Laundryheap Blog – Laundry & Dry Cleaning

Same-day collection. Free delivery in 24 hours.


Leave a comment

5 Uses For Old T-Shirts

Got a couple of shirts that you no longer use but want to keep? Get creative and turn them into something else or donate them if they have no value to you. Here are 5 things you can do with your old t-shirts.

5 Uses For Old T-Shirts

  • Tote Bags
  • Quilts
  • Pillows
  • Reinvented clothes
  • Donations

Tote Bags

Create a no-sew tote bag by cutting off the sleeves to turn into handles, cutting around the neckline to create depth and tying the bottom of the shirt. Make sure the shirt is inside out before tying the bottom so you can turn it right side out. If you prefer to sew, see this tutorial on Wikihow.

Quilts

Preserve the memories of your t-shirts and create a quilt out of them. You can choose to have them professionally done or learn how to create one yourself. Check out this wikihow tutorial on how to make a quilt from tee shirts.

Pillows

Turn your old shirts into pillow covers or actual pillows. For pillow covers, cut and sew the shirt and finish it with a zip or Velcro seal. For pillows itself, include stuffing. See Wikihow’s tutorial for how to make pillows out of old clothes

Reinvented Clothes

If you enjoy sewing or DIY, recycle old t-shirts and make a new piece of clothing out of them. Cut off the sleeves, give it a different neckline or give it a whole new design. If you have little children, you can use old t-shirts to create clothing pieces such as pants or dresses.

Donations

Don’t want to keep the t-shirts at all? or just not crafty enough to make something out of them? Give them up for donation to your local charity or pass down to friends or other members of the family.


Leave a comment

Commonly Asked Questions About Laundry

We all know how to do the laundry, but sometimes certain things come up in the process that we are unsure of like how to remove a tough stain or why our clothes aren’t as bright as they used to be. Here are some commonly asked questions about laundry.

Should you wash white clothes separately?

Yes. If you want your white clothes to stay white, you must separate them from the coloured clothes as the dye can transfer onto the whites.

Should you wash new clothes before wearing them?

Yes, you should. Newly bought clothes are full of preservation chemicals and dyes as well as ‘invisible’ bacteria. While it isn’t much of an alarming issue, it’s best to be on the safe side. Read more about why you need to wash new clothes before wearing them.

What causes yellow stains on white clothes?

Yellow stains are formed from a mixture of perspiration and aluminium elements such as those that be found in deodorant. It is also due to invisible stains that aren’t pre-treated before washing.

How do you get white clothes white again?

Other than bleach, there are many natural ways to get your white clothes looking white again. Some of which include using baking soda, white vinegar or borax into your washer. Read more on how to whiten your white clothes naturally.

What are ‘delicates’ in laundry?

Delicate clothes are the ones that need extra care as they can be easily damaged. Such items include lingerie, silk, lace and chiffon.

Why do my clothes smell bad after washing?

There are several causes for your clothes to smell bad, such as:

  • Your washing machine needs cleaning.
  • You use too much detergent or you don’t use enough.
  • You don’t take clothes out straight away after cycle has finished.

If you experience this problem, check out how to remove damp smell from clothes.

What is colours bleeding and how do you fix it?

Colour bleeding is when the fabric dye leaches out when it gets wet. To prevent colours from bleeding, you can use colour catching sheets or add a cup of salt or white vinegar into the wash. You should also wash on a cold cycle.

How do you wash colours without fading?

Wash clothes inside out and on a cool temperature (30°c) and don’t over wash them. Also, don’t expose them directly to the sunlight as this will ‘bleach’ the fabric dye causing it t appear lighter.

Can you machine wash ‘dry cleaning only’ clothes?

No. If your clothes are labelled as ‘dry-clean only, it means its too delicate to be exposed to water and agitation. If you don’t want your clothes damaged, it’s always best to follow the instructions on the care label.

How do you remove old stains?

There are many stain removal products that will work to remove set-in stains but if you want a home-made stain remover, you can use white vinegar, liquid detergent or Baking soda. Read more about natural stain removers.

 

If you have a laundry questions that isn’t on here, feel free to ask it in the comments section and we’ll try to answer them for you.


Leave a comment

How To Remove Stains With Baking Soda

Baking soda is gentle enough to be used on any fabric. If you weren’t aware already, Baking soda acts as a natural bleach, cleanser, deodoriser, fabric softener and is great at tackling tough stains. 

Pre-Soak with Baking Soda

To pre-soak your clothes before washing, fill up a bucket of water and add a cup of baking soda. Add your clothes into the bucket, swirl them around and leave to sit for a few hours to overnight. Although not a ‘stain’, pre-soaking helps to eliminate musty smells.

Pre-Treat with Baking Soda

There are two ways to remove stains with Baking via pre-treating. You can either sprinkle baking soda directly onto it or create a paste by mixing it with a 2:1 ratio of baking soda and water.

  • Grease stains- apply baking soda onto stain and leave for 30 mins to 1 hour.
  • Sweat stains- rub paste on stained area and let sit for a few mins.
  • Blood stains- rub paste on stained area and let sit for a 1 hour.
  • Vomit stains- apply baking soda directly onto stain and leave for 1 hour.
  • Fruit juice stains- apply baking soda onto stain, leave to sit, then rinse from the back of the stain.

If the stain is dry, use the paste method, but if it is wet, sprinkle baking soda on it. 

Add Baking Soda In The Wash

You can add 1/2 a cup of baking soda directly into the wash, along with your clothes and detergent, or you can add 1/2 cup to the rinse cycle. Adding a cup of white vinegar will enhance baking soda effects.

For a more professional approach in removing stains and keeping your clothes fresh, you can count on Laundryheap to get the job done.


Leave a comment

How To Care For A Dress Shirt

For both formal events and casual outings, a dress shirt is a staple in every man’s wardrobe. Keep your dress shirts looking as good as new all year round with these tips. 

Washing A Dress Shirt

Before washing a dress shirt, it’s essential to undo all the buttons, including the ones on the cuffs and on the collar- if any, to ensure no damage on the button holes and threading.

  • Make sure to pre-treat any stains for about 20-30 mins before putting it into the wash.
  • Wash dress shirts on a cool, delicate cycle.

If in doubt, you can always check the care label for instructions on washing. In some cases, it may just need to be dry cleaned.

Drying A Dress Shirt

The best way to dry your dress shirt is to hang it on a hanger and let it naturally air dry. To maintain the shirt’s shape, do up the first two buttons. Avoid machine drying your dress shirt as this can cause damage to the fabric.

Ironing A Dress Shirt

Refer to the care label for the right heat setting when going to iron your dress shirt. If you want a crisp finish, iron both sides of the shirt. Alternatively, you can spray water to moisten it a bit before ironing.

Storing A Dress Shirt

Dress shirts should be hung up properly rather than folded.

  • Use any hanger as long as it is not a wired, as this tends to pucker the shoulders.
  • Fold and button up the collar, if it has any.
  • Button up every other button on the length of the shirt to keep it from creasing.

Knowing the right way to care for your dress shirt will keep it looking crisp and in good shape for years to come. If you need your dress shirts professionally cleaned and pressed, you can schedule a collection with Laundryheap.


Leave a comment

Time Management Tips For Busy Parents

Only full-time, busy working, parents know the real struggle of having so many responsibilities with little time. It’s challenging taking care of your kids and tending to their needs while working, running errands, managing house tasks and looking after yourself. So, here are a few quick tips for all you busy parents that can help with your time management.

Time Management Tips For Busy Parents

  • Write Things Down 
  • Be Flexible
  • Know Your Priorities
  • Prepare in advance
  • Outsource Tasks

Write Things Down

Since you might not be able to do everything on your ‘to-do list’ straight away, you should prioritise your responsibilities in terms of critical and not critical, depending on what you have going on. You’ll be able to differentiate the two if there are tasks that you can do at a later time.

Be Flexible

Every day is different. Sometimes your children are up and ready to get the day started before you and sometimes they aren’t. Sometimes you won’t get around to doing that thing you needed to do because something else came up. Whatever you’ve got planned, you need to be flexible with your schedule so you can adapt to any changes.

Know Your Priorities

Since you might not be able to do everything on your ‘to-do list’ in one day, you should prioritise your responsibilities in terms of critical and not critical, depending on what you have going on. Sometimes, prioritising also means saying no to hanging out with friends because you want to spend quality time with your family.

Prepare In Advance

Whether it’s your kids’ school uniform or meals for the week, preparing such things in advance will save last-minute rush and valuable time. Assess what you have going on in the week and make advanced preparations. If, for example, there’s an after school training or practice session, you can save yourself preparing dinner late by pre-cooking it.

Outsource Tasks

Save yourself the extra hours and outsource tasks such as grocery shopping or doing the laundry. You can get groceries delivered to your door and schedule a laundry pickup and delivery. Although you have to spend a little to outsource, it may be worth the extra free time you’ll gain from it.


Leave a comment

How To Care For Wool Clothing

If you want your wool clothing to last longer, you need to know how to properly care for them. 

How To Care For Wool Clothing

Washing Wool

Since wool naturally keeps itself clean by expelling odours through controlling moisture and is stain and wrinkle resistant, you shouldn’t have to wash your wool clothing often. You can air out your wool clothing by laying it on a flat clean surface for an hour to remove any odours. However, if you do need to wash them, here are some tips to keep in mind.

Hand-Washing
  • Wash in cold water with a drop of wool liquid.
Machine Washing
  • Use a wool cycle or gentle cycle with on a cool temperature.
  • Use a detergent designed for wool clothing.
  • Avoid dry cleaning!

You can also get your wool garments professionally cleaned by Laundryheap. Simply schedule a collection via the website or mobile app.

Drying Wool

Air drying is the best drying method for wool as machine drying is too harsh for the delicate fabric fibres and will shrink them. Lay the garment on a towel to dry flat, allowing it to dry in its original shape.

Storing Wool

Always keep your wool clothing neatly folded when storing them away. Knitted Wool garments can be hung, but only on thick padded coat hangers as thin hangers can distort its shape.

For storing away your wool clothes during the summer when they are not in use, you want to protect them from moths. Keep your wool clothing in cotton bags or protect them with cedar wood balls.


Leave a comment

5 Ways To Make Laundry Easier

Laundry is a time-consuming activity that most of us despise doing. We all would rather be doing something else than wasting a few hours of our day doing the laundry. Unfortunately, doing the laundry can’t be avoided, but you can make it easier for yourself.

5 Ways To Make Laundry Easier

  • Sort as you go
  • Treat stains asap
  • Mesh bags to separate socks
  • Wash less often
  • Outsource the Laundry

Sort As You Go

To make sorting your clothes easier before a wash, invest in another laundry hamper to divide clothes into whites and colours as you go. Alternatively, you can add hampers in every bedroom of the house and assign a laundry day to each room. It will make putting clothes away easy too.

Treat Stains As You Go

Save yourself the hassle of treating set-in stains and spot treat on the go. If your clothes happen to meet a stain, treat it right away, so you don’t waste time and energy trying to treat it at a later time. Liquid dish soap and water will usually do the trick to remove stains, but if not, there are many other stain removal methods.

Mesh Bags To Separate Socks

Known as delicate wash bags or lingerie bags, these are not only handy when you want to separate your delicate clothing, but it can be useful for separating each family members’ socks and keeping them together when you take them out of the wash. That way, you won’t have to worry about missing a sock.

Wash Less Often

You don’t need to wash your clothes after every wear, in fact, for many garments, you shouldn’t! Save yourself the stress of a large laundry pile by knowing how often you should be washing your clothes.

Outsource The Laundry

Whether you like it or not, you’ll always have to do the laundry- there’s no avoiding it- but you can get someone to do it for you. Laundryheap laundry and dry cleaning services collect and deliver your items for free within 24 hours to your doorstep. 


Leave a comment

How To Make A Good First Impression At An Interview

If you’ve got an interview coming up and need some help preparing for it, we have a few tips that will help you make a good first impression and increase the chances of you being hired.

How To Make A Good First Impression At An Interview

  • Do your research
  • Dress for the role
  • Arrive on time
  • Be organised
  • Know your core values
  • Show enthusiasm
  • Share relevant stories
  • Take strategic pauses
  • Don’t forget to smile 
  • Have confidence

Do Your Research

Prepare yourself for any questions that might be asked about the company as well as yourself. Make sure to do some research about what the company does and to analyse yourself- your strengths, weaknesses, and areas you may need to improve on. 

Dress For The Role

Your interview attire is one of the key points that will make an impact on your first impression. If you underdress, it will seem as if you’re not that interested, but overdress, and it will look as if you’re unpleasantly trying too hard. If you’re unsure of what to wear, check out these interview attire tips. If you need your clothes professionally cleaned and ironed, schedule a collection with Laundryheap.

Arrive On Time

Arrive early but not too early. Allow yourself to arrive at least 10 minutes before the allocated time to not only prepare yourself but to show that you are punctual. If you happen to be running late, let them know as soon as possible as this shows a sense of professionalism.

Be Organised

No interviewer wants to hire someone who is disorganised. Make sure you bring everything needed for the interview and present them neatly organised into a plastic file or folder so that it is readily accessible when needed.

Know Your Core Values

Going back to what I mentioned earlier, it’s essential to know your strengths and core values that you could add to the company. Know your weaknesses and how you are currently improving them. Interviewers will try to see what you are capable of by the answers you give them. Sometimes they will also ask ‘irrelevant’ questions that are supposed to test specific skill sets they’re looking for, like whether you’re a problem solver.

Show Enthusiasm

Don’t forget that you’ve been invited for the interview because they think you might have the right skills for the job and are interested to know more about you. If you want to make a good impression to increase your chances of getting hired, show the same interest back. Show how and why you are the right person for the job and that you can add value to the company. 

Share Relevant Stories

Most of the time, interviewers will ask questions that they should already know the answer to because it’s on your CV. What they really want to hear is a story as to how you came across attaining this skill and how you use or have used it.

Take Strategic Pauses

Naturally, you may need to take a few moments during the interview to gather your thoughts. A simple trick is to take a few sips of water now and then when you need to refresh your mind. Usually, they will offer you a beverage but have water with you just in case.

Don’t Forget To Smile 

While eye contact is essential, you shouldn’t forget to smile. Remember to smile upon meeting your interviewer and at appropriate times during the interview. It will radiate positivity and show that you know how to communicate well with others, giving you a higher chance for consideration to be hired. 

Have Confidence

Being prepared for an interview won’t stop the natural habit of being nervous. The only way to overcome that is by thinking positively and being confident. Be confident with what you already know and give it your best shot!


Leave a comment

How To Clean A Silk Tie

One thing you should know when it comes to cleaning silk ties is that they should never be machine washed. If your silk tie needs cleaning, it should be spot-cleaned or,  as a last resort, dry cleaned.

How To Clean A Silk Tie

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Absorbent Powder
  • Stain remover

When it comes to cleaning a silk tie, it must be done gently and without using water. The reason being is that water can add to the stain and create a ‘water stain’ which is difficult to remove. It can also weaken the fabric fibres.

For spot-cleaning a silk tie, always remember to remove excess stains immediately by blotting it with a dry cloth or towel before going to treat the stain.

Here are some effective methods to spot-treat your tie without using water.

Rubbing alcohol

This method is great for non-greasy food or liquid stains.

  1. Dampen a clean cloth with rubbing alcohol and dab the stain lightly until stain is removed.
  2. Immediately dry the stain with a hairdryer.
  3. Repeat if necessary.
Absorbent Powder

This method is perfect for oil and grease stains that are harder to remove.

  1. Blot away excess stain with a dry cloth.
  2. Sprinkle talcum powder or cornflour over stain and leave it over night.
  3. On the following day, gently dust off the powder.
  4. If stain is not completely removed, repeat process again if necessary.
Stain remover 

If none of the above methods seems to work for you, consider investing in a stain remover designed for silk fabrics. The chemical agents in these stain removers are fabric-friendly and are not as harsh as general stain removers.

Dry cleaning your silk tie frequently will, over time, damage the fabric fibres due to the solvents used in the cleaning process. If you need your tie professionally dry cleaned, Laundryheap will be able to get the job done for you.

Caring For Silk Ties

When it comes to generally taking care of your silk tie, here are some things to note.

  • Never rub stains. Instead, gently blot or dab the stain with a clean cloth.
  • To remove creases, have your silk tie steamed or pressed as this is safer than ironing where the heat comes into direct contact with the fabric. 
  • When storing ties, either hang them up or roll them loosely and store them away neatly with enough room for ventilation.


Leave a comment

5 Ways To Create A Luxury Bathroom On A Budget

If you’re looking to style your bathroom luxuriously without having to spend a large amount of money, start by replacing your bathroom accessories and revamping the decor.

5 Ways To Create A Luxury Bathroom On A Budget

The main thing to remember when creating a luxury bathroom is to use colours such as white and grey with marble, brass or stone designs. 

  • Revamp walls and tiles

Start by assessing your bathroom walls, tiles and flooring as these are the main areas of your bathroom that give it a professional finished look. Repaint your walls to a white or grey colour and invest in new ceramic white tiles if you need to. Consider installing vinyl flooring tiles with a marble design or tile rug to give it that luxurious finish.

  • Matching  towels sets

Instead of mismatched hand and bath towels, invest in plush matching towels sets to add colour co-ordination and tidiness. For elegance and simplicity, use neutral colours like white, grey or navy bathroom linens. 

  • Matching bathroom accessories 

Just like you would with your towels, invest in matching bathroom accessories to coordinate your soap dish, soap dispenser, toothbrush holder and tumbler. Add luxury by choosing either all white, brass, marble or stone designs. Choose according to the colour scheme you’ve chosen for your bathroom.

  • Wool bath mats

Upgrade regular cotton bathmats to cotton or wool rugs. Not only are they softer and more comfortable, but they will make your bathroom appear luxurious and fancy. Again, make sure it matches your other bathroom linen to keep colour co-ordination consistent.

  • Scented candles or Potpourri

Add a few scented candles around the bathtub, on open shelves or on top of the toilet tank to give your bathroom a refreshing aroma. Alternatively, you can add a bowl of potpourri in your bathroom if candles aren’t your thing.

If you need your bathroom linen professionally cleaned, you can schedule a collection with Laundryheap and have your items delivered to your for free within 24 hours.