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Does Drying Your Clothes Inside Out Help?

Drying is fundamental in caring for your clothes. If not dried well, your clothes could smell, and the washing before would almost end up being in vain. You can dry your clothes using the tumble dryer, clothesline or indoor drying rack (for winter) but does drying your clothes inside out help? The short answer is yes and by the end of the blog, you’ll understand the reasons behind this.

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Why Drying Your Clothes Inside Out Help?

When it comes to drying, it’s good to be pedantic and pay attention to the little details. If you’re hanging clothes to dry in the summer, it’s important to dry them inside out because it drastically reduces the chances of your clothes fading.

When they are inside out, it will protect them from the sun’s UV rays because the more sun exposure your clothes get, the more chances of colours fading.

Crucially, drying your clothes inside out will also prevent those stubborn wrinkles from forming.

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There are also benefits to drying your clothes inside out in a tumble dryer. Unfortunately, many people put their clothes in the tumble dryer without being careful.

You don’t have much control over your clothes once the tumble dryer is running and at times, clothes do get ruined. The good news it you can reduce the chances of this happening by turning your clothes inside out as this will reduce the risk of zips and buttons getting damaged.

Not only will this preserve your clothes better but it will also protect your dryer because exposure to metal and buttons can cause mechanical damage.

We hope this blog has helped. It’s always worth being pedantic and taking the best care of your clothes. Whether it’s washing or drying, your clothes deserve the best care.

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Winter laundry tips to keep your clothes in top condition

Winter brings hot chocolate, cosy nights, and crisp fresh air in the morning. With all the joy winter can bring, it can also be the source of laundry frustrations. Clothes take longer to dry in the winter due to the cold air but with better preparations, you can stay on top of your laundry. To help you do just that, we’ve compiled a list of winter laundry tips!

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1. Choose a Room With The Best Drying Space

As the rainy days come more frequently, doing the laundry gets more frustrating. There is less heat so in turn, clothes take longer to dry. Luckily, there are effective ways to dry your clothes indoors.

To keep your clothes in top condition, we recommend drying your clothes in a room that has ventilation as it prevents mould, dampness and moisture damage.

When you do dry your clothes, be sure to place the drying rack next to an open window so there is good airflow that speeds up the drying process. It’s best you also close the door to allow the air to circulate around the room.

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2. Hang Clothes Properly

As far as winter laundry tips go, hanging clothes properly is right up there in terms of importance. While it may sound obvious, it is unfortunately a common mistake many do. When you are hanging clothes, make sure the thicker clothes go on top so they can dry faster because air circulates most at the top.

For the clothes (i.e. thinner and smaller clothes) that require less time to dry, place them at the bottom.

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3. Make Use Of The Sun

Doing laundry in the winter is like a game of cat and mouse; you need to take advantage of the sun when it is out. If it’s out, get on top of your laundry chores and use the drying clothesline outside so your garments can dry much quicker.

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4. Re-wear Clothes

In the wintertime, you are less prone to sweating so clothes have less chance of smelling bad. Re-wearing clothes also reduce the amount of time you need to wash your clothes. In reality, washing clothes that aren’t dirty will not preserve their condition and will only waste energy and laundry detergent.

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5. Wash Coats Twice In Winter

Your winter coats are essential for the season. Make sure you take care of them. The minimum times you should be washing them is twice in the winter.

To do this, you need to pour laundry detergent in cold water and place the jacket in it. After this, put the coat inside the washing machine and wash on a gentle cycle for 30 minutes. It’s essential you squeeze it gently before drying it on very low heat.

An extra tip for you, if you do add tennis balls in the dryer with the winter coat, it will help regain the fluffiness!

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Everybody has a love/hate relationship with winter. As beautiful the scenery can be during this season, it does make laundry difficult, but we hope these 5 winter laundry tips have prepared you well!

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5 Laundry Habits To Stop in 2023

The new year presents an opportunity for change and getting rid of bad habits. When it comes to laundry, there are some habits that need to stay in 2022. In this blog, we’ll go through 5 laundry habits to stop in 2023.

1. Washing At The Same Temperature Every Time

The first laundry habit to stop in 2023 is washing everything at the same time. The temperature setting solely depends on what kind of material you are washing. As a rule of thumb, towels and bedding should typically be washed in warm or hot settings. Whereas fabrics such as cotton and wool need to be washed at lower temperatures to protect their shape.

Changing the temperature accordingly will save your clothes from fading and shrinking.

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2. Using Too Much Laundry Detergent

It’s impossible not to love laundry detergent as it’s the reason why our clothes end up smelling fresh. Unfortunately, using too much laundry detergent can result in residue marks on your garment. Once the residue sticks to your clothes, it can attract dirt.

If you’re guilty of this laundry habit, now it’s the best time to stop.

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3. You Forget To Empty Your Pockets

It can be seen as a clumsy habit but consequently, forgetting to empty pockets has a bad outcome on your washing machine because they can clog the washer drain. So next time when you start your laundry, empty metal objects like keys and coins to avoid any mechanical damage to your washing machine.

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4. Overloading The Washing Machine

We know how tempting it is to want to do all your laundry in one day. Laundry, as a chore, is a tedious and repetitive task.

Overloading the washing machine is a common habit because people want to finish all their laundry in one load but it will only ruin their laundry. This is because the more clothes inside the machine, the less likely the laundry detergent will circulate all around them.

Delegate your laundry and also be sure you’re not putting inside items that could damage your washing machine!

If you are finding yourself with a lot of laundry, get in touch with Laundryheap and we’ll do the laundry for you so you don’t have to worry about laundry chores!

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5. Ignoring The Signs Of A Faulty Washing Machine

The washing machine is a crucial appliance for our laundry. It takes care of our clothes so it’s best we take care of it. If you are guilty of ignoring signs that your washing machine is faulty, now is the best time to stop this habit and act.

Next time you hear an odd noise from your washing machine, smell a bad odour or see mould around the handle, it’s best to not ignore these signs. A faulty washing machine will not wash your clothes properly.

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So there you have it; The list of 5 laundry habits to stop in 2023.

It’s always best to start the new year right and following our guide will guarantee fresher and cleaner clothes!

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How To Care For Your Christmas Sweaters

T’is the season to be jolly and for your wardrobes to be packed with Christmas sweaters! After all, it wouldn’t feel the same without them – they set the tone and are great for those family pictures. However, not looking after your sweaters can ruin the most wonderful time of the year. To spread the festive cheer, we’ll guide you on how to care for your Christmas sweaters!

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Read The Care Label

To avoid any laundry mistakes, shrinkage or material being ruined, it’s best to read the label for the best care for your Christmas sweaters. The label should say what type of cycle/settings to use on your washing machine.

If you don’t come across a label, we do recommend washing it depending on the material it is made from.

Wool Christmas Sweaters

Many Christmas sweaters are made of wool so they should be washed on the wool cycle in your washing machine with low-temperature settings. The great thing about wool, as a material, is that it’s an antibacterial material so you won’t need to wash it regularly.

We strongly advise against putting your wool garment in the tumble dryer because it doesn’t react well to heat.

Cashmere Christmas Sweaters

Cashmere is no different to wool when it comes to caring instructions. It should be washed on low-temperature settings on the washing machine. To maintain their softness, it’s best to turn the cashmere sweaters inside out before putting them in the washing machine. Much like wool, it should never be tumble dried.

Washing your cashmere sweaters by hand, in warm water, is also another option you can take when caring for your cashmere sweaters.

Furthermore, we do recommend using steam iron for the best results as opposed to ironing. This is because ironing can ruin the texture of the sweaters and your sweater may look slightly out of shape.

We hope this guide has given you great insights on how to properly care for your Christmas sweaters!

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, especially with a well-cleaned and stain-free Christmas sweater!

If the festive season is keeping you too busy to do your laundry, don’t worry – Laundryheap is available to help!

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How To Care For Polyester

Polyester is a great synthetic material and is a popular fabric choice due to its comfort, durability, and simplicity. If you’re wondering about the best ways to care for polyester, we are here to help clear your doubts.

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Washing Polyester

The first thing you need to know about caring for polyester clothing is the details on washing. As a rule of thumb, always read the care label to find what settings, on the washing machine, you need to wash your polyester clothing on.

To be on the safe side, turn the polyester inside out to maintain the quality.

If your washing machine doesn’t have polyester settings, we strongly recommend using warm settings because this will also help remove stains and prevent shrinkage.

What About Hand-Washing?

Alternatively, hand-washing polyester is an option; more often than not, it does the job. If you do want to go with this option, fill up a bowl with warm water and laundry detergent and put your garment inside. Afterwards, use cold water to rinse it out and then put it on a clothesline to dry if you don’t see any stains.

Avoid High Heat

Like any synthetic material, polyester is sensitive to high heat as it can damage the fabric.

To properly care for polyester clothing, make sure you set your tumble dryer to low-medium temperature settings.

In addition, it’s best to always hang polyester material up after they’ve dried to reduce wrinkles from forming. In turn, this reduces the time you need to do the ironing.

Now that you know how to care for polyester clothing, we do want to remind you that you can always count on Laundryheap if you need a laundry service.

Whether your clothing material is cashmere, wool or polyester, we are just one click away from collecting your laundry, washing them to perfection and returning them to you within 24 hours!

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8 Must-Have Amenities For Your Airbnb

The number one reason guests book with your Airbnb is comfort and providing amenities goes a long way in making guests feel more comfortable. If you are looking to boost your Airbnb bookings, it’s important to go the extra mile. To help you, we’ve compiled a list of 8 must-have amenities for your Airbnb!

Must-Have Amenities For Your Airbnb

1. Bathroom Amenities

It’s hard to start a list of must-have amenities for your Airbnb without the bathroom essentials. The happiest reviews generally mention how relaxing the bathroom was. Stock up on towels, bathmats, toiletries bathrobes and toilets papers. These are all sure to make a statement to your Airbnb guests.

If your Airbnb is short of toiletries, towels, and bathmats, just book your orders here!

2. WIFI

People sometimes are working remotely so they book an Airbnb to find somewhere quiet to do their work. For this reason alone, WIFI is essential for your Airbnb. Have a steady WIFI connection and be clear in your listing that you provide WIFI so bookings increase.

3. Kitchen Amenities

The kitchen is the heart of the home and just like bathroom essentials, it’s a must-have amenity for your guests. Stocking up your kitchen with basic amenities like bowls, plates, pots and pans makes a big difference as it gives your guests the option to cook.

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It’s important you have a good fridge so guests can store their leftovers. Also, have a microwave in your kitchen.

Laundry-based amenities such as washing machine and laundry detergent is important for guests staying for a long or for families. It’s always reassuring when guests can wash their own clothes at your place instead of going to the launderette.

5. Bed Linens and Pillows

Your guest’s room should feel like paradise. There is nothing better than a great’s night sleep. That’s why you should provide high-quality bed linens and pillows for your guests to have a cosy night in.

At Laundryheap Linen, we do offer bed linens and pillows to Airbnb hosts! Book here to make your guests’ stay reach the highest level of comfort!

6. Pet-Friendly

It may be risky to accept pets but your bookings can increase if you allow guests to bring their pets with them. Just make sure you charge a pet fee and pet deposit to cover yourself.

To cater for guests with pets, make sure you provide amenities such as dog beds and toys.

7. Key Pad On The Front Door

A front door keypad is a must-have amenity for your Airbnb. At the end of the day, your guests need security and safety reassurances. One way to do this is by providing them with a code, that only they know. It reduces the hassle of carrying keys with them because entering a security code to go inside is more convenient.

8. High Chair and Portacot

The job of a busy parent is not easy and travelling with kids makes the job even harder. Have this in mind for guests who have kids with them, Make their stay easier for them. Provide highchairs or portacots so your guests don’t have to bring their own. This is also something that will boost more bookings.

We hope you found this blog helpful. 8 Must-Have amenities for your Airbnb that are sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests!  

Happy hosting!

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5 Things You Shouldn’t Clean With Vinegar

White vinegar, for the most part, is useful; it can be used on a lot of things and can be a great benefit to your laundry routine. It does live up to its effective cleaning reputation but for other things, it can cause more damage than good. To save yourself from trouble and cleaning headaches, here is our list of 5 things you shouldn’t clean with vinegar.

1. Washing Machine

From time to time, your washing machine does need cleaning and it’s a task we strongly recommend you undertake. However, the washing machine is on our list of things you shouldn’t clean with vinegar. The reason being is that the plastic and rubber parts of the washing machine can be corroded due to the vinegar. If this happens, the appliance will have leaking problems

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2. Egg Stains

We all love eggs for our breakfast but hate the feeling of dropping them and making a mess. You should avoid using vinegar to clean up the mess as this will only make the egg stains thicker and harder to remove.

Fortunately, we have ‘cracked the code’ on properly removing egg stains in our blog here.

If you do encounter any egg stains, just get in touch with Laundryheap and we’ll remove them for you!

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3. Mirrors

You should also avoid using vinegar to clean your mirror – be it in the bathroom or wardrobe mirror because it will only corrode the glass and ruin the reflection quality because dark spots will form.

Instead, use spray cleaning products to clean your mirrors.

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4. Electronic Screens

Using vinegar on your electronic screens like TV, phones or MacBooks will cause scratches to form because vinegar damages the coating. Instead, use a cloth to wipe off any dust carefully.

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5. Steam Irons

Vinegar may be useful when getting rid of the limescale inside your kettle but when it comes to steam irons, you should avoid using vinegar to clean them.

Irons have metal, plastic, and rubber inside them and unfortunately, these will be eroded if you add vinegar to your tank to clean them.

To properly take care of your irons, we recommend reading the cleaning instructions in the manual to be on the safe side.

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Vinegar is popular among many households for its ability to cook and clean. It is versatile.

We hope our blog has given you more knowledge on the 5 things you shouldn’t clean with vinegar.

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Does Baking Soda Fade Colours?

Baking soda is popular due to its ability to tackle tougher stains regardless if it’s a sofa or a garment. With its many benefits to your laundry routine, it’s no surprise that it is a great alternative to fabric softener. But does baking soda fade colours?

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While baking soda can undeniably be a benefit to your laundry due to its natural antiseptic properties, you should still use it with caution due to its high pH level that can fade colours on clothes.

Delicate fabrics such as wool, cashmere and silk are sensitive to the pH level so using too much baking soda can cause colours to fade and in turn, makes removing stubborn stains like coffee more difficult.

In addition, over-using baking soda can cause fabrics like wool and fabrics to go coarse. To keep it safe, use white vinegar to prevent colours from fading and fabrics from getting coarse.

We recommend using baking soda to a minimum when it comes to treating stains on fabrics. Next time your delicate fabrics are stained, mix baking soda with water to treat the stains.

Baking soda is a great product and is generally safe to use in the laundry. When used in moderation and with care, it will not cause colours to fade but always be cautious when using it on delicate fabrics.

If you don’t have any baking soda or fabric softeners to get rid of any stains, just get in touch with Laundryheap and we’ll tackle those stubborn stains for you!

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Dos and Don’ts of Washing Fabrics

Fabrics need no introduction; they are great accessories in our wardrobes and their material is long-lasting. However, there are ways to preserve the fabric. This guide will walk you through the dos and don’ts of washing fabric.

Washing Fabrics

Do Pre-Treat Stains

Stains on our clothes are certain to happen, no matter how careful we are. Thankfully, they are easy to remove. Whenever food stains land on your fabric, pre-treat the stains immediately and don’t let them settle.

Don’t Mix Heavy Clothing With Fabrics

You’ve probably heard of the number one rule in laundry; always separate the colours but it’s also important that you don’t mix heavy clothing with fabrics to avoid damage to the fabrics.

Do Wash Dark Clothes Inside Out

Fabrics are a delicate material and therefore, they need to be washed cautiously. If you have dark clothes, wash them inside them out to prevent them from fading.

Don’t Ignore The Care Labels When Using The Tumble Dryer

The tumble dryer is a great appliance but unfortunately, it’s not made for every clothing. Don’t ignore the care labels when washing fabrics because the heat inside the dryer can overwhelm the fabric.

Do Separate Clothes By Fabric When Drying

If you’ve read the care labels and it says the fabric type is okay for tumble drying, you must still take caution and separate clothes. This is because if you dried heavier and lighter garments together, it could cause problems such as one garment coming out over-dried and the other one still remaining damp.

Don’t Use Soap To Remove Stains

There are a few ways to remove stains from fabrics but using soap isn’t one of them. The general rule of thumb is to pour liquid detergents on the stained area and let it settle for 15 minutes. This way, your fabric is preserved better.

Do Use Hot Water When Washing Lighter Fabrics

Hot water doesn’t work when you are removing a diary-stained from your clothes but do use hot water when washing lighter fabrics and towels because it will increase the chemical reaction of the detergent and kills bacteria.

Don’t Use Chlorine Bleach On Colour Fabrics

If you want your coloured fabrics to remain in the best condition, don’t use chlorine bleach because it will cause the colours to fade and white stains will appear.

As always with any laundry chore, read the labels. Fabrics such as wool, silk, leather and spandex should never be washed with bleach. If your fabric’s care labels say ‘bleach-safe’ or show a triangle symbol then you can use bleach. Otherwise, don’t use chlorine bleach on your fabrics.

We hope this guide will make your laundry easier next time you are taking care of fabric!

If you are still unsure or need help, just in touch with Laundryheap and we’ll wash your fabrics for you!

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6 Things You Should Never Put In The Tumble Dryer

Tumble dryers are a great appliance; they dry clothes efficiently and save you time from hanging clothes on the clothesline. However, while the tumble dryer makes the chores easier, it’s not made for every garment item.  Here is a list of items you should never put in the tumble dryer.

1. Leather Jacket

Leather jackets are the epitome of style and elegance. They’re clothing accessories that need to be taken care of. As good as they look, they should never be put in the tumble dryer because the heat in the dryer can ruin their shape and texture. So next time your leather jacket gets wet from the rain, hang it up to preserve its material.

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2. Bags and Packpacks

Whether it’s school bags or normal bags, they do need cleaning. Just like the leather jacket, bags shouldn’t be put in the tumble dryer because they will shrink and ruin the insides of the bags.

Also, if you are travelling, it’s best to avoid putting backpacks in the tumble dryer. It’s best to air-dry both backpacks and bags.

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3. Silk

Silks are delicate fabrics, and they should never be put in the tumble dryer because the heat will overwhelm the material and cause wrinkles to form.

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4. Sweaters

Perfect for the winter weather, sweaters are items that can be quite sensitive to the dryer’s heat as it shrinks them. Once your clothes have been shrunk, it’s hard to get your sweater back to its original shape. Always follow the care labels and air-dry to take better care of your sweaters.

Sweaters - items that should never be put in tumble dryer

5. Swimwear

Washing your swimwear after using them is important to get rid of any sand or chlorine. Once washed, this item should never be put in the tumble dryer because of its fabric material. The heat will ruin the swimwear’s fabric.

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6. Wool

Wool is a delicate material that is prone to shrinking due to the high heat in the tumble dryer. It’s worth noting that some wool items are manufactured to withstand tumble dryers, but the rule of thumb is to always read the label for instructions. If your wool garment’s label says it is not made to go in the tumble dryer, heed the advice and start to air-dry.

For every item you put in the tumble dryer, always read the care label to be on the safe side. Your clothes deserve to be taken care of and safely laundered and dried.

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