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How To Keep Towels Soft

Has your soft, fluffy towel now turned into what seems to feel like sandpaper against your skin? If the answer is yes, it’s probably because of residue build up from detergent, softener and other laundry products like dryer sheets.

How To Keep Towels Soft

  • Don’t use too much Detergent

When doing the laundry in general, you shouldn’t be using too much detergent anyway. To make sure there won’t be detergent residue on your towels, use the right amount or even less than recommended for your washer.

  • Wash in hot water

It’s important to wash towels above 40°C not only because it will help kill germs and bacteria but because detergent dissolves better when washed at a warm or hot temperature. This way, detergent residue won’t build up on your towels.

  • Don’t use Fabric softener

Although fabric softener is made to make fabrics soft, it does the opposite when used on towels. Towels are made of microfiber, which is how they’re able to absorb and lock in moisture. Adding softener will only coat it with waxy residue, causing it to reduce it’s absorbency qualities overtime.

  • Use Vinegar or baking soda

Since you can’t add softener to make towels soft, a great alternative would be to use either white vinegar and/or baking soda. Both work as great natural softeners and are perfect for sensitive skin. Just add 1/2 a cup of white vinegar or baking soda to the rinse cycle in the drawer or in the drum.

Additional tips:

  • Wash towels with towels only 
  • Don’t overload the machine
  • Use the low heat setting if you need to put it in the tumble dryer

Whether you have time to spare or not to wash your towels properly, you can make the process of cleaning towels a lot easier when you use Laundryheap. Just schedule a free laundry collection and we’ll do the rest.


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What Fabrics Should Be Dry Cleaned?

All clothing and linen items come with a care label as a guide to instruct us with the proper cleaning method required for the fabric.

In some circumstances, it’s okay to delicately machine wash clothing that says dry clean, but that depends on the fabric type. Fabrics that should be dry cleaned are delicate ones that can’t handle the agitation and hot water from the washing machine.

What Fabrics Should Be Dry Cleaned?

  • Wool
  • Silk
  • Rayon
  • Linen

Wool: A sturdy and durable fabric like wool is too delicate to be machine washed, so it’s best to have it dry cleaned instead. The hot water and agitation from the washing machine will only ruin the fibres of the fabric. When cared for properly, it will last longer.

Silk: This luxurious fabric is known to need proper care when it comes to cleaning and maintenance, so the suitable method of cleaning is to be dry cleaned. Alternatively, it can be hand washed in cold water.

Rayon: Since Rayon is a manufactured fibre made from regenerated cellulose fibre, it can be difficult to decide on the appropriate cleaning method. This semisynthetic fabric is best to be dry cleaned as it may shrink or deform in shape in the washing machine.

Linen: This type of fabric can be hand washed as well as dry cleaned and often requires ironing. Linen is made of breathable flax fibres which, if washed incorrectly, can ruin the fabrics crisped finish. 

What Fabrics Shouldn’t Be Dry Cleaned?

  • Cotton
  • Synthetic Fibres

Cotton: Although cotton is a natural material, it can tolerate the agitation of being machine washed as well as machine dried and does not need dry cleaning. 

Synthetic Fibres: Clothing made out of Polyester, nylon, spandex, acrylic or acetate does not require dry cleaning as they won’t have a negative effect in the washing machine. 

Dry cleaning sounds like a long process but it’s actually really simple. If you don’t have the right equipment to dry clean at home, you can schedule a free collection and delivery with Laundryheap.

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Laundry vs Dry Cleaning

Laundry and dry cleaning both work to do the same thing but in different methods. Depending on the type of material your clothing is made out of, it may need a more careful cleaning approach. If you’re unsure about how dry cleaning works, you can check out our blog on the dry cleaning process.

Both methods have advantages and disadvantages, but choosing the right one will ensure longevity for your clothes.

Here are the main differences between laundry and dry cleaning:

 Laundry

  • Natural cleaning process makes clothes fresh
  • No harmful chemicals used
  • Free from chemical odour
  • Safe for people with sensitive skin
  • A cheaper method

Dry cleaning

  • Uses a chemical solvent to clean clothes
  • Effectively removes tough grease and oil stains
  • Safe from shrinkage, fabric distortion & colour bleeding
  • Protects material and ensures longevity
  • Best for some delicate fabrics

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Laundry vs Dry Cleaning

Laundry can effectively clean your clothes thoroughly but may ruin specific clothing in terms of altering the structure, colour fading, and wear and tear. Dry cleaning, on the other hand, use hazardous chemicals that can not only be irritable to the skin and harmful to the environment but can stain or leave a noxious odour on your clothes.

Despite these minor disadvantages, they are less likely to occur if procedures are followed accordingly with the right fabric type. For example, some clothes are not made to be wet-washed, but dry- cleaned instead.

If you’re unsure of which method is to use, your best bet is to check the care label on your clothes as it will indicate the best cleaning method for your clothing items as well as other care instructions.


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7 Laundry Tips For Large Families

It can be super difficult to keep up with the laundry when you’re a large family and it’s especially challenging when you have little kids who go through numerous clothes a day. 

For the families who have more than 4 kids that are looking for a laundry system that works, here a few things you can do to help make doing laundry a breeze:

  1. Get everyone involved
  2. Laundry per room/person
  3. Follow a routine
  4. Avoid buying white clothes
  5. Clear out the closet
  6. Wear clothes more than once
  7. Outsource

Laundry Tips For Large Families

  • Get everyone involved

It helps to get the whole family involved in helping to do the laundry. Divide the laundry tasks between your children who are old enough to help. For example, you can assign someone to load the washer, load the dryer, fold the clothes etc. When it comes to putting clothes away, let your kids who are old enough, do it themselves. Don’t hesitate to get your younger kids involved and teach them how to laundry.

  • Laundry per room/person

Put a laundry basket in every kids’ room, including yours, so that the laundry isn’t all piled up in one big laundry basket.

Instead of doing one big family wash, you can do individual washes which saves time on sorting.

  • Follow a routine- frequently or few days a week

Create a laundry schedule that works for you. Whether you choose to wash a little more often or not, choose a routine that you can follow. If your children can do their own laundry, then perfect! Set them their own laundry day. 

  • Avoid buying white clothes

A simple trick to avoid sorting clothes by colour before washing? Avoid buying whites clothes! Stick to buying darker coloured clothes for your kids since they’re prone to getting their clothes dirty. This way you can put clothes straight into the washer and saves time on sorting.. 

  • Clear out the closet

Take some time to clear out unwanted, and outgrown clothes in your kids’ closet. This ‘strategy’ is so that you technically have fewer clothes to wash and your kids who like playing dress up don’t have the need to keep changing clothes.

  • Wear clothes more than once

There is no need to wash clothes after every wear as most clothing items can be worn up to 2-3 times. Lessen the laundry loads by knowing how often you should be washing your clothes and tell your kids that just because their clothes touches their skin for a few seconds, doesn’t mean it’s already dirty.

  • Outsource

If for some reason you’re little behind on laundry, to which now you have a massive pile of dirty clothes, you should outsource your laundry. We at Laundryheap aim to deliver a convenient laundry and dry cleaning service designed to fit around your day-to-day schedule. Just schedule a collection and have your clothes cleaned and returned to you in less than 24 hours.


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How To Naturally Make Your Laundry Fragrant

If you want to avoid using fabric softener or any other chemicals to make your laundry smell nice, there are several natural methods you can use that will make your laundry smell fragrant.

  • Essential Oils 

The best way to get anything naturally fragrant is to use essential oils. Simply fill a spray bottle with water and add a few drops of an essential oil of your choice. Then, spray the natural formula on your clothes before putting them into the washing machine.

  • Baking Soda

Sodium bicarbonate or baking soda is a natural cleanser and deodoriser. For top loading machines, just add 1/2 a cup of baking soda along with your detergent whilst it is filling. For Front loading machines, add baking soda into the tray or inside the machine just as you would with laundry detergent.

  • Epsom Salt

Epsom salt is a natural pure mineral compound made up of magnesium and sulfate. It has numerous benefits including being a great laundry scent booster. Mix 1-2 cups of Epsom salt and 2 tablespoons of essential oil in a bowl or jar. Add 1-2 tablespoons of this mixture straight into your washer before adding clothes and wash as normal. 

  • Wool Dryer Balls

Wool dryer balls are a natural alternative to using fabric dryer sheets. They reduce drying time, wrinkles and can help make your clothes smell good, naturally, too. Just add a few drops of essential oil to a dryer ball before each use.

  • Air Dry

Naturally air drying, especially on sunny days, will help freshen up your clothes as the sun helps to eliminate bad odours, giving your clothes a refreshing smell.


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How To Remove Damp Smell From Clothes

Sometimes after taking out freshly washed clothes from the washing machine, they don’t smell clean at all. Instead, they have an unpleasant damp, musty smell.

Several factors can cause your clothes to smell damp, but there are simple solutions for you to eliminate the smell.

 Why Clothes Smell After Washing

  • You’re not using the right amount of laundry detergent

If you don’t use enough detergent, your clothes won’t get cleaned properly, but using too much detergent will result to residue on clothes. Read the detergent label to the check the recommended amount of detergent for your washer.

  • Your washing machine needs cleaning

Washing machines need to be cleaned and maintained in order for your clothes to get cleaned properly. If your washing machine is unclean it won’t be as effective at cleaning your clothes. Check out our guide on how to clean your washing machine.

  • You leave your clothes in the machine after the cycle has finished

When you don’t take your clothes out from the washing machine straight away, the damp clothes will create a musty smell once they’re dry or are in the process of drying.

How To Remove Damp Smell From Clothes

  • Vinegar: Add 1 cup of distilled white vinegar to the rinse cycle in your washing machine drawer. Alternatively, you can add equal parts of detergent and vinegar to your laundry on a normal cycle.
  • Baking Soda: Add 1 cup of baking soda into the washing machine and wash as normal. Alternatively, you can soak your clothes in 1-2 cups of baking soda and warm water for several hours (even overnight) before washing as normal.
  • Dry clothes outside in the sun: Drying your clothes out in the sun will kill the germs and eliminate odour.

If you would rather have a more professional approach to removing the mildew smell off your clothes, you can book a laundry collection with Laundryheap and have your clothes returned to you as a good as new.


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How To Care For Your Abaya

It’s important to take great care of your abaya and keep it in pristine condition, so you can always look your absolute best.

How To Care For Your Abaya

Most abayas are made from delicate fabric and some have embellishments like sequins on them, so it’s important that you check the care label for the appropriate cleaning method.

Abayas with beading, sequins or metal embellishments should be hand-washed or dry-cleaned as these are more gentle cleaning processes that won’t ruin the embroideries.

Hand Washing Your Abaya

If you’re considering to hand-wash, it would be the same process as hand-washing your ordinary clothes, but just with extra caution.

Here are some key points to follow when hand-washing your abaya:

  • Don’t soak your Abaya for longer than 10 mins
  • Use cold water
  • Use a mild detergent and only a small amount of it
  • Avoid rubbing the areas of embroidery
  • Only scrub the stained/dirty areas

Machine Washing Your Abaya

Just as you would with your regular clothes, separate and wash your abaya with similar colours. This will prevent colours from bleeding onto other fabrics and will avoid unwanted discolouration.

Again, because Abayas are delicate clothing, you want to machine wash them in a way that will prevent damage to the fabric.

  • Use the delicate cycle, at a low temperature (no more than 30°C) to prevent shrinkage from the heat and avoid the stitching from coming loose.
  • Wash inside out to prevent the colour from fading.
  • Use a mild detergent or abaya shampoo.

Drying Your Abaya

After washing, always air dry your abaya and as much as possible, avoid tumble drying. This is because the heat and agitation of the dryer can wear out the fabric overtime, making it look dull. If you hand-washed your abaya, gently wring out the excess water before hanging to dry.

Ironing Your Abaya

It’s better to press/ steam your abaya using a low heat setting, as this is more gentle for the fabric. This is especially beneficial to your abayas with embellishments.

If you prefer to iron, use a low temperature and iron the abayas inside out. For abayas with embroidery, you should also iron them inside out but use a piece of fabric over the embellishments so it acts as a safety barrier from the heat.

Remember to:

  • Store your abayas away neatly to avoid creases.
  • Avoid hanging them on thin plastic/wired hangers, as this can deform the shoulder shape. Instead, use thick felt or velvet hangers.

If you’re in need of a top quality dry-cleaner to clean your abaya, Laundryheap will collect, clean and deliver your abayas to you within 24 hours.


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Tips On Washing Baby Clothes

If you’re wondering if there are specific instructions or methods to wash your baby’s clothes, there aren’t much. However, there are a few things you need to consider to keep your baby’s sensitive skin safe.

Here are Tips On Washing Baby Clothes:

Wash Newly Bought Baby Clothes

Newly bought clothes contain chemicals from production that may cause irritation to your baby’s skin. To keep your baby safe from being exposed to these harsh chemicals, always wash newly purchased baby clothes, blankets and washable items that will come into direct contact with the skin.

Use A Mild Detergent

Since your baby’s skin is sensitive, you may want to find the best laundry detergent that is safe for the baby. Fortunately, there are many detergent options available for babies or those with sensitive skin. Just look for hypoallergenic or non-bio labelled detergents. You also have the option to purchase detergents specifically made for baby clothes, like Dreft or ECOS

Use The Rinse Cycle

To make sure all detergent residue is removed from your baby’s clothes, use the rinse cycle after your usual cycle. This will keep clothes staying fresh and clean for longer and will prevent mildew smell.  

Avoid Fabric Softener

We all know that fabric softener is used to make clothes feel soft. It works by adding a lubricant layer over the fabric. Baby clothes, sleepwear in particular, are designed to be flame resistant and coating it with softener means you’re only stripping it of it’s properties.

Read The Care Label

Should you wash baby clothes at a cold or warm temperature? I can tell you that warm/hot washes are great for clothes that have a foul odour or needs to be disinfected. Cool washes are great for regular clothes that haven’t been heavily soiled on.

However, only the care label will be able to tell you the correct way and temperature wash and dry your baby’s clothes if you want to take extra precaution.

If you’d like a more professional approach to washing your baby’s clothes, you can leave it to laundryheap. We take safety into consideration, especially for those with sensitive skin. That’s why give you the option to choose between bio or non-bio detergent and take into account any other special requirements for your baby’s clothes.


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Valentine’s Day Offer

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Here’s a small gift,
From us to you! 💕

We want to celebrate Valentine’s day by giving you a discount* off our services! Whether you’re staying in or going out, if laundry happens to be on your ‘to-do’ list, you can leave it to us to get it done for you!

If you’re from the UK, Ireland or Netherlands:

Use code: ‘19VAL7to get £7 or €7 off

and, if you’re from the UAE:

Use code: ‘19VAL25‘ to get 25 AED off

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

*Valid on the 14/02/19 only, until midnight.


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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!