This DIY Wrinkle Release Spray Requires ONLY 2 Ingredients

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Stop buying wrinkle release spray with this easy DIY! 

spraying a shirt with diy wrinkle release spray

Why iron when you can spray the wrinkles away?!

If you’re like me and dislike ironing, try spraying your cotton clothes and bed sheets with a little wrinkle-release spray to smooth out wrinkles quickly. Even better, you can easily DIY your own spray and not buy a separate spray product such as Downy Wrinkle Release.

fabric softener on sheets

Water and a little fabric softener make a great wrinkle-release spray!

I initially tested this whole idea out on my sheets and it worked great! One day I was writing up a product review about my favorite sheets from Costco, and was hoping to get nice photos of them, except they looked wrinkled.

costco Kirkland signature 680 sheets on a bed

I honestly considered ironing them, but then decided to test out a hack I’ve seen on Instagram before by mixing fabric softener and water in an empty water bottle. After spraying and smoothing them out with my hand, it relaxed the fibers and the heavy wrinkles disappeared nicely!

I used my favorite Mrs. Meyers fabric softener in lavender scent, so my sheets smelled amazing. Plus, I loved that I mixed it up on the fly without buying a separate product!

diy wrinkle release spray

Tips for making DIY wrinkle release spray:

  • If you’re planning to keep your bottle of wrinkle release spray, I would use distilled water to keep it from growing mold or bacteria.
  • Want a more natural solution? Try adding 1 cup white vinegar plus 1 cup distilled water into a water bottle with a few drops of essential oils for scent. According to, vinegar is also a great wrinkle release agent!

pouring distilled water into a water bottle

adding fabric softener to spray bottle

tshirt before spraying with wrinkle relaxer spray

spraying shirt with wrinkle release

shirt with no wrinkles

DIY Wrinkle Release Spray




Mix ingredients in an empty spray bottle and it shake up to combine.


Spray on fabric until it’s damp, yet not wet.


Lay the item out flat, and smooth it out taut with your hand. If spraying on bed sheets, pull them tightly and smooth out the wrinkles with your hand.


Let dry for about 30 minutes.

after using wrinkle release spray on a shirt

This easy laundry hack improves wrinkles on cotton! 

This may not yield results as perfect as using an actual iron, however, it’s a great alternative to dragging out the ironing board or using a steamer. If you’re ever in a pinch and want to smooth out your shirt effortlessly, I support this method. If you already buy wrinkle release spray this method could be a great way to start making your own.

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About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 8

  1. Barney

    I’ve done this for years. I always take a spray bottle on vacation for this very reason. I don’t add anything but use just water from the tap. Put clothing on hanger and it works great every time!

    • Around the World

      Haha, us too.

  2. Lisa

    taut not taught 🙂

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Whoops! Thanks, Lisa! We’ll get that updated!

  3. MammaBella

    This wrinkle-release spray can ALSO be used to eliminate static cling in clothing!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Great tip! Thank you!

  4. Sandy Goude

    Ironing is not my favorite sport, so I’ve been doing this for a while! It really works!! I gave some to both of my granddaughters when they moved out on their own. Love this hack ❤️❤️

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay thanks for sharing Sandy!

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