Over the last 3 years, since I started this website, the amount of traveling I do has steadily been increasing. This is one of those “good problems to have” situations, so I’m definitely not complaining. But all that traveling means a lot of clothing care issues. One of the biggest ones being WRINKLES. It’s hard to keep clothes wrinkle-free when they are squished in a suitcase for hours at a time!
Now that my daughter Britta and daughter-in-law Kaitlyn are also traveling with me on occasion, they are dealing with the clothes crumpling dilemma as well. Thankfully Britta has come up with a way to tackle it that works whether you travel or not….and is sharing it with us today!
The weekend before last we attended the BlogHer’14 convention in San Jose, and upon arriving home I just didn’t bother unpacking. A few friends and I had plans to roadtrip to see Real Salt Lake play against the Colorado Rapids in Denver the very next weekend, and it didn’t really make sense to me to unpack all the stuff I hadn’t worn in San Jose only to re-pack it for the roadtrip. Of course, when it came time to gather my things, I opened the suitcase to find that the clothes I had left in the suitcase had some serious wrinkle issues.
I hadn’t worn the clothes since I washed them before the San Jose trip, so it seemed wasteful to wash them again. And since I don’t own an iron, that option was out too. Then I thought back to last summer, when one of my roommates during my trip to Europe had smartly thought to bring a “wrinkle-release spray” with her, which she used when her clothes needed some reviving after many days at the bottom of her suitcase. So of course, I turned to the internet to find out if I might be able to make something similar at home.
As it turns out, it is REALLY simple to make your own wrinkle release spray! Most recipes are just a bit of fabric softener diluted with water. However, I don’t actually have any fabric softener in the house either. :-/ I thought I was out of luck, until I remembered about a post my mom did awhile back about making your own fabric softener using hair conditioner and vinegar. I definitely own both of those things, so I adapted her recipe for fabric softener into a recipe for a wrinkle release spray.
Homemade Wrinkle Release Spray
- 1 tsp conditioner
- 1 Tbsp white vinegar
- 2 cups water
Use a funnel to add all the ingredients to a spray bottle, and shake to combine. Make sure to set your spray bottle to the mist setting if it has one.
Spray your item(s) lightly on wrinkled areas. It should be damp, not wet. Pull the item(s) taut to help smooth out the wrinkles, and let dry completely.
That’s all there is to it! This spray was simple to make, worked great, and didn’t cost me a dime. I love a happy ending! :-)