Did you know that you can make your own water-based mixtures for pressing fabrics? Purchase a spray bottle with an adjustable sprayer in the beauty section of your local drug store or super center. Because these recipes don’t have chemicals or preservatives, they also won’t last for a long period of time. Only make what you can use in 7 to 10 days. They are inexpensive and environmentally friendly.
One Tsp. Argo Cornstarch
- Three Tbls. cold water
- One cup boiling water
- One cup cold water
In a 2 cup measuring cup, mix the cornstarch with the three Tbls. of cold water to dissolve. Add the boiling water and stir until thoroughly blended. Add one cup of cold water. Pour into into a spray bottle and use to mist your fabrics, just like you would use spray starch. Shake the bottle before each use to blend the mixture. You can adjust the amount of cornstarch that you use to create a light or heavy spray starch.
SCENTED PRESSING SPRAY:
- Two Tbls. vodka
- 2 cups distilled water
- 8 to 10 drops of scented oil
You can use any scented oil for this recipe. I’ve tried lavender, lemon, coconut and rose scented oils. These oils can be found in nutrition stores, pharmacies or on the Internet. The vodka helps to get wrinkles out of fabrics and give them a slightly crisp feel.
Mix equal parts of vinegar and water to use as a pressing spray. It helps to press out the center fold line marks that are on fabrics sold on the bolt. It also helps to take out pressed hem lines in dresses and pants.