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How To Clean A Yoga Mat

It’s essential to clean your yoga mat often to remove the dirt, sweat and smell that comes with every use. It will also help prevent your mat from deteriorating and expand the life of your yoga mat. 

How To Clean A Yoga Mat

Consider washing your yoga mat every few months if you don’t use it frequently and at least once a month if you use it regularly. Note that you shouldn’t put your yoga mat into the washing machine or tumble dryer as it can degrade the quality.

  • Soak your yoga mat in the bathtub, filled with warm water and a few tablespoons of mild detergent/ dish soap.
  • Wash both sides of the mat using a soft cloth, focusing more on the dirtier areas.
  • Rinse mat with clean water removing all soap and residue.
  • After rinsing, gently shake the mat to remove excess water.
  • Lay the mat down on top of a clean towel and roll the two together to soak up moisture.
  • Hang your mat up to dry on a drying rack or with pant hangers (be warned it may leave clip marks).

Maintaining Your Yoga Mat

  • Clean your hands and feet before using (if possible). 
  • Wipe matt with a baby wipe or cloth with mild soap after every use.
  • Air out your mat regularly to evaporate lingering smells and moisture.
  • Keep your yoga mat in a cool, dry place and out of sunlight.


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How To Clean A Mattress

Many of us often neglect cleaning our mattresses because since we regularly wash our bed linen and don’t come into direct contact with the mattress, we think it’s clean. However, much of our sweat and dead skin cells end up nesting on our mattresses as well as thousands of dust mites.

How To Clean A Mattress

  • Vacuum the mattress
  • Remove stains
  • Sprinkle baking soda
  • Air out the mattress

The first thing you want to do before you start to clean the mattress is to remove all bedding and get them washed! You don’t want to put used sheets back on your bed after cleaning your mattress. 

Vacuum The Mattress

Remove all the unwanted dirt, dust mites and debris from your mattress with a vacuum. Use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum, making sure it is clean before you use it. Also, don’t forget to vacuum both sides and around the edges/corners before you start the stain removal process.

Remove Stains

When going to treat a stain on the mattress, be careful not to add too much of the solution on to the stain, but instead add bits at a time. There are several methods you can try when going to remove stains from your mattress.

  • White Vinegar + Water

Create a mixture of 50/50 white vinegar and water and spray it on to the stain. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes, then dab with a clean cloth. 

  • Baking soda + Water

Dab a mixture of 2 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda to the stain with a sponge and let it sit for about 30 mins before blotting with a cloth. Alternatively, you can use a spray bottle to apply this mixture onto the stain.

  • Washing up liquid + Water

Combine a mixture of water and 1 table spoon of washing up liquid in a bowl and mix. With a sponge, gently wipe and lift the stain and let it sit for 5-10 mins before blotting it with a clean cloth. Alternatively you can spray the mixture on.

  • Washing up liquid + Hydrogen peroxide

Combine 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and a tablespoon of dish soap in a bowl and mix to create suds. Using a toothbrush, gently scrub the stains with the suds created from the mixture and wipe off with a clean, damp cloth.

Sprinkle Baking Soda

After treating the stains, sprinkle baking soda over the mattress as it will help to remove odour, adsorb remaining fluids and refresh your mattress. Spread the baking soda out evenly with a cloth or brush and let it for 10-30 mins before vacuuming it.

Air Out The Mattress

Let your mattress air out for a good few hours before putting your bed sheets on. Crack open a window and allow fresh air to circulate in the room for your mattress to ‘breath’ and dry out.

To protect your mattress and to minimise cleaning, use a mattress protector. It’s usually made from plastic and will protect your mattress from stains, dirt and bugs. However, this should be cleaned every month to maintain the cleanliness of the mattress.

If you require a professional dry cleaner to clean your home and bedding items, Laundryheap can get the job done for you in within 48 hours.


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3 Ways To Clean Your Cap

There are several methods you can use when it comes to cleaning your cap, all of which do not involve putting it in the washing machine. Knowing the type of fabric and how dirty your cap is will help you choose the best cleaning method for your cap.

NOTE: Before cleaning your caps, make sure you always check the care label first to avoid unwanted mishaps.

Hand Washing

Washing your cap by hand is the most effective and safest way to clean your cap. This method is best suited for baseball caps, wool, and hand-knitted caps.

  1. Fill a sink or bucket with warm water.
  2. Add a few drops of mild detergent to the water- laundry detergent, liquid dish soap or mild shampoo- making sure the water isn’t too soapy.
  3. Grab an old toothbrush or cloth and spot clean the dirtiest areas of the hat first with the soapy water, before moving onto the other areas of the cap.
  4. Let the cap soak in the soapy water for a few minutes up to a few hours.
  5. Rinse the cap off with cold water and gently squeeze to remove excess water.
  6. Let the cap air dry indoors, away from sunlight and tuck a hand towel inside the cap to keep it’s shape. 

Spot Treating

Spot cleaning is another safe cleaning method and is best used for caps made out of delicate fabrics, like leather and suede caps.

  1. Dab the cap gently with a damp washcloth from a mixture of water and mild detergent or dish soap. If your cap has a tough stain on it, try a natural stain remover as these are more gentle for the fabric. 
  2. After spot treating, allow the cap to air dry in a well-ventilated area, away from direct sunlight.

Dry Cleaning

For non-washable caps, dry cleaning is the best way to get them cleaned. You can invest in a home dry cleaning kit or take your cap to a professional dry cleaner.


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The Right Way To Care For Your Suit

You splashed out a bit of money for a prestige suit and now you have to ensure it is well maintained or it won’t be worth the money you spent on it.

Follow these easy tips to make your suit last longer:

  • Avoid regular trips to the dry-cleaners

A key cleaning tip is to not have your suit dry cleaned regularly unless absolutely necessary. Instead, use a damp cloth to spot clean any dirty areas rather than the whole suit. A trip to the dry cleaners (or a scheduled pick up from Laundryheap) is suitable only when: a tough stain occurs, there’s visible dirt or built up odour.

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  • Use a brush and lint roller

The fabric on suits can accumulate particles of dust, dirt or lint from the environment which, if left over time, will cause damage to the fabric. Invest in a brush and occasionally use with a lint roller to remove the debris. Use in a careful, downward motion.

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  • Use the right hanger

Do avoid using wired hangers. Stick to using a wooden or thick plastic hanger that will take the shape of the suit shoulders. This way, it will keep it in a good shape and promote longevity of the suit.

Always remember to hang your suit when you’re not using it!

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  • Steam, don’t iron!

Steaming is a great way to remove creases and wrinkles on suits. Unlike ironing, it’s a delicate method that won’t damage the fibres.

Caution: when steaming, avoid the chest area to maintain the shape of the internal canvas.

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  • Use a garment bag

If you’re on the go and you need to carry your suit with you, use a garment bag to keep it in good shape. It’s easy to carry, light and breathable for your suit. Plus, you don’t have to fold it.

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No Stain – No Pain! Unusual Stain Removers

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Are you familiar with that sinking feeling in your gut when you accidentally spill some red wine on your favourite pastel coloured cocktail dress? Well, no need to stress next time. Here are some unusual, quick-fix remedies for removing stains without too much hassle.

  1. White Wine – Removes fresh red wine stains 

    Ironic as it seems, white wine acts as a neutralising agent for red wine. It disbands the anthocyanin compounds which are responsible for causing the red stains. Gently blot the excess liquid using a napkin or paper towel, before dabbing some white wine onto the affected area. Blot and repeat till the stain starts fading and follow it up with a regular wash.

  2. Baby Powder – Removes grease and oil stains 

    For grease and oil stains, especially from cooked food, sprinkle some talcum or baby powder onto the fabric taking care to cover the stain completely. The fine granules act as minuscule sponges and soak up the oil particles. Leave it on for approximately 20-30 minutes depending on the size of the stain. Use a toothbrush to gently brush off the powder. Take off as much as you can before soaking the cloth in warm water for a few minutes and running it through the usual laundry cycle thereafter.

  3. Milk – Removes ink stains 

    Got a leaky pen in your pocket? If you have some whole milk you have nothing to worry about! Simply soak the garment overnight in a bowl of milk, making sure that the stained portion is completely submerged. If there are slight traces of ink in the morning, gently rub the fabric to work out the stain. Then run it through the usual wash cycle. For better results, add some white vinegar to the milk. Milk is an emulsion which attracts both oil and water. Some inks with an oil-soluble base are therefore dissolved by the milk.

  4. Stale Bread – Removes dirt stains on suede 

    Use a slice of stale bread to lift surface grime and dirt off suede. Roll the slice into a ball and rub it over the affected area. Repeat the process till all the dirt is pulled out. Brush off the remaining crumbs with a toothbrush or makeup brush.

  5. Egg Yolk – Removes coffee stains 

    Yes, you read that right! Stubborn coffee stains can be completely removed by beating an egg and rubbing it into the stain with a sponge for a couple of minutes. Rinse the fabric with cold water and you have a stain-free garment in no time.

  6. Laundryheap Removes a wide variety of stains

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