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Challenges Of Travelling Solo

Solo travelling can be an experience like no other! With no friends or family with you, it can be easy to begin daydreaming about sleeping in with no judgement or stuffing our faces day after day, guilt-free. 

Travelling solo can indeed produce a wealth of excitement and adventure. It is also true that it brings with it some real struggles. One day your drinking at a hostel bar with new your new fascinating international friends, the next you might find yourself alone and lost in one of the less friendly neighbourhoods in town. If you are thinking of giving solo travelling a try, then make sure know what you are getting yourself into. 

  • Breaking the news to friends and family that you will be solo travelling
  • Having to make new friends 
  • Bringing your bag with you EVERYWHERE
  • Not speaking to anyone for a whole day (or more)
  • Relying on selfies
  • No one to split the bill with 
  • Getting lost on your own
  • Feeling sick with no one to look after you
  • Having no one to share your experiences with 

Breaking the news to friends and family that you will be solo travelling

This is something anyone who has considered travelling solo will understand. Before your dream is even close to becoming a reality, expect your parents to ask you thousands of time: “Why would you want to travel ALONE?!”. The same applies to close friends who might take offence to you wanting to travel on your own instead of with them. 

Getting questioned by your friends and family is always the first struggle solo travellers face themselves with. Some will question your motives for travelling solo, some your capacity to make friends and others might question your ability to survive on your own! Nearly 100% of the people bombarding you with such questions would have never been solo travelling themselves. They might not understand the numerous reasons there are for wanting to see the world on your own. Don’t let these initial reactions from people put you off of your dream. 

Having to make new friends 

The fear of not making new friends when travelling alone is probably number one on most peoples list of worries about travelling solo. Images flash through our minds of us sitting alone at a hostel bar, no one wanting to talk to us, checking our phones habitually for any human contact we can find.  

This reality can be especially true for those of us who are more introverted and don’t make friends as easily as others. It might be that you are surrounded by more brash extroverts who prevent you from getting a word in or just that you find it hard to build enough courage to start a conversation with someone. Thankfully, there are some suggestions to combat this struggle. You can always book day trips where you find plenty of like-minded solo travellers also looking for friends. Better yet, you could use this opportunity as a chance to grow your social skills and push you out of your comfort zone. 

Bringing your bag with you EVERYWHERE

Picture this, you have just arrived at your destination after 8 excruciating hours on a bus with no toilet on board. In a desperate hurry, you grab your bags and head full steam ahead for the bathroom. Just as you enter the door of the bathroom, you realise no one is with you to look after your bag, meaning you have to stuff yourself and your two oversized bags into the cubicle with you. 

This situation isn’t unique to bus stations, though. Want to go to the toilet in Mac Donald’s? Better bring your bag. Want to check out that beautiful view at the top of the hill? Be sure to take your bag. With no one around to watch out for your stuff, you have to be extra vigilant and ensure you bring your luggage with you EVERYWHERE when travelling from one spot to another. 

Not speaking to anyone for a whole day (or more)

The thought of spending some time alone could seem appealing to some people thinking of travelling solo. Although not all people quite realise just how much time they will spend alone. It is pretty common to leave the hostel in the morning, explore the city all day, and return at night without having said a word to anyone. Especially if you are in a country with locals who speak little English. 

While this can sound like heaven to some people, others aren’t as keen on their own company. This can often induce feelings of loneliness in people. The best way to avoid this problem is to hang around the hostel bar – strike up a conversation with the barman and your fellow travellers. Ask about their time in the city, or their experiences travelling so far, you might just find out some useful tips. You could end up finding yourself the perfect companion to accompany you on your next exploration around the city. 

Relying on selfies

A common theme for most solo travellers is that their photo albums only consist of two types of photos: photos of incredible views; and selfies with said incredible views in the background. You want to capture this once in a lifetime moment, but also don’t want to look like an obnoxious tourist carrying a selfie stick around. 

The only solution to this struggle is to ask a stranger to take a picture of you. It could be helpful to learn how to ask for a photo in the local language. This might seem like an impossible challenge, but it could be the only way to get that photo you so desperately desire.

No one to split the bills with

Splitting the bill on holiday is a ritual many of us take for granted. We all have glorious memories of enjoying delicious meals with friends on holiday and not being able to believe how cheap it was when divided up in the group. 

This problem doesn’t just relate to your time spent eating out on holiday. That cab from the airport would be 1/2 the price if you had 2 friends with you. That private hotel room with two beds inside would also be 1/2 the price if you had someone else to share with. As a solo traveller, you have to get used to eating all the costs throughout your trip. There isn’t an easy answer to this problem, you can use tools like Uber Pool to split the cost of taxis, but you will need to find friends to dine with if you want some help covering dinner. 

Getting lost on your own

Having two heads instead of one when navigating your way around a new city comes with its advantages. When you get lost in a new place with a friend, it can be an exciting adventure that you will one day retell to all your friends. When you get lost in a foreign place on your own, it can quickly become a scary experience, especially as darkness starts to creep into the sky. 

The best thing you can do if you find yourself in this sort of situation is to remain calm and remind yourself that if you got yourself to this point, then you can yourself back to your hostel. It might be a good idea to carry a business card from your hotel or hostel or take down the address on a piece of paper. That way you’ll always have the address to get home, even when your phone has run out of battery. Another tip would be making the most of the free city maps you find in almost every hotel or hostel reception.  

Feeling sick with no one to look after you

It’s never nice getting sick, especially when you are on holiday, and even more so if you are alone. No one wants to be the person in a hostel dorm keeping everyone up all night, with there sneezes and coughs, not to mention the fear of spreading the illness. 

With no friend to confide in and tell you it’s going to be OK, you can find yourself calling your parents at awkward times to describe your symptoms in the hope they have the magic cure. If you do get sick while travelling solo, take the time to slow down, get some rest and take the break your body is clearly crying out for. It could be a solid move to treat yourself to that private hostel room to ensure you don’t alienate yourself from the rest of the backpackers by keeping them up all night.

Having no one to share the experience with 

There will be various times throughout your solo journey that something unbelievable will appear in front of you, you will be dying to discuss this phenomenon, but alas, you will be alone. This can often be a strange realisation for travellers when they find themself faces with incredible beauty but have no one to discuss it with. 

That is not to say these moments can’t still be enjoyed when you are alone. Times like this are perfect for self-reflection or journaling your experiences. It will also help you to appreciate your own company and eventually realise some moments are more special when only experienced by yourself.

If you are travelling solo and you are lucky enough to end up in one of the cities we operate in, why not choose Laundryheap as your new laundry companion. We are currently based in London, but our services are available in London, Manchester, Coventry, Birmingham, New York, Dublin, Dubai, Sharjah and Amsterdam. 


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Complete Guide To Removing Different Sauce Stains

Is there anything worse than dry food? Sauce, in all its incredible different varieties, has meant we never have to worry about our food being too dry again. These moist and flavoursome little bottles of joy do come with there own problems though.

It doesn’t matter if it is the bright red ketchup, golden yellow mustard, or the infamous brown BBQ sauce that your taste-buds desire most. All of these wonderfully tasty condiments can leave us in a state of panic every time we carelessly spill them onto our new white t-shirt. We are here to try and ease that panic. Next time you find yourself overindulging in a hot dog that is drowning in mustard and ketchup, make sure you know how to remove the stains once the inevitable happens. 

  • Tomato Sauce
  • Mustard
  • BBQ Sauce 
  • Mayonnaise
  • Chilli Sauce 

Tomato Sauce 

 You can find this versatile vegetable (or fruit!?) in cuisine all over the world. Whether its ketchup on your fries, spaghetti sauce or bloody mary’s, sauces that mostly contain tomatoes can make it seem like the end of the world when spilt on our clothes.

The best thing you can do when spilling tomato sauces on your clothes is act as soon as possible. Try to use heavy-duty laundry detergent and make sure you use the hottest water recommended for the fabric on the garment care label. Always ensure you check the laundry symbols before washing the garment. To start with, gently rub the liquid detergent directly on the stain. Next, place the garment into the machine to be washed. Make sure to air dry after, as heat from the dryer can set in any remaining stain particles that have not come off in the wash. 

Mustard

Like ketchup, mustard can cause most people to shriek when it’s spilt on your clothing due to its luminescent colour. Mustard contains a dye called Tumeric to enhance the yellow colour, which means it must be treated differently to other stains on this list. 

If a mustard stain does not get treated quickly, the turmeric dye can remain on your clothing as a permanent reminder of your carelessness. Try to catch the stain while it is still moist and blot immediately. Make sure you do not rub the stain, as you do not want to spread the turmeric onto unstained parts of the garment. 

Finally, mix a solution of three-quarters of dish soap and one quarter rubbing alcohol. Apply the mixture to the stain and allow to soak for 10 minutes, just long enough for it not to dry. The alcohol in the solution should turn the stain a dark colour, but not to worry, it will rinse right out! Rinse the treated area with hot water, and then launder like normal.

BBQ Sauce 

Would a barbecue even be a barbecue if it wasn’t messy to eat? Most people attending a barbecue know the risks going in, but that still doesn’t make the BBQ sauce stains any less harrowing. 

Removing the stain is a two-step process. Soak the affected garment just like you would soak a dirty dish in warm water with dishwashing detergent, this will help loosen the sauce from the fabric and help clean the stain. Once you have left to soak for at least ten minutes, pour some vinegar on the affected area and scrub with a kitchen sponge. After you’ve treated the stain, run the garment through the washing machine like normal. 

Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is probably the least threatening colour of all sauces listed in this guide, but do not let its neutral colour fool you. Mayonnaise can leave oily spots on your clothing that are not always easy to remove.

When you spill a blob of mayonnaise on your clothing, use a blunt object like a butter knife or spoon to lift as much of the Mayonnaise off the fabric as you can. Never rub because this will push the stain deeper into the fabric, making it harder to remove. Seeing as the bulk of the issue is an oil-based stain, every Mayonnaise stain should be pre-treated using solvent-based stain removal products. If you don’t have any solvent-based stain remover at hand, apply a bit of heavy-duty liquid detergent instead. Then work it in by delicately rubbing with your fingers or a soft-bristled brush. Lastly, wash the garment in the washing machine on the highest heat it recommends on the label

Chilli Sauce

Need some spice in your life, but don’t like it trickling onto your clothes? A good old fashioned spicy hot sauce is great for adding flavour to your dishes, but not so great for your new white work shirt. Most hot sauce ingredients consist of peppers, spices and vinegar. Assuming your favourite brand of chilli sauce doesn’t add too much artificial food colouring, the stains should be simple to remove. 

Acting immediately is proving to be a common theme in this guide. You guessed it, don’t wait until you’ve finished your food to act on a chilli sauce stain, get on the job straight away! 

First things first, run the stain under the tap for at least a minute. Do not rub the stain here, instead let the water flow do the work. We also recommend turning the item inside out and cleaning from the backside to remove it from within the fabric. After this, place the clothing in a sink filled with cold water, add a tablespoon of liquid detergent and vinegar, then gently scrub the stained area. Lastly, put the item in a washing machine and make sure to use warm water, never hot, as this will set the stain. 

If you don’t have the time or patience to clean a worrying stain out of your clothing, why not let the professionals help you? Laundryheap is here to help by offering same-day laundry & dry cleaning collection with free next day delivery.


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8 Best Maternity Stores in New York City

If you or one of your loved ones is pregnant, then first thing’s first, congratulations! Over the next few months, you will become more devoted to your little bundle of joy. That could mean anything from decorating the baby’s new room or getting a scan. Another important issue for soon-to-be Mothers is purchasing maternity clothes. Don’t look at this as a daunting task but think of it as some much needed “you” time. This is likely going to be the most necessary retail therapy you will ever need in your life. 

This list will help you find the most comfortable (and stylish!) maternity clothes New York City has to offer. 

  1. Yummy Mummy 
  2. Rosie Pope
  3. A Pea in the Pod at Macy’s 
  4. Motherhood Maternity 
  5. Janes Exchange 
  6. Pink Blush Maternity
  7. Hindy’s Maternity Boutique
  8. ASOS Maternity 

Yummy Mummy

Regarded as the one-stop-shop for “all things breastfeeding”. The store is located on the Upper East Side and stocks breastfeeding-friendly apparel with a selection of bras, pants, dresses, skirts, tops and more. The philosophy at Yummy Mommy is that you never need to sacrifice comfort or style to feed your child. 

Address: Inside Knickerbocker Plaza, 1751 2nd Ave Suite 203, New York, NY 10128, USA

Rosie Pope

This chic shop has an abundance of trendy apparel for mums-to-be and babies. You can pick up a mix of imaginative, fashionable, and differing styles of maternity apparel. Products can range from casual stay-at-home pants to more formal dresses for that all-important date night. Maternity clothing is only part of the overall in-store experience with concierge services, parenting classes, and even a room they describe as The Mancave (for distracting irritable Daddies to be). 

Address: 1265 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128, USA

A Pea in the Pod at Macy’s 

One of the more high-end stores on this list, A Pea in the Pod stocks a variety of designer maternity wear for the more fashion-conscious Mummies-to-be. There is nothing unfashionable about the maternity wear on offer here. You will be able to find all the latest trends here whether you are looking for a new bikini or a cute dinner dress. 

Address: 151 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001, USA

Motherhood Maternity 

Don’t want to spend loads of money on clothes you may only wear for a few months? Then Motherhood Maternity has you covered. With plenty of stylish, affordable and durable clothing starting at as cheap as $5.00 for tees and tanks this store ticks all the boxes. These guys stock everything from maternity jeans, maternity tops, maternity dresses and nursing bras!

Address: 270 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001-6720, USA

Janes Exchange

This is another one for the future Mommies who want to save some dollars before the baby arrives. This buzzy secondhand shop has a large selection of maternity clothes, as well as kids clothes, gear and toys. They even boast a play area for any older siblings of the new baby that might be accompanying you. Janes also stocks new maternity clothing from Cadeau.

Address: 191 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009, United States

Pink Blush Maternity

Pink Blush Maternity designs clothes specifically wit you, the modern mother in mind. They operate in a world where fashion meets motherhood. With looks that are stylish, trendy but most of all affordable. You’ll find everything from hospital robes to activewear for pregnant moms! 

Address: Only online

Hindy’s Maternity Boutique 

Hindy’s is one of the more upscale stores featuring on this list. Hindy’s stands out amongst the others because of its vast variety of offerings – from sportswear, career wear, cocktail dresses and just about anything else you can imagine. Hindy’s started out as a small shop and has now expanded into a nationwide scale operation. This hasn’t dropped the quality of clothes though, they still stay true to the original goal; keep Moms stylish and comfortable. 

Address: 4902 New Utrecht Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11219, United States

ASOS Maternity 

If you haven’t already heard of fashion giant ASOS then it’s fair to say you may have been living under a rock for the last ten years. You can, however, be forgiven for not knowing about ASOS’ marvellous maternity range. With relatively inexpensive products and new items added to the site every week, ASOS should be high on the list of all new Mom’s go-to maternity stores.

Laundryheap can help relieve the stress of doing laundry with our same-day laundry and dry cleaning service, to give you more time for the important things in life, like shopping!


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How to Stop Your Raw & Selvedge Denim From Fading

Denim jeans have been an essential item of clothing since the 19th century. Before the 1950s, most denim jeans were crafted from raw and selvedge denim. In the decades since the way jeans were produced changed drastically with the implementation of new cost-cutting technologies and manufacturing in developing countries. 

Raw and Selvedge denim remains available at a slightly higher cost and has recently seen a resurgence in demand. Even though most raw denim enthusiasts are obsessed with achieving fades on their jeans, there are still a small community of people who want to preserve the dark indigo colour their jeans are when they purchase them. There are a few approaches for maintaining that dark colour, much to the dismay of some raw denim devotees. 

  1. Soak in water and white vinegar
  2. Iron sporadically
  3. Wash with specific denim care brands
  4. Refrain from strenuous activity when wearing the jeans
  5. Buy non-fading denim
  6. Have your jeans dry cleaned (professionally)

Soak in water and white vinegar

You may have seen this hack featured on our blog before in the How To Remove Stains With Viniger post. Luckily for you, vinegar has lots of incredible uses that don’t include fish and chips, like being used to set the indigo dye in your jeans. 

Once mixed with water (about half a cup for a tub full), soak the pair of jeans in the mixture to limit any further fades. This is also a good cleaning option for denim heads who don’t want to wash there jeans at all. 

Iron regularly to stop creasing

Parts of your jeans that crease are often the first places that you will find fading; the crotch, knees and the seat are the most prominent areas for fading. 

Ironing out these creases after every wear will help minimize fading in the areas mentioned above. This isn’t the most time-efficient method and will require a high level of dedication from the wearer. So it all depends on how dedicated you are to minimizing those fades.

Wash with specific denim care brands

There are a host of reliable brands that have been tried and tested by the raw denim community to ensure the best care for your jeans. However, it is important to bear in mind if you want to limit fades, avoid the washing machine at all costs.

One common brand used to clean raw denim is Woolite Dark washing detergent. A small amount of Woolite Dark mixed with water provides an excellent soaking environment to soak your denim in. Alternatively, brands like Mr Black Garment Essentials produce ‘Denim Refresh’ products, a biodegradable solution designed to clean, refresh and extend the life of your beloved raw denim jeans. 

Refrain from excessive activity 

Without a doubt, the most depressing option on this list, refraining from wearing your new raw denim is probably the last thing you want to think about right now.

Having several different pairs of selvedge jeans can mean spacing out how much you wear each pair, leading to less fading in the long run. This option is obviously dependant on your budget and how desperate you are to maintain that dark indigo look. 

Buying non-fade denim 

This one has to go down as the easiest tip on this list and that is to just buy jeans that don’t fade. Unfortunately, raw denim that doesn’t fade comes at a hefty price and aren’t commonly found. 

Some traditional denim brands like  Pure Blue Japan have recently started making raw denim that won’t fade. PBJ sells a pair called NC-005. The “NC” stands for ‘No Change’, referring to the fabric holding its colour. These jeans will still show signs of wear, but will not fade to a lighter shade like other raw selvedge denim.

Have your jeans dry cleaned (professionally)

Taking your jeans to specialists like us here at Laundryheap ensures your denim will get the best care possible. Our service is reliable, professional and takes just 24hours. Did we mention that it’s also free next day delivery? What are you waiting for!


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Top 5 Day Trips From Dublin City

Ireland’s capital city has a rich history of culture, arts and nightlife. Home to the famed River Liffey and The Temple Bar you would be forgiven for never wanting to leave Dublin. 

Luckily for you, you can travel to just about anywhere in the country from Dublin and back again in a day. 

So if you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the fair city, here are some of our top recommendations.

  1. Howth
  2. Wicklow Mountains 
  3. Cliffs of Moher
  4. Kilkenny Castle & City
  5. Connemara & Galway City. 

Howth

Easily the closest of all our destinations on this list. Howth is located just a short 25 minute journey from Dublin City centre. You can take the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) train to this picturesque little fishing village. City dwellers often make the short journey to the rocky peninsula to get a well-earned break from stresses of cosmopolitan life.

Howth offers the delights of fresh sea air to accompany you on your rural hike through this delightful part of the East Coast of Ireland. We recommend visiting Howth Cliff Walk, a family-friendly path with phenomenal panoramic views. There are also countless sights to see like Howth Castle & Gardens, The National Transport Museum and St Mary’s Abbey Medieval ruins to wander around.

A short walk from the train station and you will find delicious street food, handmade jewellery and traditional Irish crafts jumping out from there individual market stalls.

Wicklow Mountains

Spread out over 85 miles, the Wicklow Mountains are a natural wonderland of endless hills, boggy marshes, icy marshes and windswept heaths. The raw natural beauty of Wicklow Mountains is all the more impressive when considering how close this wonderful escape is from Dublin.

The area is sometimes known as Ireland’s Hollywood because many of the countries most famous stars own property in this untouched part of the country. Bono, Daniel Day-Lewis and Guinness family all have homes in and around the Wicklow Mountains.

These mountains host endless walking trails and medieval ruin sights, some of you may have even seen the landscape on films and TV like P.S. I Love You and Vikings. The most popular attraction in this part of Ireland would be the Monastic City at Glendalough.  Located in what is known as the valley of lakes, this early Christian monastery was founded in the sixth century by Saint Kevin. Adventurers can find the ruins of a cathedral and a majestic Irish round tower.

The Cliffs of Moher

At the westernmost edge of the Emerald Isle, the hardy Cliffs of Moher tower nearly 702 feet above the Atlantic ocean. No trip to Ireland is complete without stopping off at these breathtaking cliffs. So breathtaking in fact that they were used in the filming of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Considered by many to be the top destination to visit in Ireland, this unique section of coastline stretches for five miles along the ocean. These striated limestone cliffs are constantly being beaten by the Atlantic winds and waves, resulting in remarkable views all year round. On a clear day, it is possible to see as far west as the Aran Islands, beyond the islands the next bit of land to the West would be the United States.

The cliffs are located on the western border of County Clare, less than an hours drive from Shannon Airport. Travellers from Dublin can take a train to Ennis, and from there take a public bus which makes trips to the cliffs Visitor Centre three times a day.

The Kilkenny Castle & City

Kilkenny is located just an hour away from Dublin so it makes for the perfect day trip from the capital! It is often frequented by Dubliners on weekend getaways or stag parties. The city boasts an electric nightlife. When you aren’t enjoying some of the many pubs and restaurants in the city, go and check out the famous Kilkenny Castle.

One of Ireland’s most visited heritage sites, the Kilkenny Castle was initially built for the powerful Butler family in the 12th century, though much of the present look dates from the Victorian times. From November to January visits are by guided tours only, with self-guided tours from February to October. One standout part of the tour is the Long Gallery which boasts a painted roof and carved marble fireplace.

Connemara & Galway City

Arguably Ireland’s most untouched regions, Connemara is a must-see. Located on the West Coast in County Galway this destination may seem far from Dublin City, but with the train running from Dublin to Galway every hour you can be there in 2 hours 30 minutes.

Thousands of people flock to Connemara every year to see the wild beauty it has to offer. This district really captures the true essence of the West of Ireland with its Connemara ponies, valleys, lakes, thatched cottages and the famous Clifden Castle. Make sure you give yourself enough time to visit Galway city whilst stopping through, this wonderfully quirky city is bustling with traditional Irish music and culture. Eyre Square, 16th Century Spanish Arch, Druid Lane Theatre and the Spanish Quarter are all worth visiting.

If you do decide to embark on any one of these marvellous day trips, why not get your laundry done whilst your away? Laundryheap is here to help with a same day laundry and dry cleaning service with free next day delivery in Dublin.


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8 Surprising Facts About Laundry

In all honesty, when most people think about facts to do with laundry what springs to mind first are things like stain removal tricks, or when did mankind start washing their clothes. The truth is laundry has lots of surprising tales and facts associated with it. This post will highlight 8 of the most surprising facts about laundry!

  1. How Vikings did their laundry.
  2. Ancient Roman’s use of urine to clean clothes.
  3. Chinese were the first people to use the iron. 
  4. H.Sidgier invented the washing machine.
  5. Astronauts incinerating their dirty laundry. 
  6. Pochon invented the early tumble dryer.
  7. Washing detergent was invented because of soap shortages during the First World War.
  8. 70% of dirt on your clothes is invisible.

How Vikings did their laundry.

Early sea voyagers like the Vikings used to tie their laundry up and hang it off the back of ships to wash as it passes through the waves.

Ancient Roman’s use of urine to clean clothes.

In Ancient Rome they would heat urine with water, insert the clothes into the cocktail and stomp on the clothes to clean them.

Chinese were the first people to use the iron. 

Ironing as we know it today was invented by the Chinese. They were the first people to iron clothes with metal over a thousand years ago.  

H.Sidgier invented the washing machine.

1782 was the year the first washing machine was invented. Its creator was H. Sidgier of Great Britain. This was a very primitive version of what we have today, Sidgier designed a rod cage that would crank. Years later inventions like the hand-powered drum machine helped form the machine we use today. 

Astronauts incinerating their dirty laundry. 

Astronauts have historically incinerated their dirty laundry in the Earth’s atmosphere on their way back down. This was initially a way to save water but Nasa does hope to use soiled laundry to feed plants in the future.

Pochon invented the early tumble dryer.

Dryers have been around for 200 years. Although this is new in comparison to the washing machine, they were not commonplace in houses until after the 1960s. You can thank Pochon from France who designed and created the first-ever hand-cranked dryer. Even after the first electric dryer was created in 1936, most people continued to use the old-fashioned model for many years to come. 

Washing detergent was invented because of soap shortages during the First World War.

Washing detergent as we know it today was invented because of soap shortages during the First World War. Chronic shortages of fat meant soap could not be made which led to the creation of synthetic detergent. It was first marketed as ‘Dreft’

70% of dirt on your clothes is invisible.

70% of dirt on your clothes is invisible. According to scientists’ even if your clothes appear to be clean what makes them dirty isn’t necessarily what you can see. Various types of human matter like dead skin cells, sweat, natural body oils and even the wrong type of detergent can make your clothes much dirtier than they may appear.

If you are too busy reading surprising facts about laundry instead of getting some done then let Laundryheap help with our convenient and professional service.


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Tips For Cleaning Curtains

When it comes to cleaning around the house, curtains are often overlooked, either because we don’t know where to begin cleaning or it just seems like a time-consuming process.

Cleaning curtains is the same as cleaning your delicate clothes but easier. We’ve put together a simple guide on how to clean, dry and maintain your curtains.

Machine Washing Curtains

Not all curtains can be machine washed. It all depends on what type of fabric they are. It’s best to check the care label as it will show you the right way to clean them. If your curtains are cotton, it is generally safe to put them into the washing machine on a ‘delicate’ cycle.

For sheer or lace curtains, that can be machine washed, put them into a large delicates bag or pillowcase to keep them extra protected from fraying in the wash.

Hand Washing Curtains

If for some reason you can’t locate the care label or, you don’t want to put your curtains in the washing machine because it is delicate, hand washing is a safer option. Since you have control, it will minimise the risk of damage to the fabric. If you’re don’t know how to hand wash, check out this hand wash guide. Since curtains are large, it’s best to use the bath tub, unless you have a sink that’s large enough.

Drying Curtains 

If the care label advises you not to tumble dry your curtains, line or hang dry them outside provided that the weather allows you to. Make sure to keep away from direct sunlight to avoid bleaching and if possible dry in a breezy place.

For tumble drying, use a low heat setting and remove the curtains just before they dry completely, to avoid wrinkles and creases. You can iron or press the curtains while still damp.

Dry Cleaning Curtains

If your curtains are dry clean only, then you should get them dry cleaned and avoid machine and hand washing. Curtains made from delicate fabrics such as velvet, velour, brocade, chenille wool or silk should dry cleaned.

To save yourself bringing your curtains to the dry cleaners, you can use dry cleaning services such as Laundryheap, who will collect and deliver your them.

Steam Cleaning

A convenient method for cleaning your curtains which is safe for almost all fabric types is steam cleaning with a hand-held steam cleaner. This method requires minimal effort as you can steam while your curtains without taking them down. It is perfect for heavy curtains or those made with natural fibres.

Begin at the top of the curtain, making your way down with gentle vertical strokes. Make sure the steamer is on a delicate setting.

Maintaining Curtains

It’s essential to wash/deep clean your curtains at least twice a year to remove dust and odours. To keep them looking fresh in between, vacuum your curtains using the soft brush attachments once a week and do clean your windows and sills, and dust curtain tracks.


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10 Things Tourists Shouldn’t Do In Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a lovely city and is known as one of the safest in the world. There are so many things to see and do, and while it is a tolerant and liberal city, there are some things that you should be cautious of and not do, in Amsterdam.

10 Things Tourists Shouldn’t Do When Visiting Amsterdam

  1. Don’t get on public transport without an OV-Chip card
  2. Don’t forget your ID
  3. Don’t take the Dutch attitude personally
  4. Don’t expect good customer service
  5. Don’t smoke cannabis publicly
  6. Don’t take photos of the windows in the Red Light District
  7. Don’t wander in the bike lanes
  8. Don’t cycle in pedestrian paths
  9. Don’ forget to watch out for tram tracks
  10. Don’t buy from street dealers

Don’t Travel On Public Transport Without An OV-Chip Card

You can’t travel on trains, trams, buses and metros without an OV-chip card. These chip cards work as a contactless ticket system and are available to purchase from ticket machines throughout Amsterdam. As a visitor, you can choose from several passes including, a day fare or a disposable one-time-only pass.

Don’t Forget Your ID

By law, whether you’re an EU citizen or not, it’s essential to carry around ID with you at all times. If you fail to show identification if asked by police, you can get a fine, but generally, you won’t need to pull your ID out much unless it’s at a bar or coffeeshop.

Don’t Take The Dutch Attitude Personally

The Dutch are direct when it comes to communicating, which can offend some tourists who are not familiar with that type of attitude. Even customer service is inattentive and can take some time for you to get some actual ‘service’ as you need to be the one to approach them first.

Don’t Expect Good Customer Service

As mentioned already, customer service employees are inattentive, and you will usually have to be the one to approach them first. Waiters at cheaper local restaurants and cafes leave people for long periods of time without checking up on them. You will generally need to call the waiter over or go up to the desk.

Don’t Smoke Cannabis Publicly

Although cannabis can be found everywhere in Amsterdam, consumption can only be at licensed ‘coffeeshops’ and not publicly anywhere else as this is illegal. Locales aren’t too fond or proud of the use of cannabis in Amsterdam either; these coffeeshops are more for tourists instead of the Dutch.

Don’t Take Photos Of The Windows In The Red Light District

If you plan on visiting the Red Light District, you mustn’t ever take photos of the women in the windows. You will suffer some terrible consequences like getting thrown into the canal by security and have your phone or camera smashed. To be safe, make sure to check your surroundings if you do want to take a photo in that area, like of the architecture, for example.

Don’t Wander In The Bike Lanes

While the Dutch are cool people, they do get frustrated when someone blocks there path as they’re cycling. They will ride straight through crowds without hesitation and will not give way to tourists. As a result, you may get injured, and the blame will be on yourself. Be careful and look out for paths with a bike icon and painted a faded red colour.

Don’t Cycle In Pedestrian Paths

Just as you shouldn’t wander in cycle lanes, you shouldn’t cycle in pedestrian paths either. If you plan on hiring a bike and taking a tour without a guide, be sure to cycle only in bike lanes and avoid pedestrian-only areas if you don’t want to get fined. Also, it’s important to note that if you don’t know how to ride a bike well, don’t hire one, as this can annoy locals.

Don’t Forget To Watch Out For Tram Tracks

When cycling around, be cautious of tram tracks as they are thin and deep enough to trap your bicycle wheel, resulting in you falling and injuring yourself. Similarly, be careful when crossing the street as there could unexpectedly be a tram travelling in the opposite direction. You can also find taxis, buses and other vehicles using the tram lanes.

Stay Away From Street Dealers

If it’s cannabis you’re after, don’t ever buy them from street dealers as it is both illegal and extremely dangerous. There have previously been some severe cases of intentional drug poisoning over the past few years that have targeted tourists. Instead, go to a licensed coffeeshop.

 

Follow these tips and stay safe while you enjoy your trip to Amsterdam. Don’t forget that if you require a laundry service on your trip, Laundryheap will be happy to help with your laundry troubles.


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How To Brighten Up Your Bedroom

If you’re looking for some ways to naturally brighten up your bedroom, we’ve compiled an easy-to-do list that does not require you to make any remodelling changes.

How To Brighten Up Your Bedroom

  • Use light coloured bedding
  • White walls and ceiling
  • Update your lighting
  • Avoid dark and heavy curtains
  • Add metallic accessories
  • Add a Plant

  • Keep your room clean tidy

Use Light Coloured Bedding

An easy way to begin brightening up your bedroom is to start with your bedding. Consider changing your bedding to light colours if they’re not already. Opt for choosing all-white bedding or light tones that compliment each other.

White Walls And Ceiling

If you have patterned wallpapers or contrasting colours on your walls, get rid of them and paint your walls (and ceiling) white. Since white doesn’t absorb colours, it sends out light bouncing back onto other surfaces creating a brighter space. If you have white coloured walls that are looking a little dull, consider a retouch.

Update Your Lighting

Consider changing your light bulb to one that’s brighter or your light shade into one that gives out more light. You can even add a lamp or two in the most shaded areas of your room.

Avoid Dark And Heavy Curtains

Although dark and heavy curtains are great for blocking out the light at sunrise, it can make your room feel dull and gloomy during the day. Replace your curtains with some light blinds and sheer draperies or choose lightweight and light-coloured curtains.

Add Metallic Accessories

Incorporate a few metallic accessories into your bedroom like a metallic framed mirror, picture frames, vases, and other decorative objects. These items will reflect light, transforming a dim space into a brighter atmosphere. As a bonus, they will also make your room appear luxurious.

Add A Plant

Plants not only help to liven up a room, but they will add colour, contrast, natural appeal, and will purify the air in your room. Choose easy to maintain plants such as cacti, snake plant, pothos, Chinese evergreen, or dracaena.

Keep Your Room Clean And Tidy

A messy and disorganised bedroom can create the illusion of it being small, dull and dark. It’s essential to keep your room clutter-free and tidy if you want to brighten it up. Make sure to do occasional dusting, clean your windows and keep bedding items clean and fresh. If you want your bedding items such as your duvet and pillows professionally cleaned, you can give them to a laundry service.


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Money Saving Laundry Tips For Students in Student Accommodation

For all you students who are living independently in student accommodation, we’ve come up with a few tips that will help you save money when it comes to doing the laundry. 

Money Saving Laundry Tips For Students

  • Use a drying rack
  • Only do laundry when you need to
  • Hand wash underwear
  • Bring some laundry home

Use A Drying Rack

Instead of spending money on both the washing and drying machine, save yourself the extra coins and invest in a drying rack. Whether it’s a tall or portable one, choose a size fit for your room.

You can also hang dry some items around your room like on closet doors or on the shower rod and use the radiator.

Only Do Laundry When You Need To

An obvious one that probably many of you do already is to wait until your clothes are smelly and visibly dirty until you put them in the wash. It’s best to do the laundry only when necessary and to wait till you have a full load of laundry to maximise the use of the washing machine.

Hand Wash Underwear

By hand washing your underwear and bras, you won’t have to be in a rush to get the laundry done just because you’re running out of underwear. It may seem time-consuming but will only take around 10 mins of your time and will save you a lot of money. If you’re not sure how to hand wash, check out this hand wash guide. You can also hand wash other clothing as well as hosiery. 

Bring Some Laundry Home

For when you get a break at uni, and you plan to go back home, bring a suitcase of laundry with you and get your laundry done there instead. If you visit home every weekend, take the opportunity to do your laundry then.