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Laundry room space savers

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No matter how large your laundry room is, it never seems big enough. Mountains of washing, hefty boxes of laundry detergent scattered across every surface, an ironing board against one wall, and a washing machine taking up another. Does this sound familiar? No matter how large your laundry room is, these space savers can help you keep it clean, tidy, and, most importantly, manageable for doing your laundry. 

  • Hanging bars
  • Wall-mounted drying rack
  • Foldaway drying rack 
  • Floating shelves
  • Countertop 
  • Coat hooks
  • Door storage 
  • Glass jars
  • Folding laundry basket
  • Stack appliances

Hanging bars 

The easiest way to maximize the space of even the smallest laundry room is by using the walls. Tension rods are excellent for air-drying clothing or hanging clean washing ready to transfer to the wardrobe. Installing a few tension rods to the walls of your laundry room will free up space, whilst also providing wet clothes with more room to air dry, therefore speeding up the drying process. 

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Wall-mounted drying rack 

If you are short on drying space, a wall-mounted drying rack could be the solution. You can purchase these racks in a variety of different sizes, depending on your needs and budget. Once purchased, simply attach your drying rack to the wall, and start adding your wet laundry. Before adding your wet laundry, make sure that your drying rack has been securely attached to your wall as you don’t want it falling off. 

Foldaway drying rack

An alternative to the wall-mounted drying rack is a foldaway one. Foldaway drying racks can be unfolded and placed in your laundry room whilst your clothing dries, and, once it has served its purpose, collapsed and stored away. These drying racks are often folded to a slim size, so would easily fit in a gap in your laundry room. What is more, foldaway drying racks can fit a full load of laundry on them and are very reasonably priced. 

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Floating shelves

Another way to utilise the wall space in your laundry room is to install floating shelves. A floating shelf is a great way to store your laundry products, such as detergents and drying sheets, or even clean clothing that needs to be put away. You can install your floating shelves at varying heights so if you are using them to store laundry products you can keep them out of reach of children, or, alternatively, you can place them lower down so that they are accessible to everyone. 

Countertop

Countertops are incredibly useful in laundry rooms for folding clothes, transferring clothes from the washer to tumble dryer, and simply placing things on whilst you are using them. You can install a countertop over your washing machine and tumble dryer to utilise space, and make it easier to transfer clothes from one machine to the next. 

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Coat hooks

Coat hooks can be hung individually or in strips, depending on the amount of wall space you want to take up and what you want to hang from them. A clever use for coat hooks is to hang your ironing board on the wall. Ironing boards can be hefty and not overly compact, so hanging them on the wall via coat hooks is a great way to utilise wall space and prevent it from taking up vital laundry room space. 

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Door storage

Every area of your laundry room can be utilised as storage, including your door. Door storage is very useful for storing smaller items, such as hand towels, laundry pods, or bottles of fabric softener. Often, the storage will simply hang over your door and drape down the length of it with small pockets or shelves to store items. They are usually very economical so are a perfect storage option, even for those on a tight budget. 

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Glass jars

If you buy your laundry detergent in bulk or make your own, glass jars are perfect for storing it. Rather than having boxes of detergent scattered around your laundry room, buy a few big glass jars and put them on a shelf, or even on top of your washing machine. They are much more elegant looking than cardboard boxes and will save you a massive amount of space. If you prefer to use liquid laundry detergent, you can buy glass bottles. 

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Folding laundry basket 

Laundry baskets seem to always be in the middle of the laundry room, taking up space, and being a potential trip hazard. A folding laundry basket not only limits the risk of tripping, but also means that once you are finished with it you can simply fold it and store it away until you need it again.

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Stack appliances 

If you have both a washing machine and a tumble dryer, save space by stacking them on top of each other rather than having them side by side. This will give you more space in your laundry room, plus make it easier to transfer clothes from one machine to the next. These types of appliances tend to be hefty, so make sure you enlist some help before trying to lift them. 

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Making space-saving changes to your laundry room is easy, but what’s easier is booking a Laundryheap dry cleaning service. To book your service, simply head to the Laundryheap website, or download the free Laundryheap app.


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Doha’s best brunches

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Who doesn’t love going to brunch? In Doha, there are plenty of places that serve outstanding brunch options. These are just our top picks. 

  • Sabai Thai 
  • B-lounge
  • STK Doha
  • CUT
  • Market

Sabai Thai 

Sabai Thai is the best place in Doha to experience authentic Thai cooking, even when visiting for brunch. Their brunch menu is a surprisingly reasonable QR130, and available on Saturdays from 1pm-4pm. Despite the exceptional price, Sabai Thai does not falter when it comes to providing extraordinary Thai brunch cuisine. A stand-out dish would be their Thai Green Curry, washed down with a beautifully refreshing mocktail. 

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B-lounge

If you are looking for a luxurious brunch experience, then look no further than B-lounge. With its beautiful marina views, stylish interiors, and large terrace, B-lounge has made quite the name for itself as the ultimate Doha hangout spot. The food at B-lounge is a seamless blend of Asian flavours with international touches, which carries through to their specialist brunch menu. Beginning with a sushi platter, before moving on to a hot starter, main course, and finishing with a ‘gorgeous platter’, the food at B-lounge is unmatched. If you are in the Doha area, it is definitely worth booking in. 

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STK Doha

STK Doha offers a steak dining experience like no other. Located in the West Bay Lagoon district, you will encounter a mix of traditional and innovative cuisine, which makes for an energetic dining experience. Their brunch menu offers a selection of starters, mains, and desserts, including ginger tofu and daikon salad (starter), a grilled meats platter (main), and an elusive junk chalice (dessert). You can sample their eclectic brunch menu every Friday from 12pm-4pm, with prices from QAR 275 per person. 

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CUT

Notorious Austrian chef Wolfgang Puck opened CUT in 2017, bringing his classic American steak restaurant to Doha. Wolfgang’s philosophy is to cook simply using the finest selection of beef and locally sourced ingredients and to present them beautifully. This philosophy is perfectly demonstrated in the slow-cooked BBQ brisket on offer as just one of his amazing brunch options. From 12:30pm- 4pm, treat yourself to the finest brunch menu in Doha at CUT. 

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Market

Market provides many options for breakfast and brunch. Inspired by Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s concept of the Hotel as a Home, Market offers casual comfort food from around the world. If you are looking for a wide variety of food options, you can sample the breakfast buffet for QAR 140. Included in the buffet is a variety of Arabic, American, and International breakfasts, fruits, salads, yogurt, and cereals. Alternatively, you can try something from the A La Carte menu, such as Menemen, eggs benedict, or pancakes. This menu is available from 6am-11am every day. 

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Brunch is a meal best served without the worry of laundry. That is why you should book a Laundryheap service and let us take care of it for you. To book your Laundryheap service, simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app. 


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How to remove sand from your clothing

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A day of sunning yourself on the beach and splashing around in the water is idyllic. What’s less than idyllic is when you can’t seem to get rid of the sand relentlessly sticking to every inch of your clothing- towels included. Hopefully, these tips will help when it comes to the tiresome task of removing sand from your clothing.

  • Start from the top
  • De-sand your items
  • Bag your items
  • Wash away the sand
  • Clean up any lingering sand

Start from the top

Sand seems to find its way into every single space it can stick itself to. To begin the removal process, start from the very top of your body, and work your way down. If you are at a beach with access to showers, make use of them. The quickest way to get rid of sand is by washing it away. If there are no showers, simply begin by shaking out your hair, and rubbing as much sand away from your body and swimsuit as possible. To get rid of the sand on your feet, try adding baby powder once they are dry. This will prevent you from picking up any more sand as you make your way home. 

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De-sand your items

Before putting your beach towels, flip flops, and any other items you have taken to the beach, back in your bag, give them a really good shake. Sand belongs on the beach, not in your personal belongings, so make sure to de-sand ALL of your items before heading home. If you miss this step you will be finding sand grains for days, maybe even weeks, after your beach trip. To help remove sand from smaller items, such as sun lotion or water bottles, use baby wipes. The moisture from the wipe will easily pick up the sand and remove it from your belongings. 

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Bag your items

Some items are harder to get sand off than others. For example, if your swimming attire is wet, sand will easily stick to it, and not so easily come off. For these items, it’s best to simply bag them up and deal with them when you get home. Make sure that you bring an ample amount of bags to the beach with you, as, if your clothing is particularly sandy, you may need to double bag. Securely tie your bags so that no sand can escape before you get home. 

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Wash away the sand

For your bagged items, it’s important to wash them as soon as you get in. 

To wash your beach towels, use a hot wash setting unless stated otherwise, and dry either in a tumble dryer or by air drying. Once you have used the washing machine to wash your towels, run an empty wash. This will prevent sand from being transferred onto any clothes you wash in the future. 

When washing your swimsuit, it’s important to avoid using the washing machine as this will stretch the material and damage the item. Instead, fill a basin with lukewarm water and add a mild laundry detergent. Place your swimsuit in the water, and leave it to soak for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, swirl your swimming costume in the water, before lifting and rinsing it with cool water. After you have rinsed your swimming costume, leave it to air dry, rather than using the tumble dryer. 

If you have any other items, such as umbrellas or windbreakers, you can wash the sand from them using a hose. It’s important to wash all your items once you get home, unless you want sand to linger in your house.

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Clean up any lingering sand

Sand is pesky and can linger for weeks after your beach trip. The best way to clean up lingering sand is by hoovering and mopping it up. Use a hoover to suck up small grains of sand, and go over the area with a mop to make sure that there are no remaining grains. It’s best to do this step last to prevent yourself from constantly having to hoover and mop after de-sanding each item you took to the beach. 

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Whilst you’re de-sanding, don’t let your laundry pile up. Book a Laundryheap dry cleaning service, and we will take care of your laundry for you. To book your laundry service, simply head to the Laundryheap website, or download the free Laundryheap app.


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Best beaches in Sharjah

Sharjah has a desert climate, with the average daily temperature reaching 26 degrees celsius. This temperature, coupled with the array of beautiful beaches available, makes Sharjah the perfect beach holiday destination. The only question is, which of Sharjah’s beaches is the best to choose from? 

  • Al Khan beach
  • Al Fisht beach
  • Kalba beach
  • Khorfakkan beach
  • Al Lulayyah beach

Al Khan beach 

Located just five minutes away from the Sharjah maritime museum and Sharjah Aquarium, Al Khan beach is one of the most popular in Sharjah, especially for tourists. The 600 meters of sand provide ample space for relaxing in the sun, before taking a dip in the crystal blue ocean. For those who are slightly more adventurous, the Al Khan surf school offers a variety of water sport activities, including surfing, kayaking, and parasailing. If you are enjoying the beach with small children, there is even a play park to occupy their time, leaving you to relax and enjoy the sun warming your skin as you lay on the sand. 

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Al Fisht beach 

Al Fisht beach is the perfect location to enjoy a picnic and walk across the sand. Due to the strong currents, it is strictly prohibited to swim in the water, however, the white sands offer more than enough entertainment. Once you have enjoyed the beach, head to the Al Fisht park, directly opposite the beach, and take a stroll around the perfectly manicured grass lawns. For the little ones, there is a children’s play area complete with swings, see-saws, and a multitude of slides. On clear nights, Al Fisht beach is a popular spot for stargazing as the sounds of the waves crashing as you admire the stars make for an idyllic and relaxing evening. 

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Kalba beach

If you are an animal lover, Kalba beach is perfect for you. Located a stone’s throw away from Khor Kalba Conservation Reserve, it is not unusual to spot rare wildlife wandering across the beach. Kalba beach is also an important nesting site for hawksbill turtles, which are critically endangered, and Arabian-collared kingfishers. The pristine waters of Kalba beach make it a popular site for scuba diving, as both children and adults can discover the habitats of many underwater creatures. Unlike any of the other beaches in Sharjah, at Kalba beach you can spot local fishermen catching fish along the horizon. 

Khorfakkan beach

Khorfakkan beach is a favourite for both tourists and locals. Unlike Al Fisht beach, there is an abundance of fun water activities on offer at Khorfakkan. Whether you enjoy swimming, fishing, and diving, or want to try something more daring, such as kayaking or parasailing, there is plenty of fun to be had. Once you have exhausted yourself playing in the glittering sea, Khorfakkan beach has goalposts set up for a lighthearted football competition. At the end of the day, you can stroll down the beach to Oceanic Resort and Spa, which offers luxury accommodation and pamper packages, perfect for unwinding after a long day of having fun in the sun. 

Al Lulayyah beach

If camping on the beach under the stars sounds appealing to you, then Al Lulayyah beach is the perfect beach for you. You will find Al Lulayyah on the east coast, separated from the main road by farmland. Its peaceful tranquility attracts campers, particularly on the weekend, who pitch their tents right on the sand and enjoy a few days relaxing by the sea. If camping on the sand doesn’t interest you, one of the nearby farms welcomes campers, and even comes complete with a BBQ area and playground. Al Lulayyah beach is the ideal beach for taking things slow, enjoying a dip in the sea, and maybe even taking part in some fishing. 

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Whilst you explore the beaches that Sharjah has to offer, let Laundryheap take care of your dirty laundry. To book your Laundryheap service, simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app. 


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The ultimate guide to washing your ballet kit

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In order to maintain the status of a prima ballerina, it is essential that your ballet kit is adequately washed and cared for. Luckily, we have devised this ultimate guide. 

  • Leotard
  • Tights
  • Leg warmers
  • Tutu
  • Ballet slippers

Leotard

Leotards are a staple of any ballet kit. They are usually made from lycra, which makes washing them slightly tricky.

Before you begin washing, first check the care label as some leotards are dry clean only.

If you are washing by hand, firstly, fill a basin with lukewarm water and add a gentle liquid detergent. It’s best to use liquid rather than powder detergent as powder detergent does not easily dissolve in cool water. It is also best to use a gentle detergent to prevent damage to the fibers of your leotard. 

Turn your leotard inside out, and submerge it in your basin. To allow the detergent to fully penetrate the garment, swish it in the water using a circular motion. You can also place the leotard in between your hands and rub your palms together, moving downwards so that the entire length has been washed. 

Once you are satisfied with the standard your leotard has been washed, remove it from the basin and rinse it. To ensure that your item has been properly rinsed, keep it under a cool running tap until no bubbles run from the fabric. 

After rinsing your leotard, gently press the water from the fabric, making sure that you are not wringing it as this will cause it to lose shape. To finish drying, either hang your leotard on a washing line or lay it on a flat surface, somewhere away from direct sunlight. 

If you would prefer to use the washing machine, you must use a short and delicate cycle. Anything other than a delicate cycle will misshapen your leotard. You will also need to use a cold wash setting to avoid unnecessary damage to the fibers of your item. 

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Tights

Ballet tights are thicker and more durable than normal tights, which means that you have to use an alternative method to wash them.

To hand-wash your tights, fill a basin with cool water and add a gentle detergent. Once your laundry detergent has dissolved, completely submerge your tights in the water, and swish them around in a circular motion. To ensure that the detergent reaches every area of your tights, rub them in the palm of your hands until you reach the bottom of them. Once you are satisfied, rinse them under a cool running tap until all of the bubbles have stopped running from the fabric. 

If you would prefer to wash your tights in the washing machine, place them in a mesh laundry bag first. This will prevent any snagging and potential rips. Make sure that you use a cool and gentle machine cycle and a mild laundry detergent. 

Once your tights have been washed, leave them to air dry. If you need to dry your tights quickly, use the air-only cycle of your tumble dryer

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Leg warmers 

Leg warmers keep the leg muscles of ballet dancers warm to prevent muscle spasms. They are often made from cotton or synthetic fibers, so the most effective way to wash them is by hand. 

Begin by filling a basin with cool water and add mild liquid laundry detergent. Once your detergent has completely dissolved in the water, add your leg warmers. Allow them to soak in the water for around 10 minutes, before gently squeezing each leg warmer to ensure that the detergent has fully penetrated the fibers. Once you are satisfied that your detergent has been worked thoroughly into each leg warmer, rinse each warmer under a cool running tap until no bubbles are left running from the fabric.

To dry your leg warmers, never wring them out as this will only cause them to become misshapen. Instead, press out any excess water by gently squeezing each leg warmer between the palms of your hands. Lay your warmers on a clean towel, and wait for them to air dry. This may take a while, so be patient and ensure that you leave plenty of time between when you wash your leg warmers and when you next need to wear them.

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Tutu

The tutu is the stand out of any ballerinas outfit, which is why it must be cared for and cleaned. 

To hand-wash your tutu, begin by pressing it in between two clean towels. These towels will prevent your tutu from tearing under its own weight or floating to the top. 

Next, fill a basin with cold water and add a mild laundry detergent. Once your basin is filled, submerge your towel-covered tutu and leave it in the basin for 5 minutes. You must make sure that your tutu is completely submerged in the water to ensure that it is fully cleaned. 

After 5 minutes, remove your towel-covered tutu and rinse both the towels and tutu with cold water. Continue rinsing until no bubbles run from either the towel or the tutu. Once you are satisfied that all of the detergent has been rinsed out, remove your tutu from the towels and check for any lingering marks. If you do find marks, gently scrub them with a soft-bristled toothbrush

To dry your tutu, either lay it flat on a clean and dry towel, or hang it up. If you are hanging your tutu to dry, make sure that you hang it in an open area where there is plenty of fresh air to help with the drying process. 

If you would rather use a washing machine to wash your tutu, make sure that you first place it into a mesh laundry bag to prevent any rips. You must also ensure that a delicate cycle is selected to prevent any unnecessary damage to the tule of your tutu.

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Ballet slippers

Your ballet slippers are guaranteed to get dirty and dusty as you pirouette and plie. It’s important to remember that, no matter how dirty your ballet slippers become, you should never put them in the washing machine. This will only misshapen your slippers and create an ill fit the next time you wear them. 

To remove any dirt and dust from your ballet slippers, simply use a wet cloth to gently rub them. This will lift any fresh dirt before it begins to set in. For tougher areas of dirt and dust, add a drop of mild laundry detergent to either a clean cloth or a soft-bristled toothbrush, and rub it into those tougher stains. Use a gentle circular motion to help loosen the dirt and lift it. 

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If you are dubious about washing your ballet kit, let us do it for you. We are experts in cleaning delicate items and will ensure that every part of your ballet kit is cleaned to the highest standard. 

To book your Laundryheap service, simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app. 


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Rotterdam must-see sights

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Rotterdam is a major port city in the south of Holland. After being mostly destroyed during World War 2, Rotterdam was rebuilt and is now known for its bold and modern architecture, amongst its other must-see sights. 

  • The Cube Houses
  • Market Hall
  • The Kinderdijk Windmills
  • Kunsthal Rotterdam
  • Erasmus Bridge
  • Rotterdam boat tour
  • The Witte Huis
  • Luchtsingel Bridge
  • Delfshaven
  • Floating Forest

The Cube Houses 

The Cube Houses are one of Rotterdam’s most iconic sites. They were designed by architect Piet Blom in the late 1970s, who designed the housing development as cubes tilted at a 45-degree angle. Their asymmetrical design was intended to resemble an abstract forest, with each triangular rooftop representing a tree. You can see how the space inside each cube has been utilised by visiting the Show Cube, which holds the original designs and history of the development. Conveniently located next to the Rotterdam Blaak railway station, The Cube Houses are easily accessible, and even form a pedestrian bridge into the city center. 

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Market Hall

Nicknamed “Koopboog” (horseshoe) by locals, the Market Hall is a popular hangout spot for locals and tourists. Formed from an office complex opened in 2014, the Market Hall comes complete with arched ceilings and larger-than-life murals of produce that celebrate the array of fresh food that is on offer. Here, fast food stores and fancy restaurants live in perfect harmony, and you may find it difficult to choose where to eat. From traditional Dutch delicacies to Spanish tapas, you will find an array of cuisines to fit any pallet. 

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The Kinderdijk Windmills

Located 23 kilometers east of Rotterdam, is the idyllic village of Kinderdijk, where you can find the 19 Kinderdijk Windmills. Built between 1722 and 1761, each of the 19 windmills is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Together, they form the largest surviving concentration of windmills in the country. Despite not being active, on National Mill Day, celebrated on the second Saturday and Sunday of May, their sails are spun. The Kinderdijk Windmills are one of the most visited and iconic places in the Netherlands, and definitely worth seeing. 

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Kunsthal Rotterdam

Kunsthal was opened in 1992 and has been the host of a wide variety of global traveling exhibits. Each year, more than 20 exhibitions are hosted at the Kunsthal, the most notable of which has been the 2013 exhibit ‘The fashion world of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the catwalk’. The box-shaped building holds seven exhibition spaces, which are accessible via a sloping and spiraling floor. Designed by Rem Koolhaas, the Kunsthal building is often referred to as a work of art itself, as Koolhaas opted to give the museum an industrial look using corrugated plastic, raw concrete, galvanized steel, and roughly sawn tree trunks- materials that have never been used to build art galleries before. 

Erasmus Bridge

Erasmus Bridge is an important Rotterdam landmark. Stretching 802 meters, the bridge crosses the Nieuwe Maas and connects the north and south of Rotterdam. Completed in 1996, Erasmus Bridge is a great way to reach one side of the city from the other, and is especially beautiful at night when it is illuminated. It was named after Christian Renaissance humanist Desiderius Erasmus, otherwise known as Erasmus of Rotterdam. 

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Rotterdam boat tour

Rotterdam is a major port city, and the best way to tour the ports is via boat. There are many different companies that offer boat tours, with some offering dining options. Each tour provides an in-depth tour of the ports and a history of Rotterdam. A boat tour is a perfect way to see the highlights of Rotterdam, in a comfortable and intimate way, whilst learning about the amazing city. Most tours last roughly 75-90 minutes, so make sure to block out a good portion of your day to enjoy the tour. 

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The Witte Huis

Standing proudly at 43 meters tall, The Witte Huis (White House) was Europe’s first skyscraper. Built in 1898, it was formed using white-glazed brick and decorated with Art Nouveau mosaics and statues. On the 14th of May 1940, it was one of the only buildings in Rotterdam to survive a German bombing. It now serves as a national monument and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors to the building can enjoy a relaxing drink in the Grand Café Het Witte Huis, located on the ground floor of the building. 

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Luchtsingel Bridge

Luchtsingel Bridge was the world’s first crowdfunded public infrastructure project. The 400-meter long bridge connects the center of Rotterdam to Rotterdam North, a relatively vacant and neglected area of the city. The bridge was funded by over 8,000 people who donated to fund the construction. Every person who donated €25 has had their names permanently engraved on the wooden boards of the bridge as a sign of thanks. 

Delfshaven

Delfshaven is a beautiful historic town located in the west of Rotterdam. When Rotterdam was bombed during World War 2, Delfshaven was not hit, which has meant that much of the town’s original infrastructure still remains. Asides from its war history, Delfshaven is also famous for being the port from which the pilgrims departed for their voyage to America. As you discover the history of Delfshaven, you can enjoy the multitude of quaint cafes and restaurants in the area. Delfshaven is a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of Rotterdam’s center. 

Floating Forest

The Floating Forest is the very first of its kind. Floating in the port of Rotterdam, it was created by the cultural association Mothership and is based on the artwork ‘In Search of Habitus’ by Jorge Bakker. The forest consists of 20 Dutch elm trees, which stand tall on recycled buoys. The aim of the project is to lower CO2 emissions in Rotterdam, whilst creating a visual impact that shows the contrast between nature and the city. It is truly a sight to behold, made better by its impact on saving the environment

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Rotterdam is home to some truly spectacular sights. Whilst you enjoy these sights, we will enjoy dry cleaning your laundry. To book your Laundryheap service, simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app. 


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How do you teach children to be environmentally conscious?

Climate change is rapidly altering our world, and we all need to be doing our best to be environmentally conscious. This includes teaching children about climate change and how we can save the planet.

  • Make recycling fun 
  • Show them how amazing the great outdoors is
  • Involve them in food changes
  • Teach them with fun experiments
  • Make energy-saving fun
  • Show them different ways to travel 
  • Limit the amount of single-use plastic in your house
  • Encourage a love of animals 

Make recycling fun 

Recycling helps reduce the pollution caused by waste and reduces the demand for creating new products. Up to 75% of all waste can be recycled, and it’s as easy as separating your rubbish into recyclable and non-recyclable bins. To encourage children to recycle, make the task fun. For example, you could let them decorate the recycling bin using recyclable materials, such as paper. This will help teach them the different recyclable materials, whilst allowing them to be creative. Making recycling less of a chore and more exciting will help children begin to understand what recycling is, how it is done, and why it is important. 

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Show them how amazing the great outdoors is

Nature is amazing and something that must be shared with children. Whether you take them on daily walks around the park, explore a nature reserve, or take a trek around a farm, encourage your children to be outside and exploring nature. If you notice that your local streets and parks are polluted with litter, you could take your children litter picking, explaining along the way the damage of litter to the environment. The more environmentally enthused children are, the more likely they will be to protect it. 

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Involve them in food changes

From farming animals to throwing away leftovers, food consumption has a considerable impact on the environment. There are several ways that we can reduce the environmental impact of our food consumption including eating less meat, choosing seasonal food options, and growing our own fruit and vegetables. Allow children to explore different food changes with you, and be part of the process from the very beginning. If you are growing your own plants, let your children help plant and maintain the seeds. Create a colour-coded calendar with your children to assess when a certain food is in season. Let them help cook meals on a daily basis. Most importantly, encourage them to have an interest in their food and where it comes from. 

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Teach them with fun experiments 

The climate crisis can be difficult to understand, even as an adult. To get children to begin to understand the changing world, and the importance of preventing these changes, you can teach them using fun and interactive experiments. For example, to show them how pollution works fill two cups halfway with water and add dilutant juice, or food colouring, to one cup. You can now show them that adding clean water can not change the coloured water back and that by mixing the coloured water with the clean water you only change the colour of the clear water. This will help better explain how pollution spreads and can open a conversation about the effects of pollution and how it can be limited.

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 Make energy-saving fun

We all need to be doing our best to reduce our carbon footprint and save energy. This can be difficult when there are children about, which is why you can encourage them to save energy by making it fun. Encourage your children to switch off lights by making it a part of their nightly routine. Make a competition to see who can save the most energy with an award for the winner. Have an energy-saving evening doing activities that use as little energy as possible. Try and be as inventive and creative as possible to encourage the children to save energy and be environmentally conscious. 

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Show them different ways to travel

Car pollution is one of the major causes of global warming, which is why we should be teaching children about alternative ways to travel. Encouraging children to walk is not only great for the environment but is a good way to get them exercising. For longer journeys, consider taking public transport rather than a car, and explain on your journey the environmental benefits of taking public transport. You may also want to explain the advances in electric cars and how they help prevent car pollution. 

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Limit the amount of single-use plastic in your house

Single-use plastics include plastic bags, drinks containers, disposable cutlery, and wet wipes, amongst other household items. If you limit children’s exposure to single-use plastics they will be less likely to use them throughout their life. There are many ways to avoid using single-use plastics, such as using bags for life, stocking up on reusable drink bottles, and using bamboo alternatives. Whilst transitioning away from single-use plastics, explain to children the harmful effects plastic has on the environment and why we should be limiting the amount we use. 

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Encourage a love of animals 

Animals are an important part of the survival of our planet, which is why we should be encouraging children to care for them. Over 500 species have gone extinct since the 1700s, and we can’t afford to lose any more. It is important that we educate children on the role that animals play in the survival of our planet, and thoroughly explain why they are going extinct and how to stop this. Encouraging a love of animals can be as simple as getting a pet, visiting a farm, or simply watching animal documentaries. We need to protect all the animals inhabiting our planet and conserve their habitats in any way possible. 

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At Laundryheap, we are committed to being environmentally conscious, which is why we offer eco-friendly delivery times and use E-bikes. To book your environmentally conscious Laundryheap service, simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app. 


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Stockholm fun facts

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Stockholm is made up of 14 islands that are connected by 57 bridges. It is the capital of Sweden and home to over 975,000 people. But, there is more to Sweden’s capital than just this. 

  • Stockholm’s origins
  • UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • 24-hour sun
  • Swedish meatballs
  • A long and happy life
  • Narrowest street
  • Land of cyclists
  • Gamla Stan
  • The longest art gallery in the world
  • An environmentally conscious city

Stockholm’s origins 

Stockholm was founded by Birger Jarl, who used the city to block off the water passage between Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea. The first mention of Stockholm was in 1252, in a letter written by Birger Jarl. Within 100 years, Stockholm became the largest settlement in Sweden. 

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UNESCO World Heritage sites

Stockholm is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites- the Royal Palace Drottningholm and The Woodland Cemetery. The Royal Palace is the private residence of the Swedish royal family and a popular tourist attraction. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1991. Skogskyrkogården, otherwise known as The Woodland Cemetry, was added to the UNESCO list in 1994 for its groundbreaking design, which has influenced the designs of burial sites around the world. 

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24 hour sun 

The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon that occurs during the summer months in countries north of the Arctic Circle or south of the Antarctic Circle. In Sweden, this usually occurs during the second half of June, creating endless daylight for weeks at a time. 

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Swedish meatballs

Swedish meatballs are small balls made from a 50-50 ratio of ground pork and ground beef. They are often seasoned with nutmeg, allspice, and white pepper, and served with boiled potatoes and gravy. Shockingly though, Swedish meatballs did not originate in Sweden. In the early 18th century, King Charles XII brought the recipe back to Sweden from his travels in Turkey. 

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A long and happy life 

Sweden has the 13th highest life expectancy in the world with the average Swede living to 83 years old. This long life expectancy is due to Sweden’s commitment to being environmentally friendly, their healthcare system, which is one of the highest-ranking in the world, and the sense of community found in Sweden. 

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Narrowest street

The narrowest street in Stockholm is Mårten Trotzigs alley which, at its slimmest part, is a mere 89 centimeters wide. The alley is named after merchant Mårten Trotzig, who immigrated to Stockholm in 1581, where he became one of the richest merchants in Stockholm. 

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Land of cyclists

Over 70 thousand people in Stockholm bike around the city every day. Stockholm is known for its beautiful architecture and luscious green parks, so biking around Stockholm is incredibly peaceful and serene, especially during the spring and summer months. If you choose to ride your bike on the road, there are even dedicated bike lanes to prevent traffic collisions.

Gamla Stan

Gamla Stan is Stockholm’s old town. It dates back to the 13th century and can be defined by its medieval alleyways, cobbled streets, and archaic architecture. Nestled within Gamla Stan you can find the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral, and the Nobel Museum. The towns winning combination of historical buildings and architecture, coupled with its idyllic scenery has transformed Gamla Stan into a popular tourist destination. 

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The longest art gallery in the world 

Stockholm’s subway system is commonly referred to as the longest art gallery in the world because of the beautiful paintings and mosaics that adorn the walls. 90 of the 100 stations are currently decorated with the work of 150 artists. 

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An environmentally conscious city

Sweden is an environmental pioneer. It was the first country in the world to pass an environmental protection act and was the host of the first UN conference on the global environment. More than half of the countries national energy supply comes from renewable sources, and by 2045 Sweden wants to become completely fossil-free. Sweden is doing everything it can to save our planet and set an example for countries across the world. 

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Stockholm is an incredibly interesting city, worthy of exploring. It is also just one of the international cities that Laundryheap operates in. To book your Laundryheap Stockholm service, simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app. 


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Things to consider when using a laundromat

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If you don’t have access to a washing machine at home, you can always use a laundromat. Before using a laundromat for the first time, consider these things. 

  • Is the laundromat local?
  • Have you separated your clothing?
  • Do you know how to pay?
  • Have you got detergent and fabric softener?
  • Does your laundromat provide washing and drying services?
  • How will you fill your time between washing your clothes?
  • Is there another way to wash your clothes? 

Is the laundromat local?

The first thing to consider before using a laundromat is how local it is. If you have a lot of washing to do, and your only options are to walk or get public transport, the closer the laundromat is the better. 

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Have you separated your clothing?

Sometimes laundromats can become very busy and it can be difficult to find a machine to use. Before you leave for the laundromat, separate your clothing into whites and colours. This means you can put your clothing immediately into the machine and speed up the laundry process. 

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Do you know how to pay?

Not all laundromats have the same payment system. Some laundromats only accept cash, whereas others will accept cash and card payments. You can check online to see what your laundromats preferred payment method is, or make sure that you have both payment options with you. 

Have you got detergent and fabric softener?

Some laundromats will have vending machines where you can buy small bottles of laundry detergent and fabric softener. That being said, it is much more cost-efficient to use your own detergent and fabric softener. 

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Does your laundromat provide washing and drying services?

The majority of laundromats will provide both washing machines and tumble dryers, however, it is always best to double-check just in case. 

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How will you fill your time between washing your clothes?

Depending on how many loads of washing you need to do, and whether you are both washing and drying your clothes, there can be a long stretch of time between the beginning and end of your wash. How are you going to fill this time? You can choose to leave the laundromat whilst your washing is on, however, if you want to stay, you could do some work, read a book, or talk to a friend.

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Is there another way to wash your clothes?

If you don’t have a washing machine, a laundromat is not your only option for washing your clothes. At Laundryheap, we will pick up your clothing directly from your house, launder it, and re-deliver your clothing straight to your door. We work around your schedule, and can even complete your laundry service in as little as 24 hours. You can see whether Laundryheap operates in your area by using our postcode checker. 

To book your Laundryheap service, simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app. 


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Relaxing things to do in Manchester

After a hard day, it can sometimes be difficult to unwind and relax, especially if you live in a city. If you are residing in the Manchester area, these are some of the best ways to relax. 

  • Wander around St John’s garden
  • Enjoy a coffee in the trees
  • Stroll around Sale Water Park
  • Admire art at Manchester Art Gallery
  • Indulge in cat therapy 
  • Find tranquility at Rena Spa 
  • Create a work of art at Seven Limes Pottery 
  • Travel back in time at Heaton Park
  • Reach new heights at Manchester Climbing Center

Wander around St John’s garden

Where the St John church formerly stood in central Manchester, there is now a beautiful garden.  Developed in 1932, the small but beautiful St John’s garden is home to an urban orchard, beautiful flower beds, and plenty of benches to sit and relax on. In the center of the garden, you can find a memorial to the church, and those that were buried in its adjoining graveyard, placed exactly where the entrance to the church once was. St John’s garden is the perfect place to unwind with a book, or simply sit with your own thoughts. 

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Enjoy a coffee in the trees 

The Whitworth café has been beautifully designed with floor-to-ceiling windows so that guests can enjoy a coffee in the trees of Whitworth Park. As you sip on your coffee and nibble on an incredible seasonal menu, that is both ethically and locally sourced, you can enjoy the nature of Whitworth Park and the urban sanctuary of the Art Garden. The Whitworth cafe is the ideal place to enjoy all that nature has to offer, no matter the weather. 

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Stroll around Sale Water Park

Sale Water Park is a social hub, making it the perfect place to relax, especially with friends and family. Located in the south of Manchester, you can find beautiful woodland, meadows and, in the center of it all, the lake at Sale Water Park. During the summer months, locals and tourists alike flock to the lake to sail boats or ride jet skis. Nestled within the park is The Boathouse Restaurant, which offers panoramic views of the park. 

Admire art at Manchester Art Gallery 

Sometimes the best way to relax is to go somewhere quiet, where you can focus on something other than your stresses. Manchester Art Gallery is perfect for that. There is no admission fee to access the gallery, so you can wander around at your own leisure, admiring and getting lost in the art on display. Whether you are interested in fine art, sculptures, or even textiles, Manchester Art Gallery has a wide variety of beautiful pieces, that are guaranteed to satisfy even the toughest critic. 

Indulge in cat therapy

It has been proven that petting and being around animals has a calming effect on humans. In fact, stroking a cat can lower your blood pressure and increase positive thoughts. If you are a cat lover but do not own one, then you can visit Manchester’s Cat Cafe and enjoy unlimited access to a group of furry friends. For £12 an hour, you can enjoy bottomless hot and cold beverages, whilst stoking your new feline friends. 

Find tranquillity at Rena Spa

The ultimate relaxation experience is visiting a spa. The Rena Spa, located in the The Midland Manchester hotel, is an award-winning retreat away from every single stress you may be experiencing. Whether you are looking to massage the stress away, enjoy a dip in the relaxation pool, or release your pent-up frustrations in the steam room, there is a treatment for everyone to enjoy. You can find an escape at The Rena for a few short hours, or book a spa retreat, either way, you will leave feeling refreshed, revitalised, and, most importantly, completely relaxed. 

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Create a work of art at Seven Limes Pottery 

When you’re feeling stressed it can be useful to throw yourself into a creative project. Seven Limes Pottery offers small and friendly classes to potters of all levels. You can dictate what you would like to make, and the tutors at Seven Limes will help guide you through the process until you are left with a beautiful piece of pottery at the end. If you aren’t completely sold on the idea of making pottery, you can try a taster class.

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Travel back in time at Heaton Park 

At first glance, you may mistake Heaton Park as just another serine park, but you would be wrong. Not only is the park itself listed as a historical site, but there are also several buildings and landmarks nestled within its grounds that have been classed as historic sites. As you walk around the park you can observe these beautiful, historic, structures, before heading to the animal center, where you can see several farm animals roaming alongside alpacas and peacocks. With there being so much to do and see, Heaton Park is a great place to stroll around, at your leisure, and feel yourself relax into a calmer way of life. 

Reach new heights at Manchester Climbing Centre

Any form of exercise releases endorphins which help to relax and make you feel happy. What’s even better, is when you can exercise in a fun and adventurous way. At Manchester Climbing Center you can reach new heights by climbing the walls of the reformed church that the center is housed in. If you’ve never tried rock climbing before, you can do an intro class for £15 where you will be shown the ropes (pun intended) and given a full health and safety briefing. After completing the introductory class, you can pay £9 per session, or buy a membership for £45 a month. 

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Laundry is never a relaxing task to complete, so let us do it for you. Book your Laundryheap service by heading to the Laundryheap website or downloading the free Laundryheap app.