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Tips to remove damp smells

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The smell of damp on your clothing means that mould or mildew is growing on the material. This can happen if your clothes are left in a dark and humid environment for too long, or if your washing machine has mould or mildew growing in it. If you notice your clothing smelling damp, try these tips to remove the smell. 

  • Hot water
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Bleach
  • Prevention
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Hot water 

When washing damp smelling clothing, always use hot water. The hot water will not kill the mould or mildew, however the heat will help to evaporate it, thus removing it from your clothing. Before using hot water on your clothes, always check the care label

White vinegar

The acid found in white vinegar makes it an excellent way to kill mould and mildew and remove damp smells from clothing. To use white vinegar as a pre-treatment for damp clothes, mix one cup with a bucket of warm water and leave your clothing to soak for at least an hour.  Alternatively, add one or two cups of white vinegar directly to your washing machine for the same effect. 

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Baking soda 

Baking soda is incredibly useful at absorbing smells and moisture from clothing, making it perfect for lifting damp smells. Simply add a quarter to half a cup of baking soda directly to your washing machine, and use the hottest temperature your clothing will allow. The baking soda will absorb the dampness in your clothing along with the horrendous smell, and leave your clothes smelling and feeling fresh. 

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Bleach

Bleach is incredibly effective at removing damp from clothing, however should only be used on white clothing. Soak your damp smelling items in one part bleach and 3 parts hot water for a minimum of 30 minutes. The bleach will penetrate your clothing, killing any mould or mildew and lifting the smell of damp. Before using bleach, you may want to test it on an unseen bit of your garment, such as the hem, to make sure that it won’t permanently stain. 

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Prevention

Now that you have removed the smell of damp from your clothing, here are 5 tips to help prevent mould and mildew from building up on your clothing again. 

  1. Avoid damp clothing

Never hang or fold clothing whilst it is still damp, instead, wait until it has completely dried. Storing clothing whilst it’s still damp creates the perfect damp and humid environment for mould and mildew to grow, leading to clothing smelling damp.

  1. Vaccum seal 

If you know that you won’t be wearing certain garments for a while, for example summer items during the winter, vacuum seal your clothing. This will help keep any mould or mildew out, and leave your clothing smelling fresh until you’re ready the wear them again. 

  1. Have a clear out

An overflowing wardrobe is the perfect environment for mould and mildew to grow. If you notice that your wardrobe is becoming slightly too full, it may be time for a clear out. Get rid, or vacuum seal, the clothing you don’t wear anymore, and give your everyday items room to breathe. Your clothing will thank you for it. 

  1. Clean your machine 

Your clothing may be smelling damp because your washing machine needs to be cleaned. It is vital to clean your washing machine at least once a month to avoid your clothing smelling damp, and to keep your washing machine working properly. 

  1. Reduce your detergent 

Using too much detergent in your washing machine creates a thin layer on your clothing that prevents future washes from properly penetrating your items and removing bacteria. As such, make sure that you always use the recommended amount of detergent in your washing machine. More detergent does not mean cleaner clothes. 

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Laundryheap 

To guarantee that your clothing doesn’t smell damp, let Laundryheap wash them for you. We will pick up, launder, and redeliver your clothing to you, completely on your schedule. To book your order simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app.


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Packing hacks

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Packing to go on holiday can be stressful. There never seems to be enough room in your suitcase, clothing gets creased, and something always seems to spill. Try these packing hacks to avoid any further packing disasters. 

  • Take a large carry-on
  • Be sensible with your carry-on
  • Know what you’re taking
  • Take versatile clothing
  • Roll don’t fold
  • Pack shoes first
  • Utilise shoe space
  • Invest in liquid bottles
  • Ziplock bags
  • Dryer sheets in your case

Take a large carry-on 

Your carry-on is the perfect place to store any overspill from your suitcase. It’s always best to check with your airline prior to packing, however, the average size of a carry-on is 22”-14”-9”. It’s best to take the biggest carry-on you can, not just for extra clothing and holiday essentials, but for any gifts you may buy on your travels. 

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Be sensible with your carry-on

Not only should you be using the biggest carry-on you are allowed, but you should be using that space wisely. Your carry-on should be used as an emergency bag in case your suitcase gets lost. Make sure that you pack some clothing, essential toiletries, and any items you may need for the first 24-48 hours of your holiday. It’s terrible to think about your luggage going missing, but it’s best to be prepared. 

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Know what you’re taking

No matter how long you are away, it’s always best to pre-plan your outfits. This will help you to limit the amount of unnecessary clothing you pack and leave you more space for toiletries and other essentials. Make sure that you pack enough outfits to last your whole trip, but be mindful of the amount of space you have in your suitcase and carry-on.

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Take versatile clothing

One of the best ways to save space when packing for a holiday is to take versatile clothing. Try and take items that can be worn every day and that can be easily transferred from day to night. Think of ways you can use accessories and shoes to dress up or dress down an outfit. 

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Roll don’t fold 

Although it may feel natural to fold, always roll. Rolling your clothing will conserve precious space in your suitcase and also limit creases in your garments. You can roll items individually, or roll your outfits for each day together, it’s completely up to you, just avoid folding at all costs. 

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Pack shoes first 

Shoes are the most awkward item to pack. They are an awkward shape that never seem to fit properly in your suitcase, and they usually end up bent and creased. It’s best practice to pack your shoes first for two reasons. Firstly, if you have any dirt or debris on the bottom of your shoes it won’t be transferred onto your clothing. Secondly, you can fit your more pliable items, such as clothing, around your shoes, utilising the little space you have. 

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Utilise shoe space 

As we’ve established, shoes are an awkward shape, which means they also take up quite a lot of space. Use your shoes as extra storage for smaller items. Underwear, toiletries, and accessories are all items small enough to fit inside your shoes rather than letting them take up valuable bag space. Just make sure you spray your shoes before inserting anything into them to avoid your underwear smelling of feet. 

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Invest in travel bottles 

If you are storing your liquids in your carry on you will have to adhere to the 100ml’s limit per item. To help you stick to this limit, invest in travel bottles- small bottles that hold no more than 100 ml’s. You can pour your toiletries into each bottle and shake off the worry of carrying more liquid than you are allowed. What’s more, these bottles are reusable so you will have them on-hand for your next holiday.

Ziploc bags 

It can be incredibly annoying when you open your case to find the perfect accessory to finish your outfit, and you just can’t seem to find it. Never lose your accessories, and smaller items, on holiday again by storing them in a Ziploc bag. You can even store your Ziploc in one of your shoes

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Dryer sheets in your case 

Keep your suitcase and its contents smelling fresh by placing a handful of dryer sheets throughout your case. They will absorb any musty smells, and ensure that you get fresh smelling clothes every day of your holiday. 

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If you run out of clothing during your holiday, don’t panic. We work internationally to ensure that our customers can have fresh and clean clothing wherever they are. To check that we service your area, and to book your Laundryheap order, simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app.


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The 5 stains of a picnic

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It’s picnic season! Grab your basket, your blanket, and your favourite drinks and finger food. When you get home, you can eliminate any stains that may have happened using this simple guide. 

  • Tomato
  • Mayonnaise 
  • Strawberries 
  • Fruit juice 
  • Beer 

Tomato 

A good picnic always begins with a delicious sandwich. Fresh tomatoes are a great addition to any sandwich, but be careful, because they can very easily slide out and onto your clothing

To remove a fresh tomato stain you will need…

  • Dish soap 
  • Cold water 

If you catch your tomato stain when it has not yet set, apply a small amount of dish soap directly to it, and gently scrub with your fingers or a soft-bristled brush. Once you are satisfied that your dish soap has been adequately rubbed in, rinse your garment thoroughly with cold water. If the stain is still there, repeat the process. 

To remove a set tomato stain you will need…

  • Coldwater
  • Laundry detergent 
  • Ice 
  • Clean cloth
  • Vinegar 

If your tomato stain has set before you have managed to treat it, you can still remove it. Begin by wetting the stained area with cold water and applying a small amount of laundry detergent to the stain. Gently rub your laundry detergent into the stain until it has been thoroughly worked into your garment. Next, take a piece of ice and gently rub it over your stained fabric. This will help to lift the stain. Once you are satisfied that no more of the stain will be lifted using the ice, blot the area with a clean cloth that has been soaked in vinegar. The acid in the vinegar will cut through the remaining stain and lift it from your item. Once your stain has lifted, wash your garment as you usually would. 

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Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is the perfect sauce for a sandwich, but, like any sauce, is very easy to drip down yourself. 

To remove a mayonnaise stain you will need…

  • A blunt knife or spoon
  • Heavy duty liquid laundry detergent 
  • Soft bristled brush (optional)

To begin removing your stain, lift as much mayonnaise from your garment as possible using a blunt knife or spoon. Be careful not to push too hard on the fabric as this can lead to rips in your clothing. Once you have removed as much of the stain as possible, pour a small amount of heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent directly onto the stain and gently rub it in using your fingers or a soft-bristled brush. After adequately working the detergent into your stain, leave it to sit for 15 minutes. Finally, check your care label and wash your garment at the hottest temperature appropriate for your item. Once your wash has finished, check your garment to make sure that the stain has gone before drying. If your stain persists, repeat the process. 

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Strawberries 

Fresh fruit tastes all the sweeter when enjoyed on a picnic, and there is no fruit better than a juicy punnet of strawberries. Don’t panic if you drip some juice down yourself, strawberry juice can be easily removed. 

To remove strawberry stains you will need…

  • Heavy duty liquid laundry detergent 
  • White vinegar 
  • Warm water 
  • Cool water 

Begin the stain removal process by flushing out your stain with cold water. Next, make a solution from half a teaspoon of liquid laundry detergent, a tablespoon of white vinegar, and a quarter of a cup of warm water. Place your stained garment in your solution and leave it to soak for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove your item from the solution, and thoroughly rinse it with cold water. Finally, check your care label and wash your item using the hottest wash setting possible for your garment. Once your wash has finished, check that your stain has been completely removed before drying it. If your stain has not been completely removed, repeat the process. 

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Fruit juice 

Drinks are an essential part of a picnic, and fruit juice is both refreshing and delicious. As with any drink, spillages are easily done, and, luckily, just as easily removed. 

To remove a fruit juice stain you will need…

  • Coldwater
  • Heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent
  • Soft-bristled brush (optional)
  • Chlorine bleach (optional)
  • Colour bleach (optional)

To begin removing your fruit juice, flush out your stain by running it under cold water for a few minutes. Next, pour a small amount of heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent onto your stain and gently work it in using your fingers or a soft-bristled brush. Leave your stain for 15 minutes, before rinsing it with cool water. Finally, check your care label and wash your garment at the hottest temperature possible. If you can still faintly see your stain after rinsing off the liquid laundry detergent, you may want to add chlorine bleach or colour bleach to your washing machine

Beer

For adults, an alcoholic beverage on a warm sunny day is bliss. Much the same as children, adults too can easily spill their drink down themselves. 

To remove a beer stain you will need…

  • Cold water
  • Liquid laundry detergent 
  • Soft bristled brush (optional)
  • Baking soda

Begin removing your beer stain by flushing it with cold water for a few minutes. Next, pour a small amount of liquid laundry detergent over the stain and thoroughly work it in with your fingers or a soft-bristled brush. Allow your stain to sit for 5 minutes and absorb the liquid laundry detergent. After 5 minutes, thoroughly rinse your detergent off of your garment with cool water until no detergent residue remains. You may notice a lingering beer odour on your item. To remove this odour, sprinkle baking soda over your stain and leave it for 15 minutes. The baking soda will absorb the odour and help lift the remaining stain. After 15 minutes, rinse away the baking soda and observe whether the stain has been completely removed. If it has not, repeat the detergent and baking soda steps as many times as possible until your stain has been completely lifted. 

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If you want all the joys of a picnic with none of the hassle of removing post-picnic stains, then book your Laundryheap order today. It’s as simple as heading to the Laundryheap website or downloading the free Laundryheap app. 


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Wedding guest tips

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Being invited to a wedding is an honour and a privilege- it means that the happy couple wants to include you in their special day. It can also be nerve-wracking to remember how to be the perfect wedding guest. Follow these 10 simple tips and you won’t have anything to worry about. 

  • RSVP ASAP
  • Read the invitation carefully
  • Buy appropriate attire
  • Be punctual 
  • Mingle
  • Be aware of your phone 
  • Don’t block the camera
  • Be mindful of the newlyweds 
  • Don’t be afraid to hit the dance floor
  • Have fun 

RSVP ASAP

Being the perfect wedding guest starts before the actual wedding. When you receive your RSVP, respond as soon as possible. It’s best to let the wedding party know as soon as you can whether you can make the ceremony or not so that they can finalise the number of guests that will be attending and let their vendors know. You may think that your RSVP is insignificant, but it is not. As soon as you receive your invitation, check your calendar, and make a decision. 

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Read the invitation carefully

Once you have decided to attend the wedding, make sure that you read the full invitation and read it carefully. All of the relevant information you will need to know, such as the dress code, wedding venue, whether you have a plus one, etc. will be on the invitation, and you don’t want to miss a crucial detail. 

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Buy appropriate attire 

Deciding on an outfit for a wedding can be incredibly stressful. Unless stated otherwise, the wedding dress code is usually black tie. Suits, dresses, skirts, and jumpsuits are all appropriate forms of wedding attire, just remember to NEVER wear white. Try and wear something that reflects the season the wedding is being held in. For example, for a summer wedding you may want to wear something floral. If you have any reservations about what to wear, ask around. Consult with friends and family who will give you a heads up if your outfit is inappropriate for the occasion. 

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Be punctual

When the day of the wedding arrives it’s important to be punctual. You don’t want to be hunched over, waving apologetically, as you stumble behind the bride as she walks down the aisle. Instead, arrive with plenty of time to mingle beforehand, find yourself a seat, and fully settle before the ceremony begins. This will make your experience a lot more relaxing and enjoyable, and avoid any unwanted attention or awkwardness. 

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Mingle

Weddings are a great place to socialise. Whether you talk to friends and family you haven’t had a chance to catch up with in years, or you find yourself meeting new people, it’s important to mingle with the other guests in attendance. Every wedding should have a bright and fun atmosphere, and that will only be achieved through wedding guest mingling. 

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Be aware of your phone

Before heading into the wedding ceremony it’s important to either put your phone on silent or completely turn it off. You don’t want to cause any disruptions with an unwarranted phone call or text message. Once you are at the reception, it is fine to check your phone, but be wary of how much. You want to experience the day and be there for the happy couple, so don’t spend all of your time checking your phone. 

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Don’t block the camera

There will undoubtedly be many people looking to get a shot of the happy couple, including professional photographers hired for the event. Whilst you may be asked to be part of a few photos, be mindful of where the cameras are at all times. You don’t want to be the person who has ruined the happiest day of a couples life by photobombing.

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Be mindful of the newlyweds

Getting married is fun and exciting, but it can also be incredibly stressful. Between mingling with guests, giving speeches, and enjoying their first dance, they aren’t given a lot of time to themselves. As a wedding guest, you don’t want to add any unnecessary stress onto the newlyweds day. You may be excited to congratulate them and wish them all the best, but don’t crowd them or take up too much of their time. You aren’t the only one there to celebrate their big day. 

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Don’t be afraid to hit the dancefloor 

The wedding reception is the party after the formalities of the marriage are completed. It’s where the fun really begins. Sometimes, guests can be hesitant to hit the dancefloor, but don’t be. Somebody has to get the party started, and who better to take on that role than you. Throw your inhibitions away, let your hair down, and let yourself dance

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Have fun

The most important task for a wedding guest is to have fun. Weddings are a celebration of love and happiness, so let yourself enjoy the day. Nothing brings a mood down quite like a sulking wedding guest, so bring your most dazzling smile, and have fun celebrating love. 

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Your guide to dryer balls

If you have heard about dryer balls, but have questions about them, this guide will help answer those questions. 

  • What are dryer balls?
  • Why do you need them?
  • How do they work?
  • Do they last?
  • Are they environmentally friendly?
  • Can I make my own?
  • Where can I get them from?  

What are dryer balls?

Dryer balls are small spherical balls that can be used in tumble dryers. They are often made from felted wool, rubber, or plastic. 

Why do you need them?

Dryer balls are used to reduce static electricity, soften clothes, and reduce drying time. 

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How do they work?

You may notice that your clothes don’t evenly dry when you use a tumble dryer. This is because, as they dry, clothes clump together, meaning that air is not evenly distributed through each item. Dryer balls roll in between the layers of your clothing as they spin, separating each item. This decreases drying time and reduces the static caused when fibres rub together. 

For the best results, use 2-3 dryer balls per load.

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Do they last?

On average, dryer balls will last up to 1,000 washes. This is equivalent to roughly 2-5 years depending on how often you tumble dry your clothing. 

Are they environmentally friendly?

There are several environmental benefits to using dryer balls. Firstly, because they reduce drying time, they save energy on tumble dryer use. Secondly, dryer balls are reusable, unlike drying alternatives, such as dryer sheets. This means you can make a one-time dryer ball purchase, and reuse them for up to 5 years before having to repurchase. In addition to this, dryer balls are usually made from biodegradable wool or recycled plastic. 

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Can I make my own?

To make your own dryer balls you will need… 

  • Scissors
  • Large needle 
  • 100% wool yarn or 100% wool fabric strips 
  • Cotton string
  • Old socks or tights
  • Cooking pot 

Begin making your dryer balls by preparing your fabric. If you are using old clothing, such as jumpers, simply use a pair of scissors to cut your clothing into strips.

Once you have a sufficient amount of strips, you can begin forming your ball. Start by wrapping your stips around your fingers, making sure that you switch directions to get an equally rounded ball. Continue wrapping until you have a ball that is roughly the size of a tennis ball. When you are satisfied with the size, secure the end by running it under several strands of yarn- you can do this with a large needle. 

Once you have secured your dryer ball, place it into an old sock or pair of tights, and use cotton string to secure it. Next, place your sock/tights in a pan of hot water and bring it to a boil. When your pan has reached boiling point, remove it from the heat, and allow your dryer balls to sit in the water until it cools. This process will cause the wool to shrink and felt. 

When your balls have cooled, remove them from the water and squeeze any excess from them. To fully dry your dryer balls, place them in the tumble dryer on high heat. Once dry, remove the balls from the sock/tights- they will be smaller and have a fuzzy texture. This is the core of your dryer ball.

To finish making your dryer balls, wrap your remaining fabric strips around your freshly made core until it reaches roughly three and a half inches in diameter. Repeat the soaking and drying process. The end result should be a fully-formed, reusable dryer ball. 

An alternative way to make dryer balls is to scrunch up aluminum foil into a ball and place it in the dryer. This is an easier way to make a DIY dryer ball but is not reusable. 

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Where can I get them from?

If you would prefer to buy dryer balls, you will find them at all major supermarkets, home stores, and online. 

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The best way to guarantee that your laundry is clean and dry is to book a Laundryheap service and let us take care of it for you. To book your Laundryheap service, simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app.


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Autumn fashion 2020

We may all still be spending a large amount of time at home, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t look amazing whilst doing so. These are the hottest Autumn 2020 fashion trends. 

  • Brown PU leather coats
  • Neutral tones 
  • Red
  • Slouch boots
  • Tiger print
  • Pop colour bags 
  • Belted blazers
  • Knitted dresses
  • Statement earrings 
  • Capes

Brown PU leather coats 

It is vital that we protect ourselves from the harsh autumn breeze by wearing a coat. This autumn the hottest coat is brown leather PU. This understated coat comes in a range of lengths, depending on your preference, and is perfectly paired with black, grey, and blue colours. It’s the perfect coat to throw on whenever you’re feeling the autumn chill. 

Neutral tones 

Sticking with the theme of brown, neutral tones are the desired colour palette this autumn. Neutrals are a staple in every wardrobe, and this autumn you shouldn’t be afraid to mix and match your neutrals. Try pairing a sand coloured boiler suit with a camel coat, or maybe a mocha leather skirt paired with a nude jumper. The possibilities are endless when it comes to mixing neutral tones so have fun with it. 

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Red

In contrast to the neutral tones that are popular this autumn, red is also a big colour. Fire engine red will quickly become your go-to shade for injecting colour into your wardrobe, specifically for your more going-out looks. Red sequins, tassels, and frills are all the range for party outfits so don’t be alarmed when you start to see red wherever you go. 

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Slouch boots

Whether you’re wearing a skirt, jeans, trouser suit, or dress, a pair of slouchy boots are the perfect accompaniment. Sitting just below the knee, with every step you take your boots with scrunch and give your outfit some added texture. Try and find a pair in a warm shade of cream to elevate your looks. Whatever outfit you’re rocking these boots will give you an extra edge this autumn, whilst keeping most of your leg warm. 

Tiger print 

Animal prints are a staple favourite every season, and this autumn is no exception. This season we are going wild over tiger print. The combination of black and warm brown/orange in a funky print adheres to the warm colour palette associated with autumn, whilst adding a pop of colour to any monochrome outfit. Whether you rock a tiger print jacket, dress, or top, adding a pop of print will make any outfit look both fun and fresh.

Pop colour bags 

This autumn neutral tones will make up the majority of your outfits. That being said, it’s always good to add a pop of colour, and this autumn it will come from your bag. A pop colour bag, such as a vibrant yellow or deep blue, will break up the neutral palette of your outfit, and add an eye-catching feature. The best way to wear a pop colour bag is as a soft-leather clutch, held under your arm and close to the other items in your outfit. 

Belted blazers

In recent seasons a loose-fit has been the way to style a suit. This autumn the structured suit is back, with particular emphasis on the blazer. A belted blazer should be worn over your suit to create a more angular outfit. This trend is focused on pulling in the waist to create a more traditionally feminine hour glass look. 

Knitted dresses 

Autumn offers the perfect opportunity to get out your cosiest jumpers, and this season we’re turning that cosy jumper into a full dress. Keep your whole body warm this autumn with a full-length maxi knit dress. You will be able to find these dresses in both a tight and loose fit, with many offering a slit up the leg of one side in order to create more of a shape. Pair yours with a heavy pair of boots and your ready to stomp down any runway… or high street. 

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Statement earrings 

The bigger the earring the more fashionable you will be this autumn. Big, bright, bold statement earrings will be the centrepiece of your outfit. Look for gold statement earrings as they will complement the nude hues of your outfit. 

Capes

A cape is the perfect choice of outwear this autumn as it is heavy enough to keep you warm, yet light enough to not overheat you during the transition between summer and autumn. You will find a variety of different capes in varying shapes and sizes, so you will have plenty of options to choose from. This autumn checks are big, so look for a cape with a plaid pattern to stay on trend. 

Once you have selected your perfect autumn wardrobe make sure it is properly taken care of by letting us dry clean your items. Book your Laundryheap service by heading to the Laundryheap website or by downloading the free Laundryheap app. 


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How to sort your laundry

Half of the battle of doing laundry is sorting through your dirty washing and deciding what to put in each load. These tips on how to sort your laundry will make that process easier.

  • Partitioned laundry basket
  • A basket per room
  • Separate pre-treated clothing 
  • Clothing colour
  • Fabric type
  • Level of dirtiness 
  • Use Laundryheap

Partitioned laundry basket 

A partitioned laundry basket is a great way to begin sorting your clothes. They usually come in sections of two or three. This means that you can have a partition for your colours and darks if you have two partitions, or colours, blacks, and whites, if you have three partitions. If you stick to only putting the correct colour in each section of your laundry basket, when it comes to laundry day, it will be as simple as unloading one partition at a time. 

A basket per room 

Alternatively, to the partitioned laundry basket, you could assign a washing basket per room in your home. This means that you can do a load of washing per room at any given time. You will find that by using this method you will begin washing similar items and fabrics together. For example, a laundry basket in the bathroom will be filled with towels of the same or similar fabrics. This saves time sifting through your clothes to find similar fabrics that can be washed on the same setting. 

Separate pre-treated clothing

When you stain your clothing it’s always best to treat the stain immediately. After you’ve pre-treated your stain, if you don’t want to wash the item of clothing straight away, separate it from the rest of your washing and put your pre-treated items in the same pile. This will help you with your laundry firstly because your stained items should be washed as a priority, but secondly, because your stained items may have been pre-treated with chemicals that could damage your non-stained clothing. 

Clothing colour

Regardless of whether you use a laundry basket, or simply create a laundry heap, it’s always a good idea to sort your clothing by colour. Create a coloured, dark, and white, pile, perhaps even separating your coloured pile into darker and lighter colours. It’s important to wash similar coloured clothing together to avoid colour run stains. By creating separate coloured piles of laundry, pre-laundry day, you save yourself the task of sifting through a basket of dirty laundry to find similar colours to wash together. 

Fabric type

As important as it is to wash similar colours of clothing together, it is also important to wash similar fabric types together. When your clothing goes into the washing machine, the items rub against one another as the washing machine spins. If you wash a rougher fabric, such as denim, with a delicate fabric, such as silk, this rubbing together creates friction that can cause fibres to break, leading to the delicate fabric to tear. To avoid this, make sure that you wash similar materials together. This will also help you decide what setting to wash your items on as some materials are best washed on hotter or colder washes. 

Level of dirtiness 

If you have clothing that is very dirty, a muddy sports kit, for example, it’s best to separate this clothing from the rest of your washing. Incredibly dirty clothing may have to be washed more than once in order to fully remove the dirt. If you wash your dirty clothing with less soiled clothing, you risk dirtying your normal laundry further. It’s best to sort your heavily soiled laundry separately, washing it as a priority, then cleaning your washing machine out before doing your usual laundry load. This will prevent any cross-contamination of dirt and ensure that all of your laundry is effectively cleaned.  

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Use Laundryheap

If you haven’t found the right sorting method for you, let us take the load off and sort your laundry for you. You can book your Laundryheap dry cleaning slot by heading to the Laundryheap website or by downloading the free Laundryheap app. 


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How to motivate yourself to do laundry

It seems that laundry is a never-ending chore. The longer you let your laundry pile up, the more exhaustive the task seems and the less likely you are to do it. Here are some tips on how to motivate yourself to get your laundry done.

  • Put your dirty washing in plain sight
  • Pre-plan your time
  • Don’t do it alone
  • Set small goals
  • Give yourself an ultimatum 
  • Use your favourite scent
  • Make it fun
  • Play music
  • Reward yourself
  • Use Laundryheap

Put your dirty washing in plain sight 

There is no better way to motivate yourself to do laundry than to put it somewhere that is unavoidable. If you leave your laundry in plain sight, your only two options are to do your laundry or to look at your dirty washing, and nobody wants to spend their day looking at dirty washing. 

Pre-plan your time

If you know that you’re not a fan of doing your washing, then pre-plan your time. Block out a section of your day that will be used solely for completing your washing. Don’t fill that block of time with anything else other than washing duties. This way, you will know in advance when you will be doing your laundry and can complete the task free from distractions.

Don’t do it alone

Some people find motivation in being surrounded by others. If you are one of those people, invite someone round whilst you are doing your laundry. A friend, a family member, a partner, whoever you decide. You can catch up whilst simultaneously getting your washing done. That laundry pile will be non-existent in no time. 

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Set small goals 

If you have a large pile of laundry to get through, break down the workload by setting yourself small goals. It can be overwhelming when you have a mountain of laundry to tackle, but breaking down the job into smaller goals will make it more manageable. Once you begin achieving these small goals you will become more motivated to achieve the next one, and before you know it your laundry will be done. 

Give yourself an ultimatum

If you are drastically unmotivated to do your laundry, set yourself an ultimatum that will force you into doing it. This could be something as simple as not seeing a friend if your washing isn’t completed by the end of the week. You want to give yourself an ultimatum that will motivate you into doing the laundry so think of something that you really want to do. 

Use your favourite scent 

Everyone loves the smell of fresh laundry, and if your laundry smells of something you particularly love it can motivate you to get it done. Pick a laundry detergent smell that you love and watch as you look forward to doing your laundry every week. 

Make it fun

Let’s face it, doing laundry is boring. That being said, if the boring nature of doing laundry is what is preventing you from completing the task, why not have some fun with it? Turn doing the laundry into a game, or hide (wrapped) treats in your dirty laundry to find. Whatever it is, add a fun element to doing your laundry and you will not hesitate to do the laundry again. 

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Play music 

Listening to music makes any task go faster. Make yourself a special laundry playlist and include all of your favourite songs. You’ll be so busy listening to tune after tune that you won’t even realise that you’ve sorted, and washed, all of your washing until you’ve reached the bottom of your basket. 

Reward yourself

Laundry is such a mundane task to complete it’s only right that you should be rewarded once you’ve completed it. Choose any reward you want- unlimited TV watching for the rest of the day, a glass of wine, a bar of chocolate, whatever your reward is remember that it is waiting for you at the bottom of your laundry pile. 

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Use Laundryheap

If you really don’t want to do your laundry, and none of these motivational prompts are working, we’re here to help. Book your Laundryheap delivery slot and we will pick up, dry clean, and re-deliver your clothing straight to your door. Book your slot by heading to the Laundryheap website or by downloading the free Laundryheap app.


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The benefits of steaming your clothes

Clothes steamers are perfect for when your clothes need freshening up but not a full wash in the washing machine. The benefits of steaming your clothes do not stop there.

  • Preserves clothing 
  • Removes stains
  • Kills odors 
  • Reduces allergens 
  • Removes wrinkles

Preserves clothing 

Over-washing causes irreversible damage to your clothing. Each time you wash your clothes the different materials rubbing together in the machine causes fibers to weaken. This can lead to holes and rips that are near impossible to repair. Clothes steamers do not include any chemicals other than water and heat, meaning that they are much gentler on clothing fibers. If your clothes are unstained, using a clothes steamer is a fast and effective way to freshen your clothing without damaging their fibers. 

Removes stains 

Clothes steamers are particularly useful at getting rid of stubborn stains. Before using your steam cleaner, pre-treat the stain in the most effective way depending on what has caused it. Once the stain has been pre-treated, aim your steam cleaner directly at the stain for around 30 seconds. The heat from the steam will loosen the stain and work with the pre-treatment to remove it. 

Kills odours 

If your clothing is unstained but odorous a steam cleaner will lift odours and leave your clothes ready to re-wear. When water reaches a steaming level it becomes hot enough to deactivate bacteria that cause odours. If you have a particularly stubborn odour, spray the strongest smelling area with a combination of white vinegar and water, this will help deactivate the bacteria and lift the smell from your clothes.

Reduces allergens 

If you suffer from allergies, such as hayfever, a clothes steamer can help alleviate your symptoms. When you use a clothes steamer, the steam pushes through the fibers of your clothing, eradicating any lingering bacteria, dust mites, or pollen. This is particularly helpful during hayfever season when pollen sticks to your clothing after being outside.

Reduces wrinkles 

If you hate ironing investing in a clothes steamer could be your saving grace. Hang your item of clothing on a coat hanger and gently run your clothes steamer up and down the garment. The steam will loosen the fibers of the fabric, allowing wrinkles in the material to be released. This will leave you with fresh, un-wrinkled, clothing without the need for an iron

Save yourself the hassle of laundering your own clothes and book a Laundryheap dry cleaning slot. We will pick up, dry clean, and re-deliver your clothes straight to your door. Book your slot now by visiting the Laundryheap website or by downloading the free Laundryheap app.


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Hacks for folding clothes

Sometimes the worst part of doing laundry is having to fold and put away your clean clothes. Try these handy hacks for folding clothes to make your laundry easier. 

  • T-shirt
  • Jumper
  • Dress shirt
  • Trousers 
  • Socks

T-shirt

If you are someone who folds their T-shirts and stacks them in a draw, one on top of the other, then this folding hack will be a game-changer. Folding your T-shirts to stack on top of one another may be fast and easy, but your neat pile will soon become a mess once you realise the T-shirt you want is right at the bottom. To avoid this mess, fold your T-shirts so that they can be placed in an upright position and neatly stacked behind one another. This way all your T-shirts can easily be seen and picked up without causing a mess. 

How to fold your T-shirt

  1. Begin by folding one side of the T-shirt, lengthwise, towards the middle of the T-shirt so that it’s roughly level with the neckline. 
  2. Fold the sleeve of the side you have folded back over the folded fabric.
  3. Take the non-folded side of the T-shirt and fold it over the folded third of your T-shirt. 
  4. Fold your remaining sleeve back over the folded fabric. 
  5. Take your T-shirt and fold it in half, leaving the bottom of your T-shirt showing.
  6. Finally, fold your T-shirt into a third, making a rectangle shape that will stand up on its own.
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Jumper

Now that we have welcomed summer, it’s time to fold away our winter jumpers to make room for lighter materials. To ensure that your jumpers will be wearable next winter, it’s best to store them safely and appropriately. This includes being careful of the way that you fold them.

How to fold a jumper 

  1. Begin by folding the arms of your jumper inwards, across the jumper and parallel to the hem. 
  2. Take one side of the jumper and fold it inwards towards the middle, repeating the process with the other side. 
  3. Take the bottom of your jumper and fold it in half upwards, turning your jumper into a neat square shape that can easily be packed away until next winter.

Dress shirt 

It’s always best to hang your dress shirts up to avoid creases. That being said, if you are packing a dress shirt to travel or you want to make space in your wardrobe for clothing you wear more often than it’s always best to fold your dress shirts in a way that will minimise creasing.  

How to fold a dress shirt

  1. Fold one side of your shirt inwards towards the centre.
  2. Take the sleeve of the folded side of the shirt and fold them back over the fold, folding them again so that they are half their length. 
  3. Repeat steps one and two on the other side of your shirt.
  4. Once both sides of your shirt have been folded inwards, take the bottom of your shirt and fold it in half lengthwise. This should make a rectangle that will be easy to store away.
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Trousers

Similarly to dress shirts, trousers should be hung up in your wardrobe to avoid them taking up space in your drawers. That being said, if you prefer your trousers to be stored away in a draw, or if you are packing trousers to travel, there is a very easy way to fold them.

How to fold trousers 

  1. Fold your trousers in half by placing one leg on top of the other and matching up both sides of the waistband. 
  2. Next, fold your trousers in half lengthwise by bringing the hem of your trousers up to just under your trousers’ waistband- this should create a long rectangle shape.
  3. To create a smaller shape, fold your trousers in half, lengthwise, again.

Socks

It’s very easy to lose your socks or get pairs of socks mixed up. To avoid odd socks, it’s always best to fold them.

How to fold socks 

  1. Lay one sock flat on top of the other, making sure that the toes and heels are matched up. 
  2. Fold the toes of the socks upwards, stopping just shy of the elasticated top of your socks. 
  3. Finish by folding your socks in half again so that they can just about stand on their own. 

If your laundry is piling up, why not use our services to get the job done. Visit the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app to book your dry cleaning slot.