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Guide on Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets are increasing with demand in the laundry industry. With their benefits and multiple uses, it’s not surprising they’re catching the attention of consumers. But what are dryer sheets and how do they work? Here is your guide on dryer sheets!

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What Are Dryer Sheets and What Are They Used For?

Dryer sheets are thin liquid softeners made of polyester fabric. Generally, they are used to reduce static electricity. You may have come across a situation where your clothes (typically socks and sweaters) are almost glued together and are too stubborn to be kept apart. With the advancement of dryer sheets, this problem is no more because dryer sheets are there to balance the electrons and prevent static.

This guide on dryer sheets wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t mention other uses because you can also use them for cleaning and scrubbing due to the fragrance chemicals in them.

Furthermore, they can also be useful against pests. If you leave a dryer sheet somewhere in the house or garden, pests like mice and rats will avoid the area due to the scent of the dryer sheets.

What Are Dryer Sheets Made Of?

This varies. While a good majority of dryer sheets are made of small pieces of non-woven polyester, others are made up of natural and cellulose fibres. One of the best things about dryer sheets is that there is something for everyone. If you prefer natural fragrances to add a luxurious scent to your clothes, you can buy dryer sheets that has them. If you don’t, you can buy plain dryer sheets with no scent. 

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How Do I Use Dryer Sheets?

To use dryer sheets, put your clothes in the dryer first. Afterwards, simply put a new dryer sheet on top of your clothes and then start the cycle. If you are drying a large pile of clothes, it is recommended to use two sheets but be cautious; don’t overload as this makes dryer sheets ineffective. After the cycle has finished, take the used dryer sheet out of the dryer.

We hope you consider this guide on dryer sheets. Much like wool dryer balls, they are a great product to use when drying your clothes.

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Benefits of Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets are valued in the laundry world and with good reason. Seen as an alternative to wool dryer balls, dryer sheets are thin squared pieces of polyester fabric that help with static control and also soften the fabrics. In this blog, we’ll go through the benefits of dryer sheets.

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Fabrics Will Smell Fresh

When discussing the benefits of dryer sheets, it’s difficult not to include their effectiveness in making your fabrics smell fresh. This is because dryer sheets have a fragrance that adds a lovely scent to your clothes.

Softer Fabrics

Clothes getting stuck together, inside the tumble dryer, is a common problem and this is usually due to static electricity. In turn, this forms wrinkles on your clothes. The good news is that with dryer sheets, this problem can be prevented. Dryer sheets will help soften your fabrics and reduce wrinkles.

Makes Ironing Easier

In addition, dryer sheets make ironing easier for you. Dryer sheets reduce wrinkles and prevent lint on your clothes. As a result, this makes your ironing easier as there will be fewer stubborn wrinkles to deal with.

Much like dryer sheets, Laundryheap can also make ironing easier for you as we can do it for YOU! Just book an ironing service with us!

Reduce Static On Your Clothes

One of the important benefits of dryer sheets is that they reduce static electricity when the tumble dryer is running. Static electricity happens when two different materials rub against each other. This can be dangerous as static may cause fires if a spark ignites.

Thanks to dryer sheets, static is reduced because the dryer sheets are there to balance the electrons with irons.

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Other Uses

Furthermore, dryer sheets also have other uses. If you have pets and are frustrated by the pet hair on your furniture or clothes, dryer sheets can help get rid of pet hair by simply rubbing the sheets against your clothes. Another use is that you can reduce the odours from your gym clothes by putting your used dryer sheets in your shoes, gym bags etc.

Another surprising benefit of dryer sheets is they are great for wiping computer or television screens. Due to their ability to reduce static cling, they can remove dust from your screens.

Dryer sheets are great to use whenever you have a cycle to run on your tumble dryer. We hope you consider the benefits of dryer sheets!

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Benefits of Wool Dryer Balls

Everyone has a different preference when it comes to drying their clothes. Some prefer using drying sheets but alternatively, wool dryer balls are growing in popularity and Laundryheap approves of them! Here are the benefits of wool dryer balls.

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1. Dries Clothes Quickly

One of the benefits of wool dryer balls is that dries your clothes quicker. With wool dryer balls, drying is 25% faster because the dryer balls are going around in the dryer; absorbing the moisture and, they separate laundry items apart resulting in better air circulation.

2. Keeps Fabric in Good Condition

As wool dryer balls are moving around the laundry, they smooth out the wrinkles and soften your fabrics to a fine result. This also includes softening linens and getting rid of the wrinkles on them. The great news in all of this is that it makes your clothes comfortable to wear and increases their lifespan!

3. Fragrance is Optional

Wool dryer balls are also fragrance-free which helps people with allergies. However, for some, there is no better feeling than smelling the scent of a freshly dried garment. If you love the fresh scent, you can add drops of essential oil to the dryer ball for a luxurious scent.

4. Environmentally Friendly

The small steps make a big difference in the long term. Because drying takes much more quickly with wool dryer balls, it means your machine is using less energy. In addition, they are also a renewable resource because they can be used up to 1000 times; lasting for nearly 3 years!

5. Saves Money

Wool dryer balls are faster, environmentally friendly and keep fabrics in good condition but perhaps the biggest benefit is that they help you save money. Because you can reuse dryer balls, you are cutting the need for fabric softeners and dryer sheets.

We hope you consider the benefits of wool dryer balls in this list. They are worth buying If you want to try a different drying method.

There are also benefits to using a laundry service like Laundryheap. We launder, iron, and dry-clean your clothes.

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How to limit your laundry load

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The less time you spend doing laundry the more time you can spend doing the things you enjoy. Limit your laundry load with these handy hacks. 

  • Sort through your clothing
  • Wait until your laundry basket is full
  • Spot clean clothing 
  • Hang towels 
  • Air clothing 
  • Know how frequently items need to be washed 
  • Treat clothes appropriately
  • Use Laundryheap 

Sort through your clothing 

The easiest way to limit your laundry load is by sorting through your clothing and getting rid of any items that you don’t wear. Ask yourself: when was the last time you wore the item? Does it still fit properly? Would you miss it if you were to get rid of it? If the clothing that you decide to get rid of is in good condition, donate it. Clearing out your clothes is a great way to limit your laundry load and help those in need. 

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Wait until your laundry basket is full 

It can be tempting to wash your clothes as soon as there are a few items in your laundry basket. This, however, will only lead to a constant cycle of laundry. Instead, wait until your laundry basket is full. This will limit the number of times you have to do laundry in a week, or even a month, and is better for the environment. 

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Spot clean clothing 

If your garment has a small stain or mark on it, don’t immediately throw it in the laundry, spot clean it first. Use a damp sponge to gently dab at the mark, making sure that you are not rubbing as this can set the stain further into your garment. If you notice that your mark is not lifting, try and use an alternative pre-treatment. Spot cleaning avoids the need to wash your whole garment for the sake of a small stain. 

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Hang towels 

Towels can be used 3 times before needing to be washed. Folding towels whilst they are still damp traps moisture and encourages mould to grow. Instead, hang your towels in an open, airy, space, and allow them to completely dry. This will help to prevent any mould growth and will ensure that your towels can be reused before needing to be washed. 

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Air clothing 

Sometimes clothing can become slightly musty, especially if they have been folded in a draw or cupboard for an extended period of time. If you notice that your clothing has taken on this stale smell, air them out rather than wash them. Hang your garments outside in the fresh air, or in an open space within your home, and allow your clothing to breathe. As the air wafts through the fibres of your clothes, it will push any bad odours out of the fabric, and leave them smelling fresh and ready to wear. 

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Know how frequently items need to be washed 

Not all of your items need to be washed at the same time. For example, bedding must be washed every two months, whereas jumpers should be washed after every 5 wears. Knowing how frequently each of your washable items needs to be laundered will help you to limit the frequency that you are washing each item, therefore limiting your overall laundry load. 

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Treat clothes appropriately

Your clothing needs to be treated with care to ensure that it stays in good condition. This means making sure that clothing is neatly folded or hung up when dry, treating stains as soon as possible, and washing each item as stated on its care label. Treating your clothes appropriately will limit how often you need to wash each item, allowing you to spend less time doing your laundry.

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Use Laundryheap 

One of the best ways to limit your laundry load is by giving it to Laundryheap to do for you. We are an online, on-demand, laundry service, working around your schedule to deliver your fresh laundry within 24 hours. To book your Laundryheap service head to the Laundryheap website, or download the free Laundryheap app. 


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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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How to wash your dishdasha

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Your dishdasha needs to be adequately cared for when being washed. This is how you should be washing it.

  • Pre-treating
  • Washing
  • Drying 
  • Ironing

Pre-treating 

Before washing your dishdasha, you need to pre-treat any stains that may linger on the material. Depending on the stain, depends on how you must pre-treat it. 

Ink- If you have an ink stain soak it in milk for 24 hours before washing it as normal. 

Sweat/yellowing- To get rid of sweat and yellowing stains, mix three aspirins with two tablespoons of water until a paste is formed. Smear the paste on the stain and leave it for an hour before washing as normal. If you don’t have any aspirin, sprinkle a handful of salt on the stain and squeeze some lemon over it until it’s soaked. Rub the lemon juice and salt until the stain has been removed or lightened, before washing as normal. 

Makeup- Whether your makeup stain is powder or liquid based, shampoo will lift the stain. Spread a small amount of shampoo on the stain, before rubbing it in with soap and water. Once the stain has lightened or lifted wash as normal.   

Deodorant- Rub a denim item on your deodorant stain, being careful to not press too hard and damage the fabric. The roughness of the denim should lift the stain from your dishdasha and leave it stain free.

Washing

Wash darker coloured dishdashas in the washing machine, on a cold cycle, using a mild detergent.  

If you have a white or lighter coloured dishdasha it is best to hand wash it to avoid colour fading. To hand-wash, fill your basin with warm water and use a mild detergent. If you do wish to use the washing machine, make sure that you wash your garment with similar colours to avoid colour running, and only on a warm cycle. 

Drying

Never use a tumble dryer to dry your dishdasha as this will put the fabric under too much strain and result in it becoming misshapen. Instead, hang it out to naturally dry, ideally in direct sunlight.

Ironing 

Unlike with other items of clothing, you want to iron your dishdasha when it is still slightly damp, using the cool setting on your iron. This being said you need to iron at the right time- if you begin ironing when it is too wet then your ironing will be useless but leave it for too long and it will become too dry. 

If you have left your dishdasha to completely dry before ironing, a steam iron will be most effective. The steam will add a bit of moisture to your garment and help smooth out the creases. 

The best way to ensure that your dishdasha is adequately cared for is by using Laundryheap’s dry cleaning service. For just KWD1.00 you can get your dishdasha picked up, dry cleaned, and re-delivered to you within 24 hours. To book your Laundryheap service head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app. 


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Hacks for drying clothes

The quickest way to dry your clothes is by using a tumble dryer. For those who don’t have a tumble dryer, or are looking to save on their energy bill, these are our top hacks for drying your clothes. 

  • Invest in a clothes horse 
  • Use a fan 
  • Utilise the outdoors
  • Hang your clothing 
  • Use a hairdryer 
  • Don’t use radiators 

Invest in a clothes horse 

A clothes horse is lightweight, foldable and an energy-efficient way to dry your clothes. You can buy heated clothes horses for faster drying, however, the plastic ones work just as well. 

For the best results, hang your clothes neatly on the rungs of your clothes horse, making sure that they don’t bunch up or overlap. Place your smaller clothing, such as underwear, on the lower rungs and your larger items, such as shirts, higher up. When compared to a tumble dryer, it can take a longer time to dry your clothes using a clothes horse, which is why you want to ensure that air can flow efficiently. 

Place your clothes horse either outside or in a sunny, open, space indoors. If you are drying your clothes indoors, try to avoid placing your clothes horse in a living area as the room can become humid and encourage mould spores. To avoid this, invest in a dehumidifier or open a window to let the moisture out. 

Use a fan 

If you have decided to use a non-heated clothes horse but want your clothes to dry at a faster pace, try using a fan. Hang your clothing on your clothes horse and place it in an open and airy space. Position your fan nearby and put it on a high setting- make sure that your fan isn’t on too high a setting as you don’t want your clothes being blown off. Make sure that you rotate your fan every 30 minutes to ensure that all of your clothes are benefiting from the increased airflow the fan produces.

Utilise the outdoors 

Weather permitting, the best way to dry your clothes is by letting them dry naturally outside. Either hang your washing on a washing line or place your clothes horse on some stable ground outside. The natural breeze and fresh air will swiftly dry your clothes, plus, if the sun’s out it will warm your clothes in the same way as a tumble dryer. An added bonus to drying your clothes outside is that you will be left with fresher, cleaner, smelling clothing. 

Try to avoid hanging woolen clothing on washing lines as the weight of the wool, plus the excess water can drag the item downwards, causing it to become misshaped. Rather than drying outside, place your woollen items flat on a surface to dry.

Hang your clothing 

Whether you’re drying your clothes indoors or outdoors it’s always best to hang them at their full length. Hanging your clothes at full length will ensure that air can easily travel through the material, resulting in them drying faster. In addition, hanging your clothes up will prevent wrinkles, meaning less time spent ironing out creases, and stops your clothes from losing their shape. 

Use a hairdryer 

This hack is only useful for your smaller garments, such as underwear, socks, or hand towels. Begin by removing as much excess water as possible. You can do this by using a high spin cycle on your washing machine or by hand wringing your items. For the best result, set your hairdryer on a medium to high speed and medium heat. Remember, the hairdryer is to increase airflow, not temperature- if you use too high a heat setting you will damage the fibres in your clothing. Make sure you distribute the airflow of your hairdryer evenly, turning your items every few minutes until they are dry. 

Don’t use radiators

Using a radiator will dry your clothing in a timely manner, however, will cause damage. Exposing your clothing to the heat of a radiator will damage their fibres and cause them to weaken. In addition, placing your clothes on a radiator blocks the vents, causing the radiator to use more energy to heat your room/clothing, resulting in a higher gas bill.

If you want your clothes laundered, dried and delivered to you within 24 hours, book your slot with us today. Visit the Laundryheap website or download the Laundryheap app. Now servicing Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.


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How To Dry Clothes Quickly Without A Tumble Dryer

If you don’t have a tumble dryer/ machine dryer in your home but are looking for ways to dry clothes quickly after doing the laundry, here are some quick tips for drying your clothes without a tumble dryer.

How To Dry Clothes Quickly Without A Tumble Dryer

  • Use the spinning setting on your washing machine: The spin cycle on your washing machine helps to remove excess water from your clothes before you go to dry them. This process will help speed up the drying time, even when you hang your clothes up to dry.
  • Use a towel: Lay a clean towel flat down and place the item of clothing on top of it. Then, roll up the towel with the garment inside it into a sausage and wring out the excess water.
  • Place your clothes in a warm area: Place your clothes to dry in a warm area in your home, like on the radiator or in the boiler cupboard. The best option is to hang dry your clothes outside when the sun is out.
  • Dry clothes with an iron: Place your clothing flat down on an ironing board and put a thin clean, dry towel on top of it. Then, iron the clothing under the towel, not forgetting to turn the garment over. This will help the garment to dry without damaging the fabric.
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Air Dry Vs. Tumble Dry Infographic

There have been questions as to whether natural air drying or tumble drying is the best option to dry clothes. 

It all really comes down to what the care label says on your clothes AND personal preferences. Like, personally I don’t own a tumble dryer and I don’t feel like there is a need to invest in one really. 

But hey! Everyone has different opinions, so let’s look at an unbiased infographic comparison of the two drying solutions.

Air dry vs tumble dry infographic

There’s a little bit of good and bad stuff about both drying solutions. It’s really all about what’s convenient and most importantly what’s best suited for your clothes. If you have delicate clothes made from natural fibres, these should NOT be tumble dried.

Tell us, what is your preferred drying solution?