Travel Gear Review: (Amazing) Downy Wrinkle Releaser

When it comes to packing, it does not seem to matter how we do it, wrinkles persist.  Folding, Rolling, Shrink-wrapping or just throwing everything together and hoping for the best: wrinkles galore.  We found a sure fire winner in the ConAir Personal Steamer, reviewed not long ago and impressed our friends with live demonstrations after international flights.  But cruise lines are not too keen on us bringing heat-producing devices of any kind on board for fear of fire, and it would just be a matter of time before confiscation ensued.  Going back to the drawing board, we tried Downy Wrinkle Releaser again and found it worked well, for more than just wrinkle free clothing too.

Before we discovered the wonders of the ConAir Personal Steamer, Downy Wrinkle Releaser was a go-to solution for removing the effects of clothing being crammed in luggage, regardless of the trip.  Across the street or around the world, Downy Wrinkle Releaser got a “pretty good” rating and did indeed help.  But now we have new Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus which is promoted by its manufacturer as ‘more than a replacement for the hassle of everyday ironing’.  Indeed, we found that the new ‘Wonder Bottle’, as they call it*, has over 100 uses during travel and around the house .

We tried and it worked to remove creases from pillowcases, bed sheets, drapery, fabrics, tablecloths, napkins…pretty much anything we tried it on.  My face? Not so much. But even stowed away holiday decorations and, get this: wrapped packages with colorful bows that had been smashed flat in transit to a holiday destination came out looking good. We were just running around the house spraying it everywhere.  The dog even smelled better after a squirt or two. It reduced static cling, can take the place of any Fabreeze-like product on the market and freshens a hotel room, cruise ship cabin or bathroom instantly.

The science behind it is rather complicated so pay attention: coating the fibers of  fabric, silicone causes them to relax and slide apart instead of being frozen in a crease.  Wow.  Did that blow your mind too?

Using Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is not magic and takes a bit of work.  Simply spray, smooth, then tug the fabric (or dog fur) then let it dry to  a crisp smelling, wrinkle free form in a few minutes.  Our testing found the product worked best if we unpacked upon embarkation, sprayed everything, smoothed out the wrinkles with our hands, hung the clothing to dry then went to the bar for a few hours.  Upon returning to our stateroom, everything looked great that was not floating.

Horribly wrinkled clothes might take doing this twice but beat ironing.  Still, for those who do like to iron, using Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus instead of spray starch works better and leaves no residue.

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus comes in value-sized 1 liter ($6.99), 500 ml ($419) and TSA compliant 3 oz bottles ($1.99)

Do we have a video on this? You bet we do. (and a #hashtag too – #WonderBottle)  This gal got good results from Downy Wrinkle Releaser and she was not even using the new Plus version:

Good for her!  Quite the investigative journalist there for sure! Still, the Plus version is the one to buy, here’s why:

Now if I can only find a cruise ship-friendly replacement for my Crock Pot I’ll be all set.


*previously, say ‘Wonder Bottle’ and we thought ‘Captain Morgan’