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5 Ways To Keep Your Socks Together In The Wash

Tired of having mismatched socks after doing the laundry because somehow the other pair went missing in the wash? Fortunately for you, there are several solutions that will keep your socks together when you put them into the wash.

5 Ways To Keep Your Socks Together In The Wash

  • Mesh Bag

One simple way you can keep your socks together during the wash is by putting them into a laundry mesh bag- the same one you use to put your delicates in. Your socks will be secure and will still get cleaned properly. 

The mesh bags also come in handy when organising socks per family member as you can designate a mesh bag to everyone and socks can easily be put away.

  • Safety Pins

Before putting your socks into the laundry basket or straight into the machine, pin them together with a stainless steel safety pin that you can find in a sewing kit. The stainless steel won’t rust in the wash overtime and it won’t ruin your socks, provided that they’re properly secured.

  • Tie them together

Use a rubber band or a plain hair band to tie them together before putting them into the washing machine. Then your socks will sure go in and come out of the wash together. Make sure it is tied together well enough though so that the agitation of the washing machine doesn’t pull them apart. Alternatively, you can half tuck them in together to keep them paired.

  • Sock locks

An alternative to using rubber/ hair bands are sock locks, sometimes known as sock clips. This laundry gadget comes in different designs and features. Some sock lock designs are made only to be for the wash while others come with pegs that you can use to hang dry after washing. 

  • Sock dock

This is another handy laundry gadget that those with large families might find super useful. The sock dock is a sock ‘organiser’ for the wash as well as for your wardrobe. It is this rope like accessory that comes with adjustable sliders, allowing you to attach as many socks as possible. 


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How To Remove Slime From Your Clothing

Slime is fun to make and play with until it accidentally gets stuck onto your or your kids’ clothes and you’re left with a slime stain that seems impossible to take out. Fortunately, removing a slime stain is easier than you think. 

How To Remove Slime From Your Clothing

There are 2 ways in which you can effectively remove slime from your clothing:

  • Ice 
  • Vinegar

Before using either of the slime removal methods, make sure to remove and scrape off as much slime as possible.

Ice

Take some ice cubes and place it on the remaining slime to completely freeze. Once it is completely frozen, scrape off the slime as much as possible without using much force before pre-treating it with laundry detergent. After letting the detergent sit for 10 minutes, soak the clothing in hot water for about 30 mins before washing as normal.

Vinegar

Pour distilled white vinegar on the stain and scrub the vinegar into the slime using a toothbrush. If the stain is tough, allow the stain to soak in vinegar for up to 5 mins before scrubbing. Once you’ve gotten rid of the slime, rinse the garment in warm water, with dish soap if you wish, to remove any residue, before washing as normal.

 

Should you wish to get your clothes professionally cleaned at a time that is convenient for you, book a laundry collection and delivery with Laundryheap.


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The Right Way To Care For Cotton

Cotton comes from a natural plant fibre which is used in a lot of our clothes as well home and bedding items. Cotton fibres are a comfortable and breathable fabric that is very durable and should be taken care of properly to keep them looking good for many years.

Washing Cotton 

Before going to wash cotton fabrics, check the care label to see if the garment is best to be machine washed, hand washed or dry cleaned. Cotton is 100% washable and durable to withstand machine wash, but it is likely that some cotton garments have material that provides structure and shape (like blazers), which may deform if machine washed.

  • Wash cotton clothes on a warm or cool cycle (40° or lower).
  • Wash cotton linen, towels or underwear in hot temperatures (60°c) to remove germs.
  • Avoid using fabric softener as this can create an unwanted layer over the fabric.

Drying Cotton

Cotton garments can be both air and machine dried, taking into consideration how in these methods.

  • Air dry flat to retain it’s shape.

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  • Tumble dry on moderate to low heat.

Avoid hang drying as this can stretch out the fabric fibres, and avoid high temperature machine drying as this, plus agitation, can cause the garment to shrink.

Ironing Cotton

Cotton is strong enough to withstand the highest setting on the iron. Make sure to check the care label for the recommended iron temperature setting. Always iron cotton fabrics inside out. You can also use a clothes steamer to get rid of wrinkles and creases.

Removing Stains From Cotton

Should a stain occur, result to any of the following stain removal methods:

  • Colour safe stain remover/pen
  • Washing up liquid- apply and gently rub onto damp, stained area.
  • White vinegar- Add a cup to the the laundry cycle or make a paste with baking soda and apply to stain. 
  • Laundryheap– for a professional laundry and dry cleaning service, guaranteed to make clothes look as good as new.


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How To Instantly Look More Stylish

Want a simple way to spice up your style? Buying the trendiest and most expensive clothes is not the only way to look stylish. Sometimes, all it takes is adding a pop of colour, an accessory or wearing a piece of clothing differently.

How To Instantly Look More Stylish

  • Colour combination

Colour combination is one of the main factors that can make or break your style. If you want to look more stylish without even trying, wear colours that compliment or match each other. 

For example, if your outfit is black, style it with a bold red coloured jacket or red shoes, or both, if they match.  If you’re not big on bold, bright colours, stick to neutral colours such as black, white, nude, beige, ivory, khaki or grey. These colours do not take much effort to style and are very classy.

  • Patterns

Whether it’s leopard print, stripes or floral, clothing with a pattern will help boost your style. Make sure not to go all out on the prints though. A patterned shirt with plain bottoms or vice versa goes a long way.

  • Accessories

Adding a few accessory pieces to even the dullest looking outfits will help liven it up. Wear a belt, a watch, a pair of sunglasses or a few pieces of jewellery to give your outfit the ‘wow’ factor. Remember your bag is also your accessory, so make sure it compliments your outfit.

It’s important to note that you shouldn’t overcrowd your outfit with too many accessories. Choose the right amount of accessories as well as pieces that go well with your outfit. Also, don’t forget to keep the weather in mind.

  • Wear it differently

Experiment with your clothing pieces. Wear your jacket over your shoulders, do a half tuck in with your shirt or roll up the bottom of your jeans. You can also experiment with footwear for your outfits, like wearing sneakers with a dress or pumps with jeans. These little adjustments will make your outfit more stylish.

 

A good style starts with fresh looking clothing. It’s important that you take good care of your clothes and keep them in good shape. This starts with washing and storing them well. To get your clothes professionally cleaned, book a collection with Laundryheap.


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How To Keep Towels Soft

Has your soft, fluffy towel now turned into what seems to feel like sandpaper against your skin? If the answer is yes, it’s probably because of residue build up from detergent, softener and other laundry products like dryer sheets.

How To Keep Towels Soft

  • Don’t use too much Detergent

When doing the laundry in general, you shouldn’t be using too much detergent anyway. To make sure there won’t be detergent residue on your towels, use the right amount or even less than recommended for your washer.

  • Wash in hot water

It’s important to wash towels above 40°C not only because it will help kill germs and bacteria but because detergent dissolves better when washed at a warm or hot temperature. This way, detergent residue won’t build up on your towels.

  • Don’t use Fabric softener

Although fabric softener is made to make fabrics soft, it does the opposite when used on towels. Towels are made of microfiber, which is how they’re able to absorb and lock in moisture. Adding softener will only coat it with waxy residue, causing it to reduce it’s absorbency qualities overtime.

  • Use Vinegar or baking soda

Since you can’t add softener to make towels soft, a great alternative would be to use either white vinegar and/or baking soda. Both work as great natural softeners and are perfect for sensitive skin. Just add 1/2 a cup of white vinegar or baking soda to the rinse cycle in the drawer or in the drum.

Additional tips:

  • Wash towels with towels only 
  • Don’t overload the machine
  • Use the low heat setting if you need to put it in the tumble dryer

Whether you have time to spare or not to wash your towels properly, you can make the process of cleaning towels a lot easier when you use Laundryheap. Just schedule a free laundry collection and we’ll do the rest.


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What Fabrics Should Be Dry Cleaned?

All clothing and linen items come with a care label as a guide to instruct us with the proper cleaning method required for the fabric.

In some circumstances, it’s okay to delicately machine wash clothing that says dry clean, but that depends on the fabric type. Fabrics that should be dry cleaned are delicate ones that can’t handle the agitation and hot water from the washing machine.

What Fabrics Should Be Dry Cleaned?

  • Wool
  • Silk
  • Rayon
  • Linen

Wool: A sturdy and durable fabric like wool is too delicate to be machine washed, so it’s best to have it dry cleaned instead. The hot water and agitation from the washing machine will only ruin the fibres of the fabric. When cared for properly, it will last longer.

Silk: This luxurious fabric is known to need proper care when it comes to cleaning and maintenance, so the suitable method of cleaning is to be dry cleaned. Alternatively, it can be hand washed in cold water.

Rayon: Since Rayon is a manufactured fibre made from regenerated cellulose fibre, it can be difficult to decide on the appropriate cleaning method. This semisynthetic fabric is best to be dry cleaned as it may shrink or deform in shape in the washing machine.

Linen: This type of fabric can be hand washed as well as dry cleaned and often requires ironing. Linen is made of breathable flax fibres which, if washed incorrectly, can ruin the fabrics crisped finish. 

What Fabrics Shouldn’t Be Dry Cleaned?

  • Cotton
  • Synthetic Fibres

Cotton: Although cotton is a natural material, it can tolerate the agitation of being machine washed as well as machine dried and does not need dry cleaning. 

Synthetic Fibres: Clothing made out of Polyester, nylon, spandex, acrylic or acetate does not require dry cleaning as they won’t have a negative effect in the washing machine. 

Dry cleaning sounds like a long process but it’s actually really simple. If you don’t have the right equipment to dry clean at home, you can schedule a free collection and delivery with Laundryheap.


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How To Care For Your Swimsuit

Looking for the perfect swimsuit can be a struggle, but once you find it, you have to make sure that it can last longer than one season. There are a few things you have to take into consideration if you want to prolong the life of your swimsuit.

How To Care For Your Swimsuit 

  • Rinse after use
  • Wash after every wear
  • Don’t machine wash
  • Avoid dryers!

Rinse after use

Don’t allow your swimsuit to completely dry up after you’ve taken a swim in it. You should always rinse off your swimsuit immediately to wash off the salt water or chlorine, so these elements don’t ruin the fabric of your suit. Do this even when you’re having breaks between swimming and when you’ve finished. There are usually showers nearby that you can use while wearing your swimsuit anyway. 

Wash after every wear

It’s important to properly wash your swimsuit after every wear to remove the bacteria from the sea or chlorine from the pool. Even if you wear your swimsuit to the beach but don’t end up swimming in it, you should still wash it. The reason is that bodily fluid, like sweat, and sunscreen can cause yellow and gradual stains over time.

Don’t machine wash

The best cleaning method for your swimsuit is to hand wash it. Avoid putting your swimsuit into the washing machine as the agitation is harsh for the fabric fibres, wearing it down quicker. Instead, hand wash it in cold water with a mild detergent on its own.

Avoid dryers!

Just like the washing machine, tumble dryers are harsh on swimsuits, especially as it dries with heat and agitation. Putting it in the dryer will weaken your suits elasticity and also distort its shape. Instead, let your swimsuit naturally drip dry or dry flat. Avoid drying in direct sunlight as this can cause the colour to fade.

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Laundry vs Dry Cleaning

Laundry and dry cleaning both work to do the same thing but in different methods. Depending on the type of material your clothing is made out of, it may need a more careful cleaning approach. If you’re unsure about how dry cleaning works, you can check out our blog on the dry cleaning process.

Both methods have advantages and disadvantages, but choosing the right one will ensure longevity for your clothes.

Here are the main differences between laundry and dry cleaning:

 Laundry

  • Natural cleaning process makes clothes fresh
  • No harmful chemicals used
  • Free from chemical odour
  • Safe for people with sensitive skin
  • A cheaper method

Dry cleaning

  • Uses a chemical solvent to clean clothes
  • Effectively removes tough grease and oil stains
  • Safe from shrinkage, fabric distortion & colour bleeding
  • Protects material and ensures longevity
  • Best for some delicate fabrics

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Laundry vs Dry Cleaning

Laundry can effectively clean your clothes thoroughly but may ruin specific clothing in terms of altering the structure, colour fading, and wear and tear. Dry cleaning, on the other hand, use hazardous chemicals that can not only be irritable to the skin and harmful to the environment but can stain or leave a noxious odour on your clothes.

Despite these minor disadvantages, they are less likely to occur if procedures are followed accordingly with the right fabric type. For example, some clothes are not made to be wet-washed, but dry- cleaned instead.

If you’re unsure of which method is to use, your best bet is to check the care label on your clothes as it will indicate the best cleaning method for your clothing items as well as other care instructions.


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7 Laundry Tips For Large Families

It can be super difficult to keep up with the laundry when you’re a large family and it’s especially challenging when you have little kids who go through numerous clothes a day. 

For the families who have more than 4 kids that are looking for a laundry system that works, here a few things you can do to help make doing laundry a breeze:

  1. Get everyone involved
  2. Laundry per room/person
  3. Follow a routine
  4. Avoid buying white clothes
  5. Clear out the closet
  6. Wear clothes more than once
  7. Outsource

Laundry Tips For Large Families

  • Get everyone involved

It helps to get the whole family involved in helping to do the laundry. Divide the laundry tasks between your children who are old enough to help. For example, you can assign someone to load the washer, load the dryer, fold the clothes etc. When it comes to putting clothes away, let your kids who are old enough, do it themselves. Don’t hesitate to get your younger kids involved and teach them how to laundry.

  • Laundry per room/person

Put a laundry basket in every kids’ room, including yours, so that the laundry isn’t all piled up in one big laundry basket.

Instead of doing one big family wash, you can do individual washes which saves time on sorting.

  • Follow a routine- frequently or few days a week

Create a laundry schedule that works for you. Whether you choose to wash a little more often or not, choose a routine that you can follow. If your children can do their own laundry, then perfect! Set them their own laundry day. 

  • Avoid buying white clothes

A simple trick to avoid sorting clothes by colour before washing? Avoid buying whites clothes! Stick to buying darker coloured clothes for your kids since they’re prone to getting their clothes dirty. This way you can put clothes straight into the washer and saves time on sorting.. 

  • Clear out the closet

Take some time to clear out unwanted, and outgrown clothes in your kids’ closet. This ‘strategy’ is so that you technically have fewer clothes to wash and your kids who like playing dress up don’t have the need to keep changing clothes.

  • Wear clothes more than once

There is no need to wash clothes after every wear as most clothing items can be worn up to 2-3 times. Lessen the laundry loads by knowing how often you should be washing your clothes and tell your kids that just because their clothes touches their skin for a few seconds, doesn’t mean it’s already dirty.

  • Outsource

If for some reason you’re little behind on laundry, to which now you have a massive pile of dirty clothes, you should outsource your laundry. We at Laundryheap aim to deliver a convenient laundry and dry cleaning service designed to fit around your day-to-day schedule. Just schedule a collection and have your clothes cleaned and returned to you in less than 24 hours.


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10 Basic Wardrobe Essentials For Women

Everyone needs a few good ‘basic’ wardrobe essentials. The simple pieces of clothing that you can repeatedly wear on any occasion and style in different ways. Whilst fashion trends constantly change, these basic clothing pieces will stick around for a long time.

10 Basic Wardrobe Essentials For Women

  1. Plain white Tee: A classic white shirt, whether it’s a crew or v-neck, is a perfect staple item that you should have in your wardrobe. This versatile item can be paired with anything and can be worn in any season. 
  2. Button-down Shirt: Spice up simplicity with a printed or coloured button-down shirt. This piece is great for giving you a polished look. Great for any occasion, paired with jeans or a skirt. 
  3. Denim Jacket: Oversized, distressed or cropped, denim jackets have been in style for a very, very long time and are still trendy today. A classic blue mid wash denim jacket is a perfect versatile option.

  4. Leather Jacket: A great piece for adding edge to any outfit, leather jackets have been around for quite some time too and is still a stylish statement piece today.  
  5. Striped shirt: For a minimalist but chic pattern, striped shirts always do the trick. Black and white stripes are more versatile and can be paired with almost anything and any colour. 
  6. Black pants: For formal and work occasions, black pants are another foundation piece to have in your wardrobe. It’s okay to invest in a good pair of black pants as they will always be a formal trend. 
  7. Blazer: Much like black pants, a blazer is a must have piece to finish off a formal or work outfit. For a versatile blazer, opt for choosing plain colours or neutral plaid colours.
  8. Dark washed denim: For a pair of jeans that won’t go out of style? Dark washed denim jeans are the one. This wardrobe essential is great for any occasion and any season. Pair with sneakers for a casual look, and pair with heels for an evening look. 
  9. Neutral jumper: For when you’re always on the go, a good quality neutral-coloured jumper will give you a chic look that you can pair with absolutely anything.  
  10. Black dress: Whether it’s a little black dress or a midi, this wardrobe staple can be styled for both casual and formal occasions, and can be used all year round.

It’s important to take care of basic wardrobe essentials so you can wear them again and again for years to come. Make sure to give your clothes the proper care needed when you wash them. For professional laundry and dry cleaning, schedule a collection with Laundryheap.