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How To Pack A Hand Luggage Only

If you’re travelling abroad with a hand luggage only, you’re either going away for a few days or you’re using an airline that doesn’t provide free baggage allowance. 

Whether you’re taking a trip that will last a few days or 2 weeks, bringing only a hand luggage can actually save you a lot of time and money. It might seem a little difficult to go away for a few weeks with only a hand luggage, but you just need to know how to properly pack for your trip.

How To Pack A Hand Luggage Only

First of all, check the airlines hand luggage policy to see what you can and can’t bring. Make sure the liquids you take are 100ml or under and avoid bringing sharp objects.

  • Use the right hand luggage

Use the biggest possible hand luggage that is light and comfortable to use. Try using a soft case hand luggage as this will give you the opportunity to maximise every given space. 

  • Plan your outfits properly

Choose clothes that you can easily pair with other clothes as this will give you more outfits. For example, if you take 3 different tops that can match 3 different jeans, this will give you 9 different outfits already. Also, try to pack only 1 pair of shoes that is appropriate for the weather and matches your outfits.

  • Only bring what you need

Don’t forget that wherever you go, you can always wash your clothes. So, avoid bringing an unnecessary amount of underwear or socks. You only really need to bring about 3-4. Even that amount can last months, as long as you keep washing them.

  • Wear your heaviest clothing

It’s never a good idea to pack the bulky items when you’re limited on space. Always wear your heavy clothing, whether that’s a jumper or jacket, and just take them off when you need to.

  • Roll, don’t fold your clothes

You’ll find that rolling clothes creates more space and also prevents wrinkles and creases. You can also use the KonMari method to pack your hand luggage.

  • Keep your items organised

Small pouches or packing cubes are a great way to save space and keep your items organised. You can use the small pouches and smaller packing cubes for wires, gadgets and other necessities. The larger packing cubes are better for clothes, shoes and even dirty clothing.

  • Use travel bottles and containers

Since you’re limited to only 100ml or 3.04oz in a hand luggage, you can either purchase travel essentials or make use of travel sized containers and fill them up with essentials you already have.

If you need a reliable laundry service whilst travelling, Laundryheap is available to clean your clothes in some cities in the following locations: UK, Ireland, Netherlands and the UAE.


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Tourist Advice: What To Wear In Dubai

Dubai is a city well known for it’s incredibly hot summer climate, it’s modern architecture and luxury shopping malls. 

What To Wear In Dubai

Dubai is a cosmopolitan city where a majority of the population is made up of expats, most of which are from the western region, so it can be quite confusing as to what you can wear. 

Although the city is filled with many expats and welcomes different cultures and religions, Dubai is a city in the UAE which is an Islamic country. So, traditional clothing is modest for both men and women.

One thing for sure is that locals nowadays love to dress up and look good whenever they’re out in public. They love to show off their designer brands and will always make the effort to look fashionably presentable. The style sense will usually range from classy and elegant to smart casual.

The trick is to dress classy in a modest way.

Depending on what you do and where you go in Dubai, there are some public places that have a strict dress code. 

Key points to note:

  • Plunging necklines, bare midriffs and booty shorts are frowned upon.
  • Transparent and sheer clothing that will reveal your lingerie must be avoided.
  • You can wear off the shoulder/ sleeve-less tops unless a dress code says otherwise.

What To Wear To Public Places In Dubai

For public places like the park, metro, malls or just roaming around.

Women

  • Maxi, midi or knee-length dresses and skirts
  • Fitted jeans, pants or culottes.
  • Nice blouses/ tops or t-shirts
  • Short-sleeve, sleeve-less or off the shoulder tops
  • Jumpsuits, rompers or playsuits
  • Shawls or scarfs
  • Thin jackets, cardigans or kimonos 

Note that some public places such as some shopping malls have a strict dress code where you will need to cover up a bit more (your shoulders). That’s why it’s always handy to bring along a shawl or light jacket whenever you roam in Dubai.

Men

  • Fitted jeans/pants.
  • T-shirts, polo shirts or vests
  • Shorts (but not short shorts)

What To Wear To Fancy Restaurants In Dubai

You definitely have to bring some formal clothes and shoes if you plan to go to restaurants and bars in Dubai. Most nice restaurants have a semi-formal or formal dress code that do not permit trainers!

You can wear anything that looks elegant and classy, so long as it’s not too revealing.

Ladies should still keep outfits looking modest and bring along a shawl or jacket to cover up going to and from the restaurant or bar.

Men should wear polo-shirts and nice pants, with fancy shoes.

What To Wear When Visiting A Mosque In Dubai

When visiting mosques or traditional markets like Spice Souk or Gold Souk, it’s important that both men and women are fully covered and not wearing tight-fitted clothing. 

Women

  • Maxi dresses or skirts
  • Pants or trousers
  • long sleeve tops/cardigans
  • Shawls or scarfs to put over the head

Men

  • Jeans or pants
  • Long sleeved tops

What To Wear To The Beach In Dubai

Ladies can wear bikinis and swimwear to the beach or swimming pool, as long as it’s not too skimpy. Bikinis or swimsuits that have thongs are highly inappropriate. Men can wear swimming shorts with a vest or t-shirt, but must avoid being topless.

What To Wear For Nightclubs In Dubai

Dressing for nightclubs in Dubai is pretty much the same for any other city, as most of these nightclubs are international. So you can pretty much wear what you want. The only thing they will be strict about is what shoes you wear, so be sure to pack some heels or dress shoes.

If you’re planning to visit Dubai and want a convenient laundry service, Laundryheap will happily collect, clean and deliver your clothes within 24 hours to your hotel. It is also a great way to outsource your laundry if you live in Dubai.


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5 Baby Apps For New Parents

Need a helping hand in life as new parents? or simply want to be prepared for when the baby arrives? These apps will help keep your day-to-day routine with the baby that much easier.

5 Baby Apps For New Parents:

  1. Baby Tracker: This app is designed to keep track of your baby’s daily habits, health, and precious ‘first’ moments to treasure. It handles all the details of your developing baby, so you can make the most out of the joys of parenting. It will record sleeping schedules, diaper changes, nursing schedules and more.
  2. MyMedela: If you’re a breastfeeding parent, this app is great for giving guidance and tips for a positive breastfeeding experience for mum and baby. It helps to track breastfeeding and pumping progress, baby’s key activities and gives you interactive checklists to support your goals.
  3. TinyBeans Baby & Family: As a new parent, your phone is filled (or will be) with so many pictures of your baby from the moment they’re born. This app allows you to store all your baby pictures, with unlimited storage! It’s safe, secure and you can even choose who to share your photo/s with. You can edit, print and even view flashbacks to see how your baby has changed overtime.
  4. Sleepy Sounds: Turn your phone into a noise maker to help sooth your baby to sleep. Choose from a variety of sounds: lullabies, white noise or nature sounds. When the music starts, your phone will start a looping animation which will light up a dark room.
  5. Baby and Child First Aid: Your baby’s health and safety is the utmost priority. This app allows you to be prepared and keep your baby safe with useful videos, guides and advice for first-aid situations. Only available for iOS devices.

With these apps, you’ll be able to focus on the precious moments of being a new parent and watch how your baby develops. No need to worry about keeping record of your baby’s schedule.

We can also help make doing house chores easier by doing the laundry for you, so you can have the extra time to relax and focus on the baby.

Download the Laundryheap app on iOS or Android.


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5 Robots That Can Help Out At Home

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

5 Robots That Can Help At Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Download the Laundryheap app on iOS or Android.


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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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10 Ways To Remove Bad Odour From Shoes

Smelly shoes are really unpleasant and can be totally embarrassing when exposed to others around you.

Here are 10 Ways To Remove Bad Odour From Shoes:

  1. Baking Soda: This is a natural deodoriser and is great at absorbing bad odour. Simply sprinkle some baking soda inside your shoes, leave it overnight and remove the powder the following day. Alternatively, you can put two tablespoons of baking soda into a piece of fabric like a coffee filter, socks and even stockings; tie it and place it in your shoe overnight.
  2. Citrus Peels: Place fresh citrus peels, like lemon, lime or orange peels, into your shoes and leave them in overnight. This will help give it fresh scent.
  3. Essential Oils: Add a few drops of an essential oil of your choice, into your shoe for a refreshing smell. Alternatively, you can add a few drops to cotton balls or tissues and leave them in your shoe overnight.
  4. Rubbing Alcohol: Pour or spray rubbing alcohol inside of your shoes. Rubbing alcohol is a natural antiseptic that will disinfect and will help dry out the odour.
  5. Water and Vinegar: Add a mixture of water and white distilled vinegar of equal ratio into a spray bottle, and spray the mixture a few times into your shoe. Let it air dry for 30 mins before use. You can also choose to speed up the drying process with a blow dryer if necessary.
  6. A Bar Of Soap: If you have a few spare soap bars, use them to get rid of the shoe odour. Place a bar of soap inside each stinky shoe for a few hours or overnight and it will absorb the odour, leaving a fresh clean scent behind.
  7. Fabric Softener Sheets: Tuck in a few of these sheets inside your shoes (scrunch them up too if you wish) and leave it overnight to neutralise the odour. 
  8. The Heat: If your smelly shoe problem is due to excessive moisture, leave them to dry out in the sun or on a heater. This will help prevent bacterial growth that causes the odour.
  9. Freeze them: Seal your shoes in a Ziploc bag or an ordinary plastic bag and place them in the freezer overnight. Then, thaw them in the sun the following morning. This method is meant to kill the bacteria that produces the odour.
  10. Cat litter: Unusual as it may sound, cat litter is infused with deodoriser and works well to absorb moisture. Seal a few tablespoons of cat litter (unused, ofcourse!) into socks or stockings and place them in your shoes overnight.

Unfortunately, we at Laundryheap can’t clean your shoes nor can we take the odour out of them either, but you can count on us to clean your clothes, and home & bedding items! 


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How To Remove Chewing Gum From Clothes

Chewing gum is the most annoying thing to get rid of when it gets stuck on…well… everything! It’s more irritating, however, when you get chewing gum stuck on your clothes as it’s more difficult to remove.

Nevertheless, there are several ways to remove chewing gum from your clothes.

How To Remove Chewing Gum From Your Clothes

  • Ice

Apply ice on the chewing gum affected area until it has fully hardened. Then use a spoon or blunt knife to immediately scrape it off. You can apply ice on both sides of the material for quicker removal.

Alternatively, you can put your garment into a zip lock bag, folded, with the gum stain facing outside and place it in the freezer overnight. You should be able to gently peel off the gum the following morning.

  • Heat

All you need to do is apply heat onto the gum, whether it be by hot air or by submerging in hot water. There are several ways you can use heat to remove gum:

Method 1: Blow Dryer

You can use a blow dryer, on the highest temperature setting, to melt away the chewing gum. Which you can then peel off from the surface.

Method 2: A Kettle

Boil some water in a kettle, and place the gum affected area over the mouth of the kettle, so it catches the steam. Leave it for a minute or so until the gum softens. Then, remove the gum with a toothbrush.

Method 3: Hot Water

Submerge gum affected area into a pot of hot water and scrape off the gum with a toothbrush or blunt knife. Let garment dry and repeat if necessary. 

Method 4: An Iron

Place the garment on a piece of cardboard, with the gum facing on the cardboard. Using an iron on medium setting, iron the back of the chewing gum so it transfers onto the cardboard. Repeat process until the gum is nearly removed.

  • Rubbing Alcohol

This method is a much simpler one. All you need to do is pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a rag or sponge and rub the gum with it.

  • Hairspray

Spray some hairspray on the gum so it hardens, and then scrape off the chewing gum with a blunt knife or spoon.

  • Vinegar

Heat up a cup of vinegar in the microwave, to just below a boil. Use a toothbrush and dip it into the vinegar and start brushing off the gum. Keep dipping and brushing until the gum comes off. This method works best when the vinegar is hot.

 

If you still struggle with removing the gum or simply don’t want the hassle of trying to, send it to laundryheap and we’ll be able to take that gum stain right off.


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How To Care For Cashmere

Cashmere is a super soft, yet very delicate fabric that requires extra care when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. 

Here’s how to care for cashmere garments to maintain its quality and keep it in good condition for years to come:

Washing Cashmere

When going to wash cashmere, always use a small amount of gentle/mild detergent. You don’t want to use any ‘heavy’ detergent on the garment as it will be too rough for the fabric fibres. You can also have the option to invest in a cashmere shampoo or even use baby shampoo. 

There are several ways you can wash your cashmere garment that will keep it in good condition:

  • Dry-Clean: If your cashmere garment is woven, loose knitted or stained, then this is the ideal option to get it cleaned. 
  • Hand Wash: Mix in a few drops of detergent/shampoo into luke-warm water and allow the knitwear to soak, gently squeezing water through the fabric.
  • Machine Wash- Delicate/ Wool Cycle: Only machine wash cashmere on a delicate or wool cycle at a temperature no higher than 30°c, as it’s the most gentle on your knitwear.

Drying Cashmere

Whether you hand wash or machine wash your cashmere, you should remove the excess water by laying it flat on a towel, roll the cashmere within the towel loosely and apply light pressure along the roll. 

Unroll the towel, straighten out the garment if necessary and allow the cashmere to naturally dry flat. Keep it away from direct sunlight, heat and do avoid the tumble dryer.

Hanging knitwear on a clothes hanger to dry must be avoided, as the heaviness of the wet garment can cause it to stretch and ruin its original shape.

Storing Cashmere

When you’re not using your cashmere knitwear, fold and store it away in your wardrobe, shelf or drawer as you normally would. Just be sure to keep it away from heat, direct sunlight, damp and dusty places.

If you’re storing your cashmere away due to a change of season, don’t store them in cardboard boxes or regular plastic bags. Instead, opt for a a zip-up breathable storage bag and store it in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight. Make sure it is clean before doing so!

Everyday Care

  • Pilling: Cashmere is susceptible to pilling, but you can always prevent and remove them! Simply lay your knitwear flat and gently comb the surface with a cashmere comb. This will remove loose fibres and pills.
  • Removing Creases: The best way to remove creases from cashmere is by using a hand-held steamer, as the heat does not directly come into contact with the fabric.

If you need your cashmere knitwear cleaned by a quality dry-cleaner, you can book a collection with laundryheap!


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Laundry Detergent For Sensitive Skin

If you or someone you know has sensitive skin and suffers from allergies such as eczema, you may want to re-consider the type of laundry detergent being used.

Laundry Detergent For Sensitive Skin

Many laundry detergents contain a variety of potential ingredients that can irritate the skin such as artificial fragrances, enzymes , parabens, etc. 

Consider laundry detergents that are labelled ‘non- bio‘ or ‘hypoallergenic‘ and are dermatologically tested. These detergents are free of dyes, fragrances and other harsh chemicals that usually cause skin irritations.

Laundry tips for Sensitive skin

  • Use liquid detergents instead of powder, as they are less likely to leave residue than on your clothes.
  • Don’t over-load on detergent; just use the right amount. This will avoid soapy residue.
  • Completely rinse laundry detergent off clothes by using the ‘rinse cycle’ after your normal cycle.
  • Wash new items before using them! Newly bought clothes also have harmful chemicals from production that may cause skin irritations.
  • If you want to add fabric softener, use a one designed for sensitive skin.

We at Laundryheap understand the importance of caring for sensitive skin, that’s why we offer you the possibility of choosing between bio and non-bio laundry detergent.


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Basic Laundry Do’s & Don’ts

Laundry Do's and Don'ts

Laundry DO’s

  • Check the label: The laundry care label has all the information you need to care for your clothes.
  • Clean your washing machine: A clean washing machine means cleaner clothes!
  • Test for colourfastness: Avoid dyes from running onto other clothing by testing for colourfastness first.
  • Pre-treat stains: Get stains out easily by treating them asap, before you wash as usual. This will help keep your clothes from having discoloured patches.
  • Wash coloured clothes inside out: Protect clothes colours and make them last longer by washing them inside out.

Laundry DON’TS

  • Overload washing machine: Your clothes won’t get cleaned properly if there’es too much in the washing machine!
  • Put detergent directly onto clothes: Avoid laundry detergent residue on clothes by making sure you use laundry detergent correctly.
  • Leave zippers open: Close all clothes zippers so that they don’t snag onto or tear your delicate clothing.
  • Scrub stains: Scrubbing stains will only make it spread more and will become more difficult for it to be removed.
  • Just separate by colour: Before washing, sort clothes, not just by colour but by how lightly or heavily soiled they are and also by fabric material- abrasive fabrics from delicates.

If you require professional care for your clothes, you can always book a laundry collection with laundryheap.