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10 Ways To Remove Bad Odour From Shoes

Smelly shoes are really unpleasant and can be totally embarrassing when exposed to others around you.

Here are 10 Ways To Remove Bad Odour From Shoes:

  1. Baking Soda: This is a natural deodoriser and is great at absorbing bad odour. Simply sprinkle some baking soda inside your shoes,  leave it overnight and remove the powder the following day. Alternatively, you can put two tablespoons of baking soda into a piece of fabric like a coffee filter, socks and eve stockings; tie it and place it in your shoe overnight.
  2. Citrus Peels: Place fresh citrus peels, like lemon, lime or orange peels, into your shoes and leave them in overnight. This will help give it  fresh scent.
  3. Essential Oils: Add a few drops of an essential oil of your choice, into your shoe for a refreshing smell. Alternatively, you can add a few drops to cotton balls or tissues and leave them in your shoe overnight.
  4. Rubbing Alcohol: Pour or spray rubbing alcohol inside of your shoes. Rubbing alcohol is a natural antiseptic that will disinfect and will help dry out the odour.
  5. Water and Vinegar: Add a mixture of water and white distilled vinegar of equal ratio into a spray bottle, and spray the mixture a few times into your shoe. Let it air dry for 30 mins before use. You can also choose to speed up the drying process with a blow dryer if necessary.
  6. A Bar Of Soap: If you have a few spare soap bars, use them to get rid of the shoe odour. Place a bar of soap inside each stinky shoe for a few hours or overnight and it will absorb the odour, leaving a fresh clean scent behind.
  7. Fabric Softener Sheets: Tuck in a few of these sheets inside your shoes (scrunch them up too if you wish) and leave it overnight to neutralise the odour. 
  8. The Heat: If your smelly shoe problem is due to excessive moisture, leave them to dry out in the sun or on a heater. This will help prevent bacterial growth that causes the odour.
  9. Freeze them: Seal your shoes in a Ziploc bag or an ordinary plastic bag and place them in the freezer overnight. Then, thaw them in the sun the following morning. This method is meant to kill the bacteria that produces the odour.
  10. Cat litter: Unusual as it may sound, cat litter is infused with deodoriser and works well to absorb moisture. Seal a few tablespoons of cat litter (unused, ofcourse!) into socks or stockings and place them in your shoes overnight.

Unfortunately, we at Laundryheap can’t clean your shoes nor take the odour out of them either, but you can count on us to clean your clothes, and home & bedding items! 


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How To Remove Chewing Gum From Clothes

Chewing gum is the most annoying thing to get rid of when it gets stuck on…well… everything! It’s more irritating, however, when you get chewing gum stuck on your clothes as it’s more difficult to remove.

Nevertheless, there are several ways to remove chewing gum from your clothes.

How To Remove Chewing Gum From Your Clothes

  • Ice

Apply ice on the chewing gum affected area until it has fully hardened. Then use a spoon or blunt knife to immediately scrape it off. You can apply ice on both sides of the material for quicker removal.

Alternatively, you can put your garment into a zip lock bag, folded, with the gum stain facing outside and place it in the freezer overnight. You should be able to gently peel off the gum the following morning.

  • Heat

All you need to do is apply heat onto the gum, whether it be by hot air or by submerging in hot water. There are several ways you can use heat to remove gum:

Method 1: Blow Dryer

You can use a blow dryer, on the highest temperature setting, to melt away the chewing gum. Which you can then peel off from the surface.

Method 2: A Kettle

Boil some water in a kettle, and place the gum affected area over the mouth of the kettle, so it catches the steam. Leave it for a minute or so until the gum softens. Then, remove the gum with a toothbrush.

Method 3: Hot Water

Submerge gum affected area into a pot of hot water and scrape off the gum with a toothbrush or blunt knife. Let garment dry and repeat if necessary. 

Method 4: An Iron

Place the garment on a piece of cardboard, with the gum facing on the cardboard. Using an iron on medium setting, iron the back of the chewing gum so it transfers onto the cardboard. Repeat process until the gum is nearly removed.

  • Rubbing Alcohol

This method is a much simpler one. All you need to do is pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a rag or sponge and rub the gum with it.

  • Hairspray

Spray some hairspray on the gum so it hardens, and then scrape off the chewing gum with a blunt knife or spoon.

  • Vinegar

Heat up a cup of vinegar in the microwave, to just below a boil. Use a toothbrush and dip it into the vinegar and start brushing off the gum. Keep dipping and brushing until the gum comes off. This method works best when the vinegar is hot.

 

If you still struggle with removing the gum or simply don’t want the hassle of trying to, send it to laundryheap and we’ll be able to take that gum stain right off.


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How To Wash Duvets And Pillows

Our duvets and pillows are often the most neglected items when it comes to washing bedding. Since these items are the bulkiest and do not come into direct contact with our skin, having it cleaned is not exactly a top priority. 

Did you know you should wash your duvets every 6 months and pillows at least every 3-4 months? Although we may not notice it, bacteria and bodily fluids build up on our duvets and pillows over a short period of time.

Having said that, let’s take a look at how to wash duvets and pillows at home:

Duvets

Synthetic:

  • Use a gentle cycle that has minimum agitation.
  • Only add about 1/3 of laundry detergent than you normally would.
  • Use a normal spin cycle setting.
  • Make sure to completely air dry your duvet before it is used again.

Feather:

Check the care label before going to wash, as some feather duvets require to be dry-cleaned only.

  • If the feather duvet is machine washable, wash on a gentle cycle, with a gentle detergent.
  • Make sure to air dry duvet before using.

Removing Stains

Clean up any stains as soon as possible! To remove a stain, move as much filling away from the stain, until isolated for effective stain removal. Tie the stained area with an elastic band and treat stain accordingly. 

Pillows

Many pillows, whether it be cotton, down or synthetic, can be put into the washing machine, if not dry-clean only. It’s always important to check the care label before going to clean your pillows to make sure.

If they can be put into the machine:

  • Use a gentle cycle.
  • Only use 1/3 of laundry detergent.
  • Wash two pillows at once if it fits, to balance the load.
  • Make sure pillows are completely dry- If the care label allows tumble drying, set it to low heat, otherwise air drying is the way to dry.

Removing Stains

Again, you want to take care of any stains right away. Always dab, not rub stains with a stain pre-treat before washing as normal.  If it’s a feather pillow, isolate stain by shaking feathers away and treat accordingly. 

We know that it can be difficult to wash bulky duvets and pillows at home, especially if your washing machine won’t fit them. That’s why we at Laundryheap are more than happy to clean your duvets, pillows and other bedding!


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How To Care For Cashmere

Cashmere is a super soft, yet very delicate fabric that requires extra care when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. 

Here’s how to care for cashmere garments to maintain its quality and keep it in good condition for years to come:

Washing Cashmere

When going to wash cashmere, always use a small amount of gentle/mild detergent. You don’t want to use any ‘heavy’ detergent on the garment as it will be too rough for the fabric fibres. You can also have the option to invest in a cashmere shampoo or even use baby shampoo. 

There are several ways you can wash your cashmere garment that will keep it in good condition:

  • Dry-Clean: If your cashmere garment is woven, loose knitted or stained, then this is the ideal option to get it cleaned. 
  • Hand Wash: Mix in a few drops of detergent/shampoo into luke-warm water and allow the knitwear to soak, gently squeezing water through the fabric.
  • Machine Wash- Delicate/ Wool Cycle: Only machine wash cashmere on a delicate or wool cycle at a temperature no higher than 30°c, as it’s the most gentle on your knitwear.

Drying Cashmere

Whether you hand wash or machine wash your cashmere, you should remove the excess water by laying it flat on a towel, roll the cashmere within the towel loosely and apply light pressure along the roll. 

Unroll the towel, straighten out the garment if necessary and allow the cashmere to naturally dry flat. Keep it away from direct sunlight, heat and do avoid the tumble dryer.

Hanging knitwear on a clothes hanger to dry must be avoided, as the heaviness of the wet garment can cause it to stretch and ruin its original shape.

Storing Cashmere

When you’re not using your cashmere knitwear, fold and store it away in your wardrobe, shelf or drawer as you normally would. Just be sure to keep it away from heat, direct sunlight, damp and dusty places.

If you’re storing your cashmere away due to a change of season, don’t store them in cardboard boxes or regular plastic bags. Instead, opt for a a zip-up breathable storage bag and store it in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight. Make sure it is clean before doing so!

Everyday Care

  • Pilling: Cashmere is susceptible to pilling, but you can always prevent and remove them! Simply lay your knitwear flat and gently comb the surface with a cashmere comb. This will remove loose fibres and pills.
  • Removing Creases: The best way to remove creases from cashmere is by using a hand-held steamer, as the heat does not directly come into contact with the fabric.

If you need your cashmere knitwear cleaned by a quality dry-cleaner, you can book a collection with laundryheap!


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5 Benefits of Adding Baking Soda to Your Laundry Routine

Just like distilled white vinegar, baking soda has a lot of cleaning benefits, especially for your clothes!

Baking soda (or sodium bicarbonate) is a mild alkaline powder that raises the pH balance of water when mixed in with it. It acts as a natural cleanser, deodoriser and is also a mild antiseptic. 

Here are 5 Benefits of Adding Baking Soda To Your Laundry Routine:

Brightens Clothes

Baking soda contains natural antiseptic properties which helps remove dinginess that remains on clothes overtime. By adding 1/2  a cup of Baking Soda to your regular wash (with laundry detergent) in the drawer, your clothes will come out brighter!

Laundry Detergent Booster

When you add baking soda to your laundry, it helps boosts your laundry detergents performance as well as soften hard water that creates the dinginess. This will result in  fresher, and softer clothes. You’ll also be able to use less laundry detergent too.

Removes Odours

Baking soda works well in neutralising odours, even in the air; so it will work wonders in your wash! If you have clothes that are really smelly, you can pre-soak your clothes in 1-2 cups of baking soda mixed with warm water overnight before washing as normal.

Natural Fabric Softener

If you want softer clothes without using fabric softener, baking soda is a great alternative! Since it helps to regulate the pH balance of water, it also suspends detergent and mineral residue that causes your clothes to feel rough. Baking soda is also great for people with sensitive skin as it is a natural mineral. Just add 1/2 a cup in the drawer on the final rinse.

Removes Stains

Baking soda is a natural stain remover and is great for removing tough stains like oil, grease and food. All you need to do is create a baking soda paste with water, apply to the stain lightly rubbing it in and let it sit. Depending on how tough the stain is, you can let the paste sit for up to 15 mins or leave it over night.

If you’d like a more professional approach for keeping your clothes fresh and bright, you can count on Laundryheap to the job, all year round!


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The Right Way To Wash Towels

Who doesn’t love the luxury of soft towels?! I know I do! Unfortunately, towels start to feel rough against the skin and can possibly start to smell like mildew overtime because of not washing them the right way.

Here are some factors to consider when washing your towels:

How Often To Wash Towels

Every time you use your towel, it collects dead skin cells that remain after you’ve had a wash and over time it begins to build up. This then creates a great environment for bacteria to grow and thrive because of the towels moist and damp condition. 

Therefore, it is advised to wash your towels after 3-4 days or uses!

The Right Way To Wash Towels

Towels need more than just a normal laundry cycle, there a certain things that you should and shouldn’t do when cleaning your towels. 

  • Don’t use too much detergent: Using too much laundry detergent can cause towels to stiffen because of excess residue. Instead, use less detergent than you usually would on normal loads.
  • Avoid fabric softener: Although this stuff is suppose to make your fabrics soft, it will only strip the water absorbency qualities on your towels! Add vinegar to your load as an alternative to fabric softener every few weeks.
  • Don’t wash towels with normal clothes: Towels may not get properly cleaned when mixed in with other clothes and they also produce a lot of lint so it can get caught onto your clothes. It’s best to wash towels with other towels or similar fabrics.
  • Dry accordingly: Drying towels with too much heat will only ruin towels fibres and not drying enough will cause mildew. Instead either completely air dry your towels or follow the tumble dry instructions exactly as it says on the care label.
  • Wash towels in warm temperatures: To be able to kill bacteria and clean towels properly, it is best to wash your towels at the highest temperature stated in the care label.

If you have too many towels to wash or just don’t have the time to wash your towels the right way, you can always book a collection with laundryheap.


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Laundry Detergent For Sensitive Skin

If you or someone you know has sensitive skin and suffers from allergies such as eczema, you may want to re-consider the type of laundry detergent being used.

Laundry Detergent For Sensitive Skin

Many laundry detergents contain a variety of potential ingredients that can irritate the skin such as artificial fragrances, enzymes , parabens, etc. 

Consider laundry detergents that are labelled ‘non- bio‘ or ‘hypoallergenic‘ and are dermatologically tested. These detergents are free of dyes, fragrances and other harsh chemicals that usually cause skin irritations.

Laundry tips for Sensitive skin

  • Use liquid detergents instead of powder, as they are less likely to leave residue than on your clothes.
  • Don’t over-load on detergent; just use the right amount. This will avoid soapy residue.
  • Completely rinse laundry detergent off clothes by using the ‘rinse cycle’ after your normal cycle.
  • Wash new items before using them! Newly bought clothes also have harmful chemicals from production that may cause skin irritations.
  • If you want to add fabric softener, use a one designed for sensitive skin.

We at Laundryheap understand the importance of caring for sensitive skin, that’s why we offer you the possibility of choosing between bio and non-bio laundry detergent.


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How To Reduce Your Laundry Pile

Most of the time, we find ourselves too busy (or lazy) to do laundry and so, after a few days, it begins to pile up. Unfortunately, no matter how many times you delay doing the laundry, it isn’t going to clean itself…ever!.

Here are 5 tips on how to reduce your laundry pile:

  1. WEAR SOME CLOTHES MORE THAN ONCE
    Sometimes we think clothes are already ‘dirty’ after 1-2 wears. YES, this is true if clothes are noticeably soiled. But did you know that some of our clothes shouldn’t even be washed until the 4th or 5th wear? Save yourself the extra laundry and check how often you should be washing your clothes.
  2. AVOID PROCRASTINATION
    Delaying or avoiding laundry is probably the MAIN reason why it just doesn’t get done when it’s supposed to. You tell yourself you’re gonna do it, and all of sudden 3 days have gone by and more clothes have piled up. Do your laundry when you know it needs to be done! The more you wait, the more clothes you gotta go through.
  3. KEEP YOUR CLOTHES ORGANISED
    After doing the laundry, you want to fold, iron and put your clothes away asap! When you organise your clothes, you’ll be able to differentiate the just cleaned clothes to ‘the chair’ clothes, if you know what I mean. It will also keep you from putting clean clothes that are super creased and have been forgotten about, back into the laundry again.
  4. IMPLEMENT A LAUNDRY ROUTINE
    One of the best ways to help you reduce your laundry pile is to stay on top of your laundry! Create a weekly laundry routine for you to follow, so that you actually start to tame the ridiculous laundry pile. If you plan your routine properly, you’ll find that tending to your laundry on specific days means you actually have less laundry to do than before.
  5. OUTSOURCE YOUR LAUNDRY
    With laundry collection and delivery services, there really is no excuse for you to not get your laundry done. If you still struggle with keeping up with the laundry even after you’ve tried the above tips, the only solution for you now to reduce your laundry pile is to book a laundry service.


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Basic Laundry Do’s & Don’ts

Laundry Do's and Don'ts

Laundry DO’s

  • Check the label: The laundry care label has all the information you need to care for your clothes.
  • Clean your washing machine: A clean washing machine means cleaner clothes!
  • Test for colourfastness: Avoid dyes from running onto other clothing by testing for colourfastness first.
  • Pre-treat stains: Get stains out easily by treating them asap, before you wash as usual. This will help keep your clothes from having discoloured patches.
  • Wash coloured clothes inside out: Protect clothes colours and make them last longer by washing them inside out.

Laundry DON’TS

  • Overload washing machine: Your clothes won’t get cleaned properly if there’es too much in the washing machine!
  • Put detergent directly onto clothes: Avoid laundry detergent residue on clothes by making sure you use laundry detergent correctly.
  • Leave zippers open: Close all clothes zippers so that they don’t snag onto or tear your delicate clothing.
  • Scrub stains: Scrubbing stains will only make it spread more and will become more difficult for it to be removed.
  • Just separate by colour: Before washing, sort clothes, not just by colour but by how lightly or heavily soiled they are and also by fabric material- abrasive fabrics from delicates.

If you require professional care for your clothes, you can always book a laundry collection with laundryheap.


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The Right Way To Wash Gym Clothes

To wash gym clothes might seem just like a regular laundry routine, but it really isn’t. There are specific steps that you must avoid doing and specific steps you should take when washing your gym clothes properly.

Wash Inside Out

The sweat and bacteria that gym clothes collect are on the inside of the garment. Washing inside out will help greatly in removing the bacteria, as detergent comes into better contact. Washing clothes inside out also helps to protect it’s sweat absorption properties and it’s colour. 

Wash With Similar Clothing

It’s best to wash gym clothes with similar material. Main reason being is so that the clothes don’t get damaged or worn out easily. If you were to wash with, for example, denim or clothing with buttons and zips, they will only end up rubbing against the soft material and cause it to wear out quickly. You sort of have to treat gym clothes as delicates.

Use Less Detergent

When it comes to washing gym clothes, using less detergent does more at keeping it clean. Gym clothes can get real stinky and so people have a tendency to add more detergent than usual to get rid of the odour. BUT, this only makes it worse as detergent residue creates build up on fabric fibres, causing a mildew smell. So, add a small amount of detergent to your clothes. Pre-treat them with vinegar if you must.

Avoid Fabric Softener

Fabric softener is great for making clothes soft but does NOT go well with clothing fabrics that have specific purposes. Gym clothes are designed to absorb our sweat and moisture that we produce. Adding fabric softener to it only strips it of it’s absorption properties and creates a layer over the fabric. This also makes it difficult for the detergent to fully penetrate through fabric fibres.

Air Dry 

As much as possible, try to avoid the tumble dryer and opt for the natural air drying method instead. Gym clothes contain fabric fibres that are sensitive to shrinkage and damage when exposed to too much heat as well as agitation. Unless your gym clothes laundry care label says otherwise, choose to air dry your gym clothes to make them last longer.

Make sure to always follow the care label when washing your gym clothes, for the right washing temperature and other important laundry instructions. You can also leave your gym clothes to be washed by professionals, by booking a laundry service with laundryheap.