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How To Pack Your Suitcase Like A Pro

Travelling is a luxury, until you have to pack your suitcase and you’re left sitting there, procrastinating. Many of us even leave it to the last hour to officially finish packing!

The most common way to pack is to fold your clothes and just stack them on top of each other in your suitcase. This is fine… if you’re going away for the weekend. However, going away for over a week will cause us to struggle to figure out how we’re going to make everything fit (this is where the procrastination comes in).

Whether you’re away for just a week or a month, there is always a way to maximise the space you have in your suitcase. You just gotta think smart about it.

Here are the BEST ways to pack your suitcase like a pro:

1. Rolling clothes

Rolling clothes is a method that you can already visually imagine will create so much space as it makes your clothes more compact. It’s just a matter of how you’ll place it in your suitcase and how you’ll organise your things when you get to your destination. Rolling clothes creates wrinkle free clothing, if you know how to do it properly. Check out the video guide below posted by ‘Go Experimental’ on different ways to roll clothes.

2. Filing method

The filing method is basically normal folded clothes but when stacked together, it’s done in a vertical direction, like a document filling system but for clothes. This is a great organisation method for clothes drawers as well as packing for your suitcase. Check out the ‘KonMari’ filing method here.

The great thing about this method is, you can squeeze in as much garments as you can AND you’ll be able to see the clothing pieces straight away.  It also allows you to squeeze in bits and pieces on the sides.

3. Bundle Packing

Packing in bundles means folding your clothes within each other to create one big bundle. It’s a little difficult to explain through words how this works, so here’s a video guide by NBC news on how its done.

4. Compression packs

Compression packs are a great investment for bulkier items like jackets or thick jumpers. Just place your item/s in a pack and squeeze out the air with full force. This transforms big items into a more compact ones. You can also buy vacuum packs that work the same way.

5. Packing Cubes

Packing cubes don’t just save space, they create more of it. They’re basically little cube storage compartments that keep your clothes organised in your suitcase. These cubes let you pack in however method you like, because there are loads of these little cubes to fit into your suitcase. So if you want to roll or bundle your clothes, you can. You can also separate clothes by preference. Check out the video method below by ‘ebagsdotcom’.

6.  Pack ONLY things you need

Most importantly, pack only the things you NEED! Yes you may have some cute outfits you want to show off but you probably won’t wear all of them. If it helps, take out all of the clothes you want to bring and take away 1/3 of them or how much necessary, to make it fit in your suitcase. 

So check the weather, choose the right clothes and remember, you need to leave some space for souvenirs!

Unfortunately, we can’t pack your suitcase for you, but what we can do is take care of your dirty laundry when you get back! Laundry? Dry cleaning? Fold or iron? Just book a collection with us to find the right service for you.

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The History of Laundry: A Timeline Infographic

Ever wondered how laundry was done back in the day? As in more than a thousand years ago? Well unfortunately, information recorded is limited, so here’s a brief infographic timeline of the history of laundry that has been recorded. 

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Today, developments are on a whole different level with technological advancements and AI. If you haven’t already, visit our previous blog on technology takeover for the most advanced laundry technology to date.

Laundry services have also significantly developed from having laundromats to now having 24 hour dry cleaning and laundry collection service, like us.

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Laundry Service Name Fun

Let’s say you’re in the laundry and dry cleaning industry. What would your laundry service name be?

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Leave a comment on what your laundry service name would be. 🙂


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How To Whiten Your White Clothes Naturally

How do you keep your white clothes just as white as you bought it? Easy, read the how to keep your whites, white guide.

The real question is, how can you naturally whiten your white clothes if they’re already looking a little dull? Chlorine bleach is a quick solution to whitening your white clothes but it also comes with irritation and toxins.

So, say goodbye to the bleach and say hello to whiter and brighter clothes with these natural whitening methods:

#1 Baking Soda

Add 1/2 a cup of baking soda into your washer along with your clothes and laundry detergent, then wash as normal. 

Use baking soda to pre-treat stains before laundering as usual: add 4 tablespoons of baking soda to a cup of water to create a paste. Then use the mixture to scrub directly onto the stain and let sit for up to 10 mins.

Baking soda will help to whiten your white clothes and get rid of stains!

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#2 Distilled white Vinegar

Add 1/2-1 cup of vinegar into your washer along with your clothes and laundry detergent, then launder as normal.  If you’re worried about the smell, don’t, as the smell will disappear after drying.

Vinegar is great for treating invisible and spot stains. Spray vinegar on the underarm area of the garment and directly on the stained spot. You can also rub vinegar directly on the spot stain and let it sit for an hour before wishing as normal.

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#3 Borax

Add 1/2 a cup of Borax into your washer along with your clothes and laundry detergent, then wash as normal. Borax is a natural mineral which helps keep your laundry clean from residue, thus brightening and whitening your clothes. It also deodorises and removes stains.

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#4 Lemon

Add 1/4-1/2 a cup of lemon juice into your washer along with your clothes and laundry detergent, then launder as normal. 

For a stronger whitening method, fill a large pot with water and lemon slices from 1-2 lemons and boil. Turn off heat, add items and leave to soak for an hour. Then wash as normal.

This will help brighten and get rid of stains!

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#5 Hydrogen peroxide

Add 1/2 a cup of hydrogen peroxide into your washer along with your clothes and laundry detergent, then launder as normal. Hydrogen peroxide whitens and brightens clothes, disinfects and removes stains.

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#6 Sunlight

Finally, whenever you possibly can, air dry your clothes in full exposure to the sun. The suns UV rays help to brighten up your whites, remove odour and leave them smelling fresh.

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On a different note, if you’ve been paying much attention to reading this blog, you’ll realise that these methods also help to remove stains! (Makes sense though doesn’t it?) So you can use these methods on coloured clothes too to get rid of spot stains. 

For lazy days, you can schedule a laundry collection service with us and we’ll get those white clothes shining for you! Better yet, we can remove the stains too!


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Lets Talk Laundry In Different Languages

Doing laundry when you travel abroad can be a little tricky. Not because you have limited resources to do laundry, but because it’s out of your normal routine and the language can be a barrier sometimes. As a result, most travellers choose to hand wash their clothes in the sink, but there are still few who would prefer to have it laundered.

When a foreign language does become a barrier, it can be difficult to specify how you want your clothes cleaned and what you want done to them, like iron or folded etc.

We’ve based this post on European languages: French, Spanish and Italian, as these are the most commonly visited places in Europe.

So let’s say you want to do your laundry in a laundromat in Spain, France or Italy. What words can you use? What phrases can you say? Let’s take a look:

 

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Bonus for if you want to add ‘please’ and ‘thank you’:

French: ‘S’il vous plaît’ and ‘Merci’

Spanish: ‘Por favor’ and ‘Gracias’

Italian: ‘Per favore’ and ‘Grazie’

Although you might not get a 24 hour dry cleaning and laundry collection service, at least you’ve got somewhat useful words and phrases to break the language barrier when you want to use a laundromat in those countries.

Let us know in the comment section if you would like to see more laundry talk in different languages and we’ll give you a part 2, or share some useful laundry phrases in your language with us! 🙂

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Why Your Clothes Really Shrink In The Dryer

Isn’t it frustrating when you go to take your clothes out of the dryer and discover that your favourite shirt has magically shrunk into a kids’ size? *sighs*

After that experience, I’m sure you’re sceptical about putting your clothes in the dryer again.

If you didn’t know already, the main reason why your clothes shrink in the dryer is not because of the heat but because of agitation inside the dryer… and possibly because it has a ‘Do not tumble dry’ label but you choose to put it in the tumble dryer any way.

Here are 3 main reasons why your clothes shrink in the dryer and how to prevent them from shrinking!:

     1. It has a ‘do not tumble dry’ tag

For starters, you want to check to see if your garments are safe to tumble dry, even if that means checking every single clothing you want to put in there. Otherwise, you’re just setting yourself up for disappointing results.

If you’re not sure what the tumble dry label looks like, here’s a basic guideIf you’re still unsure and want a helping hand, you can always schedule a laundry collection service with us.

     2. Delicate fabrics x tumble dryer= Disaster

If you don’t want to read the label, then here are some common fabrics that display the ‘do not tumble dry’ label: Cotton fabrics, Silk garments, lace, wool jumpers, bathing suits and bras. Basically all delicate fabrics that require air drying.

     3. You’re using the wrong temperature with the wrong fabric!

Too often, people use the wrong tumble dryer temperature settings. To stay on the safe side, use the tumble dryer at the LOWEST setting or on the normal setting BUT on a shorter cycle. This will prevent shrinkage as well as damages altogether.

 

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How Often You Should Be Washing Your Clothes

Raise your hand if you’re guilty of not knowing how many times you’ve worn a specific piece of clothing, so you smell it to see if it’s still okay to wear ?

Fun fact: There are a certain number of times you should wear your clothes before washing them. For some it’s after every wear, for most it’s after 3 wears, it all depends on what garment it is.

Below is an infographic guide on how often you should wash your clothes, determined by the number of wears..When to wash clothes

These are just general guides, for normal days, if you don’t over sweat or soil your clothes easily. However, should you be perspiring heavily, or get your clothes dirty, then you need to put that straight in the wash! Or book a laundry collection service with us, we’re not just your 24 hour dry cleaning service you know.