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Whitewater rafting, almost alone among wilderness adventures, doesn't penalize you for hauling the good stuff -- fresh food and vegetables, a few good bottles of wine -- along for the ride. And everything tastes better after a long day on the river. Now add a certified gourmet chef, and everything tastes...amazing. Find your foodie-adventurer paradise on these five gourmet river trips.

These Western US adventures don't come without delicious food. Photo: Mark Oliver

O.A.R.S. Wilderness Gourmet Trips
Rogue River, OR
Executive Chef Bob Anderson translates his experience in the kitchens of the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park to riverside campsites along the Rogue River. After tackling Class III rapids, Anderson will teach you how to make the perfect pan-seared filet mignon with Jack Daniel’s reduction flambé. Leave your spork at home—dig in with real silverware at your luxurious riverside table.

Far and Away Adventures Luxury Organic Food Trip
Salmon River, ID
Adventure glamping at its finest, this 6-day trip journeys down the iconic Middle Fork of the Salmon River, then sets up guests in luxe chalet tents and serves them organic gourmet fare. Think fine china and stemware—you’ll eat a candlelit dinner of goat cheese fondue and champagne-poached salmon paired with award-winning wines, all prepared by a professional Sun Valley chef.

Far Flung Outdoors Gourmet River Trips
Rio Grand, TX
What this trip down a super-smooth section of the Rio Grande lacks in whitewater, it makes up for in gourmet food. San Antonio chef Francois Maeder takes care of your tastebuds with three large riverside meals a day. Goose pate with truffles anyone?

Lewis and Clark Trail Adventures, Ray Risho’s Ports of Call Canoe Trip
Missouri River, MT
Follow the steps of Louis and Clark as you canoe down the Wild & Scenic Upper Missouri River. You’ll get historical and gastronomical interpretations from experts including Missoula chef and global cuisine specialist Ray Risho, who will give daily cooking demonstrations on North African, Italian and Middle Eastern fare.

Rubicon Adventures Wine and Whitewater Extravaganza
South Fork of the American River, CA
If you can’t find the perfect gourmet whitewater adventure, Rubicon will make one for you. They’ll help you tailor your group’s trip specifically to your needs, whether that means hooking you up with a local Bay Area chef and sommelier, or accommodating your own favorite professional foodie. Hit Class III rapids on the South Fork of the American River by day, then set up camp and kitchen at a vehicle-accessed campsite. There’s no need to pack light when you car camp—guests can dress in their finest for white tablecloth dinners with the appropriate stemware for each evening’s tasting. Or not. Whatever you say goes.

Article by Greer Schott

This article originally appeared on The Active Times.


A Natural Homemade Wrinkle Releaser Spray

This homemade wrinkle releaser is an all natural vinegar spray that helps you to remove wrinkles without ironing, chemicals, or commercial fabric softeners.

I loathe ironing. In fact, I put off learning how to correctly iron a shirt until I was about 25 years old. I’ll never forget how hard my mother laughed when I asked her to show me how to tackle a button down dress shirt. (I guess she thought I paid attention when she covered that skill during my childhood.) I had a hot iron in hand, a furled brow, and about an ounce of patience for this task which I despised.

Fortunately, the introduction of wrinkle release products (soon after I became a pro at ironing) meant that I could almost completely avoid this mundane chore. No more battles with a heavy, hand-scalding, cord-wielding, clumsy iron. All I had to do was spray, re-shape, allow for a little drying time, and be on my way wearing my wrinkle-free outfit!

Reasons to make an all-natural wrinkle releaser

Save time. I think my ironing board only makes it out of the closet about twice a year. Spray-on wrinkle releasers are such a blessing when it comes to saving time. I don’t have to pull out the board and iron, wait for it to heat up, perform the actual chore (and sometimes re-iron the places I goof up on), or ice the burns on my hands. (Ouch!)

Rid chemicals from your home. If you have given chemical-filled commercial fabric softeners the boot, you should know that companies selling wrinkle release sprays are using the same chemicals found in the fabric softeners. The ingredients on one bottle of commercial wrinkle releaser I found includes: “fiber relaxers, water, quality control agents and perfume.” The chemical fiber relaxers coat your clothes and irritate sensitive skin. The perfumes can aggravate allergies and other health conditions.

Other DIY recipes aren’t natural. Have you searched for a homemade wrinkle release formula in the past? You may notice that other do-it-yourself recipes recommend a recipe of commercial fabric softener diluted in water. If you’re looking for a completely natural formula, we’ve got an easy one you can make with ingredients you likely have on hand.

Save money. A bottle of my old favorite commercial wrinkle releaser costs about $7.00 – 8.00 for 34 ounces. According to my calculations, when I make the same amount of natural homemade wrinkle releaser it costs roughly .60 (depending on essential oils used).

It works. The most common fear about homemade products is that they won’t work like your old commercial favorites. Check out the picture below in which I have sprayed homemade wrinkle releaser on only one side of the shirt.

Can you tell which side has been treated?

A few weeks ago I wrote about making your own natural fabric softener. This all natural fabric softener can be diluted with water to make an effective wrinkle releaser spray!


A Natural Homemade Wrinkle Releaser Spray

This homemade wrinkle releaser is an all natural vinegar spray that helps you to remove wrinkles without ironing, chemicals, or commercial fabric softeners.

I loathe ironing. In fact, I put off learning how to correctly iron a shirt until I was about 25 years old. I’ll never forget how hard my mother laughed when I asked her to show me how to tackle a button down dress shirt. (I guess she thought I paid attention when she covered that skill during my childhood.) I had a hot iron in hand, a furled brow, and about an ounce of patience for this task which I despised.

Fortunately, the introduction of wrinkle release products (soon after I became a pro at ironing) meant that I could almost completely avoid this mundane chore. No more battles with a heavy, hand-scalding, cord-wielding, clumsy iron. All I had to do was spray, re-shape, allow for a little drying time, and be on my way wearing my wrinkle-free outfit!

Reasons to make an all-natural wrinkle releaser

Save time. I think my ironing board only makes it out of the closet about twice a year. Spray-on wrinkle releasers are such a blessing when it comes to saving time. I don’t have to pull out the board and iron, wait for it to heat up, perform the actual chore (and sometimes re-iron the places I goof up on), or ice the burns on my hands. (Ouch!)

Rid chemicals from your home. If you have given chemical-filled commercial fabric softeners the boot, you should know that companies selling wrinkle release sprays are using the same chemicals found in the fabric softeners. The ingredients on one bottle of commercial wrinkle releaser I found includes: “fiber relaxers, water, quality control agents and perfume.” The chemical fiber relaxers coat your clothes and irritate sensitive skin. The perfumes can aggravate allergies and other health conditions.

Other DIY recipes aren’t natural. Have you searched for a homemade wrinkle release formula in the past? You may notice that other do-it-yourself recipes recommend a recipe of commercial fabric softener diluted in water. If you’re looking for a completely natural formula, we’ve got an easy one you can make with ingredients you likely have on hand.

Save money. A bottle of my old favorite commercial wrinkle releaser costs about $7.00 – 8.00 for 34 ounces. According to my calculations, when I make the same amount of natural homemade wrinkle releaser it costs roughly .60 (depending on essential oils used).

It works. The most common fear about homemade products is that they won’t work like your old commercial favorites. Check out the picture below in which I have sprayed homemade wrinkle releaser on only one side of the shirt.

Can you tell which side has been treated?

A few weeks ago I wrote about making your own natural fabric softener. This all natural fabric softener can be diluted with water to make an effective wrinkle releaser spray!


A Natural Homemade Wrinkle Releaser Spray

This homemade wrinkle releaser is an all natural vinegar spray that helps you to remove wrinkles without ironing, chemicals, or commercial fabric softeners.

I loathe ironing. In fact, I put off learning how to correctly iron a shirt until I was about 25 years old. I’ll never forget how hard my mother laughed when I asked her to show me how to tackle a button down dress shirt. (I guess she thought I paid attention when she covered that skill during my childhood.) I had a hot iron in hand, a furled brow, and about an ounce of patience for this task which I despised.

Fortunately, the introduction of wrinkle release products (soon after I became a pro at ironing) meant that I could almost completely avoid this mundane chore. No more battles with a heavy, hand-scalding, cord-wielding, clumsy iron. All I had to do was spray, re-shape, allow for a little drying time, and be on my way wearing my wrinkle-free outfit!

Reasons to make an all-natural wrinkle releaser

Save time. I think my ironing board only makes it out of the closet about twice a year. Spray-on wrinkle releasers are such a blessing when it comes to saving time. I don’t have to pull out the board and iron, wait for it to heat up, perform the actual chore (and sometimes re-iron the places I goof up on), or ice the burns on my hands. (Ouch!)

Rid chemicals from your home. If you have given chemical-filled commercial fabric softeners the boot, you should know that companies selling wrinkle release sprays are using the same chemicals found in the fabric softeners. The ingredients on one bottle of commercial wrinkle releaser I found includes: “fiber relaxers, water, quality control agents and perfume.” The chemical fiber relaxers coat your clothes and irritate sensitive skin. The perfumes can aggravate allergies and other health conditions.

Other DIY recipes aren’t natural. Have you searched for a homemade wrinkle release formula in the past? You may notice that other do-it-yourself recipes recommend a recipe of commercial fabric softener diluted in water. If you’re looking for a completely natural formula, we’ve got an easy one you can make with ingredients you likely have on hand.

Save money. A bottle of my old favorite commercial wrinkle releaser costs about $7.00 – 8.00 for 34 ounces. According to my calculations, when I make the same amount of natural homemade wrinkle releaser it costs roughly .60 (depending on essential oils used).

It works. The most common fear about homemade products is that they won’t work like your old commercial favorites. Check out the picture below in which I have sprayed homemade wrinkle releaser on only one side of the shirt.

Can you tell which side has been treated?

A few weeks ago I wrote about making your own natural fabric softener. This all natural fabric softener can be diluted with water to make an effective wrinkle releaser spray!


A Natural Homemade Wrinkle Releaser Spray

This homemade wrinkle releaser is an all natural vinegar spray that helps you to remove wrinkles without ironing, chemicals, or commercial fabric softeners.

I loathe ironing. In fact, I put off learning how to correctly iron a shirt until I was about 25 years old. I’ll never forget how hard my mother laughed when I asked her to show me how to tackle a button down dress shirt. (I guess she thought I paid attention when she covered that skill during my childhood.) I had a hot iron in hand, a furled brow, and about an ounce of patience for this task which I despised.

Fortunately, the introduction of wrinkle release products (soon after I became a pro at ironing) meant that I could almost completely avoid this mundane chore. No more battles with a heavy, hand-scalding, cord-wielding, clumsy iron. All I had to do was spray, re-shape, allow for a little drying time, and be on my way wearing my wrinkle-free outfit!

Reasons to make an all-natural wrinkle releaser

Save time. I think my ironing board only makes it out of the closet about twice a year. Spray-on wrinkle releasers are such a blessing when it comes to saving time. I don’t have to pull out the board and iron, wait for it to heat up, perform the actual chore (and sometimes re-iron the places I goof up on), or ice the burns on my hands. (Ouch!)

Rid chemicals from your home. If you have given chemical-filled commercial fabric softeners the boot, you should know that companies selling wrinkle release sprays are using the same chemicals found in the fabric softeners. The ingredients on one bottle of commercial wrinkle releaser I found includes: “fiber relaxers, water, quality control agents and perfume.” The chemical fiber relaxers coat your clothes and irritate sensitive skin. The perfumes can aggravate allergies and other health conditions.

Other DIY recipes aren’t natural. Have you searched for a homemade wrinkle release formula in the past? You may notice that other do-it-yourself recipes recommend a recipe of commercial fabric softener diluted in water. If you’re looking for a completely natural formula, we’ve got an easy one you can make with ingredients you likely have on hand.

Save money. A bottle of my old favorite commercial wrinkle releaser costs about $7.00 – 8.00 for 34 ounces. According to my calculations, when I make the same amount of natural homemade wrinkle releaser it costs roughly .60 (depending on essential oils used).

It works. The most common fear about homemade products is that they won’t work like your old commercial favorites. Check out the picture below in which I have sprayed homemade wrinkle releaser on only one side of the shirt.

Can you tell which side has been treated?

A few weeks ago I wrote about making your own natural fabric softener. This all natural fabric softener can be diluted with water to make an effective wrinkle releaser spray!


A Natural Homemade Wrinkle Releaser Spray

This homemade wrinkle releaser is an all natural vinegar spray that helps you to remove wrinkles without ironing, chemicals, or commercial fabric softeners.

I loathe ironing. In fact, I put off learning how to correctly iron a shirt until I was about 25 years old. I’ll never forget how hard my mother laughed when I asked her to show me how to tackle a button down dress shirt. (I guess she thought I paid attention when she covered that skill during my childhood.) I had a hot iron in hand, a furled brow, and about an ounce of patience for this task which I despised.

Fortunately, the introduction of wrinkle release products (soon after I became a pro at ironing) meant that I could almost completely avoid this mundane chore. No more battles with a heavy, hand-scalding, cord-wielding, clumsy iron. All I had to do was spray, re-shape, allow for a little drying time, and be on my way wearing my wrinkle-free outfit!

Reasons to make an all-natural wrinkle releaser

Save time. I think my ironing board only makes it out of the closet about twice a year. Spray-on wrinkle releasers are such a blessing when it comes to saving time. I don’t have to pull out the board and iron, wait for it to heat up, perform the actual chore (and sometimes re-iron the places I goof up on), or ice the burns on my hands. (Ouch!)

Rid chemicals from your home. If you have given chemical-filled commercial fabric softeners the boot, you should know that companies selling wrinkle release sprays are using the same chemicals found in the fabric softeners. The ingredients on one bottle of commercial wrinkle releaser I found includes: “fiber relaxers, water, quality control agents and perfume.” The chemical fiber relaxers coat your clothes and irritate sensitive skin. The perfumes can aggravate allergies and other health conditions.

Other DIY recipes aren’t natural. Have you searched for a homemade wrinkle release formula in the past? You may notice that other do-it-yourself recipes recommend a recipe of commercial fabric softener diluted in water. If you’re looking for a completely natural formula, we’ve got an easy one you can make with ingredients you likely have on hand.

Save money. A bottle of my old favorite commercial wrinkle releaser costs about $7.00 – 8.00 for 34 ounces. According to my calculations, when I make the same amount of natural homemade wrinkle releaser it costs roughly .60 (depending on essential oils used).

It works. The most common fear about homemade products is that they won’t work like your old commercial favorites. Check out the picture below in which I have sprayed homemade wrinkle releaser on only one side of the shirt.

Can you tell which side has been treated?

A few weeks ago I wrote about making your own natural fabric softener. This all natural fabric softener can be diluted with water to make an effective wrinkle releaser spray!


A Natural Homemade Wrinkle Releaser Spray

This homemade wrinkle releaser is an all natural vinegar spray that helps you to remove wrinkles without ironing, chemicals, or commercial fabric softeners.

I loathe ironing. In fact, I put off learning how to correctly iron a shirt until I was about 25 years old. I’ll never forget how hard my mother laughed when I asked her to show me how to tackle a button down dress shirt. (I guess she thought I paid attention when she covered that skill during my childhood.) I had a hot iron in hand, a furled brow, and about an ounce of patience for this task which I despised.

Fortunately, the introduction of wrinkle release products (soon after I became a pro at ironing) meant that I could almost completely avoid this mundane chore. No more battles with a heavy, hand-scalding, cord-wielding, clumsy iron. All I had to do was spray, re-shape, allow for a little drying time, and be on my way wearing my wrinkle-free outfit!

Reasons to make an all-natural wrinkle releaser

Save time. I think my ironing board only makes it out of the closet about twice a year. Spray-on wrinkle releasers are such a blessing when it comes to saving time. I don’t have to pull out the board and iron, wait for it to heat up, perform the actual chore (and sometimes re-iron the places I goof up on), or ice the burns on my hands. (Ouch!)

Rid chemicals from your home. If you have given chemical-filled commercial fabric softeners the boot, you should know that companies selling wrinkle release sprays are using the same chemicals found in the fabric softeners. The ingredients on one bottle of commercial wrinkle releaser I found includes: “fiber relaxers, water, quality control agents and perfume.” The chemical fiber relaxers coat your clothes and irritate sensitive skin. The perfumes can aggravate allergies and other health conditions.

Other DIY recipes aren’t natural. Have you searched for a homemade wrinkle release formula in the past? You may notice that other do-it-yourself recipes recommend a recipe of commercial fabric softener diluted in water. If you’re looking for a completely natural formula, we’ve got an easy one you can make with ingredients you likely have on hand.

Save money. A bottle of my old favorite commercial wrinkle releaser costs about $7.00 – 8.00 for 34 ounces. According to my calculations, when I make the same amount of natural homemade wrinkle releaser it costs roughly .60 (depending on essential oils used).

It works. The most common fear about homemade products is that they won’t work like your old commercial favorites. Check out the picture below in which I have sprayed homemade wrinkle releaser on only one side of the shirt.

Can you tell which side has been treated?

A few weeks ago I wrote about making your own natural fabric softener. This all natural fabric softener can be diluted with water to make an effective wrinkle releaser spray!


A Natural Homemade Wrinkle Releaser Spray

This homemade wrinkle releaser is an all natural vinegar spray that helps you to remove wrinkles without ironing, chemicals, or commercial fabric softeners.

I loathe ironing. In fact, I put off learning how to correctly iron a shirt until I was about 25 years old. I’ll never forget how hard my mother laughed when I asked her to show me how to tackle a button down dress shirt. (I guess she thought I paid attention when she covered that skill during my childhood.) I had a hot iron in hand, a furled brow, and about an ounce of patience for this task which I despised.

Fortunately, the introduction of wrinkle release products (soon after I became a pro at ironing) meant that I could almost completely avoid this mundane chore. No more battles with a heavy, hand-scalding, cord-wielding, clumsy iron. All I had to do was spray, re-shape, allow for a little drying time, and be on my way wearing my wrinkle-free outfit!

Reasons to make an all-natural wrinkle releaser

Save time. I think my ironing board only makes it out of the closet about twice a year. Spray-on wrinkle releasers are such a blessing when it comes to saving time. I don’t have to pull out the board and iron, wait for it to heat up, perform the actual chore (and sometimes re-iron the places I goof up on), or ice the burns on my hands. (Ouch!)

Rid chemicals from your home. If you have given chemical-filled commercial fabric softeners the boot, you should know that companies selling wrinkle release sprays are using the same chemicals found in the fabric softeners. The ingredients on one bottle of commercial wrinkle releaser I found includes: “fiber relaxers, water, quality control agents and perfume.” The chemical fiber relaxers coat your clothes and irritate sensitive skin. The perfumes can aggravate allergies and other health conditions.

Other DIY recipes aren’t natural. Have you searched for a homemade wrinkle release formula in the past? You may notice that other do-it-yourself recipes recommend a recipe of commercial fabric softener diluted in water. If you’re looking for a completely natural formula, we’ve got an easy one you can make with ingredients you likely have on hand.

Save money. A bottle of my old favorite commercial wrinkle releaser costs about $7.00 – 8.00 for 34 ounces. According to my calculations, when I make the same amount of natural homemade wrinkle releaser it costs roughly .60 (depending on essential oils used).

It works. The most common fear about homemade products is that they won’t work like your old commercial favorites. Check out the picture below in which I have sprayed homemade wrinkle releaser on only one side of the shirt.

Can you tell which side has been treated?

A few weeks ago I wrote about making your own natural fabric softener. This all natural fabric softener can be diluted with water to make an effective wrinkle releaser spray!


A Natural Homemade Wrinkle Releaser Spray

This homemade wrinkle releaser is an all natural vinegar spray that helps you to remove wrinkles without ironing, chemicals, or commercial fabric softeners.

I loathe ironing. In fact, I put off learning how to correctly iron a shirt until I was about 25 years old. I’ll never forget how hard my mother laughed when I asked her to show me how to tackle a button down dress shirt. (I guess she thought I paid attention when she covered that skill during my childhood.) I had a hot iron in hand, a furled brow, and about an ounce of patience for this task which I despised.

Fortunately, the introduction of wrinkle release products (soon after I became a pro at ironing) meant that I could almost completely avoid this mundane chore. No more battles with a heavy, hand-scalding, cord-wielding, clumsy iron. All I had to do was spray, re-shape, allow for a little drying time, and be on my way wearing my wrinkle-free outfit!

Reasons to make an all-natural wrinkle releaser

Save time. I think my ironing board only makes it out of the closet about twice a year. Spray-on wrinkle releasers are such a blessing when it comes to saving time. I don’t have to pull out the board and iron, wait for it to heat up, perform the actual chore (and sometimes re-iron the places I goof up on), or ice the burns on my hands. (Ouch!)

Rid chemicals from your home. If you have given chemical-filled commercial fabric softeners the boot, you should know that companies selling wrinkle release sprays are using the same chemicals found in the fabric softeners. The ingredients on one bottle of commercial wrinkle releaser I found includes: “fiber relaxers, water, quality control agents and perfume.” The chemical fiber relaxers coat your clothes and irritate sensitive skin. The perfumes can aggravate allergies and other health conditions.

Other DIY recipes aren’t natural. Have you searched for a homemade wrinkle release formula in the past? You may notice that other do-it-yourself recipes recommend a recipe of commercial fabric softener diluted in water. If you’re looking for a completely natural formula, we’ve got an easy one you can make with ingredients you likely have on hand.

Save money. A bottle of my old favorite commercial wrinkle releaser costs about $7.00 – 8.00 for 34 ounces. According to my calculations, when I make the same amount of natural homemade wrinkle releaser it costs roughly .60 (depending on essential oils used).

It works. The most common fear about homemade products is that they won’t work like your old commercial favorites. Check out the picture below in which I have sprayed homemade wrinkle releaser on only one side of the shirt.

Can you tell which side has been treated?

A few weeks ago I wrote about making your own natural fabric softener. This all natural fabric softener can be diluted with water to make an effective wrinkle releaser spray!


A Natural Homemade Wrinkle Releaser Spray

This homemade wrinkle releaser is an all natural vinegar spray that helps you to remove wrinkles without ironing, chemicals, or commercial fabric softeners.

I loathe ironing. In fact, I put off learning how to correctly iron a shirt until I was about 25 years old. I’ll never forget how hard my mother laughed when I asked her to show me how to tackle a button down dress shirt. (I guess she thought I paid attention when she covered that skill during my childhood.) I had a hot iron in hand, a furled brow, and about an ounce of patience for this task which I despised.

Fortunately, the introduction of wrinkle release products (soon after I became a pro at ironing) meant that I could almost completely avoid this mundane chore. No more battles with a heavy, hand-scalding, cord-wielding, clumsy iron. All I had to do was spray, re-shape, allow for a little drying time, and be on my way wearing my wrinkle-free outfit!

Reasons to make an all-natural wrinkle releaser

Save time. I think my ironing board only makes it out of the closet about twice a year. Spray-on wrinkle releasers are such a blessing when it comes to saving time. I don’t have to pull out the board and iron, wait for it to heat up, perform the actual chore (and sometimes re-iron the places I goof up on), or ice the burns on my hands. (Ouch!)

Rid chemicals from your home. If you have given chemical-filled commercial fabric softeners the boot, you should know that companies selling wrinkle release sprays are using the same chemicals found in the fabric softeners. The ingredients on one bottle of commercial wrinkle releaser I found includes: “fiber relaxers, water, quality control agents and perfume.” The chemical fiber relaxers coat your clothes and irritate sensitive skin. The perfumes can aggravate allergies and other health conditions.

Other DIY recipes aren’t natural. Have you searched for a homemade wrinkle release formula in the past? You may notice that other do-it-yourself recipes recommend a recipe of commercial fabric softener diluted in water. If you’re looking for a completely natural formula, we’ve got an easy one you can make with ingredients you likely have on hand.

Save money. A bottle of my old favorite commercial wrinkle releaser costs about $7.00 – 8.00 for 34 ounces. According to my calculations, when I make the same amount of natural homemade wrinkle releaser it costs roughly .60 (depending on essential oils used).

It works. The most common fear about homemade products is that they won’t work like your old commercial favorites. Check out the picture below in which I have sprayed homemade wrinkle releaser on only one side of the shirt.

Can you tell which side has been treated?

A few weeks ago I wrote about making your own natural fabric softener. This all natural fabric softener can be diluted with water to make an effective wrinkle releaser spray!


A Natural Homemade Wrinkle Releaser Spray

This homemade wrinkle releaser is an all natural vinegar spray that helps you to remove wrinkles without ironing, chemicals, or commercial fabric softeners.

I loathe ironing. In fact, I put off learning how to correctly iron a shirt until I was about 25 years old. I’ll never forget how hard my mother laughed when I asked her to show me how to tackle a button down dress shirt. (I guess she thought I paid attention when she covered that skill during my childhood.) I had a hot iron in hand, a furled brow, and about an ounce of patience for this task which I despised.

Fortunately, the introduction of wrinkle release products (soon after I became a pro at ironing) meant that I could almost completely avoid this mundane chore. No more battles with a heavy, hand-scalding, cord-wielding, clumsy iron. All I had to do was spray, re-shape, allow for a little drying time, and be on my way wearing my wrinkle-free outfit!

Reasons to make an all-natural wrinkle releaser

Save time. I think my ironing board only makes it out of the closet about twice a year. Spray-on wrinkle releasers are such a blessing when it comes to saving time. I don’t have to pull out the board and iron, wait for it to heat up, perform the actual chore (and sometimes re-iron the places I goof up on), or ice the burns on my hands. (Ouch!)

Rid chemicals from your home. If you have given chemical-filled commercial fabric softeners the boot, you should know that companies selling wrinkle release sprays are using the same chemicals found in the fabric softeners. The ingredients on one bottle of commercial wrinkle releaser I found includes: “fiber relaxers, water, quality control agents and perfume.” The chemical fiber relaxers coat your clothes and irritate sensitive skin. The perfumes can aggravate allergies and other health conditions.

Other DIY recipes aren’t natural. Have you searched for a homemade wrinkle release formula in the past? You may notice that other do-it-yourself recipes recommend a recipe of commercial fabric softener diluted in water. If you’re looking for a completely natural formula, we’ve got an easy one you can make with ingredients you likely have on hand.

Save money. A bottle of my old favorite commercial wrinkle releaser costs about $7.00 – 8.00 for 34 ounces. According to my calculations, when I make the same amount of natural homemade wrinkle releaser it costs roughly .60 (depending on essential oils used).

It works. The most common fear about homemade products is that they won’t work like your old commercial favorites. Check out the picture below in which I have sprayed homemade wrinkle releaser on only one side of the shirt.

Can you tell which side has been treated?

A few weeks ago I wrote about making your own natural fabric softener. This all natural fabric softener can be diluted with water to make an effective wrinkle releaser spray!