DIY Wrinkle Release Tips

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ShirtIf you don’t have any Downy Wrinkle Releaser close by or would like to try a homemade alternative, here are some tips you can try for your clothes.

These come in handy while traveling and you forgot to pack your iron.

DIY Spray

1 tsp fabric softener (liquid)
1 cup water (distilled is best)


  • Mix the water and the fabric softener together in a small spray bottle, one that has a fine mist spray nozzle.

Use as you would with a commercial product, spray generously on clothing then tug and pull item to smooth. Hang or lay flat to dry (overnight).

*Try a small spot first to make sure this solution won’t stain the fabric.

Alternate Solution:

Fill a fine nozzled spray bottle with plain water. Spray the clothing item generously then use a hair dryer to blow clothing dry (flatten, straighten clothing item while its drying).

Try The Shower:

Hang garment in the bathroom while you take a shower, the humidity will help pull out the creases. Use a hairdryer to dry smooth if necessary.

Note: Fiber Content

These techniques work best on poly/cottons or rayon blends. If it’s a 100% cotton clothing item that’s heavily creased, an iron will probably be needed.

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10 Comments to “DIY Wrinkle Release Tips”
  1. Kypueblo says:

    Hey Guys I’ve been doing this for years! As a Real Estate Agent, Oh you better look like you’re walking straight out of the cleaners. Much too expensive for me. This works for my finest suits! I take a wet (not soaking) washcloth and place a dryer sheet with the wrinkled clothing,(I’m sure the spray will work too) shirt suits what ever. In the dryer for about 5 minutes, wrinkles gone and I’m ready to go! Love that fresh smell too!

    • Kathy says:

      I have tried for a couple of years to find Downy Wrinkle Releaser without luck. They had a close out a couple of years ago so I bought about 12 bottles. Little did I know that I would not be able to find it when I ran out. I made the wrinkle relaxer recipe and it works great. I also added 2 T of isopropyl alcohol to speed the drying time. I can’t think far enough ahead to take the wrinkles out the night before. Who knows what a girl is supposed to wear 🙂

    • Alan says:

      This stuff is aomswee! I “discovered” it when my Grandmother showed up for a visit and had a full bottle in her luggage. Too bad it doesn’t work on your face, I could use a good wrinkle remover for those crow’s feet.

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  3. Carol says:

    What I need is something to keep out the wrinkles WHILE I’m wearing the clothes! Rayon blend slacks – looks great, but after one hour, they look terrible – knee ‘pops’, wrinkles galour and even the butt is bagged out… I understand to never buy another pair of slacks with a rayon blend, but what can I do NOW?

    Thank you for ANY help!

    Holland Michigan

  4. Savannah says:

    will the blueing stain the clothes if you use the fabric softener?

    • Kimber says:

      I have been making my own for over a year now & I have never had a problem with it staining. I use a 5 to 1 ratio. 5 parts water to 1 part fabric softener ( I use Ultra Downey) I still use the same bottle I bought 2 years ago of bargain wrinkle releaser at Family Dollar.

  5. TipNut says:

    Hi Savannah, the fabric softener is so diluted that I haven’t found any staining at all.

  6. ginger says:

    Great tip! Going to use this now on.
    Thank you so much.

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