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The 5 stains of Thanksgiving 

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Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal without worrying about stains, because we’ve got you covered with this handy guide. 

  • Turkey
  • Gravy
  • Yams
  • Pumpkin
  • Lipstick

Turkey 

Turkey is the traditional meat eaten on Thanksgiving. In fact, it is probably one of the first things you think about when you think of the holiday. If you accidentally drop a piece of turkey on your clothing, don’t panic, the oily stain left behind can easily be removed. 

To remove a turkey stain you will need…

  • Dull knife or spoon
  • Clean napkin or towel
  • Cornstarch, talcum powder, or bicarbonate of soda
  • Heavy-duty liquid detergent 

To begin removing your turkey stain use a dull knife or spoon to lift any solid bits of turkey from your clothing. Be careful not to push too hard when lifting the turkey as you could push the stain further into your garment, making it harder to remove. 

Once you have removed as much turkey as possible, use a clean napkin or towel to blot at your stain. This will soak up some of the oil and make your stain easier to lift. Make sure that you are blotting and not rubbing as rubbing will only push the stain further into your clothing

After blotting at your stain, sprinkle cornstarch, talcum powder, or bicarbonate of soda over the stained area, making sure that your stain is completely covered. Regardless of which of these powders you use, they will help to absorb any oil that you could not lift from blotting. Leave your powder for 10-15 minutes, before shaking it off. 

Next, rub a small amount of heavy-duty laundry detergent directly onto your stain. You must make sure that you are using a heavy-duty detergent as they contain the necessary enzymes to break down the oil molecules in your stain. You can use your fingers or a soft-bristled brush to work your detergent into your stain. Once you are satisfied that your detergent has been fully worked in, leave it to sit for 15 minutes. 

After 15 minutes, wash your garment as you usually would, checking that the stain has been completely lifted before drying. 

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Gravy

You can’t possibly enjoy turkey without gravy. Be careful though, as gravy, although delicious, is easily spilt. 

To remove a gravy stain you will need…

  • Dull knife or spoon
  • Heavy-duty laundry detergent
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • All-fabric bleach (optional)

To begin removing your gravy stain use a dull knife or spoon to lift as much gravy from your clothing as possible. You may be tempted to use a cloth to rub the stain, however, this will only set it further into your garment and make it harder to remove. 

Next, cover your stain with a heavy-duty laundry detergent and use a soft-bristled brush to work it into your stain. Scrub your stain lightly with your brush, using enough effort to ensure that the stain is being penetrated by the detergent, but not enough effort to rip your garment. Once you are satisfied that your detergent has adequately covered the stain, leave your garment for 15 minutes. 

After 15 minutes, wash your clothing using the hottest setting advised on your items care label. You may also want to add a small amount of all-fabric bleach to your washing machine to lift any discolouration caused by the gravy.

Once your wash cycle has finished, check that your stain has been completely removed before drying

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Yams

Yams are the perfect Thanksgiving side. They are beautifully sweet and taste wonderful when paired with gravy. If you accidentally drop some, don’t worry, a yam stain is easily removed. 

To remove a yam stain you will need…

  • Dull knife or spoon
  • Cold water
  • Heavy-duty laundry detergent

To begin removing your yam stain use a dull knife or spoon to lift as much solid yam from your clothing as possible. Try to be as gentle as possible whilst lifting your yams as you could push your stain further into your clothing, making it harder to lift. 

Immediately after lifting as much solid yam from your clothing as possible, use cold water to flush out your stain. The water will run through the stained area of your garment, pushing out as much of the stain as possible. Make sure that you are using cold water as anything hotter will only set the stain into the fibres of your clothing. 

Once you are satisfied that your stain has been adequately flushed, pour a small amount of heavy-duty laundry detergent directly onto the stained area. Work the detergent into your stain using your fingers, making sure that the whole stain is covered by detergent. Once you are satisfied that your stain has been covered, set your garment to one side for 15 minutes. During this time the detergent will penetrate your stain and begin breaking down its oily molecules. 

After 15 minutes have passed, wash your clothing as you usually would. Once your garment has completed its wash, check thoroughly to make sure that the stain has been completely removed before drying. 

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Pumpkin 

After a delicious Thanksgiving meal, there’s nothing better than a delectable dessert. Pumpkin pie is one of the most popular desserts to have during Thanksgiving, and pumpkin is a likely stain to find during the holiday season. 

To remove a pumpkin stain you will need…

  • Dull knife or spoon
  • Cold water
  • Heavy-duty laundry detergent 
  • Rubbing alcohol or white vinegar 
  • White cloth or napkin

To begin removing your pumpkin stain use a dull knife or spoon to lift as much solid pumpkin from your clothing as possible. Be careful when doing this as pumpkin can be slippery and you don’t want to spread your stain to other areas of your clothing

Next, flush your stain using cold water. Before putting your stain under the water make sure that it is cold as any warmer temperature will set your stain further into your garment. Leave your garment under the water until you are satisfied that no more of your stain can be flushed out. 

Once you have removed your garment from the water, rub a small amount of heavy-duty laundry detergent into your stain. Make sure that your whole stain has been rubbed with detergent or risk only lifting part of the stain. Once you are satisfied that your whole stain has been adequately rubbed with detergent, set your garment to one side for 15 minutes. 

After 15 minutes, wash your clothing as you usually would. Once your garment has completed its wash, check to make sure that the stain has been completely removed. If the stain has not been removed, dampen a clean white cloth or napkin with rubbing alcohol or white vinegar and blot at your stain. Once you are satisfied that you won’t lift any more of your stain by blotting, rewash your garment. 

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Lipstick 

Thanksgiving is about sharing time with the people you love, and showing them how much you care. As such, don’t be surprised to find a lipstick stain or two pressed into your clothing by the end of the day. 

To remove a lipstick stain you will need…

  • Heavy-duty laundry detergent 
  • Oxygen-based bleach 
  • Cold water

To begin removing your lipstick stain use your fingers to rub heavy-duty laundry detergent directly into the stain. Make sure that you are covering the whole of the stained area with the detergent. Once you are satisfied that the detergent has been adequately applied to the stain, set your garment to one side for 15 minutes. 

After 15 minutes, wash your clothing as you usually would. Once your garment has been washed, check to see if the stain has been removed. 

If your lipstick stain has not been completely removed, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach and cold water. Submerge your garment completely in the solution, and leave it to soak for 8 hours. Over the course of 8 hours, the oxygen-based bleach will penetrate the waxy stain, loosening it and making it easier to lift.  After 8 hours, remove your garment and wash as you usually would. If your lipstick stain still has not been lifted, repeat the process. 

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Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy yourself with your loved ones, not a time to be worried about laundry. Book your Laundryheap service today by heading to the Laundryheap website or by downloading the free Laundryheap app. 


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Travel hacks for couples 

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Whether its your first, second, or hundredth time travelling as a couple, make sure that it isn’t your last by following these handy travel hacks.

  • Create an itinerary together
  • Split the responsibilities
  • Use 1 suitcase 
  • But separate packing cubes
  • Share toiletries
  • Get a charger with dual ports 
  • Consider twin beds
  • Share meals
  • Always split the money
  • Enjoy your time together

Create an itinerary together

When travelling as a couple it’s important to remember that it’s not just your holiday. You may have a list of things to see and do, but so may your partner. To ensure that you both enjoy your holiday to the fullest create an itinerary together, making sure that your time is split equally between things that you both want to do. This may mean that you won’t get to see everything that you wanted to, but it’s the fairest way. 

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Split the responsibilities 

There is a lot to think about when travelling. Transport, accommodation, insurance, packing, the list is endless. That is why it’s best to split the responsibilities equally. You cover half of the tasks and your partner covers the other half. Not only does this mean that you are equally responsible for the holiday, but it will also mean that you get through your list of responsibilities quicker. Remember, 2 hands are always better than 1. 

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Use 1 suitcase

Arguably, the worst part of travelling is having to lug your suitcases around. When travelling in a couple, why bother with the hassle of packing 2 suitcases when you can just take 1. Between yourself and your partner, pack 1 suitcase, and take 1 backpack with essentials as a carry on. This will limit the amount of luggage weighing you down, and make travelling a lot more enjoyable for the both of you. 

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But separate packing cubes 

To prevent any bickering about sharing the space in 1 suitcase, assign packing cubes for yourself and your partner. To ensure that you are equally sharing the suitcase space, give yourself and your partner the same number of packing cubes, perhaps with 1 cube left for items that you can share. Not only will this help eliminate space arguments, but it is also a great way to help you be brutal with what you want to bring on your travels

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Share toiletries 

The issue with taking 1 suitcase for both you and your partner is that you have limited space. To save you both some space consider sharing toiletries. Items, such as toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner, can be shared between yourself and your partner, allowing you additional space for clothes, shoes, or electronics. Just make sure you that you take your own toothbrush.

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Get a charger with dual ports

Although small, another great space saving idea for travelling couples is to buy a charger with dual ports. This will allow both you and your partner to charge your electronics at the same time, without the hassle of bringing two charging plugs. In addition, having a dual port charger should prevent yourself and your partner from losing your chargers as you will both be looking after the same one. 

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Consider twin beds

Accommodation can be incredibly expensive when travelling, especially as a couple. Although you probably want to share a bed with your partner whilst on holiday, you may want to consider paying for a twin room rather than a double. On average, twin rooms are less expensive than their double alternative, so it may be an easy way to save yourself and your partner money. Once you are in the room, you can easily push your beds together to form a makeshift double. 

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Share meals  

Another great way for couples to save money whilst travelling is to share meals. If you find that you and your partner aren’t often finishing your full meal, it may be a good idea to share one main meal with a selection of sides. Not only will this save you money, it will also prevent food waste. 

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Always split the money 

Regardless of whether you are using cards or physical cash, it’s important to split the money equally between both you and your partner. You never know what can happen whilst travelling, so splitting the money equally ensures that you will always have some money with you regardless of if any gets lost or stolen. 

Enjoy your time together 

The most important things to remember when travelling with your partner is to enjoy your time together. Enjoy being on holiday, alone, with no interruptions. It may be hard to find moments like that when you get back to your normal lives. 

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Whilst you enjoy travelling with your significant other, we’ll take care of your laundry. Book your Laundryheap order today by heading to the Laundryheap website or downloading the free Laundryheap app.


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Top areas to stay in Dublin

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There are plenty of beautiful areas to stay in Dublin, but these are our top 5 picks.

  • Grafton Street
  • Merrion Square
  • Portobello
  • Smithfield 
  • The Docklands 

Grafton Street 

If you enjoy a spot of retail therapy, than Grafton Street is the ideal place for you to stay. As one of Europe’s busiest shopping streets, you will find almost every popular shop you would ever want. Nestled between the abundance of shops are independent cafes, restaurants, and pubs, ready to welcome you inside. When/if you are ready to escape the hustle and bustle of the street, St Stephen’s Green is located at the top of Grafton Street. An idyllic 22 acre park of lush gardens, blooming flower beds, and beautiful sculptures. If you are looking to stay in the centre of Dublin’s hustle and bustle, with the opportunity for peacefulness, than Grafton Street is the perfect place for you to stay. 

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Merrion Square

Merrion Square is perfect for those who like a slower pace. Those who are creative and artsy, who enjoy observing their surroundings. The square is one of Dublin’s grandest squares. Georgian houses line 3 sides of the square and the other homes 2 museums and the garden of Leinster House, the seat of Irish Parliament. Merrion Square was once home to some of the worlds most renowned artists, including Oscar Wilde and WB Yeats. Holding on to its historic past of artistic greatness, the square hosts various events throughout the year where artists will hang their paintings for people to buy. Merrion Square is beautiful area of Dublin, rich in history and home to some of Dublin’s biggest sites, including The National Gallery. Additionally, it is only a 10 minute walk from Grafton Street, so you can experience the hustle and bustle of Dublin in mere minutes. 

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Portobello 

Portobello is Dublin’s up-and-coming area. It’s where Dubliners come to meet and where the iconic playwright George Bernard Shaw was born. Portobello is the perfect place to stay for those who are looking for something different. Away from the commercial high streets, Portobello is overflowing with innovative restaurants, contemporary galleries, and unique bric-a-brac boutiques. As you wander from shop to shop, you can take in the street art that covers almost every building, enhancing the areas quirky atmosphere. Although not home to any of Dublin’s iconic landmarks, Dublin city centre is only a 15 minute walk away. 

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Smithfield

Smithfield is located on the northside of Dublin, surrounded by the legendary Temple Bar, beautiful Phoenix Park, and lively Stoneybatter. The focal point of the area is Smithfield Square, a bustling central quarter of independent restaurants and artisan cafes. One of the most notable landmarks to be found in Smithfield is the Old Jameson Whiskey Distillery, which you can tour whilst sampling their famous whiskey. Located moments away from Phoenix Park, one of the largest enclosed parks in a European capital city, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy relaxing in nature. Alternatively, Temple Bar is just one of the many bars you can find in and around the Smithfield area, so there are plenty of opportunities for nights out.

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The Docklands 

The Docklands are fast becoming one of the most popular locations for tourists to visit and stay whilst in Dublin. Due to the high number of businesses that operate around the area, the Docklands was once aimed solely at business travellers, but has since expanded to meet the needs of tourists. One of the highlights of staying at the Docklands is the interactive Irish Immigration Museum where visitors can learn about the rich history of Ireland and its impact on the world. There are also an abundance of restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy an eclectic selection of delicacies. The Docklands is close by to Merrion Square and the centre of Dublin, making it the perfect place to stay and enjoy a slightly quieter area, whilst still being able to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city. 

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No matter what area of Dublin you decide to stay in, don’t let your laundry prevent you from exploring. Book your Laundryheap service today by heading to the Laundryheap website or downloading the free Laundryheap app. 


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Puffer jacket care guide

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As we adjust to the changing autumn weather, it’s time to dig out and brush off our jackets. The best way to ensure that your jacket lasts the whole autumn and winter season is to properly care for it. This is your puffer jacket care guide. 

  • Be aware of sharp objects 
  • Pre wash 
  • Machine wash
  • Hand wash
  • Dry on a low heat
  • Air dry
  • Store

Be aware of sharp objects 

Puffer jackets, as the name suggests, have a quilted design made from pockets of insulation that make the sections between the stitching puffy. This insulation makes puffer jackets incredibly warm, but also vulnerable to snags and tears. When wearing your jacket, be mindful of sharp objects that you may come in to contact with. If you do accidentally tear your puffer jacket, re-stuff the area if any insulation has escaped, before using a needle and thread to mend the hole. Make sure that all snags and tears have been mended before you wash your jacket. 

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Pre wash

Before you wash your puffer jacket it is important to empty all of the pockets and zip up the zipper. This will firstly ensure that you don’t accidentally wash something valuable, and also prevent any unwanted materials, such as tissues, from becoming stuck to your jacket during the washing process. For extra protection, lubricate the zipper with gel to prevent it from rusting and becoming difficult to use. It is also advisable to turn your puffer jacket inside out to avoid the delicate puffy pockets from being snagged and torn during washing.

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Machine wash

You should never wash your puffer jacket more than twice a year because detergents and washing machines can wear down its water protective shell. If you are using a washing machine to clean your puffer jacket it is best to use a top-loading machine as they don’t have a centre agitator that can catch and tear your jacket. 

The optimum washing machine cycle to use is a gentle cycle. This will limit the amount of times your jacket is spun in the machine, therefore reducing the possibility of your jacket being damaged. 

In terms of laundry detergent, a natural detergent or delicate fabric specific detergent is advised. Using a strong detergent will damage the filler that makes your puffer jacket puffy, resulting in your jacket deflating and becoming less insulating. 

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Hand wash

If you are concerned about damaging your puffer jacket in the washing machine, you can hand wash it instead. To hand wash your jacket, first fill a sink or bath with cold water, enough to submerge your jacket in. Next, add a teaspoon of delicate or natural detergent. Finally, submerge your jacket completely in the water, using gentle scrubbing motions to clean each section of your jacket. 

Once you are satisfied that your jacket has been adequately cleaned, rinse it with fresh cold water to ensure that all of the detergent has been removed. Next, lightly squeeze each section of your jacket to remove as much water as possible. Make sure that you are squeezing and not wringing your jacket as this could cause tears. 

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Dry on a low heat 

Despite the delicate fabric your puffer jacket is made from, it is recommended that you tumble dry your jacket. Use a low heat setting and allow your dryer to run until your jacket is completely dry. To ensure that your jacket remains puffy, add 2 tennis balls to your tumble dryer. The movement of the tennis balls in the dryer will redistribute the insulation in your jacket, ensuring that it stays puffy. Although tempting, do not use a high heat setting on your tumble dryer as this can melt the delicate outer shell of your jacket. 

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Air dry 

If you do not have access to a tumble dryer, or you would prefer not to use one, you can air dry your puffer jacket. To air dry your jacket lay it completely flat on a clean dry towel, away from direct sunlight. Leave your jacket to completely dry, before using your hands to redistribute the insulation in your jacket, making it puffy and full bodied. 

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Store

Most puffer jackets come with handy bags that your jacket can be folded into. Although handy short-term, these bags should not be used to store your jacket for more than a handful of hours. Folding your puffer jacket into a small shape can damage the insulation in your jacket, causing it to be ineffective. Instead, hang your puffer jacket up on a coat hanger in a dry area after every wear. This will ensure that the jackets insulation remains well distributed throughout the pockets, and, if wet, your jacket can completely dry

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The best way to ensure that your puffer jacket lasts throughout the autumn and winter months is to have Laundryheap take care of it for you. To book your Laundryheap order simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app.


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Sustainability at Laundryheap

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Sustainability standards define the way that Laundryheap operates. As a company, we take the challenges of climate change very seriously and strive to do our best to operate as sustainably as possible. 

  • Washing at 30
  • Environmentally-friendly detergent 
  • Water treatment 
  • Recycling 
  • eCargo bikes 

Washing at 30 

Switching to a 30-degree wash saves the average person 38% energy. At Laundryheap, unless a hot wash service is specified, we always wash at 30. Not only does this lower our energy usage, but it also allows us to maintain a high standard of cleaning care for our customer’s clothing. Despite warmer temperatures being beneficial for disinfecting clothing, lower temperatures are more beneficial when lifting stains and improving the longevity of clothing.

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Environmentally-friendly detergent

Most mainstream detergents are made from synthetic chemical compounds which have disastrous effects on the environment. For example, some detergents contain surfactants that help remove dirt from our clothing. Surfactants, however, are also highly toxic to aquatic life and break down the mucus layer that coats fish and protects them from parasites. At Laundryheap, we only use environmentally-friendly detergents, made from natural alternatives. In addition, we use automatic dosing pumps to minimise detergent waste. 

Water treatment 

Commercial laundry wastewater contains a high quantity of contaminants, such as detergents, grease, and dye. If this wastewater is pumped into freshwater bodies without first being treated, it can cause damage to aquatic life and increase water pollution. All of the wastewater generated at our Laundryheap facilities is treated and filtered before being sent into the sewer or sent out via tankers.

Recycling

Recycling is an essential step in helping save our environment. It reduces the need to extract raw materials from the earth and helps conserve natural habitats. Today, the recycling industry provides half of the world’s raw materials. Our switch from plastic to cotton laundry bags has resulted in our customers reusing bags an average of 5 times. In addition to this, we recycle 40% of our wire hangers. 

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eCargo bikes 

In 2019, transport produced 27% of the UK’s total CO2 emissions. E-bikes could cut the UK’s transport emissions by half. Having trialled the EAV2Cubed eCargo bike for a year, we have ordered 200 more bikes in a bid to lower the carbon emissions we omit whilst delivering to our customers. Our CEO, Deyan Dimitrov, commented, “Our EAV’s can move around the city almost twice as fast as vans, and the fact that they make almost no environmental impact whatsoever gives us a much more carbon-neutral status as a business.” 

At Laundryheap we are committed to improving our sustainability, whilst maintaining a fast and reliable service for our customers. To book your Laundryheap order simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app.


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DIY Halloween costumes

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Halloween is almost upon us and if you haven’t got your outfit sorted don’t panic. These 4 DIY costumes are easy to make and perfect for a Halloween full of thrills and chills. 

  • Ghost
  • Skeleton
  • Strawberry
  • Zombie bride

Ghost

Let’s start easy. A ghost costume is incredibly easy to achieve, very comfortable, and requires limited supplies. 

To make a ghost costume you will need…
  • A white sheet
  • Scissors 
  • Light coloured hat
  • Pen or pencil
  • Safety pins 
  • Black marker 

To begin making your ghost costume place your light coloured hat on your head. If your hat has a brim you must either cut it off or wear your hat backwards so that it doesn’t get in the way. 

Next, drape your white sheet over your head so that it’s laying evenly over your body. If your sheet is slightly too long, get a friend to use a pen to mark the excess fabric to a comfortable length. Whilst you are still wearing the sheet, get your friend to mark where the top of your head is, and use your fingers to demonstrate where your eyes are, marking them as well. 

Once the appropriate areas have been marked, take your sheet off. Use one safety pin to attach your hat to your sheet using the mark in the centre of the head. Use your remaining safety pins to make sure that the hat is secured to the sheet. 

With your scissors cut eye holes where they were marked. Once you have cut your eye holes, use your black marker to draw around them, making them more defined. You can also use your black maker to draw a nose and mouth if you wish. 

Finally, use your scissors to cut the excess fabric at the bottom of the sheet. For a more ghoulishly looking ghost, cut your fabric in a haphazard manner rather than in a straight line. You are now ready to put your costume on and enjoy a day of tricks and lots of treats. 

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Skeleton 

If you are looking for a costume with a bit more body to it, why not go as a skeleton? 

To make a skeleton costume you will need… 
  • White masking tape 
  • Black clothing to cover your top and bottom half

To begin making your skeleton costume lay out your black clothing on a flat surface. Make sure that your clothes are adequately spread out so that you can see the whole garment. 

Create your skeleton by tearing off strips of masking tape of various lengths and sticking them to your black clothes. Your skeleton doesn’t have to be accurate, so don’t worry too much about getting the lengths and placement of the tape right. Make sure that you have covered the general areas, such as your arms, legs, and torso, before putting your costume on. 

To add to your slinky skeleton look you can paint your face to look like a skeleton using black and white face paint. Alternatively, you can print out a mask of a skeleton for an equally frightening look. 

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Strawberry

Halloween costumes don’t always have to be scary. Go as something sweeter, and easy to make, like a strawberry

To make a strawberry costume you will need… 
  • Red clothing, ideally a dress
  • White felt
  • Long cylinder can (a crisp can will do)
  • Green cardboard
  • Pencil
  • A stretchy headband
  • Scissors 
  • Hot glue gun 

To begin making your strawberry costume, use your scissors to cut out lots of small teardrop shapes from your white felt. To make this step faster, layer 2 or 3 sheets of felt and cut through them at the same time. These teardrop shapes will be the seeds of your strawberry. 

Once you have finished cutting out your shapes, lay out your red clothing on a flat surface, making sure that you can see the whole garment. Using a hot glue gun, glue your felt shapes to your red clothing in a random pattern, making sure that your whole garment is covered. Once you have glued your white felt down, set your red clothing to one side to dry. 

Whilst your clothing is drying, you can make your leafy headpiece. To begin creating your headpiece use a pencil to trace the shape of 2 different sized leaves on your green cardboard. Ideally you want 4 large leaves and 5 or 6 slightly smaller leaves. Once you have drawn all of your leaves, use your scissors to cut them out. To make your strawberry leaves look more realistic, use your fingers to gently pinch the base of each leaf and slide your fingers up to the tip. This will create a gentle curl. 

Your can will be the base of your hat, so make sure that it is a comfortable height to place on your head. Use your glue gun to glue the biggest leaves around the can. Next, use the second biggest leaves to fill in the gaps in between the big leaves, making sure that you can no longer see the can. To finish off your headpiece, stick your headband to your can by making a line of hot glue at the base of your can.

Once your headband is secured you can shimmy your strawberry outfit on, and top it off with your leafy headpiece for more of a treat than a trick. 

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Zombie bride

We’ve all heard of bridezilla, well this costume is bridezilla if she were dead. Luckily, this outfit is a lot easier to put together than a wedding, so hopefully there won’t be any meltdowns. 

To make a zombie bride costume you will need… 
  • A white dress 
  • White veil (not essential but a nice touch)
  • Moisturiser
  • Light shade of foundation
  • White powder
  • Light blue eyeshadow
  • Smokey eye eyeshadow palette
  • Black pencil eyeliner
  • Black mascara

A zombie bride look is less about the outfit and more about the makeup. That being said, to achieve the bridal look you will need a white dress and a veil. To make your zombie look really come to life, cover your dress in black makeup or any product that will make it look dirty. You may also want to tear the bottom of your dress to zombiefy it. 

To make your zombie bride come alive, begin by smoothing moisturiser into your face. Add the lightest shade of foundation that you can find on top of your moisturiser, blending it in until smooth. Once smooth, add white powder to your face, giving yourself a very pale complexion. To add to the undead look, blend a light blue eyeshadow into your makeup, giving your skin a blueish grey tone.  

Next, use a smokey eye eyeshadow palette to add colour to your eyes, cheeks, and forehead. Use a combination of purple, pink, red, and black eyeshadow underneath your eyes to make dark circles, making sure to blend the colours together with a brush. Use a black eyeshadow to highlight your cheekbones and wrinkles on your forehead, blending the lines slightly to give you a more dead-like look. 

With a black pencil eyeliner, heavily line the lids of your eyes, using your fingers to smudge the eyeliner into your skin. For added effect, use the eyeliner on your lashline, smudging that as well. This will create the effect of sunken eyes.  

Finally, finish the look by applying a heavy amount of mascara to your bottom lashes. Use your mascara brush to clump some of your lashes together, in a messy, haphazard way. 

With your dress on and makeup done, you are ready to head out into the world to find your groom… dead or alive. 

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At Laundryheap there are no tricks, only treats. Whilst you have fun creating mischief on Halloween, we will pick-up, launder, and redeliver your clothing to you. Simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app to book your order today.


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Trench coat care guide

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As we adjust to the changing autumn weather, it’s time to dig out and brush off our coats. The best way to ensure that your coat lasts the whole autumn and winter season is to properly care for it. This is your trench coat care guide

  • Always check the care label 
  • Spot clean
  • Pretreat
  • Machine wash 
  • Dry
  • Keep fresh
  • Store

Always check the care label

As with any item of clothing, before you begin caring for your trench coat you must check the care label. Checking your coats care label will inform you of what fabrics your coat is made from, whether it is safe to machine wash, what temperature you should be washing it at, and whether it is tumble dryer safe. All of this information will help you to care for your trench coat in the appropriate manner. 

Spot clean

Per season you should only be washing your coat 2-3 times. If your trench has a handful of stains, don’t immediately wash it, try and spot clean. To spot clean your trench coat dampen a soft, clean, cloth with diluted vinegar, and gently dab at each stain until it lifts. Avoid rubbing or wiping motions as this can set the stain further into your coat rather than lifting it. You should notice your stains lifting after a handful of dabs, leaving your trench coat clean and ready to wear. 

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Pre-treat 

If you have decided that it’s time to wash your trench coat, make sure that you pre-treat any stains before putting it in the washing machine. To pre-treat your stains make a paste from equal parts vinegar and baking soda. Rub this paste into your stains using your fingers, or a soft-bristled brush, and leave it to soak for a minimum of 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, rinse the paste off with lukewarm water. If your stains persist, add two tablespoons of vinegar and two tablespoons of laundry detergent to a bucket of water and leave your trench coat to soak overnight. The mixture will penetrate the stains, lifting them and leaving your trench coat ready for the washing machine. 

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Machine wash

Even if your trench coat is safe to wash in the washing machine it’s best to take precautions. Before putting your coat in the washing machine turn it inside out and place it in a mesh laundry bag. This will help protect any buttons, zips, and fastenings your trench coat has. Wash your coat on a normal, warm water, cycle, using a gentle laundry detergent. Avoid washing your coat with any other items. 

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Dry

Once your trench coat has been washed, remove it immediately from the washing machine to limit creasing. You should avoid using your tumble dryer, or any other form of heating, to dry your trench coat, instead opting to air dry. Hang your trench coat on a wooden hanger, making sure that it is sitting on the hanger properly to avoid any stretching, and leave it to air dry in an airy open space. It may take a while for your coat to dry completely, but air drying is the best way to ensure that your coat maintains its shape and is not damaged by heat. 

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Keep fresh

To keep your coat healthy it’s important to freshen it up in between washes. If you own a steam cleaner steaming your trench coat a handful of times between washes will help kill bacteria and remove any creases in your coat. To lift odours, you can spray your trench coat with fabric spray, which is perfect for not only removing smells but giving your coat a quick refresher. The final way to keep your coat looking fresh is by regularly brushing it. Gently run a soft-bristled brush over your coat in between wears to lift lint, hair, and fluff. This will ensure that your coat stays looking pristine and ready to wear at all times. 

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Store 

During the autumn and winter months make sure that you hang your trench coat up using a clothes hanger, never on a coat peg. Hanging your trench on a clothes hanger will ensure that it maintains its shape and will not stretch. You may also want to avoid hanging your trench in direct sunlight as this can sometimes make the colour fade. 

When the autumn and winter is over, wash your trench coat one last time, making sure that your pockets are empty, fold it, and store it in a cotton storage bin. This will help keep it fresh and mould free until you need it again next year. 

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If you are concerned about washing your trench coat, or your coat is dry clean only, we’re here to help. Book your Laundryheap service by heading to the Laundryheap website or downloading the free Laundryheap app. 


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Free things to do in Rotterdam

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Holiday’s are expensive, so finding free things to do is a great way to save money. Luckily, Rotterdam is brimming with fun, free, things to do, see, and explore. 

  • Stroll along the harbour
  • Explore the Markthal
  • Wander the markets
  • Sail on the SS Rotterdam
  • Learn about Rotterdam on a walking tour 
  • Visit De Ster
  • Take in the views at Lührs viewpoint
  • Enjoy the peace and quiet of Eiland van Brienenoord
  • Cycle the city 
  • Visit Rotterdams iconic structures 

Stroll along the harbour

Rotterdam is home to the largest harbour in Europe. As you journey along the harbour, you will come across some of Rotterdam’s most famous landmarks, including the Erasmus bridge, Hotel New York, and the SS Rotterdam. If you find yourself stuck for something to do on a clear, dry, day in Rotterdam, a stroll along the harbour is the perfect solution. 

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Explore the Markthal

In the heart of Rotterdam you will find the Markthal, a quirky take on the classic market square. A large arch of 228 apartments covers a central market hall of 96 food stands where you will sample some of the best food you will find in Rotterdam. From classic cuisine to exotic eats, the Markthal is a culinary lovers dream. Whilst sampling Rotterdam’s finest foods, look around at the mural painted on the arch covering the square. “Cornucopia” shows enlarged food items alongside flowers and insects in reference to Dutch paintings from the 17th century. The masterpiece was created by artists Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam, and provides a glorious view to enjoy with your food. 

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Wander the markets 

The Markthal is not the only market in Rotterdam. There are an array of street markets running 6 days a week, selling all manner of fresh produce, trinkets, and flowers. The biggest market in Rotterdam is at Binnenrotte near the Rotterdam Blaak train station. Here you will find more than 250 stalls selling everything including fresh fruit, fish, cheese, flowers, vintage goods, and even furniture. If you are visiting the city during the Christmas season, there are plenty of Christmas markets selling perfect stocking filler gifts and traditional Danish food and drink. 

Sail on the SS Rotterdam

The SS Rotterdam is iconic. Launched back in 1953, the ship sailed for 41 years, ferrying passengers from Rotterdam to New York. In 2000, the SS Rotterdam was returned to the city, where the ship has since been turned into a hotel, restaurant, event space, and tourist attraction. You can explore the ship for free, learning about it’s rich history and tales of it’s transatlantic voyages. If you are willing to splash out on dinner on the boat, there are plenty of options for you to indulge in. Whether you fancy a relaxing afternoon tea, suave fine dining experience, or simply some greasy finger food, there is something to satisfy everyone’s tastes on the SS Rotterdam. 

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Learn about Rotterdam on a walking tour  

The best way to get to know a new city is by exploring it with the locals. Free Walking Tour Rotterdam is run and conducted by volunteers who live in Rotterdam and truly love their city. The tour begins at the Markthal and takes you to some of the most iconic areas of the city where you will learn about the history of Rotterdam. The tour runs every day from 1:30pm and there is an additional morning tour on a Saturday beginning at 10:30am. 

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Visit De Ster

Did you really go the the Netherlands if you didn’t visit a windmill? The Kralingse Bos forest is a beautiful recreational area, perfect for running, cycling, or simply taking a stroll. The forest encases Kralingse Plas lake, along which you can find windmill De Ster (the star). Dating back to 1866, windmill De Ster is a fully functional windmill which is still used to grind tobacco leaves to create snuff. Guided tours of the windmill are available every second Saturday of the month between 10am to 4pm. Entrance to the windmill is free, however any generous donations made do go towards maintaining the windmill. 

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Take in the views at Lührs viewpoint

Lührs viewpoint is a Rotterdam hidden gem. After hiking up a 40 meter hill you will be rewarded with a stunning view of the Rotterdam skyline and, on a clear day, The Hague. It is the perfect place to escape the city, enjoy nature, and unwind with a beautiful view. 

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Enjoy the peace and quiet of Eiland van Brienenoord

Under the Van Brienenoord Bridge in Rotterdam you will find a slice of peace and tranquillity- Eiland van Brienenoord. Grassy plains, open waters, and a forest make up the island, giving a home to a multitude of plants, birds, and animals. The island was created in the 19th century when silt plates formed in the Nieuwe Maas and became overgrown. Whether you are looking to do some bird watching, enjoy a gentle jog, or simply stroll around the island, Eiland van Brienenoord is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

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Cycle the city 

There are many ways that you can enjoy the city of Rotterdam, but none are as fun as cycling. You can spend hours cycling across the city, from the city centre to Delfshaven, exploring the hidden gems that the city has to offer. There are cycling routes that you can take, or you can make your own route, following the harbour and simply seeing where you end up. 

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Visit Rotterdams iconic structures 

Rotterdam is renowned for its quirky architecture and iconic structures. Spend a day charting the structures of the city, roaming from one icon to the next. From the Cube Houses to Hotel New York, the Witte Huis to the Euromast, create yourself a route to all of the famous landmarks in Rotterdam and spend the day exploring. 

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There are so many fun, free, things to do and see in Rotterdam that you won’t have time to do your laundry. Luckily, Laundryheap are here to help. Book your Laundryheap service today and have your laundry picked-up, laundered, and redelivered to you within 24 hours. To book your Laundryheap order today head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app.


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How to get wrinkle-free bedding without having to iron

Creased bedding is not very appealing to the eye, but ironing can be an arduous task. These hacks for getting crease-free bedding without an iron are the solution to all of your creased-bedding problems. 

  • Don’t overload 
  • Ice cubes
  • DIY wrinkle spray
  • Hairdryer
  • Laundryheap 

Don’t overload 

It’s always best to prevent a problem rather than solve one. To limit the creasing of your bedsheets make sure that you don’t overload your washing machine. Overloading your machine will cause your sheets to become tangled, therefore encouraging creases. Consider washing your bedding separately from the rest of your laundry to ensure that your items have adequate space to be washed. 

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Ice cubes 

The best way to remove wrinkles from bedding is with steam. You don’t need a steamer or an iron to use steam to remove wrinkles, all you need is a handful of ice cubes and a tumble dryer. Once you have put your bedding in your tumble dryer, throw in 2-3 ice cubes and use a high heat setting for 15 minutes. The heat will melt the ice cubes, creating steam, which will relax the fibers in your bedding and remove any wrinkles. 

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DIY wrinkle spray

You can buy wrinkle spray, but why buy something that you can make at home? 

To make wrinkle spray you will need…

  • An empty spray bottle
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of fabric softener 
  • 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol

Combine your water, fabric softener, and rubbing alcohol in your empty spray bottle. Give your bottle a shake, ensuring that all of your ingredients are adequately mixed together. Once you are satisfied that your wrinkle spray has been adequately mixed, spray it directly onto your sheets. You should notice your wrinkles disappearing, and the fabric softener leaving behind a pleasant, fresh, smell. 

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Hairdryer 

If you have made your bed, only to realise that your sheets are covered in wrinkles, then this simple hairdryer technique will lift the wrinkles in no time. Simply spritz your bedding with water, don’t be afraid to spritz additional water on deeper-set wrinkles, and turn your hairdryer on to the highest heat setting. Move your hairdryer from side to side over each sprayed wrinkle, and watch as they disappear. You’ll have crease-free bedding in no time. 

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Laundryheap 

The best way to remove wrinkles from your bedding is to send it to Laundryheap. We will wash, iron, fold, and re-deliver your bedding to you, all within 24 hours. To book your order simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app.


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Dubai’s top 5 culture hotspots 

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Dubai is a cultural mecca. It’s a city that combines the innovation of technological advances with Dubai tradition. These are just 5 of the culture hotspots to check out the next time you visit Dubai. 

  • Al Fahidi 
  • Grand Mosque
  • Al Shindagha Museum
  • Alserkal Avenue
  • Hatta 

Al Fahidi

Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in Dubai during the late 19th century? If your answer was yes, then the historic town of Al Fahidi is the perfect culture hotspot for you. Located along the Dubai Creek, Al Fahidi was originally built in the early 1900’s, and many of the towns original buildings are still intact. As you trek the winding streets, admiring the historical buildings, you will come across several museums, art galleries, and traditional food stalls which will transport you to 1900’s Dubai. To get as much historic knowledge about Old Dubai as possible, book yourself on a walking tour of the town. 

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Grand Mosque

The Grand Mosque is the hub of religious and cultural life in Dubai. Holding up to 1,200 worshippers, it is an architectural masterpiece with intricate geometric carvings and blue mosaic. The original Grand Mosque was built in 1900, but was replaced in 1960 and re-built again in 1998 to resemble the original structure. Non-Muslims can enter The Grand Mosque from 9:30am to 11:30am Sunday to Thursday for free tours.

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Al Shindagha Museum

If you would like to learn more about Dubai’s creek history, and wider Emirati culture, than head to the Al Shindagha Museum. Sat along the Dubai Creek, the Al Shindagha Museum offers a carefully curated tour of interactive videos, historic photos, and artefacts that show exactly what it was like to raise a family by Dubai’s waterway. Then, explore the legacy and trading importance of Emirati fragrances at The Perfume House. The Al Shindagha Museum is a fascinating day out, overflowing with beautiful artefacts and interactive fun. 

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Alserkal Avenue

Alserkal Avenue is the cultural hotspot of modern Dubai. What was once an industrial area of 40 warehouses has been transformed into a cultural bohemian of art galleries, dance studios, and artisanal cafes. The transformation of Alserkal Avenue began in 2008 when one gallery moved to the area. Word soon caught on, and over the past 13 years contemporary artists have been relocating to the area, creating the Alserkal Avenue you see today. Discover new art and some of the best coffee Dubai has to offer at Alserkal Avenue. 

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Hatta

Venture outside of the skyscraper city of Dubai and to the beautiful mountain village of Hatta. Many people visit Hatta to take part in activities such as mountain biking and paddle boarding, however the historic village of Hatta is also incredible to explore. In the town centre, you can find Hatta Heritage Village, which has been preserved and reconstructed to showcase centuries of rural living in Dubai. You can wander through traditional Dubai huts, and even observe villagers carrying out traditional activities, such as making jewellery, weaponry, and pottery. The beautiful surroundings of Hatta, coupled with learning about the historic culture of the village, make for an unforgettable day out. 

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Don’t let laundry stop you from exploring the cultural hotspots of Dubai. Book your Laundryheap service today by heading to the Laundryheap website or downloading the free Laundryheap app.