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5 Robots That Can Help Out At Home

It’s clear that robotics, automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing how we do things in our daily lives. We can see that AI has already taken over some daily activities, whether it’s home automation or automated retail. The collaboration between robots and humans are increasingly developing.

5 Robots That Can Help At Home

  1. iRobot: Roomba: This is a very well known vacuum robot that stays ahead of dust, dirt and keeps your floors clean everyday, so you no longer have to manually vacuum the floor yourself. There are now several new Roomba products that are more intelligent as well as powerful. The latest model (Roomba i7+) has an automatic dirt disposal, so you don’t have to worry about vacuuming for weeks at a time.

  2. Pillo: Make your medication management simple with this automated ‘medicine cabinet’. Pillo stores your medication in a patented pill-wheel, split into doses and dispenses into a special cup. Pillo will basically give you the right meds on time, every time and records when you take your pills so you never miss a dose. Pillo has a built-in facial and voice recognition that acts as a security layer, ensuring the pills are only for you. You can also get interactive with Pillo with its touch screen interface. In addtion, you can ask questions, receive notifications and alerts to help keep you on track of your health information and medication dosage.

  3. Toibot: You can now forget about having to clean the toilet yourself with the worlds first toilet-cleaning robot. Toibot will clean your toilets using cleaning capsules and a flexible brush, keeping the toilet bowl disinfected, cleaned and polished. Toibot works all with the push of a button and is powered by batteries. It can also be easily attached to any toilet bowl.

  4. Aeolus Robotics: Aeolus’ robot helper or ‘maid’ can take care of household chores for you such as picking up clutter, mop the floor, wash the dishes and move around furniture; it can even bring you a something to drink! This clever robot is voice-controlled and continuously learns every detail of your life to improve how it serves you. It recognises voices and faces, can take on new tasks, remembers where more than 1000 household items were or should be located and can even locate lost items.

  5. Moley Robotics: The world’s first robotic kitchen featuring an advanced fully-functional chef robot will now be able to take over cooking at home! The robot features two robot hands that can completely reproduce the functions of kitchen staff, with the same speed, sensitivity and movement as those of human hands. Other than advanced robotic arms, the robotic kitchen features an oven, a hob and a touch screen unit. It is operated by it’s touch screen unit and can also be operated via smartphone

Aeolus and Moley Robotics have yet to launch their robots to consumers, whilst the other robots are already available to order or pre-order.

Although there isn’t a robot that will take over your entire laundry routine just yet, there are AI technologies  that will fold and iron your clothes for you- but this requires a BIG investment! These will also, no doubt continue to be advanced and redeveloped.

The best option for you is to outsource your laundry by giving it to Laundryheap. An on-demand collection and 24 hour turn around is great for when you don’t want to or have the ‘time’ to do the laundry.

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How To Wash Duvets And Pillows

Our duvets and pillows are often the most neglected items when it comes to washing bedding. Since these items are the bulkiest and do not come into direct contact with our skin, having it cleaned is not exactly a top priority. 

Did you know you should wash your duvets every 6 months and pillows at least every 3-4 months? Although we may not notice it, bacteria and bodily fluids build up on our duvets and pillows over a short period of time.

Having said that, let’s take a look at how to wash duvets and pillows at home:

Duvets

Synthetic:

  • Use a gentle cycle that has minimum agitation.
  • Only add about 1/3 of laundry detergent than you normally would.
  • Use a normal spin cycle setting.
  • Make sure to completely air dry your duvet before it is used again.

Feather:

Check the care label before going to wash, as some feather duvets require to be dry-cleaned only.

  • If the feather duvet is machine washable, wash on a gentle cycle, with a gentle detergent.
  • Make sure to air dry duvet before using.

Removing Stains

Clean up any stains as soon as possible! To remove a stain, move as much filling away from the stain, until isolated for effective stain removal. Tie the stained area with an elastic band and treat stain accordingly. 

Pillows

Many pillows, whether it be cotton, down or synthetic, can be put into the washing machine, if not dry-clean only. It’s always important to check the care label before going to clean your pillows to make sure.

If they can be put into the machine:

  • Use a gentle cycle.
  • Only use 1/3 of laundry detergent.
  • Wash two pillows at once if it fits, to balance the load.
  • Make sure pillows are completely dry- If the care label allows tumble drying, set it to low heat, otherwise air drying is the way to dry.

Removing Stains

Again, you want to take care of any stains right away. Always dab, not rub stains with a stain pre-treat before washing as normal.  If it’s a feather pillow, isolate stain by shaking feathers away and treat accordingly. 

We know that it can be difficult to wash bulky duvets and pillows at home, especially if your washing machine won’t fit them. That’s why we at Laundryheap are more than happy to clean your duvets, pillows and other bedding!


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How Often You Should Wash Your Home and Bedding items

Your home and bedding items need just as much cleansing as your clothes do!

If you’re unsure of how often to wash your bed sheets or towels, here an infographic guide on how often is appropriate to wash your home and bedding items:

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How often you should wash your bedding:

  • Bedspread: Every 1-2 weeks.
  • Duvet cover pillow case: Every 1-2 weeks.
  • Blankets: If used daily then every week, if rarely used, every month.
  • Duvet: Every 6 months.
  • Pillows: Every 3-4 months.

Bathroom items :

  • Bathroom towel: Every 3-4 use/ after 3-4 days.
  • Bath mat: Once a week.

Kitchen items:

  • Table cloth: If stained – immediately,  otherwise wash regularly.
  • Kitchen cloth/tea towels: Everyday!

We, at Laundryheap, know how difficult it might be to wash the bulky items, that’s why we offer home and bedding dry cleaning and laundry servicesBook with us today for fresh sheets tomorrow! 


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5 Money Saving Tips For A Warm House This Winter

WINTER IS HERE!

For most of us, that means turning the heating up and spending ridiculous amount of money on our energy bills. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can stay warm at home this winter AND save money on your energy bill with these 5 tips:

  1. Block out the draughts
  2. Keep the heating low
  3. Use your curtains
  4. Make the most out of your radiator
  5. Add layers to your floor

 

Block out the draughts

The number one reason why it’s cold in our homes is because of poor insulation, letting in draughts! Nevertheless, there are a few ways you can stop the draught from coming in through your windows and doors. 

Patch up the gaps around your windows and doors and invest in self-adhesive rubber seals or insulation tape. This is a great investment that will save you money on your heating bill! You can also purchase a door drought excluder for extra insulation.

If you’re feeling creative, do a DIY door draught excluders or if you’re feeling cheap, why not use a pool noodle or an old pillow/cushion to block out the draughts, it will look awkward but it will do the job!

Keep the heating low

It’s cheaper to turn on the heating at a low temperature (18-21°C/ 64-69°F) than it is to turn it on at a high temperature at your preferred time. If you’re going to use your heating, set it at a low temperature and time it to turn on an hour or 30 mins before you wake up so your house is already feeling warm. Also, avoid keeping the heating on whilst you’re out of the house.

Use your curtains

If you have curtains,  here are some things you can do to try to keep the warmth from escaping through the windows:

  • Close the curtains before sunset to avoid the cold late night temperatures from invading in.
  • Keep curtains closed during the day if you’re not at home to lock in the warmth.
  • Use heavy curtains to block out the cold effectively, especially when you have single-glazed windows. 

Make the most out of your radiator

The heat from the radiators usually go upwards than around the house. To get the warm air to spread properly, cover some card (that matches the size of your radiator) with tinfoil and place behind the radiator to reflect the heat to go outwards rather than up. This will help retain more heat. You can also purchase a ready made foil insulation.

Add layers to your floor

Whether you already have a carpet or wooden floor, it’s always nice to add an extra layer on top of that, especially during the winter.

Add a rug to your carpet or wooden floor to keep cosy! You can also add a roll of carpet onto the wooden floor to keep the warm air from escaping.

Don’t forget, if the cold weather is making you lazy to do your laundry, Just schedule a collection with Laundryheap and we’ll take care of it for you! That way you can relax and enjoy being cosy and warm at home.

How do you keep your house warm and save money on your bills in the winter? Leave a comment!


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4 Apps For A Smarter Home

You’ll find that there are many smart phone apps as well as appliances that allow us to have an automated home.

Here are 4 apps for a smarter home:

  1. SmatThings
  2. Domoticz
  3. SURE Universal Remote
  4. Nest

Thanks to the help of these apps; all it takes is the tap of a button or voice command for a ‘smarter’ home. The development of software and technological systems have allowed us to take control over how we do things in our daily lives, especially at home! The benefit of this is that we don’t always have to be physically present when doing specific tasks, like turning off the light. Let’s take a look at how these apps work:

1. SmartThings

If you’re one who has SmartThings appliances at home already, this app will connect and control multiple devices such as smart devices, home appliances, TVs and speakers that are registered on the server via Wi-Fi AP. You can automate actions contextually and control your devices even when you’re not home. Check out these appliances that work with SmartThings.

2. Domoticz

This app is NFC supported which allows you to control and monitor your home appliances from the lights, switches and fans, to various sensors/meters like temperature, gas and water consumption, and much more! Through geo fencing features, Domoticz allows you to control these appliances even when you’re almost reaching your home. You also have the option to control your home from your wrist or via talk back features.

3. SURE Universal Remote

Sure Universal is a Smart TV Remote Control app. It lets you control your home entertainment and smart home.  The app can also cast music, videos and photos on the TV and other smart devices. You can also have full control of your smart home, Chromecast, Kodi, Roku and smart TV (Samsung, LG, Sony, Sharp, TCL, Toshiba, Hisense, Panasonic and more) , with built in Alexa and the power of your voice.

4. Nest

Only suitable if you have Nest products. The Nest app give you the ability to control all of it’s products from the Nest learning Thermostat to arming and disarming your Nest Secure alarm system.

In case you, let’s say for example, forgot to turn off the heating before you leave the house, Nest uses sensors, algorithms and your phone location to automatically turn it off

 

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How To Be More Organised At Home

Overtime, clutter and mess start piling up, especially for families with little children. It’s hard to be organised at home when you have so many things to do already, yet so little time to do them. But there are ways that will help you keep track and stay on top of your organising game! 

Here are some tips to help you be more organised at home: 

Have A ‘Home’ For Your Items

You’ll notice that there are certain areas around your home that just have huge piles of miscellaneous items. The areas are most likely counter tops, tables and even on the floor. The reason why things just pile up is because we don’t know where to put them; they don’t have a home. 

So, find a place to put every item to avoid unwanted clutter and the inconvenience of tidying it up when guests come over. If it’s a book, put it on the shelf, if it’s stationary, put it in a drawer or if they’re documents, file it. Whatever it is, just find an appropriate place to keep it, where you’ll remember it’s location.

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Clutter Control System

To help organise your cluttered items (and give a home to them), add a few accessories to your home. By accessories I mean wall hooks, wall cabinets, an entryway organiser, a coat stand etc. These will keep your things that you use on a daily basis stored in an easy to locate place. It’s especially useful for when you’re always on the go and you tend to leave your keys on the table or your coat on the sofa. 

Also, make sure to have storage boxes or baskets where necessary around your home to keep your things organised. You’ll no longer have to keep your things just laying around.

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Ditch Duplicate Items

It’s common to have multiple of the same items, for example, pens, dining ware, cups or slippers. But when is having multiple items too much? It’s when you have a restaurant amount of dining ware for a family of 4. It’s when you have 20 pairs of slippers for two people or when you have 50 pens in your home.

Getting rid of duplicate items is one way to a clutter-free and organised home. If these items are still in good shape, give them away. If they’re worn out or broken, throw them away. 

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Get Rid Of Things That You No Longer Need

Look through your book shelf , drawers or wardrobe and throw away things you no longer have use for. Again, if they’re in good condition give it away to someone who will benefit from it, like an old book or some old toys.

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Have A Cleaning Schedule

Household chores are always going to be difficult to keep up with, unless you have so much time on your hands.

To keep up with home cleaning, create a schedule. Yes! Cliché to say but a schedule will always help you be organised and keep you on top of things. Create a personalised, long-term schedule for non-daily tasks like cleaning your bathroom once every week or changing your bed sheets every 2 weeks etc.

For daily tasks like washing dishes or doing laundry, these should be done right away instead of putting it off. This will avoid more dishes or more clothes piling up.

If your laundry routine is a little too hard to keep up with, visit our 5 Tips To Stay On Top Of Your Laundry blog where we advise you how to keep on top of your laundry and provide you with a downloadable laundry schedule.

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Have A Checklist

Checklists are great for setting yourself a reminder to do specific tasks. They’re great for quick, daily tasks, like remembering to take out the trash on time for rubbish collection day or putting away clothes. With so much things going on, it can be hard to remember the little things you need to do. So jot them down and tick them off once it’s done. That way you won’t have to wait till next week for your rubbish to be collected.

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Once you start doing things repeatedly around your home in an organised and orderly manner, you’ll eventually get used to it and then it just becomes a natural habit. 

If you have any other tips to an organised, clutter-free home, please feel free to share them in the comments section. 🙂