Monday, February 9, 2009

Have you tried this?


have been called a freak by those who love me because I love to iron. I really hate wrinkles. I have a love hate relationship with my irons. I love them as long as they get really hot, I set mine on scorch, and they produce lots of steam. In the past ten years or so I have probably gone through at least a dozen irons. My first iron was a Rowenta that I loved for a whole 3 weeks, until it started leaking water. Then it started pouring water so OUT it went. Then I went from iron to iron, brand to brand looking for an iron I could love. I finally about 6 years ago found a
T-Fal that was wonderful, until it took a nose dive off the ironing board. Oh the horrors! I honestly cried! I was so frustrated because I knew the kind of life that was a head of me. I had to search high and low for a new iron that would get HOT and not leak. And I also knew just because this T-Fal didn't leak and got very hot the next one probably would not.

Just about that time I was preparing to go to Houston to the International Quilt Show and Market. While at market I discovered the Best Press starch alternative. It was GREAT! I fell in love instantly. I only had to worry about a HOT iron now and not one that didn't leak because I had found this wonderful spray. Until the sales girl lowered the boom and told me the price. Even buying it wholesale was WAY too expensive. We are talking something like $8 for 16 ounces. Now I don't mind paying for something that I like and need, but come on! I bought 3 little sample bottles they were just about giving away to try and convince those of us who didn't want to spend our children's college fund on things that were good products but not absolutely necessary.
I took the bottles home and shared a couple with my friends to get their opinions, just in case I just didn't get it they could explain it to me. :)

Then I happened upon the Dryel starch alternative and I saw this huge big bottle for like $3 or maybe it was $4, but it was HUGE! I put it in my buggy and went happily on my way.

I actually did a side by side comparison so I would know beyond a doubt which one I liked best.

Mary Ellen's Best Press:

Pro:
Couple of scents to choose from
Pump works well

Con:
Price
Scent


Dryel Starch Alternative:

Pro:
Price
Pump works well

Con:
Scent



The winner is (insert drum roll here)

DRYEL

I am sold on the stuff. I don't love the smell, but I have learned that after the first spray of the day it isn't so bad. I also hold my head back and don't suck it all up in my nose. If I was to be asked by Dryel how to make the product better I would ask them to remove the perfume.

I hope this has been a help to any of you who have never tried the stuff. You know I am here to try and be a blessing.

Diane

2 comments:

Kim West said...

I love the best press. I bought some from Nancy's Notions when I bought some other things, so it wasn't horrible for shipping (can't get it here anywhere). I bought the scent that I knew I could stand (I am generally sensitive to scents). Though the price is hefty for the bottle, I only use it for quilting - and nothing is too expensive for that if I don't have flakes or fabric that sticks to my board - stretching it when I am done.

desertskyquilts said...

Did you find another iron that you love? I've used Black and Decker all my life. The old black/turquoise and silver ones lasted at least a decade each. One went off to college with my son and I had to buy a new one. When the last one (probably the 4th one in my very long life) died, I couldn't find the black and silver and turquoise one and was in a deep funk.

Then I visited a friend who had the Digital Advantage B & D. Oh, wow! I went out and bought one and have had it almost 5 years with no problems. It's heavy (which I like because then I'm not having to work hard - the iron does the work!), it steams like a champ (I use the same Brita filtered water that I drink for the iron), it gets *hot*, and the steam thing has a cover over it so all my water doesn't evaporate when it's sitting. Oh, and it has a self-cleaning feature to blow out any minerals that collect in the holes.

It does have an auto off, which annoys me, but after 5 years, I'm used to just putting it down every time I walk past the ironing board while I'm sewing. Best of all, it didn't cost an arm and a leg.