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6 Ways To Improve Your Sleep Quality

Getting a good night’s sleep is fundamental to our well-being. Mornings are better after a long sleep. If you find your sleeping pattern has gone all over the place due to the summer, don’t worry! We’ve listed 6 ways to improve your sleep quality!

Ways to improve your sleep quality
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1. Cut Down The Coffee

We all love coffee; it wakes us up and gives us a much-needed boost. However, we’re here to spill the beans on a fact. To improve your sleep quality, coffee consumption needs to be reduced. Two coffees a day is fine but if you don’t drink any caffeine in the evening then you should be able to sleep well.

If you really do love coffee, we recommend switching to decaf. It tastes the same, but it won’t keep you up all night!

2. Exercise Routinely

Athletes will be the first to tell you that a good exercise plan improves sleep quality. Exercising makes people less prone to lay in bed at night for hours and increases sleepiness after a session as it relaxes you. Furthermore, scientific research does indicate exercise does reduce sleep disorders such as insomnia.

3. Maintain The Quality Of Your Bedsheets and Bed Linen

Everyone loves the smell of freshly cleaned bedsheets and bed linens. They are inviting and make your bed all cosy! They also improve your sleep quality!

In addition, maintaining your bedsheets and bed linens reduce the chance of back pain and stiffness developing.

If you need your bedsheets and bed linens properly laundered and cleaned, don’t sleep on a laundry service like Laundryheap! Just book a service with us and within 24 hours, we’ll return your items all clean!

4. Take a Shower or Bath Before Sleeping

One of the best forms of self-care is taking a shower or a bath. It improves the mind and helps you stay relaxed before you sleep as you are going to bed much cleaner and getting rid of all the sweat and body odour.

5. Create a Relaxing Environment In Your Room

Before bedtime, your room should have a relaxing environment. Make sure the lights aren’t too bright, the TV isn’t on, or the temperature is adjusted accordingly. If your bedroom feels like paradise, your sleep quality will improve.

6. Relax Your Mind

Perhaps the most important factor to improve sleep quality is staying relaxed. Clear your thoughts and meditate. It’s unhealthy to go to sleep when you are feeling stressed thinking about tomorrow. Avoid social media because scrolling and reading your newsfeed can further delay your sleep. Also, the light from your phone distracts your brain.

It goes without saying that sleep is crucial for the mind and body. It’s no surprise that bad sleep is linked with bad health. Follow these 6 ways to improve your sleep quality and you’ll no doubt wake up feeling happier!

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Back To School: Laundry Preparations

School is back and the familiar feeling of busier laundry chores also returns. For parents, this is a source of frustration because school uniforms can overfill the laundry basket. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. With better laundry preparations, the new school year can be managed better!

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Here are our tips for better laundry preparations for the school year.

1. Separate The School Clothes

Separating school clothes from normal clothes does help with organisation. After all, school clothes don’t just include uniforms, but they also include sports kits and socks. Separating school clothes from other clothes prevents the problem of overloading the washing machine. In addition, it’s advised to turn everything inside out to reduce the probability of colours fading.

2. Look For Any Stains

The weather in September is still hot; typically, kids love to play sports during lunch breaks, which increases the likelihood of any mud stains. If your kid loves art, paint stains are also common. In general, ink stains are the most common throughout the school year.

For better laundry preparations, make sure you make your own stain remover. This can be usually done by mixing baking soda and white vinegar together. Highly effective against mud stains.

3. Book a Laundry Service

Booking a laundry service is a huge time saver for parents. Laundryheap is a reliable and convenient laundry service. Think of it like Uber but for laundry. Parents already lead busy lifestyles. Daily jobs, cooking, taking care of kids etc. the list is endless but booking a service with Laundryheap will help with laundry preparations because we’ll do the laundry for you! Just book a service and we’ll clean your kids’ school uniforms to perfection!

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4. Introduce Your Kids To Laundry

Teaching your kids about laundry breeds discipline and work ethic. These are important life skills. Tell your kids about the basics of laundry; putting clothes in the basket, separating colours, using detergents, folding clothes to remove wrinkles etc. Not only does this help laundry preparations for you but your kids will become more independent.

The new school year can be challenging for everyone involved as it takes time to settle after a long summer. With better laundry preparations, the chores will be managed just fine!

For your laundry needs, just book a service with Laundryheap!

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5 Tips To Sleep Better In The Heat

The British summer is soaring. We all love ice cream and picnics, but the high temperatures can disrupt our sleep. Sometimes even opening all the windows and using a fan doesn’t make a big difference. In this blog, we’ll go through the things you can do to sleep better in the heat.

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1. Stay Hydrated

In the middle of a heatwave, it’s always best to stay hydrated with cool water. Your body is sweating throughout the day and by drinking water, you are replenishing the fluids lost from all the sweating. Carry a bottle of water with you and stay hydrated as it also helps to sleep better in the heat.

drinking water and staying hydrated

2. Stay Active

We feel you. The heatwave does exhaust our energy levels. You’d be forgiven for thinking napping restores our energy but it will make sleep difficult at night. Instead, you should stay active by going for walks and even for a jog. You will get better sleep if you feel tired.

Exercising in the summer. cyclist.

3. Use Less Electricity In Your Room

If you’re not watching TV, turn it off because it will only spread more heat around your room. You want to prevent heat from building up in your room so use less electricity. At night-time, open your windows to allow the air to circulate all around.

TV remote. turn off tv to sleep better in the heat

4. Lower Your Body Temperature

Before you go to sleep, go for a quick cool shower so your body’s temperature goes down. Not only do cool showers help you to sleep better in the heat but they also have health benefits as they help improve blood circulation and help the muscle recover.

Tips to sleep better in the heat - shower

5. Choose The Right Bedding

The key to a good night’s sleep in the heatwave is to choose the right bedding. The general rule of thumb is to use thin cotton sheets as these absorb sweat better.

We all love the smell of fresh bedding, and it does make for a cosy sleep so make sure you are washing your bedding regularly in the summer. If you need help, just get in touch with Laundryheap and we’ll launder it for you!

tips to sleep better in the heat - use right bedding

Summer is usually welcomed with open arms as it presents a lot of fun activities. However, it’s important you follow these 5 tips to sleep better in the heat. Sleep is important for the mind and to stay productive the next day.

We hope you have a great weekend!

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Summer Tips for Parents

The sunny days bring picnics, ice creams, BBQ parties and so much more! For parents, it can also be stressful as it does get overwhelming to make plans to keep the children happy and busy. Luckily, we have summer tips for parents to cool off the summer stress!

Plan Family Trips

It almost goes without saying but planning trips with your family is important. Whether you’re travelling to Birmingham, USA, Denmark, Ireland, Dubai or Singapore, it presents a fantastic opportunity to spend quality time together and learn more about different cultures.

Taking Instagrammable pictures, eating different food and visiting sights are wonderful. If you think your family travels will get disrupted by laundry chores, worry not! We offer laundry services to help do your laundry for you!

Family at a beach trip

Introduce Your Children To Something New

Children have an abundance of energy and plenty of free time. They also get bored easily so use this time to introduce them to something new. Light up the creativity inside them and talk to them about joining musical or painting clubs. Or perhaps encourage them to read books to limit their technology use.

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Encourage Your Children To Do More House Chores

No doubt summer should be fun for kids, but it should also be a time where kids learn about responsibility and start slowly doing house chores. This is one of the most useful summer tips for parents as it prepares your children for the future when it comes to washing dishes, doing laundry, cleaning the house etc.

Kids learning laundry

Book a Laundry Service

Parents’ job is already busy and full of responsibilities. Laundry days become more frequent during the summer; kids may play football matches and bring home muddy shorts that pile up in the laundry basket.

However, a summer tip for parents is to book a laundry service like Laundryheap! We are like Uber but for laundry. Just visit our website to book a service and we will collect your dirty clothes, launder them, and deliver them back within 24 hours! No stress, no hassle!  

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Make Every Moment Count

Going on trips, introducing kids to something new and booking laundry services may be great summer tips for parents but another useful tip is to make every moment count! Whether you’re at home, at a picnic or at the beach, you should strive to make it the best summer possible! Excitement fills in the air so just be sure to make every moment count!

Family jumping due to excitement

We hope you have an amazing summer and enjoy the hot weather! These summer tips for parents out there should help make you better prepared!

If you need help with your laundry, visit Laundryheap website to book or download the free Laundryheap app on iOS or Android!


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Visiting Kuwait on a Budget – The Travel Hacks

Famous for its hot weather and wonderful Skyline, Kuwait can be an expensive country to visit. However, you can visit Kuwait on a budget without breaking the bank!

With amazing infrastructure, it’s no surprise that Kuwait’s tourist reputation is growing so here are the best travel hacks when visiting Kuwait!

  • Best Time To Visit
  • Booking Hotel on a Budget
  • Eat Local
  • Travel Hack – Use a Laundry Service
  • Keep a Record of the Essentials

Best Time To Visit

Travelling creates excitement and memories but unfortunately, it can also be a source of stress! You can approach your big trip to Kuwait on a budget by knowing the best time to visit. Our number one travel hack for you is to avoid travelling in November, June, or January as the prices for flights and hotels will skyrocket. According to travel data, December and Spring are the least expensive periods to visit Kuwait.

Visiting at the right date and time

Booking Hotel on a Budget

It can be a stumbling block to your budget to book a hotel as they’re often expensive and you start to think to yourself “how will I enjoy the rest of my trip now?” but it doesn’t have to be this way for your Kuwait trip.

When visiting Kuwait on a budget, our travel hack for you is to book the Royal Inn Hotel which is in Al Salmiya. It ticks all the boxes for your big trip; it’s budget-friendly, and it’s located close to the city and to the local beach. Just be sure to take care of your shoes, especially with all the sand around!

Booking Hotel on a budget

Eat Local

Everybody loves food (we love it as much as we love doing laundry!). To make your travelling experience even better, eat food on a budget. Avoid the expensive restaurants, buy local. Kuwait has a lot of local street food and restaurants that cater to the locals.

To save you money, we recommend the area of Kuwait City souk; home to a variety of cuisines and prices that are budget-friendly!

If you spill food or drink on your clothes, don’t worry, we’ll clean it up for you!

Kuwaiti Local food

Travel Hack – Use a Laundry Service

There is no better feeling than wearing your favourite outfits on a holiday, but it can be a buzzkill when you go back to your hotel only to find out you have tons of laundry that need to be done. The launderettes in Kuwait can be expensive and this can be stressful.

But it doesn’t need to be that way. Laundryheap is your friend. Just book your laundry service with us (we do have a service in Kuwait) and we’ll subtract one less chore from your duties!

All you need to do is book online or through the app and your dirty laundry will be collected and returned to you 24 hours later! It’s budget-friendly, efficient and convenient!

Keep a Record of the Essentials

The organisation is the key to everything and to stay on budget, keep a record of the essentials; the expenses, the hotel price, the food, drinks, the souvenirs and etc. We all get excited when travelling and it’s easy to go on a shopping spree (we don’t blame you!) but a record would benefit your budget significantly.

We even recommend recording your luggage weights. Luggage fees are common but as a travel hack and to keep you on budget, pack light and pack right and you will not be overcharged at the airport!

Make sure you neatly separate the clean clothes from the dirty clothes!

Record of Trip to stay on a budget

Visiting Kuwait on a budget is important, but enjoying your trip is more important. Follow our travel hacks but also have fun, take plenty of pictures and enjoy the food!

The Kuwaiti LaundryHeap website is available, and you can view it here.

You can also download the app on iOS and Android.


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How to tie a Windsor knot

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Whether you’re getting set for a wedding, work, or going back to school, it’s important to know how to properly tie a tie. Follow these simple steps, and you will be tying your tie in no time. 

  • Half Windsor
  • Full Windsor

Half Windsor 

The half Windsor knot is the most popular form of knot. It is a medium-sized knot that is easy to reproduce, and perfect for medium to thick ties

  1. Begin by popping the collar of your shirt, and draping your tie around your neck so that it sits below the collar. The wide end of your tie should be on your right-hand side and reach your thigh, and the smaller end on your left and reaching your rib cage. 
  2. Create an X with the two ends of your tie by crossing the wide end over the thin end. From here, loop the wide end horizontally around and behind the thin end of your tie. This should maintain the X shape. 
  3. Next, take the wide end of your tie from the top and through the opening of the X. Make sure to pull it tight. This will create the initial knot
  4. Wrap the wide end of your tie in front of the thin end from your right to your left. Then, bring the wide end towards your chest and behind the knot, forming a loop in front of your knot. 
  5. Pull the wide end of your tie through the loop you have created, making sure that you have pulled the full length of it through. 
  6. Finally, adjust your tie by pulling the knot towards the collar of your shirt whilst simultaneously pulling the thin end at the back of your tie down. Adjust your collar so that it is sitting flush with your shoulders before making improvements to your tie. Make sure that your knot is sitting at the top of your shirt, and that your tie is straight and even. 
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Full Windsor

The full Windsor knot is perfect for wider collared shirts. The process involves wrapping your tie twice, so a longer tie is needed for the process. 

  1. Begin by popping the collar of your shirt, and draping your tie around your neck so that it sits below the collar. Adjust your tie so that the wide end is sitting approximately 4-6 inches lower than your waistband
  2. Create an X with the two ends of your tie by crossing the wide end over the thin end. From here, tuck the wide end up and beneath the loop around your neck. It should come out and point-upwards behind the X. 
  3. Pull the wide end all the way down, before passing it behind the knot and horizontally from right to left. 
  4. Take the wide end tip, and flip it upwards, tugging it diagonally across the front of the knot. Next, loop the wide end over the top of the loop around your collar and down. It should come out on the left of the thin end. 
  5. From your left position, bring the wide end of your tie over the front of your knot to form a band. Bring the wide end of your tie underneath the loop, around the collar, and down, sliding it through the band. 
  6. Adjust your collar so that it is sitting flush with your shirt, and pull the wide end of your tie downwards until it meets the top of your shirt.
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Keep your tie, along with the rest of your suit, looking sharp with Laundryheap. Simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app to book your dry cleaning order today.


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How to remove hair dye stains

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Hair dye can be incredibly difficult to remove from clothing. If you have accidentally dripped some on yourself, this is how you can remove it. 

  • Before treating your stain
  • Black, brown, or blue hair dye 
  • Red hair dye

Before treating your stain

Before you begin treating your stain, check your item’s care label. If it says ‘dry-clean only’ do not treat the stain yourself. Instead, book your Laundryheap dry cleaning service and let us handle it. If your care label doesn’t say ‘dry-clean only’ you are safe to proceed. 

Black, brown, or blue hair dye

To treat your hair dye stain you will need…

  • A soft-bristled brush
  • Water
  • A basin 
  • Heavy-duty laundry detergent 
  • Oxygen-based bleach
  • Chlorine bleach (for white clothing)

Begin treating your stain by holding your garment under a cold water tap. This will help remove any hair dye lingering on the surface of your item. Make sure that you use cold water only as hot water will only aid the stain in setting further into your clothing

Next, pour a capful of heavy-duty laundry detergent over the stain and use a soft-bristled brush to gently rub it in. It’s best to use a laundry detergent with stain-lifting enzymes, so double check you are using the right detergent prior to pouring. Continue rubbing your stain for 5-15 minutes, or until you begin to see the hair dye become lighter in colour.

Once you are satisfied that your stain is a lighter colour, fill a basin with cold water and add oxygen-based bleach per the instructions on the packaging. Submerge your garment in the water and bleach mixture, making sure that the hair dye stain is completely in the water, and leave it to soak for at least 8 hours. 

After 8 hours, lift your item out of the water. If your stain has been removed, you can wash your item as you normally would. Should the stain remain, mix a fresh basin of cool water and oxygen-based bleach and leave your garment for another 8 hours. 

If your hair dye stain is on a white item of clothing and mix a solution of 1 gallon of water and 1-fourth a cup of chlorine bleach. Submerge your stained garment in this mixture, and leave it to soak for 15 minutes. Do not leave your item in the solution for any longer than 15 minutes as the chlorine bleach will begin to weaken the fabric. 

After 15 minutes, remove your item from the solution.

Removing red hair dye 

Red hair dye has a different composition than black, brown, or blue hair dye, and so the stain needs to be treated in a different way. 

To treat your hair dye stain you will need…

  • 2 soaking containers
  • Dishwashing liquid 
  • Ammonia
  • Distilled white vinegar 
  • Oxygen-based bleach 
  • Water 

As with removing black, brown, or blue hair dye, begin treatment by running your stained item under a cool water tap to remove any surface hair dye. 

Next, mix a solution of 1 quarter of water, one-half teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, and one tablespoon of ammonia, in a container. Submerge your stained garment in this solution and leave it to soak for 15 minutes. 

After 15 minutes, remove your garment from the solution and, using your fingers, rub the stained area. This will help loosen the hair dye and allow it to be removed from the fabric with greater ease. Once you have rubbed your stain for around 5-10 minutes, submerge it in the previously used solution for a further 15 minutes. 

Whilst your item is soaking, use a separate container to mix 1 quarter warm water with 1 quarter distilled white vinegar. Once your item has completed it’s 15-minute soak, rinse it well, and submerge it in your new solution. Leave your item to soak for 30 minutes. 

After 30 minutes, remove your garment from the solution. If your stain has been removed, wash your item as you usually would.

Should your stain remain, fill your sink with cold water and add oxygen-based bleach per the packet’s instructions. Submerge your stained item in the solution, and leave it to soak for 8 hours. If, after 8 hours, the stain has not been removed, repeat the process with fresh water and fresh oxygen-based bleach. 

The most effective way to remove any stain is to get it treated by a professional. When you book your Laundryheap service, let us know what item(s) of clothing is stained and where the stain(s) is located. To book your Laundryheap service, head to the Laundryheap website, or download the free Laundryheap app. 


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How to remove makeup stains

Makeup is very easy to get on clothes, especially around the collar of t-shirts. This is how you can remove those makeup stains.

  • Make-up wipes
  • Rubbing alcohol 
  • Hairspray 
  • Shaving cream 
  • Hairdryer
  • Ice 
  • Soap and water
  • Detergent 
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Makeup wipes 

Makeup wipes can remove the makeup from your clothes just as well as the makeup on your face. If you have spilt a makeup product on yourself, simply take a makeup wipe and dab, or gently rub, the stain. You can see makeup artists using this technique backstage at the hottest fashion shows. 

It’s best to remember that makeup wipes will only work on fresh stains that have not set into the fibres of your clothing. Also, it’s best to not use a makeup wipe on satin or silk clothing as it could leave behind a water mark.

Rubbing alcohol 

Have you accidentally smeared lipstick on the sleeve of your favourite shirt? Soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and dab it over the stain. The alcohol will break down the oils in the lipstick and lift the stain in minutes.

Hairspray 

If rubbing alcohol doesn’t get your lipstick stain out, try using hairspray. Spray a good amount of hairspray directly on the stain, and leave it to dry completely. Once the hairspray is completely dry, rub the stain with a makeup wipe. The stain should easily lift and leave your clothing makeup free. Be aware that this trick will only work with hairspray that contains alcohol. 

Shaving cream  

This may sound strange, but shaving cream is actually great for lifting makeup stains. Simply apply a squirt, or two depending on the size of your stain, directly onto the mark and let it sit for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, the cream should have dissolved the stain. Wash off the shaving cream with cold water, and wash your clothing as you usually would. 

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Hairdryer

This is less a tip for treating a stain and more a tip for how to avoid one. If you have spilt loose powder on your clothing, it can be incredibly tempting to simply sweep it off with your hand. Avoid doing this at all cost. This will only result in powder being smeared into the fibres of your clothing. Instead, use a hairdryer to blow away the powder, and leave your clothing stain free. 

Ice

It’s always best to use ice or cold water when pre-treating a stain. Using hot water can cause a stain to spread and set further into the fibres of your clothing. To lift a makeup stain, rub a cube of ice vigorously over the stained area, and watch as it lifts before your eyes. 

Soap and water 

Soap and water is a classic stain lifting combination. Begin by dabbing cold water over your stain and adding a very small amount of soap. Next, rub the fabric of your clothing together and allow the friction from the material to lift the stain. Avoid using a paper towel or napkin for this method as this will only result in flakes of the paper sticking to your clothing and making the stained area look worse. 

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Detergent

If you are prone to accidentally getting makeup on your clothing whilst you are on the move, invest in a detergent pen or detergent wipes. Simply press the tip of your pen, or dab a wipe, over the stain and it will be lifted. Before using a detergent pen it is best to remove any excess powder or liquid from the stain with a clean wipe. 

Laundryheap 

Laundryheap is always here to help with any stains that you have. Simply let us know what item is stained, where the stain is, and what the stain is, and we will do the rest. 

To book your Laundryheap service head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app.  


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How to remove henna stains

If you’ve been left with a henna stain on your favourite outfit, this is how you remove it. 

  • What is henna?
  • Removing henna stains 
  • Laundryheap

What is henna?

Henna is a form of body art that originates from Ancient India. Decorative designs are painted onto the body using a plant-based dye, and it usually lasts for 2 weeks. In India, henna is associated with positive spirits and good luck. The night before an Indian wedding, the bride will take part in a Mehndi ceremony, where she will have her henna painted as a way to wish her good health and prosperity during her marriage. 

Removing henna stains 

If you get a henna stain on your clothing you must treat it as quickly as possible. It’s best to treat your stain immediately to prevent it from drying into the fabric of your clothing.

To remove a henna stain from your clothing you will need:

  • A cloth or paper towel
  • Laundry detergent 
  • A clean toothbrush
  • Cold water
  • Distilled white vinegar OR rubbing alcohol

To begin removing your henna stain, use a clean, absorbent, cloth, or paper towel, and blot the stained area. It is important that you do not rub the stain as this will only make it bigger. Instead, press your cloth, or paper towel, on top of the stain and allow your cloth to absorb the excess dye. Each time you blot the stain use a fresh section of the cloth to prevent the stain from spreading. 

After you have removed as much of the excess dye as possible, put a few drops of laundry detergent onto the stain, and use a clean toothbrush to scrub the detergent into the fabric. Continue scrubbing until you can no longer see the stain. Although it is important to be vigorous with your scrubbing in order to lift the stain, do be careful to not be overly harsh as this can result in your fabric becoming damaged. 

Once you can no longer see the stain, use cold water to rinse away the remaining detergent and dye. It is important that you use cold water rather than hot because hot water could set the stain. Keep rinsing your fabric until all of the detergent and dye has been removed. 

If you can still see your henna stain after rinsing the fabric, pour a small amount of distilled white vinegar or rubbing alcohol onto it. Let the fabric soak up the solution for an hour, before washing your item as you normally would. 

Should your clothing still be stained, repeat the process again. 

Laundryheap  

If you have a henna stain on your clothing, and are concerned about treating it yourself, send it to Laundryheap. We provide an abundance of services, from general washing to dry-cleaning, to fit all of your laundry needs. If your clothing is stained, simply write us a note in the order instructions explaining what item the stain is on, where, and what the stain is, and we will take every precaution possible to remove the stain for you. 

We are currently operating, contaclessly, in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Coventry, Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhab, Amsterdam, Haarlem, Rotterdam, The Hague, Copenhagen, Dublin, Doha, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Washington DC, Chicago, Kuwait City, Manama, and Singapore

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Thanksgiving top tips

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Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for everything that you are grateful for. It can also be incredibly stressful for the person/people cooking the Thanksgiving dinner. These top tips will take some of that stress away. 

  • Make a game plan
  • Stick to the basics
  • Don’t forget the drinks
  • Ask guests to contribute
  • Organise your kitchen effectively
  • Stock up on containers
  • Start prep the night before
  • Keep recipes in reach and in order
  • Enlist help 
  • Enjoy your day

Make a game plan

Before Thanksgiving day arrives, sit down, with a pen and paper, and come up with a game plan. Think about how you want the day to run, what dishes you want to cook, what food you need to buy, etc. Start by brainstorming all of your ideas, and then narrow them down. Come up with a timetable of how the day will run and this will help prepare you.

Stick to the basics 

Thanksgiving dinner does not have to be a fancy, high-end, 5 course affair. Cover the basics before you start turning into Gordon Ramsey. Focus on getting the turkey, seasonal vegetables, potatoes, and cranberry sauce perfect, and worry about the rest later. If you need to, print out recipes for each section of your dinner and organise them by time of when you will need them.

 Don’t forget the drinks 

Make sure that your drinks cabinet is well-stocked for your guests. It may also be a good idea to think about how you will be serving your drinks. If you are busy making Thanksgiving dinner, it may be best to leave bottles of wine and beer in ice buckets around the room for guests to help themselves. Think about what will be easiest for you. 

Ask guests to contribute 

It doesn’t matter how many people you are cooking for, cooking a Thanksgiving dinner is a big undertaking. There is lots to buy, think about, and, surprise surprise, cook. As such, it is more than acceptable for you to ask your guests to contribute in some way. This could be by bringing the wine, making a dessert, or providing the vegetables. Every guest should be contributing in some way. 

Organise your kitchen effectively 

To make your Thanksgiving cooking as easy as possible make sure that your kitchen is organised effectively. Make room in your fridge for all of your food and drinks by clearing it out a couple of days before Thanksgiving. As well as this, re-organise your kitchen so that all of the equipment that you will need is easy to reach. This will hopefully alleviate some of the stress of cooking.

Stock up on containers 

It’s always best to have too much food than too little. With this in mind, make sure that you have plenty of containers ready to put the leftovers in. You can give your leftovers to your guests and let them enjoy your cooking a couple of days after the feast itself. Make sure that you keep some for yourself though. 

Start prep the night before 

There will be so many things to think about on Thanksgiving day, so it’s best to begin your prep the day before. Get some of the simpler tasks, such as cutting up vegetables and setting the table, done the day before. This will give you more time on Thanksgiving day to focus on the cooking of everything rather than the prep. 

Keep recipes in reach and in order

Stay calm whilst you are cooking by keeping your recipes in reach and in order. That way, if you need to check anything you can reach the right recipe in seconds. 

Enlist help

Remember: you don’t have to cook a whole Thanksgiving meal on your own. Enlist the help of your guests to take care of some of the smaller tasks, so that you can focus on the bigger ones. This could include, making the sauce, boiling the vegetables, or even just making sure nothing burns. A little help can really go a long way, so make sure you ask for some.

Enjoy your day

The most important thing to remember is that Thanksgiving is your day to enjoy as well. Don’t let the pressure of cooking get you down. Relax, enjoy your day, and spend some quality time giving thanks with your friends and family. 

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Whilst you are busy enjoying your Thanksgiving, let us take care of your laundry. We will pick-up, launder, and re-deliver your laundry within 24 hours. Simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap. 

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