For once in my life, I knew what I wanted to wear last Friday, but it was wrinkly. With my morning routine, I had about 30 seconds to do something about the wrinkles, or choose something else to wear as I don’t leave enough time for myself for another one of my no ironing hacks. I found my spray bottle and figured a little bit of water would help loosen up the clothing fibers and if I sprayed it lightly enough, the shirt would be ready to wear in 10 minutes. When I walked out the door 10 minutes later, I was wearing that shirt, wrinkle free.

I did add my favorite cleaning ingredient to the water to make sure that it smelled fresh as well.

 2 in 1 Wrinkle Release and Fabreze

You will need:

  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • White Vinegar

Simply mix a 50/50 solution of the water and vinegar together in a spray bottle. Use more water if you are worried about a vinegar after smell. On my shirt, there was a slight vinegar smell, but only if my nose was touching the shirt. So if your toddlers dislike the vinegar smell, keep the 50% solution as snotty nose repellent. 🙂



Step One: Hang your shirt up to ensure max air flow so it can dry quickly.


Step Two: Spray shirt lightly to dampen, but not soak, to release wrinkles. The weight of the dampened fabric will cause the wrinkles to fall out.

wrinkle release spray

You can see some of the wrinkles already coming out shortly after being sprayed.

Step Three: Give the shirt, or other article of clothing, a few minutes to dry.


Enjoy your wrinkle free shirt! I missed a spot at the bottom there but I would still wear this. The vinegar will help to get rid of any dirty laundry odors that might be in your clothing without leaving any residue.

I have seen other DIY wrinkle release sprays that use fabric softener but I would caution against using fabric softener. Using a fabric softener in the spray can leave spots on your clothing that may be hard to wash out and may leave a waxy residue on your clothing as it is in higher concentration in the spray than it would be in the washer. Note: Fabric softener used properly in the washer shouldn’t do this to your clothing.

Anyways, aside from the fabric softener tangent, which is totally cool if you use it in your washer, I am pretty sure this 2 in 1 Wrinkle Release and Fabreze spray is going to be my saving grace in the future for those last minute, wrinkly outfits I want to wear. (Because sometimes getting the clothes hung up after a week in the clean laundry basket is still a win.)

Happy Cleaning Wrinkle Busting!


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10 Responses to DIY 2 in 1 Wrinkle Release and Fabreze

  1. Kentucky Lady 717 says:

    Good idea, but I take about a tbsp. of soft rinse (downey) mix it with a spray bottle of water, shake it well and keep it in the laundry room.I hang up a lot of my clothes, so when they are dry, I just throw them in the dryer for about 3-5 mins. and dry and they come out almost wrinkle free…..and it leaves them smelling nice, and soft like I had dried them entirely in the dryer instead of hanging them up to dry….saves on electric bill too 🙂

    • Thanks! I’m glad you water down your version of wrinkle release more than other versions I have seen. If I have a few items then I throw them back in the dryer after a quick spritz. 🙂

  2. Shelly says:

    Such a good idea. I know this will come in handy. I’m pinning this recipe for later.

  3. ishouldbemoppingthefloor says:

    Great idea, Angela! Anything to get out of plugging in the iron, lol!!

  4. Dena Cottrell says:

    Hi Angela, I love all your tips and have started using them in my home! I must say though that I retired my iron to my craft room a long time ago and bought a steamer. I got it on eBay for $20 after searching for a good one. It takes a couple mins to heat up but then I can just steam my clothing super fast and it does a great job. It will even put a crease in pants or whatever I want. I do get hard water build up so I try to use distilled water. But it doesn’t lend itself to a “fresher” smell. Any ideas on if I could add something to it that would make my clothes smell fresh and wrinkle free?

  5. Felicity says:

    Great idea! I’m glad I found a recipe that does not use commercial fabric softener as there are now some clothing with instructions not to use fabric softeners. Thank you!

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