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How To Dry Clothes Quickly Without A Tumble Dryer

If you don’t have a tumble dryer/ machine dryer in your home but are looking for ways to dry clothes quickly after doing the laundry, here are some quick tips for drying your clothes without a tumble dryer.

How To Dry Clothes Quickly Without A Tumble Dryer

  • Use the spinning setting on your washing machine: The spin cycle on your washing machine helps to remove excess water from your clothes before you go to dry them. This process will help speed up the drying time, even when you hang your clothes up to dry.
  • Use a towel: Lay a clean towel flat down and place the item of clothing on top of it. Then, roll up the towel with the garment inside it into a sausage and wring out the excess water.
  • Place your clothes in a warm area: Place your clothes to dry in a warm area in your home, like on the radiator or in the boiler cupboard. The best option is to hang dry your clothes outside when the sun is out.
  • Dry clothes with an iron: Place your clothing flat down on an ironing board and put a thin clean, dry towel on top of it. Then, iron the clothing under the towel, not forgetting to turn the garment over. This will help the garment to dry without damaging the fabric.


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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Don’t have a gift yet for Father’s day? Don’t worry! Here are some last minute gift ideas you could get for your dad this Father’s day.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

  • Gadgets & Tech

Most dads love cool tech and gadgets. Think about the kind of things your dad is in to or what he’s been hinting that he needs.

If your dad is into music, get him a speaker or wireless earphones. If he’s active and loves working out, get him a Fitbit. Maybe he would love a smart home product like an Amazon echo. 

  • Car accessories

For the dads who take great pride in their car, why not get your dad some car accessories or gadgets. Purchase a car vacuum so your dad can always keep his car clean or maybe get him a magnetic dashboard phone holder as an upgrade to the suction cup ones. If you think you’re dad could use some car security, get him a dashboard cam.

  • Toolbox

Every dad needs a toolbox/ tool set. If you feel like your dad needs to upgrade his tool selection, get him a toolbox that has all the handyman tools included.

You can also give him a tool set that doesn’t involve handyman tools, like a bbq tool set. If you want to make it more personalised, you can purchase an empty toolbox and put all your dads’ favourite things in there, like his favourite drinks, an educational book, a DVD a travel mug etc.

  • A Day out

Treat your dad to a meal in a fancy restaurant. A steak house or seafood place perhaps? Wherever you decide to eat, I’m sure there will be many father’s day deals where your dad can eat for less or even for free!

  • A Gift Card

The most simple gift choice you can give is a gift card. If you still can’t decide what to get your dad, get him a gift card to a shop that he will love. Get him an Amazon gift card or send a gift card from voucher express so he can choose which retailer to spend it on. You can even send him a laundryheap gift card!


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Work-life Balance Tips For Busy Working Parents

The struggle of every full-time working parent is maintaining the balance between work and family life. It’s almost the same busy routine every day, trying to survive the juggling act of various errands and activities.

So, how can you balance work and family life? Here are work-life balance tips for busy working parents.

Work-life Balance Tips For Busy Working Parents

  • Get organised the night before
  • Plan meals ahead
  • Create a family calendar
  • Leave work at work
  • Let your partner help you
  • Organise family time
  • Look after yourself
  • Spend quality time with your partner
  • Quit being a perfectionist
  • Outsource tasks

Get Organised The Night Before

Every morning may seem like a rush. Waking up early to prepare everything for your kids- their clothes, their breakfast, their lunch, and everything else they will need for the day. You also need to get ready for work or to run errands.

To make things in the morning go smoother, minimise tasks in the morning by getting things organised the night before. Lay out your clothes for you and your kids, make packed lunches and have their bags ready to pick up and go.

Plan Meals Ahead

Save meal prep time through the day and after work by planning meals ahead. Preparing healthy home-cooked meals can be pretty time-consuming. Prepare and chop up your ingredients in advance and keep them well-stored, pre-cook food and keep them in the freezer to be fully cooked later in the day or days in advance.

Create A Family Calendar

Having a family calendar will help you keep track of the various after-school activities your children may have and events or details for you and your partner too. It will help you manage your time well and also encourage your kids to be more responsible and organised. 

You can include individual household tasks for your children as well as homework due dates and appointments.

Make sure that the family calendar is in an easily accessible and commonly used place, like the kitchen. 

Leave Work At Work

A common thing most parents tend to do is bring their work problems home instead of leaving them at work.

Turn off your work email and avoid doing anything work-related. If you have to do work at home or are self-employed, try to work in a closed area in your house like at a desk in your room or office, if you have one, to avoid doing work around your family.

If at work, you know you have so much to do, try to manage your tasks effectively so this doesn’t affect you when you get home. 

Let Your Partner Help You

Divide your family/ home responsibilities with your partner. Communicate regularly and work together to accomplish tasks. You can maybe take turns to cook meals or run errands if you’re finding it difficult to make time for it.

Organise Family Time

Spend an hour every night or a day every week to spend time with your family. Instead of being in the house altogether doing your own thing, do something together. Have a family meal, watch a movie or play some games. It doesn’t have to be anything special, as long as you are relaxed and enjoying each other’s company. It’s also a great opportunity to get updated with any news.

Look After Yourself

While your family is your priority, you must never forget to look after yourself too. With so much going, it can be easy to put your needs last without thinking about the consequences. It’s essential to take care of your well-being to help manage stress levels and maintain a healthy state of mind and relationship with your family. 

Make sure you get enough sleep or at least have time to take naps. Eat healthily and refrain from eating takeaways often as this can make you feel sluggish. Try to keep active by exercising or doing a fun activity.

Spend Quality Time With Your Partner

You have to remember that you and your partner are a team. You help each other out with the responsibilities as parents. Make an effort to spend some quality time with your partner at least once a week or have a date night at least once a month. It will help improve and maintain your communication with each other as well as being able to enjoy each other’s company without the kids.

Quit being a perfectionist

No one is perfect, so quit trying to be. It’s okay if your home is a little messy and you’re behind on a few chores. Set yourselves a few tasks at a time instead of all at once and don’t try to multitask when you’re spending time with your family. Keep your house clean as a busy parent with these tips.

Outsource Tasks

Remember, if sometimes there are some things you can’t do, you can always outsource them! Do your grocery shopping online and get it delivered to you or get laundryheap to do your laundry and ironing for you. Whether you’re short on time or you forgot to do it, outsource the task if you can.


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10 Free Things To Do In Dublin

If you’re currently in Dublin or planning a visit and want to know what to do when you get there, here are 10 free things you can do in Dublin.

10 Free Things To Do In Dublin

  • National Museums

Learn more about the rich culture and history of Ireland in one of the 3 national museums located around the city. The museum of archaeology, where you can see primaeval artefacts, the decorative arts and history museum, for Irish clothing and furniture and the natural history museum, where you can see a collection of animals from Ireland.

  • Irish Museum Of Modern Art

Take a trip to the IMMA (Irish of modern art) and see a mixture of both exhibitions and collections focused on contemporary art.

Irish Museum of Modern Art

  • Science Gallery

Visit the science gallery to experience a unique hands-on, interactive gallery that combines science and art. The gallery holds many exhibitions that are never the same and hosts workshops, talks and other events. 

  • Chester Beatty 

Check out Ireland’s top museum that contains one of Europe’s best collections of promoting the appreciation and understanding of world cultures. There is a large selection of cultural displays with holdings of manuscripts, rare books, and other treasures from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

  • Trinity College

Take a quick visit to one of the oldest structures in Dublin, the Trinity college founded in 1592, located alongside Grafton Street. The old library and the book of Kells are the main attraction of Trinity college but are not free. However, you can stroll along the grounds as there are plenty of things to see.

  • Phoenix Park

Take a stroll through one of the biggest parks in Dublin, Phoenix Park. This park covers about 710 hectares and is home to remarkable monuments,  flower beds and wild deers. It is the perfect place to go to for a walk, play some friendly sports or to sit and relax. It is also home to the Dublin zoo.

Phoenix Park

  • The Iveagh Gardens

Take a trip to the ‘hidden gem’ of the city centre, Iveagh Gardens. There you will see sculptures, sunken lawns, rockeries, rose gardens, a hedge maze and a waterfall.

  • St. Stephens Green

Located right at the top of Graftons street, St. Stephens Park is a large Victorian park that covers around 9 hectares (22acres). With over 3.5km pathways, a pond, a waterfall and several sculptures, It’s another great place to relax, take a stroll or have a picnic. 

  • The Howth Cliff Walk

Take a journey to Howth- a seaside village- with lovely scenery and great seafood. Take a walk along the Howth cliff for an incredible view of Dublin Bay and the city.

  • Poolbeg Lighthouse

Get a unique perspective on Dublin and take a walk along the South Wall all the way out to the 20m high Poolbeg Lighthouse. You’ll also see the stunning view of the Bay and the city. You can best enjoy it on a summers day before sunset.

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If on your visit you require a reliable laundry service, Laundryheap will be able to do the job for you. We offer laundry, dry cleaning and ironing and will collect and deliver your items within 24 hours. 


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Traditional Emirati Clothing

The history of traditional Emirati Clothing originates from Bedouins and reigns supreme on modesty for both men and women. It represents the culture and religion of the region, and also happens to be suitable for the high-temperature climate.

A majority of Emirati’s still wear the traditional clothing, especially when and where it is required, despite the western influence.

Here are the basics of what you need to know about traditional Emirati clothing.

Traditional Emirati Men’s Clothing

  • Kandura / Dishdasha: The traditional Emirati male clothing is a long robe called the kandura or dishdasha. It is traditionally in the colour white, but there are other colours, like grey and brown, which are more likely to be worn during the winter months. The length of the kandura is typically ankle length, however, those who have a royal or wealthy status wear longer robes.
  • Ghutra/Keffiyeh: The kandura is traditionally worn with a white or red and white checked cloth draped over the head called the ghutra or keffiyeh, which is held in place by a headband the agal. These headdresses are typically worn to protect the face from blowing dust and the harsh rays of the sun.
  • Bisht: The Bisht is a jacket-like garment worn over the Kandura. It is often worn by wealthy or royal figures and also on special occasions like weddings or festivals.

Traditional Emirati Women’s Clothing

  • Abaya: Abayas are long, black flowing dresses that cover the body except for the face, feet and hands. Tradition considers black abayas to be socially conservative. However, there are now various designs and colours that include embroideries and embellishments. It is common for women to wear western outfits underneath their abaya.
  • Shela (Shayla): Women who follow the traditional dress standards usually wear a headscarf called Shela, also known as Shayla, to cover the hair. It is a lightweight material that is commonly black and worn with the abaya. A majority of women choose to wear designer scarves, like Dior, as an alternative.
  • Gishwa: For more traditional women, a gishwa is a more modest option that acts as a veil to cover the entire face, with a thin enough fabric to still be able to see through it. This is more popular among older women.
  • Burqa: Another traditional piece of Emirati clothing that is more modest is called the burqa. This type of headscarf or hijab covers the entire face and body, only revealing the eyes. It is worn over the abaya and is also common among older women.

Traditional Emirati clothing needs to be well taken care of to remain neat and presentable. Clothing can be cleaned carefully at home or taken to a Laundryheap for professional laundry and dry cleaning service.


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How To Get Rid Of Smoke Smells From Clothes

Smoke smells, whether they’re from cigarettes, cigars or bbq’s tend to stick on to fabrics. Sometimes it’s difficult to remove smoke smells from clothes, even after doing the laundry. So, how do you remove the smoke smell from clothes?

How To Get Rid Of Smoke Smells From Clothes

  • Air it out 
  • Steam
  • Odour eliminator spray
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar

Air It Out 

This solution is perfect for clothes that cannot be washed or exposed to liquid, but  can work for any type of clothing. Sometimes all it takes to get rid of the smoke smell is a bit of fresh air. Hang your clothes outside for a few hours or in well ventilated area indoors if you can’t hang it outside. 

Steam

Steaming or pressing your clothes is a great way to remove odour as the heat kills the odour causing bacteria. It’s also perfect for clothes that you can’t wash. Make sure to check the garment care label to see if your clothes permit steaming.

Odour Eliminator Spray

Use an odour eliminating spray that is safe for fabrics, like febreeze, and spray it all around your clothes. You can also create your own odour eliminating spray by combining water, vinegar and plenty drops of an essential oil of your choice.

Baking Soda

Baking soda works well in removing odours. There are two ways you can use baking soda to remove the smoke smell from your clothes: soaking with baking soda only and soaking in a mixture of baking soda and water,

  • Soaking with baking soda only

Place your clothing item in a large plastic zip lock or resealable bag and add 1/2 a cup of baking soda before sealing the bag. Then, shake the bag so the baking soda is distribute the baking soda out evenly. Leave to sit for a few hours or overnight and wash as normal.

  • Soaking in baking soda and water

Fill up a sink or bucket with warm water, add a cup of baking soda and stir until the baking soda dissolves. Put your clothes into the mixture and it let it soak for up to 2 hours. Then wash as normal.

Vinegar

Fill up a sink or bucket with warm water and add a cup of distilled white vinegar. Soak clothing into the mixture for 1-2 hours before washing as normal.


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Commonly Asked Questions About Dry Cleaning

There are many questions about dry cleaning, most of which are concerned with how effective it is in cleaning our clothes. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about dry cleaning.

How Does Dry Cleaning Work?

Dry cleaning is a cleaning method for textiles using solvents. The technique is the same as wet washing (laundry) but instead of using soap and water, it’s replaced with cleaning solvents. For more information about how dry cleaning works, see our blog post on the dry cleaning process.

Will Dry Cleaning Remove Stains?

A majority of the time, yes, dry cleaning will remove stains. However, that depends on what type of stain it is and how long the stain has been there for. 

Will dry cleaning kill germs?

Yes. The solvents work well to penetrate and get rid of dirt, and the heat from the machines and steamer will effectively get rid of germs and bacteria.

Is Dry Cleaning Better Than Washing?

That depends on the type of fabric you’re dealing with. What ever washing instruction is illustrated on the care label, that is the best option to go with when cleaning your garment. If you want to compare the differences between the two cleaning methods, check out our laundry vs dry cleaning blog post.

How Long Does Dry Cleaning Take?

In general, dry cleaning usually takes between 24-72 hours. With Laundryheap, dry cleaning takes up to 24 hours for clothing items and some home essentials such as pillow and duvet covers, and 72 hours for home and bedding items. 

Does Dry Cleaning Shrink Clothes?

No. Since there is no combination water involved, it is not possible for the dry cleaning method to shrink clothes.

Does Dry Cleaning Remove Odour?

That depends on how strong the odour is. Dry cleaning does well in removing dirt and bacteria but might not be as effective in removing odour. 

Is Dry Cleaning Safe?

With green dry cleaning, yes. There are now many dry cleaners that use eco-friendly cleaning solutions like liquid co2 instead of perc, which is safe for the environment and for the skin.

Can You Wash Clothes That Need To Be Dry Cleaned Only?

Ideally, no, you shouldn’t. Clothing made from fabrics that have to be dry cleaned only do not react well to washing in water. Consequences are that clothes will usually distort in shape or damage the fabric.

Can You Do Dry Cleaning At Home?

Yes, you can. You can purchase home dry cleaning kits. However, it might not be as effective as professional dry cleaners.


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How To Keep Your House Clean As A Busy Parent

Being a busy parent means you’re juggling full-time work and family life while trying to squeeze in a bit of time for things you need to do for yourself. It then becomes the case that you unintentionally neglect to keep your house clean because there is just no time to. Fortunately, we have some quick time management tips that will help you stay on top of keeping the house clean.

How To Keep Your House Clean As A Busy Parent

  • Create A Simple Schedule
  • Spot Clean
  • Clean As You Go
  • Delegate Tasks
  • Outsource

Create A Simple Schedule

To create a cleaning schedule is simple, but to keep track and follow one consistently is hard. Not every day is the same, and so sometimes you have to adjust your schedule.

Experiment first on which days work best for you to do specific cleaning tasks. There may be a pattern that you’ve unnoticedly created where, for example, you tend to dust down surfaces on Sundays and do the laundry on Mondays. Just add that to your cleaning schedule/calendar.

You can even leave yourself a few to-do lists each day if that works for you. Write one up beforehand, ready for the next day or ready for when you get home from work.

Spot Clean

If you notice a bit of filth in certain areas of your home, clean it straight away upon first noticing that it needs cleaning. Does the floor look filthy? Vacuum it. Can you see dust around the TV? Wipe it. These tasks take only a few minutes to do and will save you the hassle from dealing with it a later time.

Clean As You Go

No matter what you’re doing around the house, whether that’s cooking food or brushing your teeth, clean the area that you’re using. For example, if you’re preparing food in the kitchen, why not wash the utensils or items you no longer need and wipe down the kitchen counter. Or if you’ve had a bath, give the tub a quick clean after using it.

Also, put used things back exactly where they need to go to avoid clutter piling up over time and to keep your home organised.

Delegate Tasks

It’s always easy to keep a clean house when everyone gets involved and helps to keep it clean. If you have kids that are old enough to do household chores like wash the dishes or vacuum the floor, feel free to delegate those tasks to them. Younger children can help to clean up clutter like put their toys away or put rubbish in the bin.

Outsource

If worst comes to worst and nothing works for you, you can always outsource your household chores. You can hire a cleaner once a week or so and even get your laundry done for you by Laundryheap without you having to leave the house.


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Managing Laundry While Travelling

One of the problems of travelling, especially when you’re away for quite some time, is doing the laundry. Keeping your clothes clean may be easy if you’re staying in a property that provides on-premise laundry services like in some hotels or Airbnbs. No matter where you’re staying when you travel, there are several ways to keep your clothes clean.  

Managing Laundry While Travelling

  •  Hand wash

This ancient style of doing the laundry- hand washing- will always come in handy.  It is a simple method that everyone should know how to do. For those of you that don’t know how to properly hand wash, check out our blog on how to hand wash clothes. All you need is a sink, bucket or tub, water and soap. 

  • Bag method

There are two methods of washing your clothes using a bag: the Aloksak method and the scrubba wash bag. The Aloksak bag is a transparent, durable and waterproof ziplock bag, designed to store items of any kind and works great for doing the laundry. Add your dirty clothes, water and soap inside the bag and mix it up before leaving to soak for 10 minutes and rinsing it out.

The scrubba wash bag is a portable wash bag that provides a quality wash. Perfect for travelling or camping. To use the scrubba wash bag, add your dirty clothes, water and soap, and then seal the bag. Then, deflate to remove excess air and start rubbing the clothes around for a few minutes before rinsing.

  • Laundromat

Laundromats can pretty much be found all over the world, specifically in larger cities and towns. They’re usually easy to spot and are great for other services too such as dry-cleaning and tailoring. The only problem with this is, you’ll need to carry around cash, and you’ll have to do your research for the best laundromat in town to avoid inconvenient problems. 

  • Local laundry services

If you travel to a town with no nearby laundry facilities (typically in places within Asia or Africa), there may be a chance that someone in the area runs a local laundry business within their own home or would be willing to do the laundry for your for a small fee. If this is the case, it will be helpful to ask local people if they know anyone who can do this for you.

  • Laundry collection and delivery service

Fortunately, the demand for outsourcing laundry is becoming increasingly popular that there are laundry services that will pick up and drop off your laundry to your location. Laundryheap laundry and dry cleaning services are available in some areas with the UK, Ireland, Amsterdam, Dubai and Sharjah.

Best Fabrics To Travel With

The best clothing fabrics to bring on holiday are ones that are durable and can be worn multiple times without being washed. They are quick at drying, wrinkle resistant, lightweight to pack and odour resistant.

You won’t find the perfect material that ticks ALL boxes but there are some fabrics that will make doing laundry while travelling much easier.

  • Denim: Doesn’t require regular washing.
  • Polyester and Nylon: Dries quickly, wrinkle resistant and lightweight.
  • Merino wool: Lightweight, dries quickly and is wrinkle resistant.
  • Rayon: Quick drying and wrinkle resistant.

Whatever clothing you decide to bring, make sure to check the care label to see if clothes are machine washable and can be machine dried if you don’t plan on regularly hand washing them.


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How To Remove Stains With Vinegar

Distilled white vinegar is one of the best natural stain removers that can be found in almost every household. The acetic acid in the vinegar is mild, so it does just enough to remove stains without ruining your clothing. 

Pre-Soak Stains With Vinegar

To remove stains with vinegar via pre-treating, you can dilute the vinegar with water (vinegar 1:3 Water) or soak in undiluted vinegar and allow garments to soak between 15-30 mins or even overnight depending on the stubbornness of the stain.

Here are few pre-treating methods for tough stains you can remove with vinegar:

  • Coffee/tea Stain – soak in solution of 1/3 vinegar to 2/3 water.
  • Grass stain- soak in undiluted vinegar for 30 mins.
  • Gum stain- soak in undiluted vinegar for 15 mins.
  • Juice stain- soak in 1/3 vinegar and 2/3 water.
  • Vomit stain- soak in undiluted vinegar.

Spot Treat Stains With Vinegar

For stains that are a little tougher to remove, you can either pour vinegar directly onto the stain and let it soak up or rub the vinegar into the stain and let it soak up. Leave to soak for as long as necessary. You can also make a spot treat paste by adding baking soda to a mixture of water and vinegar.

Here are few spot treating methods for tough stains you can remove with vinegar:

  • Tomato stain – apply directly on stain and let it soak in.
  • Mustard stain – apply directly on stain and let it soak in.
  • Underarm, Collar or Cuff stain – spray vinegar, rub in and leave to soak.
  • Blood stain – pour vinegar onto stain and let soak for 15 mins.
  • Rust stain – blot stain with vinegar on cotton ball.

Add Vinegar In The Wash

To brighten and make clothes cleaner, just add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle. Although not an actual ‘stain’ this is great for getting rid of mildew smells from clothes. It is also great for getting rid of mild yellowing from clothes. 

Remember:

  • Always remove as much of the stain as possible and rinse with cold water before pre-treating.
  • You can add other stain removers along with vinegar such as baking soda, detergent or washing up liquid.
  • Some methods require more than one try if the stain has been set in for a long time.
  • If you prefer to have a professional to remove stains, you can book a collection with Laundryheap.