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Instead of buying pricey wrinkle releaser, when the fabric softener bottle is almost empty fill it half way with clear water, shake and pour into a spray bottle. It works exactly the same was as the $4.00+ per bottle stuff in the stores. Use it for freshening clothes that don't quite yet need to be laundered or for quick wrinkle treatment. Works great!
By Sharon from Warrensburg, MO
If my clothes are clean but wrinkled, I just mist plain ole water on them (via a spray bottle) and give 'em a good shake/smoothing over. The wrinkles disappear just as they would with the fabric softener mixture (which I only use on clothing that could stand a little freshening up before wearing).
I love the smell of Febreze, but can't stand the price so I searched for an online equivalent which I can not take credit for but will gladly share. Go to any local store and take the caps off the liquid fabric softener, sniff away till you find one you like. Purchase the softener and a spray bottle.
My husband is an upholstery & carpet cleaner. He said this would be a horrible idea - it would leave a residue that would actualy attract dirt. Most fabric softeners are petroleum based. Even natural fabric softeners - even though they are plant based - would leave a residue unless rinsed. Think about it - would you spray diluted hair conditioner or lotion on your furniture? A cheap & easy alternative would be a spray bottle filled w/an essential oil you like, water & a bit of alcohol.
My daughter, Traci, gave me a tip on getting the wrinkles out of clothes that were left in the dryer too long and got wrinkled. You can mix a small amount of any type liquid clothes softener with water in a spray bottle then hang the wrinkled item on a hanger and spray generously. Hang the article either outside or somewhere in your house and let dry. You will be amazed at the results. I hardly ever have to iron anymore. Try it! Your clothes smell great too.
By Gelene from Rotonda West, FL
If I'm not sure that I'll be near by when the dryer stops.
Two things to try.
1. Set the dryer so that they will be left damp and then finish when you're able to be there.
2. And better option, let the items tumble for 5-10 minutes and then remove and put on hangers to dry the rest of the way. The heat from the dryer will have relaxed the wrinkles and you save $$$ since the dryer is one of the biggest power users in our homes. I only use the dryer for my husband's dress shirts, using option 2.
Mix 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup fabric softener and 1/3 cup of vinegar in a spray bottle with fine mist nozzle. Spray onto clothing then tug and pull the item to smooth it. Hang or lay flat to dry.
I use metal binder clips or clothes pins to add weight by clipping them on the bottom hem before hanging and spraying. How you place them depends on the garment but I use it on linen mostly.
I was buying a bottle of wrinkle releaser every week so I decided to experiment with cost costing methods. At first I simply added water to make the bottle last longer. Then I decided that was still too expensive.
I love using the solution of 1/2 water, 1/2 fabric softener to use as wrinkle spray! It has saved me dragging out the iron so many times.
Add about 10 oz. liquid starch to a large spray bottle, then fill with water. It works best on damp clothing and/or on the clothesline. Spray clothing and let dry, or smooth or pull if badly wrinkled.
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I recently saw an infomercial for reusable sheets you put in the dryer to remove wrinkles. Anyone know the name of this product?
By peg2911 from Columbus, OH
I don't know the name of it but I know an idea that's cheaper. Simply take a regular sponge (one that doesn't have the green scratchy on the back) and mix up your own more frugal softener: in a gallon water jug (or milk jug that's been cleaned out) mix one or two tablespoons of the cheapest fabric softener with water and mix.
Once you have the laundry in the dryer, wet a sponge with the mixture and throw it in the load. Works like a charm!
For clothes that are already dry, and wrinkled, I just give them a spray with water, and pop them back in the dryer, along with regular dryer sheets , or more economical, dryer balls.
If you are like me and like Dryer fabric softner sheets you can stretch that budget item by cutting them in half and using only half a sheet at a time. I also reuse the sheets because they still work. p.s. I like the wet a sponge with water and softner and throw in dry.
Could alcohol or vinegar be added to homemade wrinkle releaser to kill mold in it?
Try adding grapefruit seed extract (GSE) to the water in the ratio of 10 drops of GSE per cup of water. You do not need to rinse the solution away afterwards. The GSE solution in the spray bottle will remain potent for a long time and can be reused again and again as GSE has a long shelf life. GSE kills mold naturally as the citric acid from the grapefruit attacks mold. GSE also disinfects and deodorizes as well. You can buy GSE from most health food stores and online.
How can I make a homemade wrinkle remover for the dryer? I like the wrinkle removers that you can spray on your clothes and then put them the dryer. The ones you buy are costly and I wanted a way you can make a solution at home that work as well.
By Claudia S
If you spray a wrinkled garment with a little water and tumble it in the dryer for a few minutes, the wrinkles come out. Add a little liquid fabric softener to the spray bottle of water if you have it on hand to add a nice fragrance. No need to buy expensive sprays.
If you wear a cotton blouse and it gets wrinkles but not soiled enough to wash again I've found that you can spray with water and hang on the shower curtain rod and it will dry usually wrinkle free.
Does anyone have a receipe for a wrinkle release spray like Downey? I'm having trouble finding it and also it's very expensive.
By Jill A.
I love wrinkle release spray. However, the cost sucks. What I do is dilute it. I stretch it thin. I found that water alone works for wrinkles but I love the Downy fresh smell so I usually buy a travel size bottle, pour 1/3- 1/2 into a full size spray bottle and fill the rest with water. It works just as good on wrinkles!
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I tried some of that stuff in the grocery store that you spray on clothes to get rid of the wrinkles. It was expensive, but it worked. I looked at the label, and basically it was just fabric softener. So now I buy some fabric softener, put about 1/4 cup of it into a spray bottle with water, and spray it on my clothes. Then I hang them up and shape them on the hanger. Presto, the wrinkles are completely gone. It is a fabulous thing to know; I had to share. Does anyone else do this?
Cubangirl from Seattle
Been doing this since I saw similar hints here - and I can get a nicer scent than the usual "fabric softener" smell, with specialty fabric softeners, too. We are addicted, and I even have a small spray bottle for weekends away. (08/06/2007)
I put a dryer sheet in a small spray bottle and fill with water, then spray the wrinkled clothes and hang to dry. I carry a dryer sheet in my suitcase along with a small spray bottle to use when I travel. (08/07/2007)
I keep a spray bottle of water + 1 tsp. of laundry soap by my washer and in my closet. I hang wrinkled clothes on hangars, spray, then brush down with my hand. The wrinkles disappear. I also use it in my closet to pre-treat soiled clothes before placing them in the laundry basket. (06/26/2008)
There are some good ideas on here. I was wondering, with fabric softener, it usually rinses out. Does using Downy and water harm the clothes at all? I know it is diluted but I am just wondering from someone who has tried it. Many Thanks, E. (09/20/2008)
I, too, have mixed purified water and rubbing alcohol, 50/50 mix with about 2 Tbsp. of fabric softener. Spray on wrinkled garment, smooth away wrinkles with your hands and let it dry. It works like a charm. Another wonderful use for this is to spray it on "too tight" clothing and stretch the fabric. It will make the waistband on jeans, tight t-shirts, etc, stretch to fit the way you want. You can stretch some things up to a whole size bigger! (01/06/2009)
Hi, great idea. What size bottle do you use, 33.81 FL oz? (01/20/2010)
Instead of buying a bottle of Downy wrinkle releaser, get a spray bottle and put about one ounce of liquid fabric softener in it, then fill the rest of the spray bottle with water. Shake up the spray bottle to mix the softener and the water. This mixture when sprayed on any fabric except silk or suede will release wrinkles. The added benefit is that bugs do not like fabric softener.
Source: This is from my own experience.
By Kristy from Burbank, CA
Terry from Kitchener, Ontario
WRINKLE REMOVER SPRAY: 1 cup distilled water, 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol or cheep vodka, 1/4 cup liquid fabric softener. Put in clean spray bottle. ( 8 oz. distilled water, 4 oz. alcohol, 2 oz. liquid fabric softener) (08/25/2006)
MY NO IRON TRICKS: I'll do anything to not get out the old ironing board. Here's a few tricks of mine.
Wash garment, put wet garment into dryer for 5 min, take it out and hang, if hems are turning up, hold hem (or button area) between both hands where you want to flatten, then pull back and forth over inside of washer top or over the side of a flat corner surface
If clothes are dry & wrinkled: Spray with water, shake out garment, throw in dryer 5 min, and remove. No wrinkles it's & ready to wear!
CURLING IRON: To straighten hems, collars, and button areas, etc. in a hurry. As you're getting ready, take your already hot curling iron and use that to iron stubborn areas back into place.
BLOW DRYER, spray hem or area with a bit of water, then hold flat and blow dry. Works great!
In summer time. I just stand there and turn slowly as my partner sprays my clothes with a fine mist of water or febreeze and by the time I'm ready to leave the house my wrinkles are gone! Yes, febreeze gets rid of most wrinkles! (08/25/2006)
I use an old wrinkle releaser spray bottle, filled with tap water and a couple tablespoons of liquid fabric softener. Works just like Downy! (08/26/2006)
I have a large spray bottle.....I have one in my laundry room,one up stairs. One upstairs I use to spray carpets with. Laundry room I spray clothes as I hang they for any wrinkles.
Take spray bottle fill with water Add one full cap Downy "Simple Pleasures. Magnolia & Orange naranio I buy this Downy smell at Walmart. Works Great........ (08/26/2006)
A small travel clothes steamer works wonders... They can usually be found at Goodwill for about a dollar. (01/23/2007)
I don't even put fabric softener in mine, I either use plain water or water with 2 or no more than 3 drops of essential oil in it. Shake well before use, mist wrinkles, smooth out, and let dry. (04/27/2007)