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5 Benefits of Adding Baking Soda to Your Laundry Routine

Just like distilled white vinegar, baking soda has a lot of cleaning benefits, especially for your clothes!

Baking soda (or sodium bicarbonate) is a mild alkaline powder that raises the pH balance of water when mixed in with it. It acts as a natural cleanser, deodoriser and is also a mild antiseptic. 

Here are 5 Benefits of Adding Baking Soda To Your Laundry Routine:

Brightens Clothes

Baking soda contains natural antiseptic properties which helps remove dinginess that remains on clothes overtime. By adding 1/2  a cup of Baking Soda to your regular wash (with laundry detergent) in the dispenser, your clothes will come out brighter!

Laundry Detergent Booster

When you add baking soda to your laundry, it helps boosts your laundry detergents performance as well as soften hard water that creates the dinginess. This will result in  fresher, and softer clothes. You’ll also be able to use less laundry detergent too.

Removes Odours

Baking soda works well in neutralising odours, even in the air; so it will work wonders in your wash! If you have clothes that are really smelly, you can pre-soak your clothes in 1-2 cups of baking soda mixed with warm water overnight before washing as normal.

Natural Fabric Softener

If you want softer clothes without using fabric softener, baking soda is a great alternative! Since it helps to regulate the pH balance of water, it also suspends detergent and mineral residue that causes your clothes to feel rough. Baking soda is also great for people with sensitive skin as it is a natural mineral. Just add 1/2 a cup in the drawer on the final rinse.

Removes Stains

Baking soda is a natural stain remover and is great for removing tough stains like oil, grease and food. All you need to do is create a baking soda paste with water, apply to the stain lightly rubbing it in and let it sit. Depending on how tough the stain is, you can let the paste sit for up to 15 mins or leave it over night.

If you’d like a more professional approach for keeping your clothes fresh and bright, you can count on Laundryheap to the job, all year round!

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3 Ways To Sort Laundry

Now, I know that typically, most of us sort laundry according to colour type before putting it straight into the wash. This is THE correct way to sorting out laundry anyway. There are, however, other ways to manage the loads you’re washing.

Let’s take a look at 3 different choices to sorting laundry:

1. Only By Colour: Once again, the most obvious choice of sorting is by colour. Make separate piles for white clothes, dark colours and coloured clothes. The dark pile should consist of colours like: black, grey, navy, red, purple, basically anything that is dark toned. The coloured pile should consist of lighter toned colours such as pastel or neon colours.

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2. By Fabric Type: So there is a 100% chance you own garments of different fabric types. This is where you pay close attention to the type of fabric you’re dealing with after you’ve sorted it by colour. 

Delicate fabric: Keep delicate fabrics such as lingerie, pantyhose, machine washable silk, lace or chiffon, together in one pile for a separate wash to avoid fabric damage. 

Bedding and towels: It’s best to wash household items separate from your normal loads when putting it in the wash. So do wash bedding together, but since towels can be washed with anything cotton, it is okay to wash your sheets and towels together.

Denim: If you have A LOT of denim clothes to be cleaned, you can put this in a separate pile to be washed. Otherwise, add it to the dark colour load.

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3. By Stain: It’s likely that your clothes are always lightly soiled, or invisibly stained because of perspiration. So it’s okay to pre-treat and sort laundry as normal before putting it into the wash.

If you have babies or toddlers however, that’s a completely different story and it means you probably deal with stains 90% of the time. 

Consider separating heavily soiled clothes from your pile to maximise cleaning effectiveness. The reason being is that these stains may require extra pre-treating time or certain cycles for the stains to be uplifted and removed.

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Final thoughts…

One of the best ways that contribute to cleaner results when doing laundry is how you sort your laundry out in the first place. If you don’t have time to be sorting laundry, the best thing you can do, as I always say, is to buy multiple hampers and sort accordingly on the go. Alternatively, you can give your clothes to a laundry service for proper cleansing.

How do you sort your laundry?

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How To Clean Your Washing Machine

Is it just me or isn’t it quite ironic that you have to clean a machine that’s made for cleaning? Well, yep, it’s vital to maintain the cleanliness of your washing machine to: 1) clean your clothes properly, and 2) preserve its cleaning life.

So, just how can you banish that awful smell and disgusting mould? Let’s find out:

  • Manual instructions: Be on the safe side and read the manual for instructions on how to clean your washing machine, as some manufacturers may not allow you to use products or cleansers in your machine.

  • Maintenance wash: In more simpler terms, clean the drum! Let your machine self clean by putting it through a hot temperature cycle (without clothes, of course) at least once a month, with a cup of vinegar thrown into the drum to help it sanitise.

  • Let it breathe: Leave the door of the washing machine open every so often to let the air circulate in the drum and prevent bacteria from growing. I would also recommend you do the same for the detergent drawer- you can never be too careful when it comes to cleanliness.

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  • Wash out the detergent drawer: Simply remove the detergent drawer and give it a good sponge clean! Scrub away any detergent residue that has been built up. Give it a thorough rinse and let it dry before putting back into the machine.

  • Wipe the rubber: Give the rubber door seal a good clean with a damp cloth on a regular basis, being sure to completely clean out any hidden residue.

  • Clean the filter: The filter is the one that collects debris in order to protect the washing machine pump from blocking. If that doesn’t sound germ ridden to you, then I don’t know what does. So, what must you do? Empty it regularly to remove the dirt that has been gathered. The filter can be found at the bottom corner of the washing machine behind the removable plate/tab.

Oh and one more thing, you can leave your laundry to Laundryheap whilst you clean your washing machine.

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How To Keep Your Whites, White!

When we buy white clothes, we want them to remain white after washing- not turn a darker shade of white (grey)! Most of us also want to completely avoid using bleach or optical brighteners to keep them white but we’re talking about the maintenance of white clothes here. How to naturally whiten white clothes is a different story.

We at Laundryheap know all the factors to consider when washing whites without the need of using chemical products. The secret? Wash them properly, of course! 

How To Keep Your Whites, White!

  1. Wash whites with whites: A common mistake most of us make is that we mix our white colours with other light, non-colourfast colours. Why? Because most of us are lazy. What we should do is separate whites completely from other colours and wash with white clothes ONLY. If you’re already doing this, good job! *applauds*
  2. Don’t overload the machine: Putting too much clothes in the machine will prevent your whites from being cleaned properly as the detergent will find difficulty in circulating through the load, which as a result will not give it’s optimal cleaning performance. When loading the machine, fill it about three quarters of the way to ensure it isn’t overloaded.
  3. Don’t overload with detergent: Some of us may think that by putting a lot of detergent, we’ll certainly get cleaner clothes meaning whiter clothes, right? Wrong! Too much detergent can in fact add an extra layer to the garment which causes build-up, leading to discolouration.
  4. Treat stains ASAP: Don’t delay in treating stains; for the longer you leave them, the tougher they are to remove! PLUS that’s how you get that awkward darker patch on your white clothes. With wine or ketchup stains, we are certain to treat them quickly, but we should also do the same for invisible’ stains such as sweat stains. Read here for natural methods of stain removal.
  5. Wash in the hottest water (by care label): It’s best to wash your garments according to what it says on the care label. To get the most out of your whites, follow the set temperature that the label recommends you to wash them at- don’t go a temperature lower! That way, your whites will surely stay white and gleaming.
  6. Wash whites regularly: With coloured clothes, it’s best to wash them after a few wears to keep the colours from fading. When it comes to whites, it’s a completely different story. The best time to wash them is after wearing them once or twice. Did you know that invisible body soils are one of the reasons why your whites start to turn a grey/ yellow colour? Yeah. That’s way it’s best to wash them regularly to avoid that.
  7. Dry accordingly: Of course the label will know what the best method is in drying your whites. So, for garments that allow you to tumble dry (if you own a dryer or use one) don’t over dry your whites as it will cause it to look worn out.If you naturally air dry your clothes, then, no comment, that will do just fine!

BONUS: If you’re laundry smart, you’ll realise that all of these tips mentioned will not only make your whites glowing but can also be considered to promote longevity of the rest of your clothes too!

If you have some tips that you use to keep your white clothes white, share them in the comments section! 🙂


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LAUNDRY ON THE GO

If you happen to travel continuously, doing the laundry is certainly a necessity as you may spend a tremendous amount of time outdoors on adventure activities, sightseeing, hiking, or shopping etc. For shorter holidays people tend to pack just what is necessary or things that we can mix and match most of the time.

Here are some tips to help with your laundry on the go.

Hotels: Some hotels offer in-house laundry services. Depending on the type of hotel you’re staying at e.g. big chains, serviced apartments, B&B etc. you may have access to laundry services or facilities. However, their rates may be sky-high which might not be your cup of tea. Moreover, if you’re someone who’s concerned about their clothes being mixed with others’ clothes this might not be ideal for you, as there is no guarantee it won’t be the case.

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Laundromats: There are laundromats available locally in most countries and cities. They charge a flat rate either per load capacity, type of item, or desired service. Although Laundromats seem like an easy deal and self-explanatory, you still do need to be somewhat familiar with at least your clothing’s instructions. It is also advisable to scout around for the best service available in order to prevent inconvenience.

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Do it yourself: There are shops and outlets where you can get buy detergents. If your items are small and easy to do, you can even wash them in your accommodation bathroom sink. As long as you have the necessary items required. Making the most of what is available to you saves you money.

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Laundryheap: What’s better than having someone else do your dirty laundry for you? It’s a dream come true right? Laundry chores can be a real pain especially when they pile up. The good thing is Laundryheap provides on-demand laundry and dry cleaning services with delivery within 24 hours right to your doorstep. You can book our service from wherever you are, including hotels. For your booking purposes all you need is a smartphone and voila you’re good to go! Even better you can download our free app on IOS and Android from the app store.

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LAUNDRY TIPS FOR BUSY PARENTS

With the chaos of getting things done and having to look after the little munchkins, it’s almost impossible to not get overwhelmed by chores, especially the never-ending story of doing laundry.

Here are a few laundry tips to help you save time.

  • PRE-SORTING THE LAUNDRY: Let’s face it, laundry is a chore that is time-consuming. A good idea is to have different baskets for different fabrics, colours, and the condition of laundry. Not only is it time-efficient when the need arises to do the laundry, it also prevents mistakes and having to deal with the possibility of colours bleeding onto another fabric and ruining your clothes.

 

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  • HANG ACCORDINGLY:If you despise ironing, one practical trick to consider is to hang your laundry once out of the machine to prevent extreme creasing. Moreover, if you’re dealing with washed and dried clothes, it’s best to put away on hangers and if possible colour coordinate hangers for specific clothes. Not only does this give your wardrobe a very refined and colourful look, it also creates space and helps differentiate your clothes for different purposes. Nothing is worse than having to ransack your closet for one specific outfit on a busy day.

 

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  • HAVE OTHERS CHIP IN: There’s nothing wrong with you asking for a helping hand. Your children can do simple things like allocating their dirty clothes to the right laundry basket or sorting and folding after themselves. In addition, that gives you an opportunity to focus on other pressing chores around the house.

 

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  • SET SPECIFIC DAYS: To avoid the laundry from overflowing, try to wash the clothes that are used the most; that way you don’t get intimidated or overwhelmed by your laundry. Set specific days for different types of laundry, for example, Wednesdays for coloured fabrics and Sundays for bedding, towels, rugs etc.


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  • MULTI-TASK: While waiting on the laundry in the washer, you can either put the other batch in the dryer or try to invest your time in doing the ironing. It helps immensely with your productivity as well as decreases your chances of procrastination.


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If you’re still uncertain or don’t have time to do the laundry, you can schedule your laundry with us and we’ll gladly sort it out for you.

 


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5 TOP LAUNDRY HACKS TO MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER

Laundry can come with its downfalls – stubborn stains, items shrinking in the wash and generally just taking ages to finish. Sometimes shoving clothes in the wash with detergent isn’t enough and we need some help. There are some great laundry hacks out there to save you time, money and lots of frustration.

Here are 5 handy laundry hacks by Laundryheap to make life easier – when you do your own laundry, that is!

  1. BABY POWDER FOR OIL STAINS – oil is notoriously difficult to remove from clothing and is especially annoying if it’s on something white or of delicate material. Shake some baby powder over the stain and let it sit for a few minutes before removing the excess. Repeat until the stain is gone, then wash as normal.

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  2. FRESHEN WITH VINEGAR for sweaty gym clothes or bath towels, white vinegar is your secret weapon. One cup added at the beginning of the wash fights bad smells and leaves your clothes super-soft. It also helps to keep white shirts looking fresher for longer.

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  3. LINGERIE BAGS the secret weapon for families and anyone who is constantly losing socks in the machine, lingerie bags are so useful for keeping your delicates separate from the rest of your clothes, without doing extra washes. They are also great for washing the kid’s toys.

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  4. IRON WITH WATER When ironing, a dry shirt isn’t always the best way. Fill a spray bottle with water and spritz over the shirt, making it easier to iron and giving you a better finish. Suave!

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  5. USE TOWELS FOR DRYING If you’re using a tumble dryer, it can feel like it takes forever to dry your clothes, especially if you’re in a hurry. Turning up the heat or waiting impatiently definitely won’t work – wet clothes will stay wet until the moisture is absorbed. Speed up the process by putting a dry towel in with it, that’ll work like a sponge to soak up the water.

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If you’re still not convinced, forget about laundry hacks and hand your washing over to LAUNDRYHEAP. No messing about, just professional, efficient service and super-clean clothes.