The Best Wrinkle-release Sprays of 2022

Our top pick, The Laundress Crease Release, works on a variety of fabrics.

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It’s hard to stay fresh when you’re on the road, especially if you’re regularly moving from city to city and repacking your bag. Luckily, with the help of wrinkle-release sprays, your clothes can look as sleek at the end of your trip as they do when you step out of your house.

“For my money, I’d suggest they are more effective than any travel steamer,” says Shakib Nassiri, founder of Wama Underwear. “Nearly all wrinkle sprays can have a fragrance so it is important to find one you like yourself. I would also suggest finding an eco-friendly wrinkle spray too, especially if you are flying regularly. Your effect on the environment can add up, but you can still stay fresh and crease-free for any occasion.”

Our favorite spray is The Laundress’ Crease Release thanks to its fresh scent and fabric versatility, but our list includes a spray for all types of travelers. Check them out below.

These are the best wrinkle sprays:

Best Overall: The Laundress Crease Release 8 fl oz

The Laundress Crease Release 8 fl oz

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Why We Love It: This spray is effective, plant-based, and freshly scented, and it can work on almost any fabric.
What to Consider: It only comes in one scent, so if you don’t like it, there aren't any alternatives.

The Laundress has developed an excellent reputation for its plant-derived clothing care, and its wrinkle-release spray is no exception. You can use it on your everyday laundry as well as more delicate items like silk and wool or thicker fabrics like suits, coats, or curtains. The “classic” scent has been specifically designed to smell just like line-fresh linen, so it should be broadly appealing to most noses, and the gentle ingredient composition means it shouldn’t irritate sensitive skin. You can even use it on dry-clean items so all your fabrics will be equally fresh and wrinkle-free.

“I love using the Laundress Crease Release with all of my clients,” says stylist Grace Thomas. “What is so great about this option is it comes in an easy travel size, is safe for a variety of fabrics, and smells great. This spray works great on the go!”

Price at time of publish: $17

Sizes available: 8 or 2 ounces | Pump type: Push-down

Best for Dry-clean Only: Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus 3 Fl Oz

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus

Courtesy of Amazon

Why We Love It: This classic brand gets results without damaging fabrics.
What to Consider: There’s no unscented version available. 

The classic laundry brand stays true to their industry reputation with a wrinkle releaser that can be used on basically anything. The wrinkle releaser works by relaxing fibers so you can then easily smooth out the creases that may have developed from getting overambitious with your packing cubes, and reduces static while it’s at it. It comes in “light fresh” or “crisp linen” scents, so you don’t have to worry about any mustiness your clothes may have picked up (or like accidentally smelling like a garden if you don’t want to). It also comes with a squeeze spray handle if you prefer that to a push-down spray top, and you can buy it in packs of up to 12 if you really need to stock up.

Price at time of publish: $10 (for 3)

Sizes available: 33.8, 19.4, 16.9, or 3 ounces | Pump type: Varies by size

Best Eco-friendly: Cold Iron Wrinkle Release Spray

Cold Iron Wrinkle Release Spray

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Why We Love It: This plant-based spray comes in both unscented and scented options.
What to Consider: The brand says to avoid use on 100 percent synthetic fabrics. Additionally, it won’t work on 100 percent polyester.

The Cold Iron wrinkle spray is gentle enough for clothes while still working on curtains and other heavier fabrics; just spray, smooth out the item, and hang it until dry. Unless it’s synthetic — Cord Iron doesn’t recommend their product for use on synthetic fabrics, especially not items that are 100 percent polyester, so your wrinkly workout wear may have to wait. There’s an unscented version available for sensitive sniffers, which we appreciate. You can also opt for cranberry citrus or a citrus mint and sea breeze combo set with a full-size citrus mint and travel-size sea breeze sprays.

Price at time of publish: $18

Sizes available: 32 or 3 ounces | Pump type: Varies by size

Best Aerosol: Faultless Magic Wrinkle Releaser

Faultless Magic Wrinkle Releaser

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Why We Love It: If you want a different spray style, this aerosol provides consistent, easy results.
What to Consider: Since it’s a pressurized aerosol, you can’t put it in your checked baggage, but it’s also too large for carry-on.

After you hang up and spray the offending item, simply keep it hanging up for at least 5–10 minutes until completely dry and it should be ready to go. The spray will keep your clothes both smooth and free of static cling, and the “fresh scent” should get rid of any residual funkiness. Unfortunately, this spray is better suited for road trips or cruises (or home use) than air travel. Since it’s only available in 10-ounce sizes, you can’t put it in your carry-on bag, but it’s a pressurized aerosol, so it’s also not allowed in checked baggage.

Price at time of publish: $27 (for 4)

Sizes available: 10 ounces | Pump type: Aerosol (push-down)

Best Spray Design: Grove Collaborative Wrinkle Release Spray

Grove Collaborative Wrinkle Release Spray

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Why We Love It: In addition to being easy to use, it comes in unscented or scented options and uses plant-based ingredients.
What to Consider: The spray isn’t recommended for use on silk, rayon, or 100 percent polyester.

Sometimes using your index finger to push down a spray nozzle is simply not in the cards. Luckily, Grove’s wrinkle spray has a large squeeze handle to make getting full coverage of your clothing or linens a breeze, without exhausting your spray finger. Simply spray, then flatten or hang the offending item. There’s an unscented version for the fragrance-sensitive, or a lavender and rosemary scent if you want to add some extra freshness to your clothing. We also appreciate that it’s made with post-consumer recycled packaging. Note that if you want to fly with it, you’ll need to either check it or decant some into a smaller spray bottle, and it’s not recommended for use on silk, rayon or 100 percent polyester.

Price at time of publish: $7

Sizes available: 8 ounces | Pump type: Squeeze handle

Tips for Buying Wrinkle-release Spray

Make sure it's compatible with the fabrics you wear

There isn’t too much to worry about in this fairly small market — you simply want one that will work and be there when you need it. To the first point, some sprays aren’t compatible with certain fabrics, like synthetics or silk. If you frequently travel with clothing made of certain fabrics, you’ll want to confirm that the spray you choose is compatible with those clothes. 

Consider TSA travel regulations

In terms of having access to the spray when you need it, keep the TSA’s travel regulations in mind. Wrinkle-release spray counts as a liquid, so it needs to be less than 3.4 ounces to go into your carry-on bag. You also can’t put aerosols into your checked luggage. 

Decide if you want a scented or unscented spray

If you’re sensitive to smells, you may want to opt for a spray that comes in an unscented version to make sure you aren’t irritated by any scents lingering on your fabric.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do I use wrinkle-release spray?

    There are some slight variations in how to use a wrinkle spray, so the most important thing is to follow the instructions on the bottle. Usually, you’ll start by hanging up the garment or spreading it out flat. Then do a spot test in a small, unobtrusive location to make sure the spray won’t damage the fabric. Once it’s been tested, spray the garment wherever it’s wrinkled until it’s slightly damp, then smooth it out with your hands. You may then need to wait a few minutes for the spray to dry.

    “Just spray your garment, smooth your fabric with your hand and let the fabric sit for a moment,” says Thomas. “The tip is to not pull at your garment too much, as you don't want to stretch the material.”

  • How does wrinkle-release spray work?

    It does seem like magic, but it’s really just chemistry. “Wrinkle sprays act by relaxing the fibers in your garment’s fabric so that wrinkles can naturally release from the fabric,” says Nassiri. “It’s certainly not as effective as ironing but in certain situations it can be great. Many people use it when traveling as no matter how you pack your clothes, the pressure in the airplane’s hold, and the way that the clothes are folded on top of each other, means that you will always end up with wrinkles.”

    Mel magazine did a deeper look at the specific chemicals found in Downy’s Wrinkle Releaser. The active ingredients work by essentially “lubricating” the stiff fabric fibers to help them lay flatter and feel softer.

Why Trust Travel + Leisure

Rena Behar has been covering the best travel gear and other products for outlets including Wirecutter, New York magazine, Travel + Leisure, and more since 2014 (and refusing to iron her clothes for even longer). We also conducted extensive reading through customer reviews and other published assessments, and heard from Grace Thomas, founder and lead stylist of personal wardrobe styling company Builtgracefully, and Shakib Nassiri, founder of Wama Underwear.

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