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The Right Way To Store Away Your Winter Clothes

It’s out with the cold and in the heat! Spring is finally here and that means making room in our wardrobe for our spring and summer clothes. But how and where do we store our winter clothes for the time being? Fortunately for you, we have some tips on how to store away your winter clothes properly.

The Right Way To Store Away Your Winter Clothes

Here a few things you need to do before you go to store your winter clothes away:

  • Clean EVERYTHING!

Before you even think about storing away your winter clothes, make sure to laundry and dry clean everything first. You don’t want to be storing them along with the dirt, bacteria and germs that your clothes have accumulated during the winter. Keep them fresh and ready to wear when the winter season comes again.

  • Repair any minor damages

A missing button? or loose a thread? Repair anything that appears damaged or broken before you store them away, so it’s ready for the next wear. Minor repairs can be done yourself, but you can send clothing with more difficult repairs to a local tailor to get them fixed.

  • Get rid of unwanted clothes

Noticed a few winter sweaters that you no longer wear? Set those pieces aside to be donated. Get rid of the winter clothes that you no longer wear anymore. Give them to your friends or family, donate them or sell them.

Storage Methods

  • Plastic storage containers

Keep all your clothes neatly folded and stacked away inside plastic storage containers with tight fitting lids. Make sure not to overfill the box though as this will crease your clothes as well as not giving them air to ‘breath’. Don’t forget to include the chunky knits- it wouldn’t be a good idea to hang them as it will deform its shape.

  • Wooden or plastic clothes hangers

Hang your bulky coats and jackets on sturdy plastic or wooden hangers.

  • Garment bags

Hang your more delicate coats (such as fur, down or leather) and other delicate clothing in garment bags to keep them protected and in good condition.

Make sure to store your clothes in a well-ventilated area. This means avoid storing them in humid areas such as the attic or garage. 


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3 Ways To Clean Your Cap

There are several methods you can use when it comes to cleaning your cap, all of which do not involve putting it in the washing machine. Knowing the type of fabric and how dirty your cap is will help you choose the best cleaning method for your cap.

NOTE: Before cleaning your caps, make sure you always check the care label first to avoid unwanted mishaps.

Hand Washing

Washing your cap by hand is the most effective and safest way to clean your cap. This method is best suited for baseball caps, wool, and hand-knitted caps.

  1. Fill a sink or bucket with warm water.
  2. Add a few drops of mild detergent to the water- laundry detergent, liquid dish soap or mild shampoo- making sure the water isn’t too soapy.
  3. Grab an old toothbrush or cloth and spot clean the dirtiest areas of the hat first with the soapy water, before moving onto the other areas of the cap.
  4. Let the cap soak in the soapy water for a few minutes up to a few hours.
  5. Rinse the cap off with cold water and gently squeeze to remove excess water.
  6. Let the cap air dry indoors, away from sunlight and tuck a hand towel inside the cap to keep it’s shape. 

Spot Treating

Spot cleaning is another safe cleaning method and is best used for caps made out of delicate fabrics, like leather and suede caps.

  1. Dab the cap gently with a damp washcloth from a mixture of water and mild detergent or dish soap. If your cap has a tough stain on it, try a natural stain remover as these are more gentle for the fabric. 
  2. After spot treating, allow the cap to air dry in a well-ventilated area, away from direct sunlight.

Dry Cleaning

For non-washable caps, dry cleaning is the best way to get them cleaned. You can invest in a home dry cleaning kit or take your cap to a professional dry cleaner.


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How To Care For Denim Jeans

Denim jeans are a staple in everyone’s closet. A common mistake we all make is not taking proper care of our jeans, but only because we don’t think much about it. This then results to jeans looking dull, faded and ruined after a short period of time.

There are certain steps you should take that will help make your denim jeans last longer.

How To Care For Denim Jeans

It’s important to note that you should always wash newly bought denim jeans before you use them, to prevent the dye from ‘bleeding’ and to remove other chemicals. 

  • Don’t wash them too often

Most of us, if not all, wash our jeans after only a few wears- not good! Truth is, you should be washing them after 5-6 wears or even longer. Over-washing your jeans will cause the colour to fade quicker. If your jeans do get a bit of dirt on them after only a few wears, try spot cleaning them instead of putting them into the wash

  • Wash them inside out and in cold water

Washing your jeans in cold water protects the colour against fading and prevents your jeans from shrinking. Always remember to turn your jeans inside out for extra colour protection. This way you’ll be able to have the inside of the garment properly cleaned whilst protecting the outer layer.

  • Air dry instead of tumble dry

Drying your jeans naturally is the best way to make your jeans last longer. Tumble drying can only cause damage to your jeans like wear and tear, and possible shrinkage. It’s best to air dry your clothes by hanging them up on a clothes lines away from the sunlight or with a hanger, indoors. Exposure to sunlight will cause the colour to fade.

Storing Denim Jeans

  • Folding your denim

Just fold them how you would usually fold your jeans but make sure to stack them nicely when you store them in wardrobe.

  • Hang up by the belt loop

Hanging your jeans up by the belt loop reduces unwanted creases and maintains the shape of your jeans. Either hang them on a hook or over a hanger.

Should you require a professional to clean your jeans or your clothes for that matter, you can rely on Laundryheap get the job done.


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How To Remove Damp Smell From Clothes

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

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

 Why Clothes Smell After Washing

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

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

  • Your washing machine needs cleaning

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

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

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

How To Remove Damp Smell From Clothes

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

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


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8 Things Expats Should Know Before Moving To Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a beautiful city with amazing architecture and serene canals. If you’re planning to move to Amsterdam, here are a few things you should know and some tip to prepare yourself.

8 Thins Expats Should Know Before Moving To Amsterdam

  • It rains A LOT 

The weather in Amsterdam is dull most of the time and the sun rarely comes out. So be prepared for regular gloomy weather consisting of rainy days and wind. It’s best to always bring around an umbrella to prepare for unexpected rain.

Don’t let the weather stop your plans though. One thing for sure is that the rain doesn’t stop locals from biking around, as long as they have a raincoat or umbrella, they’re good to go.

  • Get used to cycling!

There are more bikes in Amsterdam than there are people! Cycling is the main form of transportation. You’ll notice that although there are cars to be found, the city is not entirely car-friendly. Besides everyone uses a bike to get from point A to B, no matter what the occasion is.

  • Beware of bike thieves

The crime rate is very low in Amsterdam, except for bike theft. It’s common to be in a situation where you will own a few bikes in a year because your bikes get stolen, just ask the locals! Thieves will also steal just your bike wheel or bike seat. So, it’s best not to own such an expensive bike and make sure you have good bike locks. 

  • Housing isn’t the best

Living in Amsterdam is very pricey due to the growing population of expats and because of this, it can be difficult to find a place to rent. With such a big population for a small city, chances are you might find a place you actually like, only to find out that many other people are interested in it too and have given in their documents. In addition, housing properties will come unfurnished and you should expect to buy all the appliances you need, including the floor!

  • Credit cards aren’t well supported

Just know that credit cards are useless in Amsterdam (or in the Netherlands in general) when going to local supermarkets, museums or eateries. You can use debit cards that use the Maestro, Cirrus or Plus system. Otherwise, you must always carry around either cash or use a dutch maestro card.

  • Learn some Dutch

Most locals speak fluent English, but it isn’t their native language. The TV channels, signs, everything, is in Dutch. Although it can be easy to communicate by speaking English, you’ll feel more a part of the local community if you learned how to speak Dutch. It will help expand your social circle with the locals, rather than other expats or foreigners.

  • Work life balance is important

Dutch people value their personal time and so the work culture is incredibly healthy and balances out well with personal life. It’s normal for parents to take a day off work to focus on quality time with their families or work part-time. Companies are also flexible in terms of letting you work from home because of family obligations or commute problems.

  • Shops close early

In general, most shops close by 5 and supermarkets by 9pm, so you’ll have to run errands between 9-5 during workdays and 11-3 during the weekend. If you need to go to the bank or you have government appointments, you’ll have to go between 9-5. This is isn’t so much of a big deal since you can take a day off from work to run errands.

These are only some things to be prepared for when moving to Amsterdam. Despite a few negatives, there many more positive aspects to living in Amsterdam.

If you’re in need of a reliable laundry and dry cleaning service in Amsterdam, Laundryheap will happily collect, clean and deliver your clothes within 24 hours.


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The Best Pregnancy Apps For Expectant Mothers

As a new expectant mother, you could use some advice and information on what’s currently happening in the different stages of your pregnancy as your baby develops. It’s also helpful to prepare yourself for when the baby is about to arrive. Whether it’s an app to get weekly updates on your pregnancy or an app to keep track of your contractions, there are many that will give you a helping hand.

The Best Pregnancy Apps For Expectant Mothers

  • Sprout Pregnancy

This app will help guide your pregnancy daily by giving you updates and information on what’s happening with you and your developing baby. You can track your weight, baby kicks and contractions. Available on iOS and Android.

  • Totally Pregnant

Get weekly updates of your pregnancy from the fetus’ development shown in 3D videos, to information about your baby as it develops. You can also share your experience and advice with other mothers. Available on iOS only.

  • What To Expect- Pregnancy & Baby Tracker 

Track your baby’s daily growth and development and get medically accurate articles, tips, videos and trusted advice to help you with your pregnancy. Available on iOS and Android.

  • The Bump-Pregnancy countdown

Great for first time parents, this app helps you prepare for doctor visits, gives you an interactive 3D baby growth guide, provides you with articles, answers for pregnancy questions and a catalogue of baby products. Available on iOS and Android.

  • Ovia Pregnancy Tracker

With this app, you’ll be able to receive frequent updates on the baby’s progress and development, information on food and medication safety, and receive articles, tips and tools to support you throughout your pregnancy. Available on iOS and Android.

  • Full Term-Contraction Timer

If you’re looking to time and keep track of your contractions, this app is the best way to do it. You’ll be able to see your full labour history and contraction process, and get a full featured kick counter and access to a pregnancy reference section. Available on iOS and Android

  • Babylist Baby Registry

Gather everything you need and want for your baby from any store, right on the app, before the baby arrives. From baby gear to feeding essentials as well as personal essentials like home-cooked meals. You can even get free goodies, discounts and gifts. Available on iOS and Android.

Keeping up with your usual day-to-day activities and doing simple house chores can be quite a challenge when you’re pregnant, especially when you’re almost due. Laundryheap can help take away the daunting laundry task including ironing, and collect and deliver your items for free. Get the Laundryheap app for a quick and easy laundry solution. Available on iOS and Android.


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5 Reasons Why You Should Try Solo Travel

Solo travel can be a challenge because you’re stepping out of your comfort zone and taking on the unexpected and unknown wonders of the world. The thought of it may seem uncomfortable at first but once you try it, you’ll find it to be one of the best experiences of your life.

5 Reasons Why You Should Try Solo Travel

  • Freedom 

Travelling with friends, family or your other half creates amazing memories, but you may not get a chance to do all the things you actually want to do. Travelling by yourself is a liberating experience as you get the freedom to do what you want, when you want, without anyone telling you otherwise. 

  • Independence

Since you’re by yourself, you ‘re forced to take on full responsibility for what you do and where you go next. You get to make the decisions for everything and the only person you can rely on is yourself. This will make you feel empowered once you return from your trip.

  • Build Confidence

As you rely on yourself on your solo travel, you’ll learn to figure things out. You’ll find that there are many things you’re capable of doing that you thought you never were before. Your problem-solving skills will improve and so will your social skills.

  • Meet new people

Travelling alone is a great chance to meet new people, whether that’d be locals of the town or like-minded travellers you’ll meet at the hostel. Either way, you’ll seem more approachable as a solo traveller and be more inclined to create conversations with whomever you meet along your travels.

  • Self-discovery

Solo travel is a great way to discover yourself as you discover what else the world has to offer. It’s a great time to self-reflect as you get to broaden your perspective on life and learn more about yourself. It will give you the chance to find out what brings you peace of mind and what makes you truly happy.

These are only a few of the many reasons as to why you should try solo travel at least once in your life. The experience will allow you to grow as an individual and certainly broaden your perspective on everything.

If before and after your trip, you need your clothes freshly cleaned, you can count on Laundryheap to take care of the laundry for you! Laundryheap serves in the following cities: London, Manchester, Birmingham & CoventryDublinDubai, Sharjah, Amsterdam & Haarlem.


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5 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Pillow

Just like your mattress, your pillows have a ‘shelf life’ and must be replaced every couple of years. Your pillow is one of the factors that contribute to a good or bad nights sleep, so make sure to get new pillows when the time is right.

5 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Pillow 

  • Visible lumps and bumps from foam

Pillows should be smooth, soft and comfy. If the material inside your pillow starts to wear out, it will feel and be visibly bumpy. This is a clear indication that you need a new one as it can no longer give you the support and comfort you need.

  • You get aches and pains 

Due to the bumps in the pillow, you’ll start to wake up with body aches especially around the neck and shoulder area. You’ll also notice that you’re not sleeping as well as you should be and wake up with headaches that tend to go away during the day.

  • It’s just not comfy anymore

If your pillow is no longer comfy, you’ll often keep tossing and turning, trying to find the right sleeping position, and adjusting your pillow. If you can’t get a good sleep because of that, then change your pillow.

  • It’s starting to smell

You won’t notice straight away that your pillow smells because it becomes gradual as dirt and bacteria build-up. Once you notice that your pillow has a strange smell and still smells even after washing it, that already is a sure enough indication that your pillow needs to be replaced.

  • You wake up sneezing!

Pillows are a great breeding environment for dirt, sweat.. and dust mites! If you find yourself randomly sneezing when you’ve just woken up, this is because of the bacteria living in your pillow.

How Often You Should Replace Your Pillow

Synthetic Pillows: 1-2 years

Memory Foam: 2-3 years or when the foam becomes hard

Down and Feather Pillows: 5-10 years

Maintaining Your Pillow

As part of maintaining your pillow to make sure it reaches maximum ‘shelf life’, you should have them washed every few months. This can be done at home using your washing machine and or by a professional. 

We at Laundryheap know that it can be difficult to wash pillows at home, especially when they won’t fit into your washing machine. That’s why we offer cleaning services for your pillows as well as other bulky bedding items.


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Choosing The Right Abaya For You

Gone are the days when abayas were just a plain black, traditional design. Now, with the developments of abayas becoming a fashion statement whilst also keeping the modesty, you can find all sort of styles with different colours, embellishments and designs.

Whether you’re choosing an abaya for everyday wear or a special occasion, choosing the right one will compliment your look and figure. Make a simple misjudgement and you can find yourself looking dull and feeling uncomfortable.

Choosing The Right Abaya For You

  • Length

The first thing to consider when choosing an abaya is your height. Whether you’re tall or short, abaya’s should reach the full length of your body and shouldn’t be any shorter than a few centimetres below your ankle. When trying on an abaya, test to see what it will look like with and without heels (tiptoe if you can’t test with heels). 

  • Fit

You definitely want to look for an abaya that compliments your body and enhances your features. That’s not to say that your abaya should have a tight body fit, but should fit well enough so that you can comfortably wear your own clothes underneath. If you have more of a pear-shaped figure, choose an abaya that is wide at the bottom and tighter on the sleeves. For a slimmer or skinny figure, opt for an abaya that has more layers to accentuate your figure. 

  • Sleeve length

No one likes sleeves that are too short or too long, especially when they weren’t designed to fit that way. When choosing the right abaya, make sure the sleeves are at wrist length unless the design states otherwise. 

  • Fabric

When it comes to choosing an abaya, make sure it matches the season. You wouldn’t want to wear a silk abaya in the winter or a wool abaya in the summer. Make sure to choose abayas with light fabric for the summer and leave the heavy and layered abayas for the winter. Most importantly, make sure you feel comfortable!

If you’re purchasing your abaya online, check the size guides carefully and read the product descriptions for the fabric types.

For professional abaya cleaning, you can schedule a free collection with laundryheap and have your abayas returned to you in less than 24 hours.


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No Pain- No Stain! Unusual Stain Removers Part 2

If you haven’t done so already, check out the first No Pain- No Stain! Unusual stain removers.

Unusual Stain Removers- Part 2

  1. Rubbing Alcohol- Removes ink and deodorant stains
    This antiseptic wonder can remove several types of stains provided that they are fresh. Remove ink and deodorant stains with rubbing alcohol simply by applying it directly onto the stain and dab (the ink) or wipe (deodorant mark) away before washing as normal.

  2. Coca Cola – Removes blood and oil stains
    Blood and grease stains are both tough ones to get rid off, so you’ve got to treat them as soon as you can. Believe it or not, cola will help take that stain right out. Soak garment in cola for a good 15-30 mins or so depending on how bad the stain is, before washing as normal.  Don’t worry about a cola stain, as it will come right off once you put it straight into the wash after pre-soaking.

  3.  Shampoo- Cleans collared shirts & great for hand washing
    A dirty collar is something that a little shampoo can fix. Shampoo works to break down body oils in your hair and will do the same for fabrics too. Just rub a bit of cheap shampoo on the collar and watch it remove the dirt. You can also use shampoo as an alternative soap to hand washing clothes.

  4. Shaving Cream- Removes food and grease stains
    To get rid of stubborn food and grease stains, add a bit of shaving cream on the stain and continuously dab it lightly for a few minutes and let it sit for about 30 mins. Then, blot the shaving cream away and wash as usual.

You can save yourself the trouble by scheduling a collection with laundryheap for even the most toughest stains you have on your clothes and we’ll have it returned to you as good as new in less than 24 hours.