Favorite Things

downy spray

I hardly ever iron.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy it because I actually do.  But there are only 24 hours in a day, and I’ve found a faster way.  It’s called Downy Wrinkle Releaser.  You can find it in the laundry cleaning section at Target and Walmart and online.

It surprises me how many people I’ve met who haven’t heard of it, so I make it my duty to enlighten them…. and now, you!  The secret to an iron free life is to unload the dryer immediately, fold the clothes or hang.  Then on the day you pull out your favorite ensemble, simply spray any remaining wrinkles, and smooth out with your hand. 

Or you could do it my way and spray after the clothes are on.  I’ve been known to line the kids up before church on Sunday and spray them down.  Does that qualify me for the bad mom award?  Probably, but hey, they look good and we’re making memories. 

downy spray 4Eva, just sprayed.

The spray comes out in a fine mist and doesn’t saturate the fabric.  It’s excellent for around the house too.  In fact, I didn’t iron the curtains in my latest project:

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I just sprayed them once they were up.  It works!  I also use it for bedding… sheets, duvet cover, bed skirts.  It’s great for traveling too!  Just pour into a small spray bottle, and it can tag along in your luggage.  My friend says that I could probably make my own using fabric softener and water.  She might be right, but I haven’t attempted it yet.  Until then, this is definitely one of my favorite things.

34 comments:

  1. I was just at a party last week and had a friend tell me about this miracle worker!;) I'm looking for it when I head to Target today...Thanks!!!

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  2. Oh I need this so bad! I have forsaken the iron and am in desperate need of another solution! Can't wait to try it! I know my first attempt will be on the dust ruffle I just put on my son's big boy bed! Thanks!

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  3. Ha! I love it that you just "line them up & spray them down!" Why NOT??? Now you have even more time for all the other IMPORTANT things in your life!!!
    I used to use a dollar store brand, but I'm out so I'll definitely be picking some up at the store tonight!
    Thanks!
    Rebecca

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  4. What a great tip! I never iron either, but I sure remember the ritual of my mom's ironing duties. The clothes were sprinkled with water from a glass 7-Up bottle that had a sprinkler top shoved in it, then rolled in towels, and sometimes put in the fridge until she could get to them. Her ironing time was often 9-10 PM on Saturday nights as she watched "Gunsmoke." Those school dresses of ours took a lot of time!

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  5. Oh, I've never heard of such a thing. I try to avoid ironing at all costs so I'll certainly be giving this a try!

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  6. i use this on my curtains & tablecloths all the time- who wants to iron those big old things? and it smells good! : )

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  7. I have never heard of this! What a great tip. thanks for sharing!

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  8. Your posts just make me smile....always!!!! Bravo and brilliant to this spray ironing. Where were we when this was on the invention belt???!!! Someday I am going to cash in on something like this. Still thinking... :)

    Hope your weekend is great and productive. Try to relax if you have time.

    Thanks for all your posts. We know how busy you are....but we are so glad you are updating us. We sure do appreciate you in every way.

    B.

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  9. I actually found the "recipe" for wrinkle releaser once...it's 1 part softener to 10 parts water. I keep meaning to try it, but at this point, my family is used to things being rumply and wrinkly.

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  10. I love it when you have a new post. It starts my computer day prefectly! Thanks for the tip. I had never heard of this. I feel enlightened!
    xoxo Dianne

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  11. I have used it for years and love it too!! I still iron every once in awhile, but I love wrinkle releaser. I even got the travel size ones for going on vacation - perfect when you pull your clothes out of the suitcase!
    Ashlyn

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  12. I wonder what's in it. I have terribly chemically sensitive kids - can't eat them in our food or use them in the house! I wonder if there is a 'cheater' way to make some all-natural stuff.

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  13. I love this stuff. I've been using it for a couple of years and yes, it's a huge timesaver. I can't remember the last time I ironed something. I'm not even sure where the ironing board is right now. It is a a lot cheaper to make your own. Here's the link to make it:http://commoncentshome.blogspot.com/2010/04/how-to-make-wrinkle-releaser-spray.html

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  14. That's a great tip! I'm sending it to my friends...
    Thanks!

    Cindy

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  15. You know I have seen this out in the grocers but have never picked it up. I do like to iron (I know-don't hate me) but my daughter doesn't. I wonder how this would work on all cotton dresses? Is that an all cotton one your dd has on? That would be great! xo Diana

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  16. Best stuff ever. I've been using it for years. Target is the only place to get the large bottles - they used to sell it everywhere. Why they don't advertise this miracle solution is a mystery to me!

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  17. I am a linen girl in the summer...
    So of course Wrinkle spray is one of my favorite things. I always pack a little bottle of spray when I head to Italy. Who has time to pack I ask??
    This is a friday's favorite for sure :-)

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  18. Dollar General sells a knock-off. It is much cheaper and works great!

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  19. I will have to look for it at Target next time I am there..I have never heard of this..I guess I am from the old school of ironing..LOL..I think I just graduated..Thanks for the post..
    Janet

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  20. i'll need to buy some of that stuff asap! i never seem to have time to iron before running out the door. so, this may be a life saver! ;)

    ashley

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  21. Love this stuff. One time I ran out and added one cap full(I like the Lavender Serenity scent)of Downy liquid to an old Windex bottle and filled it with water. It works great and is much cheaper. I just hang up the clothes right out of the dryer and give everything a light spritz, no more ironing. I look forward to reading of your adventures in renovating. Warmly, Barbara.

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  22. Thanks for the great wrinkle tip. I'm your newest follower. Come check out my blog, please. I've enjoyed reading yours this morning.

    Helen of Helen's Decor

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  23. I can't wait to get myself a bottle .... not only to de-wrinkle my linens but to keep my house smelling lovely and fresh. Thanks for such a great post!

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  24. You have just freed me. I come from a long line of "ironers." My Grandma irons her pajamas, sheets and slips. My mom irons every article of clothing. I have my closet lined with clothes waiting to be ironed. I was 20 minutes late to church yesterday because I had to iron. I am DONE with it. Oh, happy day!!! Thanks so much for permission to give it up! Rebekah

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  25. We dont have this in Australia at all!!! =0(
    I dont think you are a bad Mum at all, just means that you would rather spend time with your family than iron, I gte that totally.
    I am on the hunt for the wrinkle eraser now!
    LOVING your bedroom makeover too...love it!
    Ness xx

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  26. This is on my list today to pick up. HILARIOUS how you line the kids up & spray them down! :) chris

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  27. thanks for sharing...will have to see if this is available in the uk ! x

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  28. We have that same iron! I tell the kids to "grab the spray iron."
    -Trish

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  29. I've used this for years!!!! I absolutely love it and hardly ever iron. I even keep a small spray bottle in my travel cosmetic bag. It especially works great for t-shirts that wrinkle when folded in a drawer. I, too, occasionally spray it on as I'm wearing something.
    Mrs. B.

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  30. I am really digging the planks. I would love to add this detail to my house...somewhere.

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  31. Thanks for sharing such great post! I love you blog! Love this stuff. One time I ran out and added one cap full(I like the Lavender Serenity scent)of Downy liquid to an old Windex bottle and filled it with water. It works great and is much cheaper.

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