Here is an inexpensive solution to use similar to Ellen’s Best Press, but way cheaper.
1 gallon of water – remove 1/4 cup 1/4 cup cheapest vodka Optional: 9-12 drips of essence oil Plastic spray bottle
Remove 1/4 cup of water, and replace with 1/4 cup vodka. Pour into a plastic spray bottle.
Easy, fast, and cheap, PLUS you know all of the ingredients are safe. No inhalants.
When making these up as gifts, I watch for sales on gallons of water (10 for $10) and pick up spray bottles at the dollar store. I also include a label on the bottle so they may make up their own as they wish once they have used up my gift.
My homemade recipe is slightly different amounts of same ingredients...and I have put it in the iron...but with all the problems that others have posted with steam irons, I decided not to risk problems with my older steam irons. I just used the spray bottle now, but had no problem when I did use in the iron.
Be sure to use distilled water....my grocer has it all the time for .89. My drug store carries some oils, others can be found @ health food stores. Michaels has some in the candle &/or soap making supplies. Different areas of my Michael's.
2 c h2o, 2 oz v., 20 drops jasmine or lavender essential oil. Mark Lipinski gave the recipe during Simply Quilts appearance.This message has been edited. Last edited by: wildcatmom,
I have this stuff, but rarely use it..... Why is it so wonderful and why do people like it so much because I did not see any real reason to use it.... But my friend LOVES this stuff!! hmmmm, maybe I should use it more to see why then.......
The Mary Ellen web site describes their Best Press products as ..."clear, crisp spray starch with a lovely scent".. To me that says there is some sort of starch or sizing in it. I don't see that in the home made recipes.
I can see how the little bit of vodka might make the few drops of oil disperse better. Any starch in the grain or potatoes from which the vodka is made is long gone.
I don't see why that combination dispensed from a spray bottle (I use a plant mister) would produce a better pressing result than just plain water. Guess I could get a small bottle of Best Press and do a side by side comparison. Hubby wouldn't appreciate the fragrance part (not too crazy about it myself) so I'd skip that part at least for initial tests.
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There are several fragrances of Best Press. I get the clean linen or something like that and it's very nice. Does not linger very long anyway. I think it makes the fabric "relax" a bit better than just plain water. I have bottles of both handy to the ironing board at all times, so I use whatever I think is needed. For pressing fabric before cutting, I use water. Once a block is done and it needs pressing, then I'll use the Best Press to get it as flat as possible.
As I said before, I dilute the Best Press some, as well, and it continues to work just fine.
I just checked and my bottle says "Mary Ellen's Linen Water". I would say the the recipe I gave is more like that, and FFG's description is right on...it helps the fabric relax more than plain water does. It doesn't stiffen the fabric at all. I've also used liquid potpourri from the dollar store for the recipe instead of essential oil. There's a "linen" scent I like.
When Mark Lipinski appeared on Simply Quilts, he gave 2 recipes, and the other did have liquid starch in it. I've never used the Best Press, but would guess the starch recipe is similar.
The recipe I use does have liquid starch and I get the potpourri oils from Wal-Mart. My husband doesn't like the "foo foo" smells as he calls it so I get a "manly" smell for his things....I think I use Sandalwood or something like that. I love this stuff and it is sooooo much cheaper than the Best Press.