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Jobs That Require Wearing an Apron

Aprons are essential; they protect our clothes from germs and dirt. It’s highly advisable to keep them clean consistently. If you have been tasked to prepare food or drinks in a workplace, the chances of you wearing an apron are very high.

Here are some of the most common jobs that require wearing an apron

1. Barista

A barista’s job is to prepare coffee and heat food and bakery. Wearing an apron is part of a barista’s dress code; in a fast-paced environment, the apron will have coffee or milk stains on it. Just like how a superhero needs a cape, the barista needs an apron to maintain health and safety standards for the work environment.

Barista wearing an apron

2. Baker

Bakers also are required to wear an apron. A baker’s job typically deals with pastries or cakes and unsurprisingly, it does get messy in a bakery.

Bakers wear aprons that cover the trousers, but the aprons are designed in a way that gives the baker ease, comfort, and mobility to move around the workplace.

Baker wearing an apron

3. Chef

The life of a chef can get very busy as they work in a non-stop environment but fortunately, they have an apron to protect them till the end of their shift. Whereas the aprons of a barista or baker cover mostly the trousers, a chef’s apron covers the body and down to the knees.

Bistro aprons are best suited for chefs as they allow easier mobility around the kitchen.

If you’re a restaurant owner, make sure you get fabrics that can absorb sweat in case your chefs need to speak to the customer. After all, presentation is everything in the eyes of your customers.

Chef wearing an Apron

4. Hairdresser

Hairdressers work in a different industry compared to the previous 3 jobs. One similarity in all jobs is that aprons are vital. It’s essential for hairdressers at a salon or barbershop to wear an apron. The last thing they want to see is people’s hair all over their personal clothes so the solution to this problem is wearing an apron!

5. Hotel Maid

Hotel maids’ day-to-day responsibilities include cleaning, changing bedsheets and making sure overall hygiene standards are high. Maids will expect to see dust and dirt as they are cleaning the rooms and toilets. To protect them from germs, it is essential they wear an apron. It is recommended hotel maids wear an apron that has pockets so they can hold gloves and washcloths inside.

Maid Wearing an Apron
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If you run a business that requires your staff to wear aprons, Laundryheap can help you to keep your aprons constantly cleaned and ironed! Whether you own a salon, restaurant, or café, we are here to help you!

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How To Look After Your Gym Towels

If you’re a regular gym-goer, you’ll know the feeling of breaking a sweat in the gym and the benefits of a gym towel; it absorbs water and gets rid of sweat. You may have questions on the best ways to look after your gym towels and luckily for you, we have both the answers and the laundry tips to keep your gym towels clean!

1. Wash Gym Towels Immediately

You’ll undo the hard gym work if you don’t look after your gym towels after a productive workout session because maintaining hygiene is crucial. Our laundry tip for you is to wash your gym towels after every use. Aside from your sweat, your towels are touching gym equipment. Washing towels immediately reduces the chances of bacteria and germs spreading and if you wait too long, you’ll towel will get very mouldy!

Look after your gym towels immediately
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2. Wash Gym Towels with Baking Soda

Secondly, baking soda is great for many different types of clothes and materials. Gym Towels aren’t an exemption. The secret of a baking soda is that it helps nullify the bad odours that gym towels bring.

Simply put your gym towels in the washer then add one cup of baking soda to the front loader. Wash with hot water (more on this below).

Baking Soda

3. Use Vinegar Monthly

Furthermore, adding vinegar is a good way to care for your gym towels. Just like Baking soda, vinegar has many uses and one of them is being used to help clean your gym towels. Vinegar helps keep towel odours at bay and brings back the freshness but it is recommended to wash with vinegar monthly.

After the full cycle with baking soda is finished, add a full cup of vinegar to the front loader. Afterwards, start your washing machine on the hottest cycle. After the cycle is finished, begin drying gym towels and then they will look fresh and good as gold!

An additional tip when doing this is always to put baking soda first and not wash at the same time as vinegar to avoid strong smells afterwards!

Vinegar to look after your gym towels

4. Keep Temperature In Check

Our laundry tip for good gym towel care is to keep the temperature in check. Knowing what water settings to choose makes the difference between good and bad results. Our recommendation is to use warm water for coloured towels for less chance of colour fading. Whereas hot water is best suited for white towels. Try not to mix the towels.

A rule of thumb is always read the labels to avoid gym towels with poor washing results and shrinking!

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5. Choose a Laundry Service

Our previous laundry tips were all if you were washing the gym towels yourself at home. However, if you live a busy lifestyle and are drowned by other responsibilities, Laundryheap is here to give you a hand and look after your gym towels!

You shouldn’t skip leg or arms day at the gym, but you can skip laundry day as we’ll do your laundry for you! You can put your gym towels in one bag, book a service with us, choose a collection day and we’ll arrive and return it back to you within 24 hours! All clean, fresh, and high quality!

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When it comes to laundry, we do the heavy lifting! Enjoy your workout and follow our tips for good gym towel care use but if you have a busy day ahead, we are available to help you wash your gym towels!

Visit our website to book or download the free Laundryheap app on iOS and Android.


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Best Places To Visit In Denmark

If you’re considering visiting Denmark, you’ll be rewarded with a country that is overflowing with a rich history, vibrant surroundings, amazing architecture, etc. Located in Northern Europe, here are the best places to visit in Denmark.

  • Copenhagen
  • Helsingør
  • Aarhus
  • Humlebæk
  • Roskilde

Copenhagen

When talking about the best places to visit in Denmark, it’s easy to start off with the capital city – Copenhagen. The city is a cultural and historical hub that you must explore when visiting Denmark. Castles such as Frederiksborg are full of history and are a tourist’s dream.

If you’re visiting Denmark with family, you can treat them to Scandinavia’s most popular theme park; Tivoli Gardens which is home to a variety of rides, concerts, and theatres. You can even stop for some ice cream (for the kids!).

We will give you a heads up, there are water rides which will wet your clothes but our dry-cleaning services can help you with that!

Helsingør

If you love literature, you’ll love Helsingør. The town of Helsingør is significant historically because of its Shakespearean past and is one of the best places to visit in Denmark. The Kronborg Castle is popular among tourists and will make you feel part of a fairytale! The castle was the setting of William Shakespeare’s play; Hamlet. Wherever you go in Helsingør, it’s full of culture from museums, churches, and elegant palaces like the Fredensborg Palace.

Aarhus

Aarhus is a must when visiting Denmark. Originally starting as a Viking settlement in the eighth century, the city today is a major attraction with a vibrant city atmosphere, and it was named a European Capital of Culture in 2017. You’ll want to make sure your camera is ready because there are plenty of colourful buildings that will be great for your Instagram feed! An iconic spot to visit in Aarhus is the ARoS Aarhus Art Museum. You don’t have to be an art-lover to appreciate the sculpture of this gorgeous museum!

If you want to have a relaxed day, you can always visit the parks in Aargus Botanical Gardens and picnic there with your family! If you make a mess on your picnic mat or drop food on your clothes, Laundryheap has got you covered!

Humlebæk

Humlebæk is a small town that is worth visiting in Denmark. The town’s main attraction is the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art which is celebrated by artists and lovers of art regularly. What makes this museum popular is that it displays the works of famous artists such as Pablo Picasso, Yves Klein etc.

After you’ve visited the museums, the town also offers must-try coffees at the Louisiana Café. If you’re visiting Denmark and humlebæk in the summer, sit back, enjoy your coffee and get your camera ready to take pictures of the views from the café!

Roskilde

We’ve mentioned Denmark’s rich history but one of the best places to visit in Denmark is Roskilde. Formerly Denmark’s capital city, Roskilde would amaze tourists who are keen to learn more about Vikings because you can visit the Viking Ship Museum and step back into time and relive the Vikings Era (don’t worry, it’s all educational fun!).  

Roskilde also prides itself on hosting a music festival, the largest in Northern Europe. If you want to just vibe and sing out loud at the festivals, you are in the right place!

Visiting Denmark should be on your bucket list. Book your flights, experience the vibrant cities, visit the beautiful parks, and explore the city’s history through museums and castles!

Laundryheap services are also available in Denmark. If you ever feel like your laundry is piling up and getting in the way of your adventure, visit our website or download the free Laundryheap app on iOS or Android so we can do your laundry for you!

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Unique things you will only see in Dubai

Dubai has become synonymous with luxury and uniqueness, it’s no surprise it has become the benchmark around the world. If Dubai is on your travelling bucket list, here are unique things you will only see in Dubai

  • Jumble
  • Aquaventure Waterpark
  • Dubai Mall Aquarium
  • Dubai Water Canal
  • Burj Khalifa

Jumble

Travelling with friends? Family? Undecided on group activities? That’s why we recommend Jumble; the world’s first URBAN maze and the first indoor maze in Dubai. This unique Maze, which you can only see in Dubai, requires teamwork and communication to step up to the plate and escape the maze. If you love puzzles, you’ll love Jumble!

Aquaventure Waterpark

While it’s catered to families with kids, Aquaventure Waterpark can be just as fun for adults! Melt your problems away with a day of unlimited fun and thrilling rides. What makes this waterpark a unique thing to see in Dubai? It is home to the ‘Aquaconda’; the world’s largest waterslide tube and it was voted the fourth-best water park in the world.

You’ll likely get all your clothes wet but no stress, we have a drying service to wash your problems away!

Dubai Mall Aquarium

It doesn’t get more unique than the Dubai Mall Aquarium. Located on the third floor of the Dubai Mall, this unique attraction, which you will only see in Dubai, will fill you with an adrenaline rush.

Learn about the extraordinary life of the aquatic animals at the aquarium. The tank is home to 140 species such as sharks, rays, and sand tiger sharks. As you walk through the 48-metre tunnel, take pictures of the fascinating animals within your sight! There is also a souvenir shop to make the trip memorable!

Dubai Water Canal

When you think of Dubai, you think of unique buildings and architecture, but it is also home to a beautiful water canal that gives the city so much vibrance and colour that just fits the bill for a honeymoon trip!

Enjoy a romantic walk around the canal or if you just love fitness, the canal has added a running track and a cycling path.

Book a ferry and get your camera out and go crazy with the pictures as this is a truly unique sight to see in Dubai!

Burj Khalifa

This list just wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t talk about Burj Khalifa. This enormous building is a world icon and you will only see such a unique masterpiece in Dubai. There are other tall buildings around the world but the charm isn’t the same.

The gigantic building was first constructed in 2004 and opened in 2010. Located in Downtown Dubai, you can visit the tower and purchase tickets to go inside. Once you’re at the top, enjoy the unique and breath-taking view of the city! Take great pictures to show your friends!

We hope your laundry stack is nowhere as big as the tower but if it is, we’ll take care of it!

Burj Khalifa - Unique Thing To See in Dubai
Burj Khalifa

Dubai is truly beautiful and it has become every tourist’s dream.

Whenever you’re in Dubai, sit back in your hotel and decide which unique place you will see.

We also provide Laundryheap services in Dubai. Explore Dubai’s uniqueness and we’ll do your laundry!

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3 Ways to Prepare for Easter

Flowers are blooming, days are getting longer and there are chocolate eggs all around us! Easter is a fabulous time to spend with family but it can also be a stressful time of chores and preparing. To egg you on, we’ve made a list to help you prepare better so your easter is less egg-hausting and more-eggciting.

1. Prepare Your Children’s Activities

School’s out. The chocolate eggs give the children bundles of energy enough to make the Easter bunny hideaway! Dear parents, we feel you! However, it doesn’t have to be all stressful. Start preparing activities for your children. You can treat them to a baking activity. They’ll not only learn an important life skill, but they’ll also have fun baking!

With warmer weather, it presents an opportunity to plan sports activities for your kids. Easter brings out the competitiveness in us as there are many fun Easter-related activities like Egg and Spoon Race and Easter Egg Hunt!

Now, outdoor activities will mean your laundry needs doing but no stress, we’ve got that covered!

Prepare for Easter by organising activities for children!
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2. Enjoy Your Easter Egg Basket, We’ll Take Care of Your Laundry Basket!

Out of all the house chores, laundry seems like a never-ending task! Laundry during Easter can be tedious, especially with those chocolate stains on our outfits (no judgment, we’ve all been there!).

However, don’t let laundry interrupt your Easter. To help you prepare your Easter better, we’ll do your laundry!

With Laundryheap, you won’t worry about laundry chores! Our service is convenient for you because you can spend quality time with your family on Easter!

Booking your Laundryheap service is as easy as 123; you first select the required service, schedule your collection by booking online or on our mobile app, pack your laundry and wait for the driver.

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3. Send Your Easter Greetings Digitally!

Life during Easter can be busy. If you live in a city like London, there is a chance you’ll be stuck in traffic before queueing up in the shops and buying an Easter Card! To prepare for Easter, choose an app that allows you to send your Easter greetings digitally without relying on the post!

Prepare for Easter with instant greetings!
Easter Greetings

We hope this blog has helped you prepare for Easter well!

Let’s call it a wash – we’ll do your laundry so you can enjoy Easter with your family!

To book your Laundryheap service, head over to our website or download the free Laundryheap app – available on iOS and Android!

Have a great Easter weekend!


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Valentines Day date ideas for singles 

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Valentines Day is, stereotypically, a day for those in relationships. That doesn’t mean that us singletons can’t enjoy the festivities. Show yourself some love with these date ideas for singles.

  • A romantic dinner for 1 
  • Cook for yourself
  • Spa night in 
  • A night out with your besties 
  • Eat LOTS of chocolate 
  • Treat yourself 
  • Send love to your loved ones 
  • Babysit 
  • Unplug 

A romantic dinner for 1

Romantic dinners don’t have to be for couples. Take yourself out to your favourite restaurant, or one that you have been waiting to try, and enjoy your own company. Indulge in amazing food and even better company, because nobody can entertain you quite like yourself. 

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Cook for yourself 

If you can’t stand to be surrounded by love-heart-eyed couples at a restaurant, then cook for yourself. Try a new recipe, or a family favourite, and sit down to a delectable meal in the comfort of your own home. This way, you can fill your stomach with food and drink, and immediately collapse on the sofa afterward. The perfect end to a perfect night. 

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Spa night in

Who doesn’t love a self-care evening? Face mask, hair mask, manicure, bath, trashy TV, makes for a night of complete relaxation. Whilst enjoying your spa night in, check in with yourself and your emotions. Evaluate how your week has been and allow yourself to fully relax and feel your feelings. Today/tonight is all about you. 

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A night out with your besties 

Nothing is more fun than a night out with your besties. Whether you’re enjoying dinner, laughing over drinks, or partying the night away in a club, nothing will make you feel less alone than a night out with your best friends. 

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Eat LOTS of chocolate 

Heart-shaped chocolate is a popular gift for couples on Valentines Day, so treat yourself to some. Buy a box, or four, of your favourite chocolates and enjoy snacking on them throughout the day. Or, an even better option is to wait until the day after when it’s discounted. That way you get the joy of chocolate and a discount! 

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Treat yourself 

We all deserve to feel loved, and a great way to show our love and appreciation is with a gift. This Valentines Day, show yourself some love by treating yourself to something that you have had your eye on. Whether it’s a new pair of shoes, a bed set, or even just a nice bottle of wine, get yourself something that shows how much you care. You deserve it. 

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Send love to your loved ones 

Valentines Day is a day for expressing your love, so send some love to your loved ones. Send your besties a card, your mum some flowers, and your sibling a box of chocolates. Something that’s small but expresses your love for them. Not all love has to be romantic.  

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Babysit 

If your loved ones have little ones, and you don’t have any Valentine’s Day plans, offer to babysit. Whilst you are looking after the children, your loved ones could be enjoying some much-needed time with their significant other. Not only will you be helping out someone you love, but you can use this as a way to get a favour later on in the year. 

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Unplug 

Spending Valentine’s Day on your own presents the perfect opportunity to unplug. Turn off you phone, laptop, and tablet, and have a social media free evening. This will be great for your mental health and wellbeing, plus will give you time to focus on something else, like eating as much chocolate as you can. 

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Treat yourself this Valentines Day with an empty laundry basket. To book your Laundryheap service head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app.


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Fun facts about Dallas 

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Dallas, colloquially referred to as ‘Big D’, is located in the North of Texas. Here are just 10 fun facts about the US city. 

  • Population
  • Visitors 
  • Big Tex
  • Frozen margaritas
  • 7-eleven 
  • German chocolate cake 
  • Popcorn
  • Cake 
  • Famous faces
  • Art

Population 

Dallas is home to 1,281,047 people, making it the 3rd largest city in Texas and the 9th largest city in the US. 

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Visitors 

On average 24.9 million people visit Dallas each year. The JFK Museum, Botanical Gardens, and Reunion Tower are just some of the attractions that tourists travel to see.

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Big Tex

Big Tex is a 52-foot tall statue that welcomes visitors to the annual state fair of Texas, which is held at Fair Park in Dallas every year. Not only is Big Tex a cultural icon of both Dallas and Texas, but he is also the tallest cowboy in the whole of Texas. 

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Frozen margaritas 

The only way to improve on the perfection that is a cocktail is to freeze it. Although we don’t know who invented frozen margaritas, we do know that Mariano Martinez was the genius behind the frozen margarita machine. In 1971 Mariano Martinez was receiving complaints from customers at his restaurant in Dallas because bartenders weren’t accurately measuring the quantities of their frozen margaritas due to their high demand. Cleverly, Martinez figured out that an automatic mixer could both produce the perfectly mixed frozen margarita and ease the load on his bartenders. Thus, he began using a soft-serve ice cream machine to generate his frozen margaritas, and the frozen margarita machine was born. 

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7-eleven 

We’ve all heard of, and probably visited, 7-eleven, America’s popular convenience store. But, did you know that 7-eleven was founded in Dallas, where its headquarters remain? The chain was founded in 1927 as an ice house storefront in Dallas. Then named Tote’m Stores, they sold ice as well as basic essentials such as bread and eggs. The name 7-eleven wasn’t used until 1946 when the name changed to reflect the store’s new opening hours- 7 am to 11 pm.  

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German chocolate cake 

Contrary to the name, German chocolate cake does not originate from Germany, but Dallas. In 1852 an English American baker named Samuel German created a dark baking chocolate with more sugar than the average semi-sweet baking chocolate. 105 years later, the Dallas Morning News published a cake recipe by Mrs. George Clay called German’s Chocolate Cake, because it used Samuel German’s specific baking chocolate. As the recipe was distributed, the apostrophe was dropped and the name altered to German Chocolate Cake as we know it today. 

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Popcorn 

According to Fortune magazine more popcorn is consumed in the Dallas-Fort Worth area than any other. Historian and columnist for the Dallas Morning News, A.C Greene, believes that this is because many people in Dallas still visit the movies to see the latest blockbusters. Naturally, popcorn and movies go hand in hand, thus explaining the high demand for it in the Dallas area. 

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Cake

Another fun Dallas cake fact is that there is a slice of cake from the 1913 wedding of President Woodrow Wilson’s daughter, Jessie, in Woodrow Wilson High School. The cake was sent from one of Jessie’s bridesmaids in Texas to her cousin in Dallas. In 1927, the cake was laid in one of the cornerstones of the school

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Famous faces 

Dallas was the birthplace of some of the world’s most famous faces. Included in that list are Owen Wilson, Usher, Selena Gomez, and Kelly Clarkson. 

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Art

At 68 acres, The Dallas Arts District is the largest urban arts district in the US. It is home to facilities for visual, performing, and developing arts including the Meyerson Symphony Centre, Winspear Opera House, and Dallas Museum of Art. It is in the arts district that you can find a wide variety of art spanning from ancient times to the present. 

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The best thing about Dallas is that Laundryheap operates in the city. Book your Laundryheap order today by heading to the Laundryheap website or downloading the free Laundryheap app. 


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DIY Halloween costumes

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Halloween is almost upon us and if you haven’t got your outfit sorted don’t panic. These 4 DIY costumes are easy to make and perfect for a Halloween full of thrills and chills. 

  • Ghost
  • Skeleton
  • Strawberry
  • Zombie bride

Ghost

Let’s start easy. A ghost costume is incredibly easy to achieve, very comfortable, and requires limited supplies. 

To make a ghost costume you will need…
  • A white sheet
  • Scissors 
  • Light coloured hat
  • Pen or pencil
  • Safety pins 
  • Black marker 

To begin making your ghost costume place your light coloured hat on your head. If your hat has a brim you must either cut it off or wear your hat backwards so that it doesn’t get in the way. 

Next, drape your white sheet over your head so that it’s laying evenly over your body. If your sheet is slightly too long, get a friend to use a pen to mark the excess fabric to a comfortable length. Whilst you are still wearing the sheet, get your friend to mark where the top of your head is, and use your fingers to demonstrate where your eyes are, marking them as well. 

Once the appropriate areas have been marked, take your sheet off. Use one safety pin to attach your hat to your sheet using the mark in the centre of the head. Use your remaining safety pins to make sure that the hat is secured to the sheet. 

With your scissors cut eye holes where they were marked. Once you have cut your eye holes, use your black marker to draw around them, making them more defined. You can also use your black maker to draw a nose and mouth if you wish. 

Finally, use your scissors to cut the excess fabric at the bottom of the sheet. For a more ghoulishly looking ghost, cut your fabric in a haphazard manner rather than in a straight line. You are now ready to put your costume on and enjoy a day of tricks and lots of treats. 

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Skeleton 

If you are looking for a costume with a bit more body to it, why not go as a skeleton? 

To make a skeleton costume you will need… 
  • White masking tape 
  • Black clothing to cover your top and bottom half

To begin making your skeleton costume lay out your black clothing on a flat surface. Make sure that your clothes are adequately spread out so that you can see the whole garment. 

Create your skeleton by tearing off strips of masking tape of various lengths and sticking them to your black clothes. Your skeleton doesn’t have to be accurate, so don’t worry too much about getting the lengths and placement of the tape right. Make sure that you have covered the general areas, such as your arms, legs, and torso, before putting your costume on. 

To add to your slinky skeleton look you can paint your face to look like a skeleton using black and white face paint. Alternatively, you can print out a mask of a skeleton for an equally frightening look. 

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Strawberry

Halloween costumes don’t always have to be scary. Go as something sweeter, and easy to make, like a strawberry

To make a strawberry costume you will need… 
  • Red clothing, ideally a dress
  • White felt
  • Long cylinder can (a crisp can will do)
  • Green cardboard
  • Pencil
  • A stretchy headband
  • Scissors 
  • Hot glue gun 

To begin making your strawberry costume, use your scissors to cut out lots of small teardrop shapes from your white felt. To make this step faster, layer 2 or 3 sheets of felt and cut through them at the same time. These teardrop shapes will be the seeds of your strawberry. 

Once you have finished cutting out your shapes, lay out your red clothing on a flat surface, making sure that you can see the whole garment. Using a hot glue gun, glue your felt shapes to your red clothing in a random pattern, making sure that your whole garment is covered. Once you have glued your white felt down, set your red clothing to one side to dry. 

Whilst your clothing is drying, you can make your leafy headpiece. To begin creating your headpiece use a pencil to trace the shape of 2 different sized leaves on your green cardboard. Ideally you want 4 large leaves and 5 or 6 slightly smaller leaves. Once you have drawn all of your leaves, use your scissors to cut them out. To make your strawberry leaves look more realistic, use your fingers to gently pinch the base of each leaf and slide your fingers up to the tip. This will create a gentle curl. 

Your can will be the base of your hat, so make sure that it is a comfortable height to place on your head. Use your glue gun to glue the biggest leaves around the can. Next, use the second biggest leaves to fill in the gaps in between the big leaves, making sure that you can no longer see the can. To finish off your headpiece, stick your headband to your can by making a line of hot glue at the base of your can.

Once your headband is secured you can shimmy your strawberry outfit on, and top it off with your leafy headpiece for more of a treat than a trick. 

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Zombie bride

We’ve all heard of bridezilla, well this costume is bridezilla if she were dead. Luckily, this outfit is a lot easier to put together than a wedding, so hopefully there won’t be any meltdowns. 

To make a zombie bride costume you will need… 
  • A white dress 
  • White veil (not essential but a nice touch)
  • Moisturiser
  • Light shade of foundation
  • White powder
  • Light blue eyeshadow
  • Smokey eye eyeshadow palette
  • Black pencil eyeliner
  • Black mascara

A zombie bride look is less about the outfit and more about the makeup. That being said, to achieve the bridal look you will need a white dress and a veil. To make your zombie look really come to life, cover your dress in black makeup or any product that will make it look dirty. You may also want to tear the bottom of your dress to zombiefy it. 

To make your zombie bride come alive, begin by smoothing moisturiser into your face. Add the lightest shade of foundation that you can find on top of your moisturiser, blending it in until smooth. Once smooth, add white powder to your face, giving yourself a very pale complexion. To add to the undead look, blend a light blue eyeshadow into your makeup, giving your skin a blueish grey tone.  

Next, use a smokey eye eyeshadow palette to add colour to your eyes, cheeks, and forehead. Use a combination of purple, pink, red, and black eyeshadow underneath your eyes to make dark circles, making sure to blend the colours together with a brush. Use a black eyeshadow to highlight your cheekbones and wrinkles on your forehead, blending the lines slightly to give you a more dead-like look. 

With a black pencil eyeliner, heavily line the lids of your eyes, using your fingers to smudge the eyeliner into your skin. For added effect, use the eyeliner on your lashline, smudging that as well. This will create the effect of sunken eyes.  

Finally, finish the look by applying a heavy amount of mascara to your bottom lashes. Use your mascara brush to clump some of your lashes together, in a messy, haphazard way. 

With your dress on and makeup done, you are ready to head out into the world to find your groom… dead or alive. 

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At Laundryheap there are no tricks, only treats. Whilst you have fun creating mischief on Halloween, we will pick-up, launder, and redeliver your clothing to you. Simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app to book your order today.


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Celebrating St Patrick’s Day at home

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For the second year in a row, we will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day at home. That doesn’t mean that we can’t still have fun.

  • Dress in green
  • Watch the RTE virtual parade
  • Set a St Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt
  • Take an Irish cooking class
  • Learn Irish dancing
  • Tell Irish fables
  • Have a drink at the virtual pub
  • Take part in a St Patrick’s Day quiz
  • Host an Irish film night
  • Test your luck

Dress in green 

The best way to get into the St Patrick’s Day spirit is to wear as much green as possible. Ransack your wardrobe for every green item you can find, and wear it for the whole day. You could even turn this into a contest between your friends and family- who can wear the most green? 

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Watch the RTE virtual parade 

Following the success of last year, RTE is taking their parade virtual for 2021. Usually, RTE would host a 4-day event, complete with performances from comedians, musicians, and, the crown jewel of the event, the St Patrick’s Day parade. This year, the festival will be hosted online, with all performances being done virtually. You can enjoy the RTE St Patrick’s Day parade, and all of the other performances, by heading to the RTE website. 

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Set a St Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt 

A St Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt is fun for all ages. Simply hide a few St Patrick’s Day-themed items, such as potatoes, gold coins, an Irish flash, etc., and set your players off on the hunt. You could even award prizes for the fastest players to find all the objects. 

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Take an Irish cooking class 

St Patrick’s Day is the ample time to expand your culinary expertise and learn how to cook a traditional Irish dish. You could try making Irish stew, soda bread, or shepherd’s pie. Just get your ingredients together, and see how it turns out. 

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Learn Irish dancing 

Irish dancing began in the 17th century and was taught by “traveling dance masters” who journeyed across Ireland to teach the art form.  The characteristics of Irish dancing are a stiff upper body, rapid leg movements, and precise foot movements. It is an incredibly hard dance form to master, however, is very fun to try, so dust off your dancing shoes and annoy your neighbours by attempting a wee Irish jig. 

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Tell Irish fables 

The people of Ireland are naturally sociable, and storytelling is an integral part of their culture. Before society was literate, storytelling was how important life lessons were passed down to children. As a result, there are some interesting, and entertaining, Irish fables that make for great reading. 

Have a drink at the virtual pub

There are many Irish tipples that can be enjoyed on St Patrick’s Day. Despite not being able to go to the pub physically, there is nothing stopping you from setting up a virtual pub with your friends and family. Whether your preferred drink is Guinness, whisky, or Bailey’s, enjoy a special St Patrick’s Day drink with your friends and family, from the comfort of your home. 

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Take part in a St Patrick’s Day quiz

Quizzes are a great way to test your knowledge, whilst having competitive fun. You can design one yourself, or get one online, and then virtually gather your friends and family to test your St Patrick’s Day knowledge. To make it more interesting, you can give out special points for the best team name and funniest answers.

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Host an Irish film night 

There is an abundance of fantastic Irish films, so St Patrick’s Day presents the prime opportunity to enjoy some of them. Pick a selection of Irish films, perhaps some that you have seen before and others that you have not, and settle down for a night of Irish cinema. Don’t forget your popcorn. 

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Test your luck 

St Patrick’s Day is supposed to be a lucky day, so why not test your luck. You could buy a scratch card, a lottery ticket, or put a bet on, and see what the outcome is. I hope luck is on your side. 

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Swedish must-reads

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Swedish literature has given us some of the best tales of all time. From children’s stories to crime, romance to comedy, these are just 10 of the must-read books written by Swedish authors. 

  • Hanna’s Daughters by Marianne Fredriksson
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • Depths by Henning Mankell
  • Wilful Disregard by Lena Andersson
  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
  • Pippi Langkous by Astrid Lindgren
  • Doctor Glas by Hjalmar Söderberg
  • The Emigrants by Vilhelm Moberg
  • Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • The Wonderful Adventures of Nils by Selma Lagerlöf

Hanna’s Daughters by Marianne Fredriksson

If you would like to learn some of the history of Sweden, but don’t fancy reading a long-winded history book, read Hanna’s Daughters. Marianne Fredriksson explores the love, loss, and sacrifice of family life through the eyes of three generations of women. With the ever-changing backdrop of Sweden, this novel will educate you on how Sweden has changed in 100 years, and how that change affected the lives of a grandmother, mother, and daughter. 

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

You will have likely heard this title before, as the novel was made into a box office hit in 2011. The book was released in 2005 and is the first novel of the Millennium Series by Steig Larsson. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is a dark psychological thriller, following journalist Mikael Blomkvist and computer hacker Lisbeth Salander as they investigate the murder of Harriet Vanger. More than 100 million copies of the novel have been sold worldwide and it was ranked in The Guardian’s list of ‘100 Best Books of the 21st Century’. 

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Depths by Henning Mankell

Henning Mankell was a notorious crime author in Sweden, best known for his Wallander series. Depths is a step outside of the usual for Mankell, as he explores historical fiction through the tale of a Navel engineer in the first world war. The story begins with the naval engineer becoming dangerously obsessed with a beautiful woman, and quickly spirals into a warning tale of the dangers of deception. 

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Wilful Disregard by Lena Andersson

Winner of the August Prize 2013, Wilful Disregard is a boy-meets-girl story quite like no other. The tale begins when writer Ester Nilsson is invited to give a lecture about artist Hugo Rask. The two meet for long dinners where they talk extensively, to the point where Ester falls in unrequited love. Despite Ester yearning for his love, Hugo gives her just enough hope to think he may fall for her, before taking it away. In this novel, Lena Anderson dissects the theme of love and passion and retells the classic boy-meets-girl tale in a brutally honest way.

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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window, was the bestselling novel of 2010 in Sweden. The story begins on Allan’s 100th birthday, which he celebrates by breaking out of the old people’s home he resides in. He is determined to fill his final days with adventure and, as he does, we learn of the adventures he has had in his past. This piece of hilarious comedy fiction is bound to make you laugh out loud. Once you have finished reading the book, watch the 2013 film adaptation of the same name.  

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Pippi Langkous by Astrid Lindgren

Pippi Langkous, or Pippi Longstocking, has been an icon of children’s literature since her first appearance in 1945. She is a 9-year-old girl who lives alone with her pet monkey, horse, and a suitcase full of gold. She has superhuman strength and an anarchic attitude, which leads her on a multitude of fun adventures and mishaps. Pippi Longstocking is still widely read, and the character has been developed for TV and film and is still inspiring children to have fun adventures today. 

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Doctor Glas by Hjalmar Söderberg

When Doctor Glas was first published in 1905, it quickly became one of the most controversial books of the 1900s. Söderberg was a novelist, playwright, poet, and journalist, but Doctor Glas nearly ruined his career. The novel tells the story of the titular character and his love for one of his married patients. As his lover begins to confide in him about her failed marriage with a clergyman, Doctor Glas begins to ponder on whether to murder her husband, and what the repercussions of this act may be. With themes such as murder, abortion, and women’s rights heavily featuring throughout the book, it was heavily criticized when it was first published but is now considered a Swedish classic. 

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The Emigrants by Vilhelm Moberg

The Emigrants is part history, part drama, and 100% gripping. Split into 4 volumes, it tells the history of the crushing poverty that forced 1.5 million Swedes to emigrate to North America in the 1800s. The tale focuses on Kristina and Karl-Oskar and their family, friends, and enemies, but serves as a representation of the history of millions. It perfectly explains why so many Swedes have a complicated relationship with both Swedish and American history. 

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Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgaard

Autumn is one of the four books that Ove Knausgaard wrote with a seasonal title. It is autobiographical, and begins with a letter written by Knausgaard to his unborn child. The book itself is an introspective account of Knausgaard’s daily life with his wife and children in rural Sweden. Despite its mundane content, the way Knausgaard writes is reflective, and made Autumn a New York Times bestseller. 

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The Wonderful Adventures of Nils by Selma Lagerlöf

This dark, yet geographically educational, children’s book has been a young reader’s staple since it was first published in 1906. The book begins with Nils mistreating animals on his family’s farm. When Nils is turned into an elf, he mounts a goose and flies across Sweden. As Nils travels from province to province, tales are told of characters in each province. This book is adventurous and fun and has taught children about the country of Sweden since it was first published. 

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