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How To Keep Your House Clean As A Busy Parent

Being a busy parent means you’re juggling full-time work and family life while trying to squeeze in a bit of time for things you need to do for yourself. It then becomes the case that you unintentionally neglect to keep your house clean because there is just no time to. Fortunately, we have some quick time management tips that will help you stay on top of keeping the house clean.

How To Keep Your House Clean As A Busy Parent

  • Create A Simple Schedule
  • Spot Clean
  • Clean As You Go
  • Delegate Tasks
  • Outsource

Create A Simple Schedule

To create a cleaning schedule is simple, but to keep track and follow one consistently is hard. Not every day is the same, and so sometimes you have to adjust your schedule.

Experiment first on which days work best for you to do specific cleaning tasks. There may be a pattern that you’ve unnoticedly created where, for example, you tend to dust down surfaces on Sundays and do the laundry on Mondays. Just add that to your cleaning schedule/calendar.

You can even leave yourself a few to-do lists each day if that works for you. Write one up beforehand, ready for the next day or ready for when you get home from work.

Spot Clean

If you notice a bit of filth in certain areas of your home, clean it straight away upon first noticing that it needs cleaning. Does the floor look filthy? Vacuum it. Can you see dust around the TV? Wipe it. These tasks take only a few minutes to do and will save you the hassle from dealing with it a later time.

Clean As You Go

No matter what you’re doing around the house, whether that’s cooking food or brushing your teeth, clean the area that you’re using. For example, if you’re preparing food in the kitchen, why not wash the utensils or items you no longer need and wipe down the kitchen counter. Or if you’ve had a bath, give the tub a quick clean after using it.

Also, put used things back exactly where they need to go to avoid clutter piling up over time and to keep your home organised.

Delegate Tasks

It’s always easy to keep a clean house when everyone gets involved and helps to keep it clean. If you have kids that are old enough to do household chores like wash the dishes or vacuum the floor, feel free to delegate those tasks to them. Younger children can help to clean up clutter like put their toys away or put rubbish in the bin.

Outsource

If worst comes to worst and nothing works for you, you can always outsource your household chores. You can hire a cleaner once a week or so and even get your laundry done for you by Laundryheap without you having to leave the house.


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How To Remove Chewing Gum From Clothes

Chewing gum is the most annoying thing to get rid of when it gets stuck on…well… everything! It’s more irritating, however, when you get chewing gum stuck on your clothes as it’s more difficult to remove.

Nevertheless, there are several ways to remove chewing gum from your clothes.

How To Remove Chewing Gum From Your Clothes

  • Ice

Apply ice on the chewing gum affected area until it has fully hardened. Then use a spoon or blunt knife to immediately scrape it off. You can apply ice on both sides of the material for quicker removal.

Alternatively, you can put your garment into a zip lock bag, folded, with the gum stain facing outside and place it in the freezer overnight. You should be able to gently peel off the gum the following morning.

  • Heat

All you need to do is apply heat onto the gum, whether it be by hot air or by submerging in hot water. There are several ways you can use heat to remove gum:

Method 1: Blow Dryer

You can use a blow dryer, on the highest temperature setting, to melt away the chewing gum. Which you can then peel off from the surface.

Method 2: A Kettle

Boil some water in a kettle, and place the gum affected area over the mouth of the kettle, so it catches the steam. Leave it for a minute or so until the gum softens. Then, remove the gum with a toothbrush.

Method 3: Hot Water

Submerge gum affected area into a pot of hot water and scrape off the gum with a toothbrush or blunt knife. Let garment dry and repeat if necessary. 

Method 4: An Iron

Place the garment on a piece of cardboard, with the gum facing on the cardboard. Using an iron on medium setting, iron the back of the chewing gum so it transfers onto the cardboard. Repeat process until the gum is nearly removed.

  • Rubbing Alcohol

This method is a much simpler one. All you need to do is pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a rag or sponge and rub the gum with it.

  • Hairspray

Spray some hairspray on the gum so it hardens, and then scrape off the chewing gum with a blunt knife or spoon.

  • Vinegar

Heat up a cup of vinegar in the microwave, to just below a boil. Use a toothbrush and dip it into the vinegar and start brushing off the gum. Keep dipping and brushing until the gum comes off. This method works best when the vinegar is hot.

 

If you still struggle with removing the gum or simply don’t want the hassle of trying to, send it to laundryheap and we’ll be able to take that gum stain right off.


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How To Reduce Your Laundry Pile

Most of the time, we find ourselves too busy (or lazy) to do laundry and so, after a few days, it begins to pile up. Unfortunately, no matter how many times you delay doing the laundry, it isn’t going to clean itself…ever!.

Here are 5 tips on how to reduce your laundry pile:

  1. WEAR SOME CLOTHES MORE THAN ONCE
    Sometimes we think clothes are already ‘dirty’ after 1-2 wears. YES, this is true if clothes are noticeably soiled. But did you know that some of our clothes shouldn’t even be washed until the 4th or 5th wear? Save yourself the extra laundry and check how often you should be washing your clothes.
  2. AVOID PROCRASTINATION
    Delaying or avoiding laundry is probably the MAIN reason why it just doesn’t get done when it’s supposed to. You tell yourself you’re gonna do it, and all of sudden 3 days have gone by and more clothes have piled up. Do your laundry when you know it needs to be done! The more you wait, the more clothes you gotta go through.
  3. KEEP YOUR CLOTHES ORGANISED
    After doing the laundry, you want to fold, iron and put your clothes away asap! When you organise your clothes, you’ll be able to differentiate the just cleaned clothes to ‘the chair’ clothes, if you know what I mean. It will also keep you from putting clean clothes that are super creased and have been forgotten about, back into the laundry again.
  4. IMPLEMENT A LAUNDRY ROUTINE
    One of the best ways to help you reduce your laundry pile is to stay on top of your laundry! Create a weekly laundry routine for you to follow, so that you actually start to tame the ridiculous laundry pile. If you plan your routine properly, you’ll find that tending to your laundry on specific days means you actually have less laundry to do than before.
  5. OUTSOURCE YOUR LAUNDRY
    With laundry collection and delivery services, there really is no excuse for you to not get your laundry done. If you still struggle with keeping up with the laundry even after you’ve tried the above tips, the only solution for you now to reduce your laundry pile is to book a laundry service.


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5 Useful Laundry Gadgets

Laundry is a time-consuming activity that involves several processes just to get our items cleaned and looking presentable. We even experience some complications at times, like losing a sock.

Here are 5 useful laundry gadgets that will save you time, space and make laundry a little easier:

  1. Retractable Clothes Line: Whether you use a tumble dryer or a clothes rack to dry your clothes, why not create extra drying space indoors and out with a retractable clothes line. Easy to set up and easy to put away too.

  2. Sock Lock/Clips: Tired of losing your sock in the washing machine? Worry no more with this genius sock lock gadget. They keep your socks together when you put them into the machine and most importantly, when it comes out!

     

  3. Ironing Mat: Ironing boards take a lot space in the room that they become a place to hang things on. They also take time to set up. With this ironing mat, you can save so much time as it’s so easy to take out and store away. Great for if you’re in a rush!

  4. Arrow Hanger: Whether it’s for hanging clothes to dry or for hanging freshly dried clothes to eliminate wrinkles, this collapsible wall mount arrow hanger is extremely useful for both drying and storing. So if you’re lazy to put away clothes that get creased easily, you can just leave them hanging up.

     

  5. Collapsible Laundry Basket: If you need to save a bit of floor space, this collapsible laundry basket can easily be folded and put away when it’s not in use. It’s super convenient and deep enough to carry/store your clothes.

 

 

These gadgets are pretty handy and useful to have for when you do the laundry. However, it doesn’t take away the daunting process of having to do the laundry! If you’re one who has no time to do laundry or simply hates it, then why not outsource it with Laundryheap!


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10 Helpful Clothing Hacks

Sometimes we experience a few clothing mishaps and want a quick-fix solution instead of buying new clothes.

Here are 10 helpful clothing hacks that will keep your clothes fresh and fixed:

  1. Remove pilling with a razor
    Over time, your clothes, especially sweaters, start to create tiny little ‘fuzz’ balls that make it look old. Simply remove this by running a normal razor over them.
  2. Iron collars and cuffs with a hair straightener
    If you’re in a rush and have no time to fix the creases on your collar or cuffs, just use a hair straightener! 
  3. If a zipper is stuck, use a bar of soap
    Quit struggling trying to force that zipper to come up. Rub a bar of dry soap on the zips teeth and voila!
  4. Use a toothbrush to remove dirt stains from suede
    Make your suede garments look clean and fresh by simply using an old toothbrush to brush dirt away.
  5. Remove gum from jeans using ice
    Getting chewing gum stuck on your jeans can be very difficult to remove. Apply ice onto the gum until it hardens, and then simply peel it off.
  6. Use a key ring to keep zippers up
    Don’t you hate it when your jean zip keeps falling down? Avoid that by attaching a key ring to the zip and hooking it around the button to keep it up.
  7. Remove deodorant stains with baby wipes
    Simply remove deodorant marks on clothes by wiping it with a baby wipe.
  8. Use double-sided tap to fix button gaps
    Get more coverage and eliminate button gaps with double sided tape. Just stick the tape in between the gaps of your shirt.
  9. Apply clear nail polish on loose buttons
    Got a button that’s a little loose? Apply some clear nail polish over the button to seal the thread and keep it from falling off.
  10. Clean leather shoes with cold water and vinegar
    Want to refresh dull looking leather shoes? Just clean it with a bit of white distilled vinegar and cold water. This is great a method to remove stains without damage too!

Bonus hack:

When seasons change, make sure to look after your clothes even if you’re not going to use them. Store them away in vacuum pack bags and don’t forget to laundry and dry-clean your clothes before sealing them away and make any necessary repairs to minor damages.


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The Benefits Of Adding Vinegar To Your Laundry Routine

It might sound a little odd, but adding white distilled vinegar to your laundry can do wonders for your clothes! It will help brighten, soften and leave your clothes odour-free! 

All vinegar’s have an acetic acid that works well in getting rid of residue and odour. Unlike, dark coloured vinegar you usually see, white distilled vinegar is a little less acidic and most importantly, less stinky! 

Here are the benefits of adding vinegar to your laundry routine:

Brightens Colours

Adding 1/2 a cup of distilled white vinegar in the final rinse of your laundry will make your clothes brighter and clearer. This is because the vinegar helps to remove residue from the detergent, that causes colours to look dull. Just add the vinegar either inside the drum or in the fabric softener dispenser and you’re good to go.

Eliminates Lint & Static Cling

Finding it hard to get rid of lint and static cling on your clothes? Put 1/2 a cup of white distilled vinegar into your rinse cycle. This will help remove excessive lint and also act as a natural static guard.

Soften Clothes

If you refuse to use fabric softener and want a natural alternative, you’re in luck! Just add 1/2 a cup of white distilled vinegar to your final rinse. This is a great replacement for fabric softener and doesn’t leave any residue on clothing. It is also entirely safe for sensitive skin and unlike fabric softener, doesn’t take away the flame resistant quality of children’s clothing.

Banish Odours

Whether it’s mildew or underarm odour, white distilled vinegar will do the trick.

Just add 1-2 cups of the vinegar into the washing machine, depending on how bad the smell is and run a complete cycle. Then, run another cycle with detergent.

To remove underarm odour, spray the vinegar directly onto the underarm area and leave for 10 mins before washing as normal.

Cleans Your Washing Machine

It’s important that your washing machine is clean to provide the best results for when you go to wash your clothes. Deposits such as soap or mineral deposits can build up which will greatly affect your machines performance. 

Just run an empty  hot cycle wash with 2 cups of white distilled vinegar in dispenser.

Don’t want to bother with these vinegar laundry hacks? Book a collection with Laundryheap today for fresh, clean clothes tomorrow.


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How To Make Chores Fun For Kids

Kids are full of energy, but when it comes to doing chores… not so much. It’s just not a fun and appealing activity for them (just as it isn’t for us either!), but it’s gotta be done!

Here are 5 ways to make chores fun for kids:

Make it a game

Kids LOVE playing games! So what better way to make chores interesting for them than to incorporate their favourite games within the chores you want them to do. How about a game of throw the laundry into the basket (like basketball) or the floor is lava, so they have to pick up their toys before it ‘melts’. If they’re washing dishes, add some rubber toys in there or a floating boat to make it fun.

Just be creative!

Friendly competitions

Turn those games into competitions! The one who gets it done first will win or the one who does the most chores will win! Whether you have one or many kids, friendly competitions are not only fun but a great distraction from the thought of it being a chore. You can also use these competitions as a way of training and developing their skills; they can try to do their task better/ quicker the next time.

Reward them

Make your kids feel proud of their accomplishments by rewarding them for their efforts and hard work. Take them out for a treat, or create a reward system where they’ll have to do a certain amount of chores to be able to get an item they’ve always wanted.

Praising your kids for their achievements will encourage them to do more and will give them a sense of positivity when completing chores.

Make sessions quick

 Kids can get bored and distracted easily when activities become less interesting. It’s best to keep their chore time short and switch up their schedules every so often; exposing them to different tasks.

Add some music

Gather a list of your child’s favourite music and let them sing and dance to it whilst they’re doing their chores. This will surely keep them entertained and motivated! You can join in too and it will feel like they’re having a mini party.

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How To Outsource Your Life

In this day and age, there are so many ways to outsource tasks you do in everyday life. It has become so easy to find individuals who can do almost any task for you, at a reasonable fee.

Through the convenient accessibility of an app or through the click of a mouse, you can outsource either your least favourite chores, tasks you find difficulty in doing or tasks that you need to stay on top of.

Let’s take a look at some ways you can outsource your life:

Food

For the days where you don’t have time to physically go out to shop for groceries (or you’re just feeling a bit lazy), major supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda have delivery services to save you the time. You can also use online supermarket services like Ocado.

If you can’t quite decide what meal to cook let alone what ingredients you’ll need, Hellofresh let’s you choose what meals you’d fancy eating and sends you the recipe with fresh ingredients! You can choose how many people you’re cooking for (2-4) and how many recipes you’d like per week (3-5), it’s also great for vegetarians.

Finally, if you don’t want to do any cooking at all or just can’t, numerous services such as Deliveroo, Uber Eats and Just Eat will deliver restaurant food straight to your door!

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Household Chores

For daunting chores that nobody likes doing but has to be done, there are services that provide help with laundry, general cleaning and handyman work.

Who best to go to for your laundry except for Laundryheap! If you’re new to our services, we collect and deliver your laundry (or dry cleaning) to your door within 24 hours, for free!. We also offer Ironing services. That’s laundry day done!

For cleaning tasks, and I mean any household cleaning tasks (even the cleaning of household appliances) you can book services like HelplingHandy, Bizzby or Taskrabbit. They’ll take care of all that dirt for you.

Handy and Taskrabbit can also take care of general house tasks like housekeeping or assembling furniture. For more handyman kind of tasks, Bizzby specialises in helping you with plumbing, electrical, appliance issues and all that stuff that causes inconvenience.

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Travel

Your general taxis and cabs have been around for a long time, but now with taxi apps like Uber, it’s become more convenient than trying to find a number to call. Just pin point your location and where you want to go and a driver will be there in a few minutes!

If you need or prefer to travel by yourself, digital guide maps such as Citymapper help you get around via public transport and can also gives you directions for if you wish to travel by uber. Waze is an app that navigates you whilst you’re driving and takes you on the best route. Both of these apps gives you an ETA and warns you of any real-time traffic.

Buying tickets to go abroad for a cheap price just got easier with hopper. This service finds the best dates to fly out for a cheap ticket price. It also tells you when to wait for both hotel and flight ticket purchases to make the most of a bargain.

For a more personalised trip, Skyscanner compares multiple airlines, hotels and car rental services to help you get the best prices.

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Work

Maybe your work load is getting a little too hectic and you think there are just some small tasks that can easily be completed by someone else. Services such as Fiverrr and Upwork provide a variety of experienced freelancers to get your business tasks done. 

If you procrastinate a little too much or you’re one who gets easily distracted, RescueTime will help you get productive again. This service monitors your daily digital habits and gives you a detailed report on your activities. This should help you to manage your time and minimise spending time on things that need less of your attention

If you need an extra day-to-day helping hand, Zirtual gives you your own personal assistant! It’s basically a real person but helping you digitally.

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Well-Being

You probably don’t realise, but the most important thing above everything is your health- mind and body! But sometimes work life balance gets a bit difficult and other priorities come first that we forget to look after ourselves. 

Exercising can become easy without going to the gym. Apps like Keep trainer, Sworkit, and Zova give you short but effective workout videos that you can try anywhere and helps you keep track of how many calories you’re burning, as well as showing you your exercise duration. 

If you find yourself stressing, feeling a little emotional or overwhelmed with troubled thoughts, apps such as HeadspaceWysa and Calm will give you guided mindful and meditation exercises to keep you at ease. You can also talk to an AI bot on the Wysa app if you feel the need to vent, work through an issue or if you simply need cheering up!

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Let us know in the comment section what other ways you can do to outsource your life!

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5 Tips To Stay On Top Of Your Laundry

Stay on top of your Laundry game all year round with these 5 great laundry routine tips PLUS a printable laundry schedule template.

Who doesn’t want an easier laundry life? Let’s face it, that laundry pile will never have an ending to it. So what do you do? Just face it, head on and try to enjoy it!

  1. Stock up on Laundry essentials: Avoid the stress of realising last minute that you don’t have enough laundry detergent, fabric softener and whatever else you use in your laundry routine. Who likes an emergency trip to the store just to pick up laundry detergent (and things you don’t need)? To make it easier for yourself, before going out for your regular grocery shopping, check to see if your laundry essentials stock is still full. Also, buy in bulk if and when you can. 
  2. Be organised: Being well organised in anything will ALWAYS make your life easier because it saves you the hassle from getting yourself together last minute. Pre-organise laundry loads by dividing them on the go, by colour or fabric type, using a divided hamper bin. Also, don’t forget to pre-treat stains before the hour of laundry arrives. Oh and being organised means folding, hanging and ironing straight after the clothes are dry. Gotta get yourself ready for the next laundry load you know! 
  3. Machine careYou have to maintain and clean your washing machine if you want your machine to last long and continue giving clean results. Dirty, and built up washing machines will definitely show (and smell) on your clothes! Give your washing machine an occasional clean to prevent machine damage and stinky clothes! 
  4. Get a helping hand: It’s okay to get extra help when doing the laundry, it makes things faster and saves so much time. Get your spouse, children or friends to help you out. If that doesn’t work, remember, we at Laundryheap provide laundry, dry-cleaning, wash and fold, and ironing services. 
  5. Stick with a schedule If you have a daily routine, then make a schedule! Schedules help you to stay consistent and keep you on top of things. The key is having a schedule that you can work well with, even if there are unexpected changes.

Think about:

  • How many loads you do per day
  • Which are your lazy and laundry days
  • What type of loads need to be washed on certain days e.g. school uniform
  • Whether you need to iron, hang &/or fold the clothes in the load

We’ve created a printable laundry schedule for you which you can download here. Use when you’re doing the laundry or when Laundryheap is doing it for you.

Feel free to tick, colour or cross the ones that apply to you for that specific day and take down a few notes for yourself or make a few pointers you need to remember.

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10 Clothes Storage Hacks

Oh no! Running out of space in your closet to store your clothes? Can’t invest in a walk-in wardrobe yet? Not to worry, with these 10 simple clothes storage hacks, you’ll be able to maximise every storage space you have.

  1. Add dividers to drawers: Maximise and organise drawer space by putting in dividers to separate items by your personal preference.                                                    
  2. Use chains or soft drink can tops: Attach chains or soft drink tops to the top of the hanger to be able to triple your hanging space.                        
  3. Use shower ring hooks: Another great way to save and maximise hanging space is to use shower ring hooks. Clip these hooks onto trouser hangers to keep scarfs, tank tops, vests, anything with straps or anything that dangles, tidy.
  4. Have a clothes rod: If you already have a wardrobe with a built in clothes rod, why not install another one underneath? (If you have plenty of room that is!) Or install a clothes rod if your wardrobe doesn’t have one. Again, it helps in saving space by hanging up your clothes!
  5. Invest in a clothes rail: If there is no room in your wardrobe to put a clothes rod, then get yourself a clothes rail! Clothes rails come in a range of sizes so you can pick what’s best suited for your room size. You can also DIY 🙂                                                  clothes rail storage                                                    
  6. Storage under bed: A great way to keep things looking tidy and out of sight is to store items in a storage compartment underneath your bed! Invest in storage boxes that are made to fit underneath the bed or if you’re looking to buy a bed, buy one with built in storage.                                                                                                                      clothes storage 
  7. Use shelves: Shelves are a great option to store and show off items such as shoes, bags, hats and folded clothes etc.  Tip: Use a big book shelf or floating shelves for a chic look.           
  8. Use baskets: Store items such as PJ’s, sportswear and more, to keep space tidy and free of clutter. Put them on top of your wardrobe, in the corner of a room and even on a shelf.                                                                                                                                        clothes storage 
  9. Say bye to old stuff: Clear out your unwanted or unused clothes because they are taking up way too much of the space that you need. Rummage through your closet and get rid of clothes you don’t want any more and clothes you haven’t used in 6 months- because why would you wear it now if you haven’t already in the last 6 months?
  10. Hanging organisers: Basically any organiser that hangs on to something. Whether it be a rack to put behind your door, on a wall, from the ceiling, these are great space usage.

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Got clothes you want to wash, fold or iron whilst scrimmaging through your wardrobe? Hand it over to Laundryheap so you can focus on creating more clothes storage space and making it look pretty!