So--I LOVE MaryEllen's Best Press. It smells awesome, it works great. It does everything it says it's going to. But I can't afford it. $50.00 a gallon translates to about 5 yards of fabric--6 or 7 if I hit a sale! (So, if you're looking for gift ideas....)
I make my own starch!
I have a 16 oz spray bottle(yes, I use my empty MaryEllen's!)
Fill with H2O--otherwise known as tap water!!
add 1 1/2 tsp corn starch --which is always in my kitchen anyway!
add 2-3 drops lavender essential oil--(If you're not already adding a couple of drops of this
to your bath, why not?)
(do not use any citrus or other oils with any "color to them")
I use lavender or geranium essential oils in mine, and find that the starch doesn't leave residue and the oils don't leave marks---
BUT if you find that yours does, pour some out and add more water. Or skip the Essential oils if you're worried about that. I have no issues with flaking, Make sure to shake well before each use!
Makes a great and easy gift for any quilter or sewist-- add a fat quarter or two and make someone really happy!