While I wouldn’t go so far as to say I enjoy doing laundry, it is by far the household task I enjoy the most. I’m totally methodical and ocd about my laundry, the way I sort my clothes and load the machine, what can go in the dryer and what has to hang dry, folding and storing…you get the picture. The one thing that I absolutely hate and have not even attempted in years is ironing. (I believe my last iron went for 5 bucks at my yard sale). If I’m handling heavy and hot-enough-to-burn appliances I better get something good out of it – like a casserole or a cake. For years, my only way to avoid wrinkled clothes was to hang them in bathroom while I showered and let the steam do its work.
Then my Mom and sister, Susan, introduced me to the wonders of Downy Wrinkle Releaser on one of their trips to Los Angeles. My mom is crazy about wrinkles (as in not having any) and clothes. In a scene much like you would see in a commercial, Mom gushed over this miraculous spray that kept her traveling clothes wrinkle-free. Sadly, in our product obsessed family, that isn’t such an unusual scene.
According to their site, the Downy Wrinkle Releaser contains a “unique formula that relaxes fabric fibers, helping to release wrinkles…and helps keep your casual clothes looking neat without all the hassle of ironing.” The instructions are basic as well: Just spray the mist lightly over the item, stretch and smooth out the offending wrinkles and let dry. I was happily surprised that the advertised “light fresh scent” was just that. The scent isn’t chemically, it’s just that nice freshly-washed smell and fades away as the clothes dry.
Oh and it actually works as well! I’ve used it on my lightly wrinkled cottons shirts and tees with much success. It even rescued a linen shirt that was so wrinkled it was unwearable. I had tried the shirt on and discarded it one morning. Two days later, I wanted to wear that shirt and found it in a pile on top of my dresser. After a spray session with my Downy Wrinkle Releaser and some drying time, I was ready to go. Oh, I should also mention that my wardrobe is pretty dark (I have entirely too many black clothes) and I never had any issues with residue marks.
Finally, I found some tips for other uses of the Downy Wrinkle Release. Use it for freshening up bed linens between washes, to smooth a business outfit right before an important meeting or use it to remove fold marks from new purchases, like curtains.
So, are you ready to put your iron in the future yard sale box? We heart this peeps, what did you think of the Downy Wrinkle releaser?[ratings]