Did you know you can make your own homemade wrinkle releaser? Don’t get me wrong, I love Downy Wrinkle Releaser, but instead of paying around $10+ for a bottle of wrinkle releaser from a leading manufacturer, how does only 4 cents for the same size bottle sound?
I try to purchase natural and organic products when I can, but I have to admit that ironing is not something I enjoy and was willing to purchase and use this product in order to avoid ironing whenever possible.
I decided it was finally time to find or create an alternative that was greener and saved me some money, once I bought some new clothes for the upcoming summer months than seemed to wrinkle more frequently.
I chose to reuse the bottle I had just emptied and washed out. The recipe is simple as the only ingredients you need is water (distilled preferred, if you have it) and fabric softener.
Homemade Wrinkle Releaser Recipe
1 C water
1 tsp fabric softener
To fill my bottle I doubled this recipe. Just pour both ingredients in to your bottle using a funnel to keep from spilling, then shake to mix together and now it is ready to use.
At left is a picture of an old wrinkled shirt belonging to my husband. I didn’t take a picture until I had already made a couple squirts, as you can see in the left shoulder area. But I wanted you to see a before picture of all the wrinkles, so you can see how well it worked.
I prefer Seventh Generation fabric softener, when I use it, so that is what I based my cost comparison on. The retail price of this bottle is $4.99 for 40 ounces. Two teaspoons of fabric softener is .33 ounces, which makes it cost about 4-cents to make this bottle of wrinkle releaser if you use tap water.
Pictured at right is the after picture (complete with stains on the old shirt, but not from the wrinkle releaser.) I was really amazed that it worked as well as the version I previously purchased. After I finished releasing the wrinkles in this shirt I went on to spray down another shirt belonging to my husband, two shirts of mine and a pair of my shorts. All of the wrinkles were released beautifully in each garment.
To release the wrinkles, just spray a mist over the wrinkled areas and tug on the fabric and then hang to let dry and the wrinkles will continue to release as it dries. I like to grab an end of a garment and shake it to help release the wrinkles. I find that shaking the garment works faster when I have wrinkles over the entire garment, which is what usually happens.
This new recipe of mine pleases me greatly because for mere pennies I can remove the wrinkles out of many garments and I am using a product that I feel good about.