. Spray fabrics using a sweeping motion.*

    DIY Wrinkle Release Spray
  2. Release wrinkles from clothing by smoothing and tugging fabric with your hands.

  3. Hang clothing to dry.**

Recipe Video


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.)

*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.

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Handheld Steamer Option

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How did this DIY wrinkle release spray work for you?


About Betsy Jabs

Betsy holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Counseling, and for nearly a decade worked as an elementary counselor. In 2011 she left her counseling career to pursue healthy living. She loves using DIY Natural as a way to educate people to depend on themselves to nourish their bodies and live happier healthier lives. Connect with Betsy on Facebookand Twitter.

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  1. Sheila says

    This stuff works!! I really hate ironing. I AVOID buying clothes that need ironing. I just tried this out on some of my husband’s shirts that went from the dryer into the laundry basket (that’s a no, no in my house because it = ironing for me!!) It works beautifully. I sprayed the fronts, tugged on the seams and any wrinkled spots. Gave extra sprays to sleeves and collars, tugged some more and hung to dry outside. The spray smells very vinegary even though I put MANY drops of scented oil in it. The shirts smell only slightly vinegary. This works great. I recommend it!

    • Betsy Jabs says

      Glad to hear it works for you Sheila! I can usually smell a tiny bit of vinegar on my garments until they are *completely* dry. I’ll spray & smooth my shirts, hang to dry, then put away in the closet. When I go to wear them I never smell any of the vinegar. Thanks for returning and sharing your input!

  2. LeslieG says

    I tried this on a dress blouse that is mostly cotton but with some spandex. Didn’t work at all. Does this wrinkle-remover suggestion work only for all-cotton clothing?

    • Betsy Jabs says

      It should actually work very well on cotton with some spandex. To be sure, I just pulled out one of my 95% cotton, 5% spandex shirts and tested it. I got great results. Are you smoothing/tugging after spraying? I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t be working for you. 🙁

  3. Laura says

    Would this work with tap water or filtered water too? I hate to have to buy distilled just for wrinkle releasing… Thanks! I’m 27, and I STILL don’t know how to properly iron. Can’t wait to try this out!

    • Betsy Jabs says

      Yes, tap or filtered will still work. (Actually, filtered water should be listed in the recipe…I’ll add this.) I just don’t recommend tap because of the contaminants and minerals that can come out of the tap. Use whatever you’re comfortable with.

    • BlogShag says

      Seems like tap water would be just okay, not ideal, but you certainly don’t want to be putting tap water in your iron, even if the manufacturer states you can.. (Uh hmm, remember, they make and sell irons, so they’d like you to buy an iron every week if you could. 🙂

      For the wrinkle release spray, I certainly use filtered drinking water at least, but ideally distilled water would be best.

  4. Rose Riz says

    LOL…Thought I was getting a winkle free face! But thanks, I love natural remedies and will use this one as well!

  5. BlogZilla says

    Why not just iron the garment or throw it in the dryer with a wet washcloth for 2 minutes? I don’t get it.

  6. Maggi says

    I am a t-shirt and jeans person and I am always pulling out a t-shirt with a ton of wrinkles. now this is the trick I use flip the t-shirt inside out mist the whole t-shirt with water,turn it right side out and put it on your body heat helps releases the wrinkles. another tip love those jeans but are they a bit snug or stiff mist the inside of your jeans were you need it with water and put them on and they fit like a dream.

  7. Dolores says

    Hi – enjoying your website and all the recipes but now that l am living in the Republic of Panama
    it is not easy getting things like – borax, baking soda in large size but l can buy vinegar by the gallon
    praise the Lord.
    Do you have to use distilled water for the “wrinkle release” and how do l make my own “distilled
    water” – would boiling water and cooling it – work?

    • Doug says

      To make distilled water you have to boil the water then somehow catch the water that has condensed from the rising steam.
      For example, the water under the lid of a boiling pot of water is distilled water.
      The steam doesn’t contain all the minerals that were in the water.

  8. San says

    Oh, another spritzing trick when pants or shirts are still “clean” at the end of a day, but a little stretched out (you know, baggier knees, elbows, butt, etc.). Hang them and spritz with water. Clothes bounce right back when dry and you save a good bit of water and energy by not having to wash them all over again to get them to fit more nicely.

  9. San says

    I use a little spray bottle of water like Holly. I have for years and it’s also easy to travel with. Haven’t ironed but once in about 8 years either. Just hang my clothes over the bathtub and spritz away, shake, stretch a little, hang to dry. Not always exactly perfect, but a good sight better than what they looked like after sitting in the clean laundry pile for a few days. 🙂

  10. Diane says

    If I don’t want to use my Essential Oils (or buy new ones) can I just use a Peppermint Leaf or two in my vinegar? Just bought the DIY Natural Ebook for my Kindle can’t wait to go home and start reading and making goodies

    • Betsy Jabs says

      Haven’t tried it, but you could give it a shot. My only thought is you’ll probably want to let the peppermint leaf steep for a few days before using. If you try it out, be sure to return and let us know the results! Enjoy your new ebook!

  11. Darlene says

    I opened the e-mail thinking it was for my face; but very pleased to find out it was another solution to my household problems. I love DIY Natural– Thank-you

  12. Holly P says

    My tip is to simply use a spray bottle with water in it – great results! I travel a lot and keep a 3 oz spray bottle in my bag so I can fill it with water at the hotel – works great and I rarely need to use an iron at home or on the road!

    • Marie says

      Carol, exactly that was my first thought, an anti wrinkle method for our faces. Matter of fact I opened this email before any of my other mails with a bit of excitement.
      ha ha ha. But if not my face then I relish a way to lesson the ironing load and am excited about this also.

    • Betsy Jabs says

      Oh no! What a disappointment THIS article must have been! Hilarious! You’ll all be the FIRST to know if we come up with a wrinkle releaser for the face. 🙂

    • Colleen says

      Exactly! I actually laughed out loud at myself when I realized it was for clothes….oh well, hope springs eternal ! lol