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3 Ways To Remove Underarm Stains

Underarm stains on your clothes from sweat and deodorant can be difficult to get rid of, especially when the stain has now turned yellow. The reason why this happens is simple, you either didn’t treat the stain right away or at all. Fortunately, there are some effective methods you can use to remove these stains from any type of clothing.

3 Ways To Remove Underarm Stains

  1. White Vinegar: Pour some white distilled vinegar directly onto the stain and gently rub it in. Leave for a few mins before washing as normal.
  2. Baking Soda: Create a paste of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water (3:1) and use a toothbrush to apply the paste and scrub gently onto the stained area. Leave for a few minutes or up to 2 hours if the stain is really bad, and then wash as normal
  3. Lemon juice: Mix equal parts of lemon juice and water and scrub the stain with the solution. You can also choose to soak the stained area in the mixture for 10 mins up to an hour depending on how bad the stain is.

If you prefer to have a professional take the stain out and have your clothes freshly cleaned, you can count on Laundryheap to do the job. 


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How To Pack A Hand Luggage Only

If you’re travelling abroad with a hand luggage only, you’re either going away for a few days or you’re using an airline that doesn’t provide free baggage allowance. 

Whether you’re taking a trip that will last a few days or 2 weeks, bringing only a hand luggage can actually save you a lot of time and money. It might seem a little difficult to go away for a few weeks with only a hand luggage, but you just need to know how to properly pack for your trip.

How To Pack A Hand Luggage Only

First of all, check the airlines hand luggage policy to see what you can and can’t bring. Make sure the liquids you take are 100ml or under and avoid bringing sharp objects.

  • Use the right hand luggage

Use the biggest possible hand luggage that is light and comfortable to use. Try using a soft case hand luggage as this will give you the opportunity to maximise every given space. 

  • Plan your outfits properly

Choose clothes that you can easily pair with other clothes as this will give you more outfits. For example, if you take 3 different tops that can match 3 different jeans, this will give you 9 different outfits already. Also, try to pack only 1 pair of shoes that is appropriate for the weather and matches your outfits.

  • Only bring what you need

Don’t forget that wherever you go, you can always wash your clothes. So, avoid bringing an unnecessary amount of underwear or socks. You only really need to bring about 3-4. Even that amount can last months, as long as you keep washing them.

  • Wear your heaviest clothing

It’s never a good idea to pack the bulky items when you’re limited on space. Always wear your heavy clothing, whether that’s a jumper or jacket, and just take them off when you need to.

  • Roll, don’t fold your clothes

You’ll find that rolling clothes creates more space and also prevents wrinkles and creases. You can also use the KonMari method to pack your hand luggage.

  • Keep your items organised

Small pouches or packing cubes are a great way to save space and keep your items organised. You can use the small pouches and smaller packing cubes for wires, gadgets and other necessities. The larger packing cubes are better for clothes, shoes and even dirty clothing.

  • Use travel bottles and containers

Since you’re limited to only 100ml or 3.04oz in a hand luggage, you can either purchase travel essentials or make use of travel sized containers and fill them up with essentials you already have.

If you need a reliable laundry service whilst travelling, Laundryheap is available to clean your clothes in some cities in the following locations: UK, Ireland, Netherlands and the UAE.


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How To Care For Your Abaya

It’s important to take great care of your abaya and keep it in pristine condition, so you can always look your absolute best.

How To Care For Your Abaya

Most abayas are made from delicate fabric and some have embellishments like sequins on them, so it’s important that you check the care label for the appropriate cleaning method.

Abayas with beading, sequins or metal embellishments should be hand-washed or dry-cleaned as these are more gentle cleaning processes that won’t ruin the embroideries.

Hand Washing Your Abaya

If you’re considering to hand-wash, it would be the same process as hand-washing your ordinary clothes, but just with extra caution.

Here are some key points to follow when hand-washing your abaya:

  • Don’t soak your Abaya for longer than 10 mins
  • Use cold water
  • Use a mild detergent and only a small amount of it
  • Avoid rubbing the areas of embroidery
  • Only scrub the stained/dirty areas

Machine Washing Your Abaya

Just as you would with your regular clothes, separate and wash your abaya with similar colours. This will prevent colours from bleeding onto other fabrics and will avoid unwanted discolouration.

Again, because Abayas are delicate clothing, you want to machine wash them in a way that will prevent damage to the fabric.

  • Use the delicate cycle, at a low temperature (no more than 30°C) to prevent shrinkage from the heat and avoid the stitching from coming loose.
  • Wash inside out to prevent the colour from fading.
  • Use a mild detergent or abaya shampoo.

Drying Your Abaya

After washing, always air dry your abaya and as much as possible, avoid tumble drying. This is because the heat and agitation of the dryer can wear out the fabric overtime, making it look dull. If you hand-washed your abaya, gently wring out the excess water before hanging to dry.

Ironing Your Abaya

It’s better to press/ steam your abaya using a low heat setting, as this is more gentle for the fabric. This is especially beneficial to your abayas with embellishments.

If you prefer to iron, use a low temperature and iron the abayas inside out. For abayas with embroidery, you should also iron them inside out but use a piece of fabric over the embellishments so it acts as a safety barrier from the heat.

Remember to:

  • Store your abayas away neatly to avoid creases.
  • Avoid hanging them on thin plastic/wired hangers, as this can deform the shoulder shape. Instead, use thick felt or velvet hangers.

If you’re in need of a top quality dry-cleaner to clean your abaya, Laundryheap will collect, clean and deliver your abayas to you within 24 hours.


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8 Things Expats Should Know Before Moving To Dublin

Dublin is no doubt a beautiful county in Ireland with rich history. Whether you’re planning to temporarily or permanently move to Dublin, here are 8 things you should know before moving there:

  • Dublin is extremely international

In Dublin, you’ll find expats from all over the world and because of this diversity you will be able to find a whole variety of cuisines, from authentic Nigerian food to Portuguese cuisines. Many international companies HQ’s such as Google and Facebook can also be located in Dublin.

  • They are super friendly

It’s normal in Dublin or anywhere in Ireland to randomly talk to strangers and have a nice chat with them. Irish people in general are very welcoming and polite in their speaking. They’ll be happy to guide you in the right direction if you get lost.

  • Everything’s accessible! 

Getting around is easy from the bus, DART (train), Luas (lightrail/tram), bikes and taxi. You can even  walk from one end of the city to the other in just 30 minutes and nature is always at close proximity.

  • Buses don’t follow the schedule

Unfortunately, the buses are not exactly the best in terms of arriving when they should. Buses don’t actually follow the real-time information that you’ll see on the screen, so they can be pretty unreliable. Despite this, people still thank the drivers anyway.

  • ‘Your Man’ doesn’t actually mean your man.

If you’re having a conversation and the phrase ‘your man’ comes up, that doesn’t actually refer to your man but it refers to ‘a man’ or ‘that guy’.

  • The Pub Culture

You can find many, many pubs in Dublin and all across Ireland really. The pub is a great place to gather, not only to have a few pints but to relax and just enjoy! It is a great place to meet new people and socialise. There are a few things you’ll need to know about Irish pub culture though, like a pint

  • The weather is unpredictable

Much like the British weather, you’ll never know what the weather will be like throughout the day. It can be rainy at some point and then sunny the next. You can expect to have dull weather most of the time though.

  • The ‘Craic‘ and banter

People love to be merry and know how to have a fun time. You’ll never find them bored or having nothing to say. ‘Craic’ is a term for news, fun, stories, entertainment etc etc. Basically anything that is not boring. You’ll often here the question ‘What’s the craic?’ or ‘what’s the story?’ as a replacement to ‘how are you?’, in which your reply should be a super exciting and interesting story.

Whether you live in Dublin or are just visiting, if you need a reliable laundry service, Laundryheap will happily collect, wash and deliver your clothes all within 24 hours.


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How To Hand Wash Clothes

Hand washing clothes is not the number one washing method that people generally go for. However, in times of emergencies and especially when you’re travelling, knowing how to hand wash can definitely come in handy.

How To Hand Wash Clothes

What you’ll need:

  • A sink, tub or bucket
  • Liquid detergent or soap

Just as you would or should do when doing normal laundry via the washing machine, you should separate white and dark clothes to prevent colours from bleeding onto other fabrics.

  1.  Fill the sink, tub or bucket with luke-warm water and soap. If you’re using laundry detergent, make sure to add only a few drops and if it’s a bar of soap, create soapy water. You may wish to use the soap bar to scrub your clothes provided that it won’t discolour or ruin the fabric.
  2. Add your clothes and start to kind of spin and swirl them around in the water, dunking the clothes in and out. Also, scrub the clothes by rubbing parts of the fabric together, especially the dirtier areas. Feel free to add more detergent in the process and change the water if necessary.
  3. After a good few mins of scrubbing or once you feel like it’s clean enough, let your clothes soak between 10-30 mins depending on how dirty your clothes are.
  4. Rinse out the soap just by draining and changing the water or you can rinse it out directly under the tap. You’ll know you’ve rinsed it out well when there are no more bubbles and the water appears clear.

Drying Hand Washed Clothes

Wring out as much water as you can and hang them up to dry. If it’s possible, hang them outside or up by the window for exposure to the sunlight as this will help clothes to dry quicker. Be aware that clothes can drip dry and create a wet floor if they’re still filled with much water. If it becomes the case that you need to hang them indoors, hang them up in the bathroom.

For items that have a longer drying time such as wool or cotton, use any towel that’s large enough for the item of clothing, lay the piece of clothing down on a flat towel and roll it together to wring out the excess water. Then hang up to air dry.

If you’re travelling and want to use a simple laundry service, Laundryheap will collect, clean and deliver your clothes to your within 24 hours. Just download the app for for iOS or Android.

Laundryheap is available in the UK, Ireland, UAE and Netherlands.


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Tourist Advice: What To Wear In Dubai

Dubai is a city well known for it’s incredibly hot summer climate, it’s modern architecture and luxury shopping malls. 

What To Wear In Dubai

Dubai is a cosmopolitan city where a majority of the population is made up of expats, most of which are from the western region, so it can be quite confusing as to what you can wear. 

Although the city is filled with many expats and welcomes different cultures and religions, Dubai is a city in the UAE which is an Islamic country. So, traditional clothing is modest for both men and women.

One thing for sure is that locals nowadays love to dress up and look good whenever they’re out in public. They love to show off their designer brands and will always make the effort to look fashionably presentable. The style sense will usually range from classy and elegant to smart casual.

The trick is to dress classy in a modest way.

Depending on what you do and where you go in Dubai, there are some public places that have a strict dress code. 

Key points to note:

  • Plunging necklines, bare midriffs and booty shorts are frowned upon.
  • Transparent and sheer clothing that will reveal your lingerie must be avoided.
  • You can wear off the shoulder/ sleeve-less tops unless a dress code says otherwise.

What To Wear To Public Places In Dubai

For public places like the park, metro, malls or just roaming around.

Women

  • Maxi, midi or knee-length dresses and skirts
  • Fitted jeans, pants or culottes.
  • Nice blouses/ tops or t-shirts
  • Short-sleeve, sleeve-less or off the shoulder tops
  • Jumpsuits, rompers or playsuits
  • Shawls or scarfs
  • Thin jackets, cardigans or kimonos 

Note that some public places such as some shopping malls have a strict dress code where you will need to cover up a bit more (your shoulders). That’s why it’s always handy to bring along a shawl or light jacket whenever you roam in Dubai.

Men

  • Fitted jeans/pants.
  • T-shirts, polo shirts or vests
  • Shorts (but not short shorts)

What To Wear To Fancy Restaurants In Dubai

You definitely have to bring some formal clothes and shoes if you plan to go to restaurants and bars in Dubai. Most nice restaurants have a semi-formal or formal dress code that do not permit trainers!

You can wear anything that looks elegant and classy, so long as it’s not too revealing.

Ladies should still keep outfits looking modest and bring along a shawl or jacket to cover up going to and from the restaurant or bar.

Men should wear polo-shirts and nice pants, with fancy shoes.

What To Wear When Visiting A Mosque In Dubai

When visiting mosques or traditional markets like Spice Souk or Gold Souk, it’s important that both men and women are fully covered and not wearing tight-fitted clothing. 

Women

  • Maxi dresses or skirts
  • Pants or trousers
  • long sleeve tops/cardigans
  • Shawls or scarfs to put over the head

Men

  • Jeans or pants
  • Long sleeved tops

What To Wear To The Beach In Dubai

Ladies can wear bikinis and swimwear to the beach or swimming pool, as long as it’s not too skimpy. Bikinis or swimsuits that have thongs are highly inappropriate. Men can wear swimming shorts with a vest or t-shirt, but must avoid being topless.

What To Wear For Nightclubs In Dubai

Dressing for nightclubs in Dubai is pretty much the same for any other city, as most of these nightclubs are international. So you can pretty much wear what you want. The only thing they will be strict about is what shoes you wear, so be sure to pack some heels or dress shoes.

If you’re planning to visit Dubai and want a convenient laundry service, Laundryheap will happily collect, clean and deliver your clothes within 24 hours to your hotel. It is also a great way to outsource your laundry if you live in Dubai.

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Different Ways To Remove Lint From Clothing

If you have lint stuck on your clothes, there are a few items you can use to remove them besides having to use a lint roller or a lint brush.

Different Ways To Remove Lint From Clothing

  • Tape: Use some scotch tape or any other adhesive tape to remove lint. Wrap some tape around your hand so that the sticky side is facing outwards and attach both sticky ends together. Then just dab or roll over the areas with lint.
  • Dryer Sheet: Due to it’s anti-static properties, dryer sheets can also work well to remove lint from your clothes. Simply rub a dryer sheet all over your clothes until the lint is gone.
  • Pumice Stone: Although this item is used to get rid of dead skin cells on your feet, they do well in removing lint from clothing too. Just rub the stone lightly over the garment to remove the lint. Avoid using this on silk or nylon fabrics as it is too harsh on them.
  • Washing sponge: The abrasive material of the sponge’s scouring pad is great at picking up lint. Dampen the scouring pad of the sponge to make it soft and rub it gently against the fabric to remove the lint.
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How To Take Proper Care Of Your Clothes

No one likes it when clothes start to fade in colour, when little rips and tears are found, when you can no longer wear your favourite top cos it looks so old and worn out. All these factors happen because we fail to take good care our clothes.

So, how do you prevent these from happening and keep clothes lasting longer? Let’s go through some of the most basic procedures on how to take proper care of your clothes.

Basic Clothing Care Tips

  • Don’t wash too often: Excessive washing can be tough on your clothes. Putting the fabrics through constant agitation in water and detergent can cause your clothes to wear out. Only wash when you really need to, like when it’s visibly dirty or has a foul smell. Check how often you should be washing your clothes.

  • Learn basic repairs:  It comes in handy when you know how to fix basic repairs. Whether it’s fixing a loose thread or sewing back on a button, you can save yourself the money of purchasing a replacement and make your clothes last a little longer.

  • Hang clothes nice clothes: Your suits, dresses, coats, jackets (especially leather ones) and any fabrics that are prone to getting creased easily or ones that are to delicate to be folded. Hang them on clothes hangers!

  • Fold heavy sweaters: Hanging heavy sweaters can cause them to deform in shape as the weight of it will pull it down and stretch the fabric. It’s best to fold and store them away as you would with your general clothing but be sure to keep them away from zippers or clothing accessories that might snag onto them.

  • Pay attention to the care label: The care label has all the instructions you need to clean, dry and iron your clothes the correct way, so it shouldn’t really be ignored. The only way to give your clothes proper treatment when it is wash, dried and ironed is to refer to it’s care label.

  • Clean clothes before storing them away: When seasons change and you swap your winter clothes for summer ones, it’s best to have them fresh and clean before storing them away. This is just so dirt and odour don’t attract bugs or bacteria; it’s best to keep them there fresh and clean, ready for when that time of the season comes again.

  • Remove stains accordingly: If you don’t want discoloured patches on your clothes, it’s best to remove stains asap. Always remember to dab and use cold or luke-warm water when treating a stain.

  • Don’t procrastinate when doing the laundry: In the process of doing laundry, sometimes we delay in folding and putting our clothes away or we leave clothes in the washing machine/ tumble dryer. This can result to: wrinkled clothes or mildew smelling clothes, which will make you want to wash your clothes again. Avoid this by keeping staying on track with the laundry once you get it started.

  • Get your washing cycle right: If you can wash your clothes right the first time, you can then you wont have to put your clothes through several cycles to get the best outcome.

  • Use good hangers: Wired or thin plastic hangers don’t often support the shape of your clothes, especially on the shoulder area. It can cause it to stretch or deform in shape if it’s not the right size. Instead, use wooden or thick hangers that will be able keep the shape of the garments shoulder.

  • Wash coloured clothes inside out: To prevent the colour of your clothes from fading, wash them inside out to protect them.

  • Don’t be lazy to separate colours: If you separate your laundry pile, your clothes will in fact be cleaner! And this is why it is advised to separate whites from dark/coloured clothes. This is so you avoid the risk of the dark clothes making your white clothes a grey or off-white colour.

  • Hand-wash: There’s nothing more caring for your clothes than hand washing them, especially delicate or hand wash only clothes! Hand wash your lingerie and other delicate fabrics that require hand-washing only to make them last longer.

  • Use a mesh bag for delicates: For delicates that can be machine washed, put them in a delicates (mesh) bag to keep them from catching onto or being caught onto other garments.

  • Don’t over crowd closet: Trying to cram everything in your closet will create creases and wrinkles on clothes, which leads to constant exposure to ironing! Try to organise your wardrobe well so everything fits perfectly without clothes being too squished together. Check these clothes storage hacks if you’re short on wardrobe space.

If you want to outsource your laundry, you can count on Laundryheap for top quality laundry and dry-cleaning results. With free collection and delivery, you won’t have to worry about leaving your home.


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Tips On Washing Baby Clothes

If you’re wondering if there are specific instructions or methods to wash your baby’s clothes, there aren’t much. However, there are a few things you need to consider to keep your baby’s sensitive skin safe.

Here are Tips On Washing Baby Clothes:

Wash Newly Bought Baby Clothes

Newly bought clothes contain chemicals from production that may cause irritation to your baby’s skin. To keep your baby safe from being exposed to these harsh chemicals, always wash newly purchased baby clothes, blankets and washable items that will come into direct contact with the skin.

Use A Mild Detergent

Since your baby’s skin is sensitive, you may want to find the best laundry detergent that is safe for the baby. Fortunately, there are many detergent options available for babies or those with sensitive skin. Just look for hypoallergenic or non-bio labelled detergents. You also have the option to purchase detergents specifically made for baby clothes, like Dreft or ECOS

Use The Rinse Cycle

To make sure all detergent residue is removed from your baby’s clothes, use the rinse cycle after your usual cycle. This will keep clothes staying fresh and clean for longer and will prevent mildew smell.  

Avoid Fabric Softener

We all know that fabric softener is used to make clothes feel soft. It works by adding a lubricant layer over the fabric. Baby clothes, sleepwear in particular, are designed to be flame resistant and coating it with softener means you’re only stripping it of it’s properties.

Read The Care Label

Should you wash baby clothes at a cold or warm temperature? I can tell you that warm/hot washes are great for clothes that have a foul odour or needs to be disinfected. Cool washes are great for regular clothes that haven’t been heavily soiled on.

However, only the care label will be able to tell you the correct way and temperature wash and dry your baby’s clothes if you want to take extra precaution.

If you’d like a more professional approach to washing your baby’s clothes, you can leave it to laundryheap. We take safety into consideration, especially for those with sensitive skin. That’s why give you the option to choose between bio or non-bio detergent and take into account any other special requirements for your baby’s clothes.


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10 Ways To Remove Bad Odour From Shoes

Smelly shoes are really unpleasant and can be totally embarrassing when exposed to others around you.

Here are 10 Ways To Remove Bad Odour From Shoes:

  1. Baking Soda: This is a natural deodoriser and is great at absorbing bad odour. Simply sprinkle some baking soda inside your shoes, leave it overnight and remove the powder the following day. Alternatively, you can put two tablespoons of baking soda into a piece of fabric like a coffee filter, socks and even stockings; tie it and place it in your shoe overnight.
  2. Citrus Peels: Place fresh citrus peels, like lemon, lime or orange peels, into your shoes and leave them in overnight. This will help give it fresh scent.
  3. Essential Oils: Add a few drops of an essential oil of your choice, into your shoe for a refreshing smell. Alternatively, you can add a few drops to cotton balls or tissues and leave them in your shoe overnight.
  4. Rubbing Alcohol: Pour or spray rubbing alcohol inside of your shoes. Rubbing alcohol is a natural antiseptic that will disinfect and will help dry out the odour.
  5. Water and Vinegar: Add a mixture of water and white distilled vinegar of equal ratio into a spray bottle, and spray the mixture a few times into your shoe. Let it air dry for 30 mins before use. You can also choose to speed up the drying process with a blow dryer if necessary.
  6. A Bar Of Soap: If you have a few spare soap bars, use them to get rid of the shoe odour. Place a bar of soap inside each stinky shoe for a few hours or overnight and it will absorb the odour, leaving a fresh clean scent behind.
  7. Fabric Softener Sheets: Tuck in a few of these sheets inside your shoes (scrunch them up too if you wish) and leave it overnight to neutralise the odour. 
  8. The Heat: If your smelly shoe problem is due to excessive moisture, leave them to dry out in the sun or on a heater. This will help prevent bacterial growth that causes the odour.
  9. Freeze them: Seal your shoes in a Ziploc bag or an ordinary plastic bag and place them in the freezer overnight. Then, thaw them in the sun the following morning. This method is meant to kill the bacteria that produces the odour.
  10. Cat litter: Unusual as it may sound, cat litter is infused with deodoriser and works well to absorb moisture. Seal a few tablespoons of cat litter (unused, ofcourse!) into socks or stockings and place them in your shoes overnight.

Unfortunately, we at Laundryheap can’t clean your shoes nor can we take the odour out of them either, but you can count on us to clean your clothes, and home & bedding items!