Travel Necessities: These Shirts Are Wrinkly!

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is on the list of travel necessities because it refreshes clothes that have been packed and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. What a time and money saver, compared to hotel laundry services and hotel ironing equipment, according to the reviewer below. It’s easy to pack, since it’s available in a convenient, travel-sized, 3-ounce, TSA-compliant bottle. It’s easy to use–just spray, tug, smooth, and hang. It’s easy to wait just 5 or 10 minutes for your garment to dry and to be ready to wear. There’s no need to complicate your travels–Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus makes it easy to have wrinkle-free clothes while you’re traveling. A travel necessity for sure! And thank you to the reviewer below for the nice review!

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus – The Traveler’s (and Bachelor’s!) Friend
So there you are, doing hand-washing in a hotel basin or bath, and hanging things up to dry. Most of us don’t insist on ironed underwear, but what about our shirts, particularly if we have an important meeting the next day?
Sure, if time allowed, you could spend heavily on hotel laundry services, but that’s not always an option when on the road, with frequent hotel changes. And, equally sure, you could ask for an ironing board and iron to be sent up, but who really wants to spend an extra 30 minutes at the end of a long day ironing a shirt or two? Not me – not on the road, and, in truth, not much at home either!
Some people address this challenge by packing traveling irons or steamers, and other people are careful to choose ‘wrinkle free’ clothing; of course ‘wrinkle free’ is itself a relative term – probably meaning ‘it doesn’t wrinkle as much as other things, but it sure isn’t starchy smooth’.
Now we have a new option. Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus – a new and improved version of an earlier product. You simply spray this liquid onto the garment in question, then tug/smooth the fabric, and, as if by magic, the wrinkles disappear. Give it 5 – 10 minutes to dry, and you’re done.
There are special silicone based substances in the liquid that act as non-greasy lubricants at the fiber level in the garment, allowing the fibers to smoothly move and flow, and align with each other rather than getting ‘stuck’ in wrinkle patterns.
It also has a pleasantly neutral ‘fresh’ smell to it. The spray also reduces the propensity of some fabrics to accumulate static, making them less likely to be clingy and hopefully reducing the nasty sparking one sometimes suffers with some clothing combinations.
I’ve always been a bit skeptical about such products, but decided to give it a try, because if it does work as promised, it would be a very helpful thing. So I washed and wrinkled up a shirt, and then followed the simple instructions – spray on to a general level of dampness, and smooth. Here’s a fun YouTube video showing the concept.
The spray worked very well and much as depicted in the video. The shirt did not end up starchy smooth, but the wrinkles generally disappeared. I’ve tried to capture some before and after shots, both close up and looking at the shirt (back) more generally. Here is a close up of the before and after, probably too close up, because you see the individual threads magnified, but at least it shows you there’s no trickery involved.
You might get a better perspective of the overall appearance of the shirt by looking at this before picture of a larger part of the shirt back, and this after shot of the same shirt.
If this is something you think you might benefit from, the good news is that it is available in travel sized, TSA compliant, 3 ounce spray bottles, as well as larger bulk bottles too. The tiny spray bottles take up little space and little weight in any type of traveling bag, and have now become part of my essential travel kit.
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