Friday, February 18, 2011

Easy {Two Ingredient} DIY Wrinkle Releaser!

Ironing is problematic with a toddler on the loose! I have a really hard time remembering to turn off an iron...even before Ellie came along! Thank God for the automatic shut off! I *rarely* am there to get clothes out of the dryer as soon as they are finished. Laundry is going on during the midst of many other things! I also have a hard time doing ironing all at one time because I usually have multiple chores going on at once. It's just the way my brain works and I'm learning to work with my personality, not against it!
The fact that an iron may be set up for extended times, and that though I *intend* to close the door to my bedroom when the ironing board is set up and Ellie is playing in the hall while I shift laundry, sweeping, or  -you name it-, I cannot trust myself to remember. That's just a fact! Therefore, I was super excited when I saw this post on Somewhere in the Middle via the Raising Homemakers' Wednesday link up a few weeks ago.

Turns out that one teaspoon of liquid fabric softener per one cup of water in a spray bottle equals perfectly effective wrinkle releaser, fabric relaxer, whatever you want to call it! I used to buy this stuff during my single overly busy teaching days, and I have to admit, I almost feel silly using it! I feel a bit lazy, but now that we have a toddler around, I do think it's a pretty handy thing!

When I pull the clothes out of the dryer (wrinkled, of course), I'm spraying, stretching, and shaking out the shirts that matter and hanging them separated so that they can dry. Voila! 

As I've been getting out wrinkled summer clothes to pack for Brazil I've realized that taking a bit of this along will really come in handy as well since ironing will be out of the question!

I bought a spray bottle and liquid fabric softener at Dollar Tree. However, the spray bottle only shoots a single stream of liquid, so I had to use a different one. In the future, I will also look for a fragrance free fabric softener because we are not used to smells and it's a bit overwhelming!

*Image Courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.

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  1. I am impressed that you actually manage to do any ironing at all.. i am so terrible at it that i just don't bother!

  2. Thank you for the tip! I hate ironing because it takes me forever. I end up hosing the shirt or pants down to where they're pretty much wet and then iron them dry. This is the only way I can get wrinkles out. I will have to try your tip!

  3. WOW!!! I truly do mean WOW!!! I thank God 1st for all things, now please, in all humlity allow me to Thank You & this Site for Your Tip & Inspirational words; the Site for Posting it. A lot of the things I 'need' but aren't looking for, I find by happenstance (God's Will & Time). Truth is I don't like ironing but will do it but I'm one that can't iron on the fly & it bugs my family; so I'll spray & go with no problems. Thank you again. God Bless You & Yours...


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