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The 5 stains of Easter

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Easter is a time for celebration, spending time with family, and eating lots of chocolate. Don’t let stains get in the way of your Easter fun, use these tips for removing stains from clothing and continue having a great weekend. 

  • Chocolate 
  • Butter
  • Acrylic paint
  • Glue
  • Grass

Chocolate 

The sugar high that comes with eating copious amounts of chocolate, can easily lead to melted chocolate stained clothing. 

To remove a chocolate stain you will need…

To begin removing your stain, use a butter knife or spoon to gently scrape as much of your chocolate off of your clothing as possible. Be careful to not push too hard when doing this as you don’t want to cause rips, or spread the chocolate stain further.

After you have removed as much chocolate as possible, flush your stain with cold water. Make sure that you are using cold and not hot water because hot water will only set your chocolate stain further into your clothing. 

Once you have flushed out the stain, gently rub heavy-duty laundry detergent over the top of it. Leave your garment for 5 minutes to allow the laundry detergent to soak into the stain. After 5 minutes, soak your item in cold water for 15 minutes, gently rubbing over your stain every 3-5 minutes to loosen it. 

Finally, remove your garment from the cold water and flush your stain once more with cold water. You should notice your stain has either disappeared or is lighter in colour. If either of these options is the case, wash your item as you usually would. The wash should remove any remnants of the stain. If, after you have washed your garment your stain remains, repeat the process. 

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Butter 

Hot cross buns are complimented perfectly when topped with a generous amount of butter. If you accidentally drop some butter on your clothing, don’t panic, simply follow these instructions. 

To remove a butter stain you will need…

  • A clean white cloth or paper towel
  • A butter knife or spoon
  • Cornstarch, baking soda, or talcum powder
  • Heavy duty liquid detergent 

If your butter stain has been caused by a blob of butter, begin the removal process by using a butter knife or spoon to gently lift as much solid butter from your clothing as possible. Be careful not to press too hard on your fabric as this can cause rips, and possibly spread the stain. 

After you have removed any solid bits of butter, use a clean white cloth, or paper towel, to gently dab the stain. Make sure that you are dabbing and not rubbing, as rubbing will cause your stain to set further into your clothing

Once you have removed as much excess oil from the stain as possible, sprinkle a generous amount of cornstarch, baking soda, or talcum powder over your stain. Allow your powder to sit on your stain for at least 15 minutes to give it an ample amount of time to absorb as much oil as possible. After 15 minutes, gently brush the powder off of your item. 

Next, add a generous helping of liquid laundry detergent to your stain, and use your fingers to gently rub it in. Leave your detergent for at least 15 minutes. 

Finally, wash your item as you usually would. If your stain has not been removed, repeat the process. 

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Acrylic paint 

A fun Easter activity is painting eggs bright colours using acrylic paint. Unfortunately, acrylic paint is incredibly easy to drip on yourself. 

To remove wet acrylic paint you will need…

  • Cold water
  • Heavy-duty laundry detergent 

Wet acrylic paint acts very similarly to water-based paint, which makes it easier to remove. To begin removing your stain, place it under cold running water. The water will flush-out the acrylic paint, so leave your garment under the running water until it begins to run clear. 

Once you are satisfied that your stain has been sufficiently flushed-out, place an ample amount of heavy-duty laundry detergent over your stain and leave it for 15 minutes. Your laundry detergent will lift any remaining acrylic paint. 

Finally, wash your item as you usually would. When taking your stained garment out of the washing machine, make sure to check that the stain has been completely removed before drying. If your stain hasn’t been completely removed, repeat the process. 

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To remove dried acrylic paint you will need… 

  • Rubbing alcohol, nail varnish remover, or alcohol-based hairspray
  • A dry, clean, white cloth or paper towel

If you leave your acrylic paint stain to dry, the paint is slightly harder to remove, but not impossible. The paint forms a plastic layer that acts similarly to an oil-based stain, meaning that flushing it out won’t be effective. 

To begin removing dried acrylic paint, apply an ample amount of rubbing alcohol, nail varnish remover, or alcohol-based hairspray to a clean white cloth and rub your stain. Before rubbing your stain, you may want to check the liquid you’re using won’t further stain your item by rubbing a small amount on an inconspicuous area. Continuously rub at your stain until you visibly begin to see it lighten in colour. 

Once you are satisfied with the lightened colour of your stain, you can proceed with the same method as removing wet acrylic paint. 

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Glue

Easter is a great time to get crafty. Not only can you decorate eggs, but you can make Easter baskets, Easter masks, and even an Easter pinata. Crafting is a great way to keep occupied over the Easter period but also means there is an increased risk of glue being spilled on clothes. 

To remove water-based glue you will need…

  • A butter knife or spoon
  • Cold water
  • Liquid laundry detergent 

Before you begin removing your glue stain, you need to wait for it to completely dry. You will know that it has dried when it goes clear. 

Once dried, use a butter knife or spoon to scrape off as much of the glue as possible. Don’t try and remove the whole patch of dried glue as this could cause your garment to rip. Instead, focus on removing the top, hard, layer of the stain. 

When you have removed your hard layer of glue, submerge your item in cold water for 24 hours. Make sure that your water is cold as hot water will only set the glue stain further into your clothing. The cold water will soften the remaining glue and make it easier to remove. 

After 24 hours, remove your garment from the cold water, and immediately pour a small amount of liquid laundry detergent directly onto your stain, and gently work it in with your fingers.  

Once you are satisfied that your liquid laundry detergent has been completely rubbed in, wash your garment as you usually would. If, after washing, your stain persists, repeat the process. 

To remove superglue stains you will need… 

  • A spoon or toothbrush
  • Acetone
  • Emery board or fine-grained sandpaper
  • A clean cloth or cotton wool pads
  • Laundry detergent 

As with removing water-based glue, you need to wait for your superglue stain to completely dry before beginning the removal process. Once your stain has completely dried, you can try and remove some of it using a spoon or butter knife, however, do not expect to lift much. 

Apply a small amount of acetone to a clean cloth or cotton wool pad, and gently dap your superglue stain on both sides of your garment. The acetone will break down the superglue, softening the stain and making it easier to lift from your clothing.

Once you notice the superglue becoming loose, use a dry, clean, cloth or toothbrush to gently brush away the loosened glue. You can repeat the acetone and brushing process as many times as necessary to remove the majority of your stain. 

If you notice that your stain is being particularly stubborn, you can use an emery board or fine-grained sandpaper to gently wear it down. Be very careful when doing this, as you want to lift the glue without damaging your clothes fibers. 

Finally, wash your garment as you usually would, checking that your stain has been completely lifted before drying it. If your stain has not been lifted, repeat the process. 

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Grass

Whether you’re enjoying an Easter egg hunt in the garden or playing some Easter-themed sports, grass stains are inevitable when it comes to Easter fun. 

To remove grass stains you will need…

  • Cold water
  • Laundry detergent 
  • Rubbing alcohol (optional)
  • Hairspray (optional)

Begin the grass stain removal process by soaking your garment in cold water for 15 minutes. The cold water will soften the stain, and make it easier to lift. Make sure that your water is cold, as hot water will only set the stain further into your clothing. 

After 15 minutes, use your hands to rub laundry detergent directly onto your stain. You can use liquid detergent for this, however, powder detergent is particularly effective at removing stubborn outdoor stains.

Once you are satisfied that you have adequately rubbed your detergent into the stain, wash your item as you usually would. 

If your stain has not been completely lifted after washing, you may want to consider repeating the process or using rubbing alcohol or hairspray on your stain. The alcohol found in these products breaks down the green pigments in grass stains

If you are using rubbing alcohol, dab a small amount onto a clean cloth, and gently sponge it over your stain. When you see the colour lifting, rinse your garment in cold water and continue with the usual removal process. 

To use hairspray, spray a liberal amount over your stain and wait for it to completely dry. Once it has dried, used a soft-bristled brush, such as a toothbrush, to scrub at your stain. When you notice the colour begin to fade, flush out the hairspray with cold water, and continue with the usual stain removal process. 

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Easter is supposed to be spent with friends and family, not worrying about doing the laundry. Book your Laundryheap service and let us take a load off. 

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A comprehensive guide to laundry detergent

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Liquid, powder, pods- there are so many different types of laundry detergent on the market right now, that it can be incredibly difficult to decide which one is right for you. Luckily, at Laundryheap, we have devised this comprehensive guide to help you make the right choice for you. 

  • Powder detergent 
  • Liquid detergent 
  • Detergent pods 
  • DIY detergent

Powder detergent 

Powder detergent has been around since the 1930’s, but, recently, has seen a decline in sales. That does not mean, however, that there aren’t an abundance of positives for using powder detergent over any other method.

How cost effective is it?

Out of all of the laundry detergent products available to buy, powder detergent is the cheapest per laundry load. This is because there is not as much chemistry involved in building it compared to other detergents, making it cheaper to manufacture and sell. If you are an individual who likes to buy laundry detergent in bulk, powder is your best option because it doesn’t lose it’s cleaning power over time, and is often available in larger packs compared to other detergents. 

What temperature does it work at?

Powder detergent will work in cold temperatures, but works best in hot water. If you are using powder detergent in cold water, you may notice a residue left on your clothing due to the powder not being completely broken down. 

How good is it at removing stains?

Powder laundry detergent is made with linear alkylbenzene sulfonate, which is particularly harsh on stains. This makes it perfect for removing tough outdoor stains, such as mud and grass. You can also use powder detergent to pre-treat stains, however, it does make the process more timely because you have to create a paste by mixing the detergent with water. 

What are the downfalls of using powder detergent? 

The biggest downfall with powder detergent is its packaging. Powder detergent often comes in big cardboard boxes, which is great for the environment, but incredibly heavy to lift. Asides from this, powder detergent can also leave a sticky residue in the draw of your washing machine which, if not regularly cleaned, can cause problems with your machines performance. 

Liquid detergent 

Liquid detergent is easy to use, comes in a wide variety of fragrances, and has been the most popular form of laundry detergent since it was first introduced in the 1950’s. 

How cost effective is it?

Compared to powder detergent, liquid detergent is slightly more costly, however, is cheaper than using pods. One of the major disadvantages of using liquid laundry detergent, is how easy it is to overpour and use more detergent than necessary. Liquid detergent is not easily found in bulk, so overpouring can be very costly. 

What temperature does it work at?

One of the biggest advantages of using liquid detergent is that it can be effectively used at all temperatures. The liquid form of the detergent makes it easy to dissolve in all water temperatures, including cold washes which are more environmentally friendly than their hot wash alternatives. 

How good is it at removing stains?

Liquid detergents are particularly effective at removing oil based stains. The detergent will penetrate the fibres of your clothing and loosen the oil, making it easier to lift the stain. To pre-treat a stain using liquid laundry detergent, pour a small amount over your stain and leave it to soak for up to 5 minutes. 

What are the downfalls of using liquid detergent? 

The biggest downfall for using liquid laundry detergent it is it’s environmental impact. Liquid laundry detergent is packaged in plastic bottles, which often end-up in landfills and are not biodegradable. You can limit the impact of your plastic laundry detergent bottles by re-using or recycling them.

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Detergent pods 

Detergent pods are the most recent development in laundry detergent. Their ease of use have made them increasingly popular since they first hit the shelves in 2012. 

How cost effective is it?

Per laundry load, detergent pods are the most expensive option for laundry detergent. Positively, each pod contains a pre-measured dose of detergent, which eliminates any potential for over dosing, and guarantees the same results on every wash. That being said, for slightly larger, or heavily stained, loads more than one pod will have to be used. Alternatively, there are no smaller pod options for smaller loads of laundry. This makes these pods less cost effective than their other detergent counterparts. 

What temperature does it work at?

Laundry pods work by dissolving the plastic the detergent is wrapped in and releasing the detergent over your clothing. These pods work in both cold and warm water, with some pods being specifically designed to dissolve in cold water. 

How good is it at removing stains?

As previously mentioned, laundry pods contain pre-measured doses of detergent- this is both a positive and a negative. On the positive side, you are guaranteed to get the same, clean, outcome after every use. On the other hand, if your clothing is heavily stained, you will have to use more than one pod. Another downside to using pods is that you can not use them to pre-treat stains as the detergent is concealed in a layer of dissolvable plastic. 

What are the downfalls of using detergent pods? 

Other than the negatives already discussed, one of the biggest downfalls to using detergent pods is their ability to be mistaken for sweets by children. It is vital to always keep your detergent pods out of reach from children to avoid them attempting to consume them. Other than this, the packaging laundry pods are contained in is seldom recyclable, making these pods not very environmentally friendly. 

DIY detergent

There are several benefits to making your own laundry detergent. You have complete control over what you put inside your detergent, meaning you can limit the harmful toxins that can cause skin irritation. Limiting these toxins is also better for the environment, as is the lack of packaging that making your own detergent causes. 

How cost effective is it?

Making your own laundry detergent is the most cost effective laundry detergent option. When making your own detergent you have complete control over what ingredients you include, meaning you can make it as cheap as possible. Adding to this, you can make your DIY detergent in batches must larger than you can buy detergent in.  

What temperature does it work at?

DIY detergents work the same as powder detergent. They will work in any temperature water, however, if used in cold water it may leave a residue on your clothing

How good is it at removing stains?

You can use your DIY detergent to both wash and pre-treat stains. If you are using it to pre-treat stains, you must make it into a paste using water. This is more time consuming than using liquid laundry detergent, however, will end with the same result. 

What are the downfalls of using DIY detergent? 

DIY detergent comes with many environmental and cost benefits. That being said, you need to take the time to make your detergent, which will take longer than buying it from a shop. As well as this, it’s important that you also take care to adequately store your detergent so it is out of reach from children, and add labels with all the ingredients that you have used. This will help avoid any issues should there be skin irritation. To make your own laundry detergent follow this recipe

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If you are still having trouble deciding which laundry detergent is best for you, let Laundryheap deal with your dirty washing. To book your Laundryheap order, simply head to the Laundryheap website, or download the free Laundryheap app.


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Must-see Singapore sights

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Singapore is over-flowing with beautiful sights to see. These are just 10 of our favourites. 

  • Merlion Park
  • Gardens by the Bay
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Singapore Flyer
  • Chinatown
  • Sentosa Island 
  • Treetop walk at MacRitchie Reservoir
  • Lau Pa Sat market 
  • Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
  • Pulau Ubin 

Merlion Park 

Merlion Park is one of Singapore’s most famous attractions. Located on the promenade overlooking Marina Bay, you will find the iconic 28-foot Merlion statue, shooting water into the bay. The half-lion half-fish statue is symbolic of Singapore’s beginnings as a fishing village, and a nod to ‘Singapura’, which translates to ‘Lion City’ in Malay. As one of Singapore’s most famous attractions for tourists, the area is always busy, so it may be best to view it later on in the day when there are fewer people, and both the Merlion and Marina Bay are lit up. 

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Gardens by the Bay 

Spread across 250 acres of land, Gardens by the Bay is a colourful and futuristic green space right in the middle of Marina Bay.  Undoubtedly, the stars of the Gardens by the Bay are their 18 Supertrees. 158,000 plants, of more than 700 species, cover the 18 Supertrees that tower over the park at 224 feet. Asides from the Supertrees, you will find the largest indoor waterfall, flowing at 114-feet, the Flower Dome hosting spectacular events, such as Tulipmania, and the Cloud Forest, which mimics the cool and moist ecology of the tropical highlands. The beautifully futuristic, and architecturally stunning, Gardens by the Bay is definitely worth a visit whilst you are in Singapore. 

Botanic Gardens 

Keeping with the greenery theme, Singapore’s Botanic Gardens make for a beautiful and peaceful visit. Singapore was awarded its first UNESCO World Heritage nomination for their Botanic Gardens, the first and only tropical botanic garden on the World Heritage list. The Gardens were designed with four cores- Tanglin, Central, Bukit Timah, and Tyersall Gallop. Within these 4 cores are an array of gardens with a multitude of different plants, including 48 species of Bonsai. It is the perfect place to stroll, relax, and admire the variety of plants that Singapore has to offer.

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Singapore Flyer

If you want to take in the whole of Singapore, it’s worth riding the Singapore Flyer- the world’s largest observation wheel. As you rise into the sky on a 30-minute journey, you can take in the sights of Singapore, whilst learning fun-facts about the country and its origins. If you want to ride in style, you can book Sky Dining, and enjoy a 4-course meal whilst taking in the beauty of Singapore. Alternatively, sip on a Singapore Sling or glass of Champagne whilst riding the wheel and appreciating the stunning views that Singapore has to offer. 

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Chinatown 

Singapore’s Chinatown is a testament to the influence that China had on Singapore’s past. The streets are lined with red lanterns, and there is an abundance of restaurants selling authentic Chinese food. Nestled within Chinatown, you will find the Chinese Heritage Centre and beautiful temples. As you walk the streets, you will notice heritage markers that were installed to better explain the importance of the area. These markers have been translated into English, Japanese, and Chinese, and are worth reading to better understand both the area and the country. 

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Sentosa Island

If you’re looking to relax on the beach, then head to Sentosa Island. Located 10-20 minutes away from Singapore’s city centre, Sentosa Island offers all the fun of a beach holiday, a stones-throw away from the city. Whether you are looking to relax on the beach, or try something a little bit more adventurous, there is something for everyone. On the Island, you will also find the Underwater World aquarium where you are given the opportunity to swim with dolphins. 

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Treetop Walk at MacRitchie Reservoir

There are several beautiful hiking routes in MacRitchie, and the Treetop Walk is the highlight of them all. The free-standing, 250m long, suspension bridge connects the two highest points in MacRitchie, Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang. As you hike across the bridge, you get a birds eye view of the vast array of plants and animals that inhabit the forest canopy. This 2 hour hike is the prime opportunity to observe the nature and beauty of Singapore whilst exploring the forest. 

Lau Pa Sat market 

Lau Pa Sat market is a Singapore landmark and national monument. Found in the heart of the financial district, the striking octagonal shape of the market is a spectacle in itself. It’s sweeping arches and columns are not dissimilar to it’s original structure of the 17th century. Nestled within the market is an array of culinary delights. The aroma of Singapore surrounds you as you pass from stall to stall and sample the local delicacies on offer. There is an old-world charm to Lau Pa Sat market that should not be missed. 

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Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is Singapore’s ecological gem. Covering 87 hectares of land, the wetlands are a chance to see a multitude of animals in their natural habitat, including otters, kingfishers, crabs, and migrating birds. First discovered in 1986 by avid birdwatchers, the Singapore government designated the Wetland Reserve as a nature park in 1989 and has been welcoming eco-tourists since 1993. You can wander the Wetlands solo, or take a free guided tour. If you are a lover of nature, the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve should be at the top of your list. 

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Pulau Ubin 

Pulau Ubin offers a look into Singapore’s past. Located a short 15-minute boat ride away, it is an idyllic place to unwind away from Singapore City. Originally known as Pulau Batu Jubin, the island’s granite quarries provided the stone used to construct the Istana and the Singapore-Johore Causeway. Now, visitors can admire coconut rubber plantations, fish farms, and Singapore’s last remaining kampong (traditional village). As you trek the island, you will come across an array of different habitats, including seagrass lagoons and mangroves. With each new habitat, comes various different species of wildlife. If you are interested in exploring a new island, you can take a day trip to Pulau Ubin, or spend a little bit longer getting to know the island. 

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Don’t let your laundry prevent you from fully exploring all of the wondrous sights that Singapore has to offer. Let Laundryheap sort out your laundry for you. You can book your service, and, whilst you are busy exploring, we will collect your laundry, launder it for you, and have it returned within 24 hours. 

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


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Top ironing tips

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Ironing can sometimes feel like a daunting task. If not done properly, you could end up damaging your clothing, sometimes beyond repair. Here are our top tips for successfully getting through your ironing.

  • Adjust your ironing board
  • Make sure your iron is clean
  • Order your clothing
  • Boil your iron water
  • Make use of the entire ironing board
  • Iron your items inside out 
  • Make sure to avoid decorative objects
  • Have DIY ironing spray on hand
  • Iron cotton garments whilst damp
  • Hang or fold your ironed clothes immediately

Adjust your ironing board 

Before you begin ironing, it’s important to first adjust the height of your ironing board. Depending on how much clothing you have to iron, you could be stood at your board for a while. Having your board too low can cause back and neck pain, so you want to make sure that it’s at a comfortable height for you. 

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Make sure your iron is clean

After you have adjusted your ironing board, you need to make sure that your iron is clean. To clean your iron, begin by mixing a paste of 1 tablespoon of water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Apply this paste to the plate of your iron, firstly making sure that it is turned off and cool before doing so. Wipe off your paste with a damp cloth. Next, dip a cotton bud in distilled water and clean your irons steam vents. Pour out any stagnant water in your iron, and re-fill the reservoir one-third full with distilled water. Turn your iron to its highest setting and steam a clean cloth for a few minutes. This will allow the water to flush out the vents of your iron. Finally, pour out any remaining water.

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Order your clothing

Before ironing your clothing, it’s important that you check each garment’s care label to evaluate what heat setting is necessary for each individual item. Once you have checked all your garments’ care labels, you can organise them by heat setting. Begin with the delicate, low heat, items as these will be the trickiest to iron, before moving on to the medium and high heat items. It’s much faster for an iron to heat up than cool down, so avoid ironing your high heat clothing first. 

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Boil your iron water 

If you live in a hard-water area, it’s best to boil your iron water before use. Hard-water can cause blockages in your iron, which can reduce its efficiency. You may also notice that if you don’t pre-boil your iron water your clothing may end up stained. 

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Make use of the entire ironing board

The average ironing board is 54 inches long, so make use of the entire length of it. If you are ironing longer items, iron them vertically down the length of the board to avoid constantly rotating your garment. If you have creases near the armholes of your t-shirts, you can use the slimmer end of your ironing board to place the top of your t-shirt over the board and gently stretch out the creases to iron over them. 

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Iron your items inside out 

It’s always best to iron your clothing inside out, especially if your garment is a darker colour. You may notice when you don’t turn your clothing inside out, that your garments are left with a sheen or iron marks. This is due to the heat from the iron. To avoid these marks, always make sure to turn your clothing inside out before you begin ironing. 

Make sure to avoid decorative objects

It’s important to avoid ironing over decorative items on your clothing, such as sequins, embellishments, and fastenings. Not only is it unnecessary to iron over these decorative items, but it could also cause damage to your iron and/or clothing to do so. Simply iron around these items whenever possible. 

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Have DIY ironing spray on hand

Sometimes the heat from your iron is not enough to eliminate the creases in your clothing. When this is the case, you can make a DIY spray. To make your DIY spray, mix equal parts of white vinegar and water, and pour your mixture into a spray bottle. Have this mixture on hand for when you have to deal with those harsher creases. 

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Iron cotton garments whilst damp

If you are ironing a cotton item, it’s best to do so before your garment is completely dry. Creases in cotton can be extremely hard to get out, so, for the best result, iron your item whilst it is damp. The heat from the iron will create steam when it comes into contact with the damp material of your garment, making creases easier to fall out. 

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Hang or fold your ironed clothes immediately

Have a selection of coat hangers readily available to hang up your clothing immediately after you’ve ironed each item. You have taken the time to carefully iron each item, so you don’t want to risk creasing your garment again. If your items need to be folded rather than hung up, fold these items on a flat surface immediately after ironing, and place them away from anything that may crease or stain them. 

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You may not always have the time for ironing, and, for those days, Laundryheap is here to help. We will pick-up your ironing, iron all of your items, and re-deliver them to you, within 24 hours.

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


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Celebrating St Patrick’s Day at home

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For the second year in a row, we will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day at home. That doesn’t mean that we can’t still have fun.

  • Dress in green
  • Watch the RTE virtual parade
  • Set a St Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt
  • Take an Irish cooking class
  • Learn Irish dancing
  • Tell Irish fables
  • Have a drink at the virtual pub
  • Take part in a St Patrick’s Day quiz
  • Host an Irish film night
  • Test your luck

Dress in green 

The best way to get into the St Patrick’s Day spirit is to wear as much green as possible. Ransack your wardrobe for every green item you can find, and wear it for the whole day. You could even turn this into a contest between your friends and family- who can wear the most green? 

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Watch the RTE virtual parade 

Following the success of last year, RTE is taking their parade virtual for 2021. Usually, RTE would host a 4-day event, complete with performances from comedians, musicians, and, the crown jewel of the event, the St Patrick’s Day parade. This year, the festival will be hosted online, with all performances being done virtually. You can enjoy the RTE St Patrick’s Day parade, and all of the other performances, by heading to the RTE website. 

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Set a St Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt 

A St Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt is fun for all ages. Simply hide a few St Patrick’s Day-themed items, such as potatoes, gold coins, an Irish flash, etc., and set your players off on the hunt. You could even award prizes for the fastest players to find all the objects. 

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Take an Irish cooking class 

St Patrick’s Day is the ample time to expand your culinary expertise and learn how to cook a traditional Irish dish. You could try making Irish stew, soda bread, or shepherd’s pie. Just get your ingredients together, and see how it turns out. 

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Learn Irish dancing 

Irish dancing began in the 17th century and was taught by “traveling dance masters” who journeyed across Ireland to teach the art form.  The characteristics of Irish dancing are a stiff upper body, rapid leg movements, and precise foot movements. It is an incredibly hard dance form to master, however, is very fun to try, so dust off your dancing shoes and annoy your neighbours by attempting a wee Irish jig. 

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Tell Irish fables 

The people of Ireland are naturally sociable, and storytelling is an integral part of their culture. Before society was literate, storytelling was how important life lessons were passed down to children. As a result, there are some interesting, and entertaining, Irish fables that make for great reading. 

Have a drink at the virtual pub

There are many Irish tipples that can be enjoyed on St Patrick’s Day. Despite not being able to go to the pub physically, there is nothing stopping you from setting up a virtual pub with your friends and family. Whether your preferred drink is Guinness, whisky, or Bailey’s, enjoy a special St Patrick’s Day drink with your friends and family, from the comfort of your home. 

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Take part in a St Patrick’s Day quiz

Quizzes are a great way to test your knowledge, whilst having competitive fun. You can design one yourself, or get one online, and then virtually gather your friends and family to test your St Patrick’s Day knowledge. To make it more interesting, you can give out special points for the best team name and funniest answers.

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Host an Irish film night 

There is an abundance of fantastic Irish films, so St Patrick’s Day presents the prime opportunity to enjoy some of them. Pick a selection of Irish films, perhaps some that you have seen before and others that you have not, and settle down for a night of Irish cinema. Don’t forget your popcorn. 

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Test your luck 

St Patrick’s Day is supposed to be a lucky day, so why not test your luck. You could buy a scratch card, a lottery ticket, or put a bet on, and see what the outcome is. I hope luck is on your side. 

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Whilst you enjoy some St Patrick’s Day fun, we will take care of your laundry. To book your Laundryheap order, simply head to the Laundryheap website, or download the free Laundryheap app. 


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school uniform hygiene tips

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With children now back at school, it’s important to take every precaution possible to ensure that their school uniform remains hygienic and COVID 19 free.

  • Wash daily
  • Make sure you are disnifecting 
  • Wear gloves
  • Wash inside out
  • Always use a hot wash 
  • Check the care label
  • Avoid shaking clothes
  • Don’t leave clothing in the washing machine
  • Let clothing dry completely
  • Don’t forget about school bags

Wash daily 

Your child’s school uniform needs to be washed every day to ensure that no COVID 19 germs linger on their clothing or transfer to their surroundings. 

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Make sure you are disinfecting 

When washing your child’s school uniform, you must make sure that you are disinfecting, not just cleaning. Cleaning your child’s uniform will remove dirt and germs from the surface of their clothing, whereas disinfecting involves using chemicals to kill germs and bacteria to stop them from reproducing and spreading. 

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Wear gloves

When handling your child’s school uniform, or any clothing that may have been exposed to COVID 19, it is advised that you wear gloves. They will prevent germs and bacteria from transferring on to your hands and being spread to other surfaces. If you do not have a pair of gloves, make sure that you thoroughly wash your hands after handling clothing

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Wash inside out

Washing your child’s school uniform inside out will prevent piling and bobbling. You will be washing your child’s uniform frequently, so there is an increased risk of tears and rips in the fabric. Washing your child’s uniform inside out will help lessen this damage. 

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Always use a hot wash

Hot washes are the best way to kill germs and bacteria from clothing. For the best result of eliminated germs and bacteria, wash your child’s uniform at 60 degrees Celsius. 

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Check the care label 

Despite the fact that hot washes are the best way to eliminate germs and bacteria from clothing, always check the care label before washing your child’s uniform. Some items of your child’s uniform may not be suitable for hot washing, and doing so may leave the item damaged and unwearable.

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Avoid shaking clothes 

Before and after you take your clothing out of the washing machine, avoid shaking it out. If you shake your child’s uniform, there is the potential of spreading COVID 19 germs and bacteria to the surrounding areas, even after you have washed your clothing. Wait until your item is completely dry before shaking. 

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Don’t leave clothing in the washing machine

Regardless of COIVD 19, it is never a good idea to leave your washed clothing sitting in the washing machine as it can cause damp and mould. If left wet in the washing machine, any of the remaining germs on your child’s uniform, which would be removed in the drying process, could rapidly multiply. For the best result, take your child’s school uniform out of the washing machine to dry as soon as possible. 

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Let clothing dry completely 

For the best result of removing COVID 19 bacteria, tumble dry your child’s school uniform. However, if you do not have a tumble dryer, air drying will work effectively. Viruses and bacteria thrive in damp environments, so it’s important that you wait until your child’s school uniform is completely dry before allowing them to re-wear it. 

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Don’t forget about school bags  

It’s important to not only disinfect your child’s school uniform, but also their school bag. Similarly to their school uniform, bags need to be washed every day. If your child’s bag is made from a cloth-like material, you can wash it with your child’s school uniform. Alternatively, if your child’s bag is made of leather, or a leather-like material, you can use disinfectant spray or wipes to wipe down the surface of the bag. If you are using this method, make sure that you reach every corner of your child’s bag. 

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At Laundryheap, our top priority is our customers safety. That is why we offer a hot wash service, completely free of charge, whenever you book a Laundryheap service. 

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


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The ultimate guide to a perfect bed

On average, we spend 26 years of our lives sleeping, and a further 7 years trying to get to sleep. If we’re spending an average of 33 years of our lives in bed, it’s worth taking the time to make said bed perfect. 

  • How often should you wash your bedding?
  • How do you clean your duvet?
  • How do you clean your pillows?
  • How do you clean your mattress? 
  • How often should you replace your pillows?
  • How many sets of bed linen should you own?
  • How do you store unused bed linen?

How often should you wash your bedding?

As you sleep you sweat and shed skin cells. To keep your bedding adequately clean, wash your duvet cover, bed sheet, and pillow cases every 2 weeks. If you notice an increase in the amount you are sweating over night, such as in the summer months, you may want to wash your bedding every week. 

To make sure that your bedding is adequately sanitised, always check your beddings care label and use the hottest wash setting available. 

How do you clean your duvet? 

Your duvet should be washed every 6 months. How you wash your duvet depends on the material it is made from. 

If you own a synthetic duvet, use the gentle spin setting on your washing machine and add ⅓ of the detergent that you would use in a normal wash. Once your duvet has completed its cycle, leave it to completely air dry before using it again. 

Before washing a feather duvet, always check the care label to see if it is dry clean only. If your feather duvet is machine washable, use a gentle cycle and a gentle laundry detergent. Air dry your feather duvet completely before re-using it.

How do you clean your pillows?

Before washing your pillows check the care label to determine whether they are machine washable and safe to dry in a tumble dryer. 

If you can machine wash your pillows, try and wash two at a time to save on multiple loads. Always use a gentle cycle to prevent any unnecessary damage to your pillows, and only use ⅓ of the amount of laundry detergent that you would usually use. If your pillows can be tumble dried, use a low heat setting, or leave them to air dry before returning them to your bed. 

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 How do you clean your mattress? 

Regularly washing your bed linen does not deter you from cleaning your mattress. You need to clean your mattress every 6 months to remove dust mites and skin cells. 

Begin cleaning your mattress by stripping you bed linen and hoovering the surface to remove any dirt and dust. Don’t forget to hoover both sides of your mattress and around the corners- dust and dirt can linger in these areas. 

After hoovering your mattress, freshen it up by sprinkling baking soda over it. Sprinkle a generous amount over the whole of your mattress, using a soft brush or cloth to evenly spread it out. Leave it to set for 10-30 minutes before hoovering it up. This will help remove any lingering odours and body fluids from your mattress and leave it looking, and smelling, fresh.  

After removing the baking soda, leave your mattress to air out for a few hours before re-dressing your bed.

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How often should you replace your pillows?

For optimum comfort you should replace synthetic pillows every 1-2 years, memory foam pillows every 2-3 years, and feather pillows every 5-10 years. 

If your pillows are causing you discomfort, have developed lumps, or are beginning to smell, it is time to replace them.

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How many sets of bed linen should you have? 

As a rule of thumb, it’s good to have 3 sets of bed linen available per bed. This means that you have a set ready whilst you are washing your used set, and a spare set on hand if needed.

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 How do you store unused bed linen?

The best way to store your bed linen is in a dry and cool environment. Make sure that your bed linen is clean and folded before storing it away. 

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To ensure that your bed linen is sufficiently disinfected, book a Laundryheap dry cleaning service. To book your Laundryheap service, simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app. 


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How to remove wax from clothing

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Wax can be incredibly difficult to remove from clothing if not dealt with appropriately. Before you try any of these methods, scrape as much wax as possible from your garment using a dull knife or spoon.

  • Iron 
  • Hairdryer 
  • Boiling water 
  • Freeze

Iron 

One of the most effective ways to remove a wax stain is to heat it with an iron.

Place a paper towel over the stain and on the underside. For extra protection, you can place a thin cloth in between your iron and the paper towel. Use a low heat setting on your iron, and press it onto the stain. This will melt your wax and allow it to drip onto your paper towel.

If your stain is on a fleece or wool garment, it is best to use blotting paper rather than paper towels as the paper may stick to your item. 

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Hairdryer 

If you are wary about using an iron to remove your wax, you can use a hairdryer.

In the same way as you would use the iron, place a paper towel over and under your stain. Using a hairdryer, blast hot air onto the stain, over the paper towel, for 5 seconds. After 5 seconds, blot your stain with the paper towel to aid in it’s removal from your garment. Repeat this process until your wax has been removed. 

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Boiling water

Before using this technique, be careful when handling boiling water. You do not want to splash yourself with the water and burn yourself. 

Begin by boiling a large kettle. Once your kettle has been boiled, carefully pour your water into a large basin or sink. Add 5-6 tablespoons of baking soda to your water and carefully stir it in. Dip your stained item into the boiling water, and leave it for 1 minute- you don’t want to leave your item for any longer as this could damage the fibres of your clothing. You may need to dip your clothing in and out of the water a few times to completely soften and remove the wax. 

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Freeze

If you don’t want to add heat to your clothing, do the opposite and freeze the wax off.

Put your clothing in the freezer for an hour to completely freeze the wax. After an hour, remove your clothing from the freezer and snap off your wax. If there is any wax remaining on your garment, secure the stained area over a large bowl with rubber bands, and pour boiling water over the stain. This should melt the remainder of the wax and remove it from your clothing. 

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If your wax is not lifting from your clothing, send your garment to Laundryheap. Let us know what item of clothing your stain is on, where the stain is, and we will do the rest. 

To book your Laundryheap order, head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app from the App Store or Google Play Store.


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Quarantine entertainment

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At first glance, hotel quarantine may not sound like a lot of fun. Confined to a small space for 10 days, with only a TV, WIFI, and whatever you travelled with, for entertainment. That being said, there are some fun, useful, and productive ways to stay entertained during your hotel quarantine. 

  • Exercise
  • Yoga
  • Learn something new
  • Read
  • Listen to podcasts
  • Catch up with family and friends
  • Do something creative 
  • Catch up on life admin
  • Do some cleaning 
  • Allow yourself to relax

Exercise 

Despite not having a lot of space in your hotel room, it is still essential to do at least a little bit of exercise. You will be moving very little during your 10-day quarantine, so it’s important to do a small amount of activity every day to stimulate your body and mind. This can be in the form of walking from one side of your hotel room to the other 10 times every hour, completing an exercise video, or even doing a home workout. Doing a small amount of exercise will keep your body energised and release endorphins to help keep you feeling optimistic during this tough time. 

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Yoga 

As well as doing physical exercise, try doing yoga. Yoga is a great way to stretch your body, improve your flexibility, and focus your mind. In addition to this, yoga doesn’t require much space, so it’s easy to achieve in a small hotel room. 

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Learn something new 

Quarantining for 10 days, completely away from distractions, provides the perfect opportunity to learn something new. You could learn a new language, take an online course, or try something creative, such as art. As long as you can find the supplies, and your new activity doesn’t require too much space, the sky is your limit. Push yourself, and you will be surprised at what you can achieve. 

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Read

In our normal lives, we are surrounded by so many distractions, that it’s hard to find a quiet moment to relax and escape in a book. Your hotel quarantine experience provides the ample opportunity to do just that. Turn off your phone, get comfortable, and lose yourself in an alternate universe where you aren’t quarantining in a hotel for 10 days. 

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Listen to podcasts

Whatever your interests are, there is a podcast for you. From true crime to comedy, DIY to baking, you will definitely be able to find an interesting podcast on your chosen subject. Simply choose a podcast, get comfortable, and listen. Be warned though- they are extremely addictive, and before you know it you will have spent a whole day intensely listening to the same one. 

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Catch up with family and friends 

The COVID 19 pandemic has made all of us focus on cherishing our loved one. That being said, in between working, looking after families, and finding time to focus on ourselves, sometimes it’s hard to reach out to the ones we love. Take your time in quarantine to ring, video call, or voice note your loved ones. Check in with them and make sure that they are okay. It can get lonely in quarantine, especially if you are on your own, so it will feel good to see or hear a loved one, even if it is through a phone. 

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Do something creative 

Sometimes we become so invested with the everyday, that we don’t find the space to be creative. Take your quarantine as an opportunity to explore your creative side. Express your emotions through art, try creative writing, or even film your quarantine experience. Try and find a creative outlet to express your emotions. 

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Catch up on life admin 

We all have life admin that we either never have the time to tackle, or are constantly finding excuses to avoid doing. Now is your time to tackle that life admin. Set an hour aside everyday for the 10 days that you are in quarantine and get your life admin out of the way. You may not even need 10 days to complete it.

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Do some cleaning 

Despite the fact that you will be staying in a hotel room, it is your responsibility to keep your room clean for the 10 days that you are staying. Pass some time by making the bed and making sure that your room and bathroom is clean and tidy. A tidy room may help tidy your mind and lead to an increase in productivity. 

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Allow yourself time to relax 

Life is hectic, and this pandemic has been, and still is, incredibly hard to navigate. Whilst you are quarantining, allow yourself time to fully relax. Take some time to practice mindfulness. Spend a day watching mindless TV. Take a nap. Whatever it is that you do to relax, allow yourself time to do it. This will help you re-set your mind, and prepare you for life post hotel quarantine. 

If you are concerned about running out of clean clothing whilst you are in quarantine, worry no more. We’re here to help. At Laundryheap, we will pick up your clothing from your hotel, dry clean your garments, and re-deliver them to you, within 24 hours. 

To book your Laundryheap service, simply head to the Laundryheap website, or download the free Laundryheap app from the App Store or Google Play Store. 


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Manama travel guide

Manama is bursting with exquisite cuisine, nightlife, and culture, making it the perfect holiday destination. 

  • Temperature
  • Visa and passport requirements
  • How to get to Manama
  • Popular neighbourhoods
  • Currency
  • Must-see sights
  • Top delicacies
  • Shopping locations
  • Nightlife

Temperature

Manama has a desert climate, with the average yearly temperature reaching 26 degrees Celsius. The summer months are particularly brutal, as temperatures can reach as high as 50 degrees Celsius. In the winter, the temperature is considerably cooler, with temperatures ranging between 14 and 20 degrees. The spring and autumn months are more pleasant with temperatures averaging between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius. 

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Visa and passport requirements 

If you are travelling to Manama as a United Arab Emirates national, you will not need a visa, but you will need to have your National ID Card. 

It’s best to check with your respective embassy whether you need a visa before visiting Manama.

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How to get to Manama 

To reach Manama, you can fly in to Bahrain International Airport. The airport is directly connected to major international destinations, such as New York, Mumbai, London, and Singapore

If you can’t fly into Bahrain International Airport, the King Fahd International Apirport is 53mks from Manama. 

Once you have landed, there are a number of taxi services available to take you into the city. Taxis can be expensive, so if you are looking for a cheaper option, the Saudi-Bharani Transport company run 8 buses daily into central Manama. Alternatively, if you have an international driving permit, you can hire a car and drive yourself into, and around, the city.

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Popular neighbourhoods

Adliya is the central neighbourhood in Manama. It is where you will find the best restaurants and bars, so if you are looking for nightlife, it is the best place to start. 

Alternatively, Seef District, is located near the water front of Manama. There are an array of excelled restaurants to be found in the area, as well as Seef Mall and other shopping complexes. 

Amwaj Island sits in the Persian Gulf. It is a man-made island that comes complete with a water park and several shopping malls. It is the perfect neighbourhood for those on a family holiday. 

Currency

The local currency in Manama is Bahraini Dinars (BD). You can find BD in the form of 1,5,10, and 20 Dinar notes, or 5,10, 25, and 50 fils. 

Credit cards are widely used in Manama, however the local souq will only accept cash, so it is advised to buy Dinars beforehand. 

Must-see sights  

There are an abundance of incredible things to see and do in Manama, one of which is to visit the Manama Souk. It is a famous flea market, and the best place to buy gold, clothes, jewellery, and souvenirs. 

To get a better understanding of Bahrain and it’s culture, head to the heritage centre and explore its collection of traditional clothes and photographs. 

For the animal lovers, Bahrain’s Royal Camel Farm is a must-see. At the farm you will see, feed, and pet thousands of camels. 

If you are a thrill-seeker, visit Coral Bay. There, you can try a variety of water sports, from jet skiing to water skiing. Alternatively, you can take a relaxing boat trip across the Bay to soak in the sun and sea.

Top delicacies 

You can find a smorgasbord of delicacies in Manama, including kaboo, hot bread, and bharat, a mixture of local spices that is heavily used in many Manama dishes. The local fish include halibut, chimaera, mackerel, and bream. For those who are vegetarian, you can enjoy balls of falafel, hummus, and baba ghanoush. 

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Shopping locations

The best place to shop in Manama is the Bab Al Bahrain souk district. You can find hundreds of stalls here, selling everything you would ever want. From flowers to spices, carpets to fruits, there is a vast array of souvenirs that can be found within the souk. 

If you are looking for gold, head to the Gold Souk. Here you will find jewellery, diamonds, watches, and, of course, gold. You can even trade in your old gold items for new ones. 

Moda Mall is where you will find all the best designer shops. Located on the ground floor of the World Trade Centre, you will find 160 international designer stores, including Armani, Versace, Louis Vuitton, and Christian Dior. Once you’ve finished shopping, you can relax and refuel at one of the many restaurants located within the mall. 

Nightlife 

Manama has a very vibrant nightlife. Whether you are looking to relax in a bar after a long day of sight-seeing, or are eager to party the night away at a club, you will find both within the city. 

There are several bars within Manama, the most popular of which offer outdoor seating. For the best bars, head to Block 338 in Adlliya. If you are looking for a quite drink, be warned that a lot of bars will turn up their music for more of a party vibe after 11pm. 

If a party vibe is what you are looking for, Manama has plenty of nightclubs to be enjoyed. Whether you want to listen to Western music, such as dance, pop, and hip hop, or Arabic music, there is something for all demographics. 

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Manama is a city that should be enjoyed to its fullest, which is why, whilst you are exploring, we will take care of your laundry. 

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