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How To Care For Your Bed Linen

Everyone loves to cosy up in fresh crispy bed sheets, but overtime your bed linen begins to wear out and loses its quality. It’s essential to take proper care of your bed linen to keep them lasting long and ensure you’re getting good sleep.

How To Care For Your Bed Linen

  • Check the care label
  • Wash Bed linen weekly
  • Don’t wash with clothing
  • Air dry them
  • Store linens well

Check The Care Label

By reading the care label instructions carefully on your bed linen, you can ensure that you’ll give your bed linen the proper washing, drying and ironing treatment it requires.

One thing for sure is that you should avoid using bleach as this is too harsh for the fabric. 

Wash Bed Linen Weekly

Since your bed linen comes into direct contact with your skin, it’s necessary to have them changed and washed every week. Sweat and dead skin cells end up accumulating on your bed, turning it into a breeding ground for bacteria.

Don’t Wash With Clothing

Wash your bed linen separately from your clothes to help keep them in good condition. It will allow your sheets to get the proper cleaning it needs and prevent clothes from potentially getting caught onto and ruining the fabric fibres of the linen.

Air Dry Them

The best way to dry your linens after washing is to hang or line dry them outside in the sun where the result will leave them with a natural crisp. Alternatively, you can dry them indoors.

If you must tumble dry them, do it on the lowest possible heat to prevent your bed linen from shrinking.

Store Linens Well

Before folding and storing away your linens, make sure they’re fully dry to avoid a mildew smell and mould from forming. Keep them stored neatly in a cool, dry, ventilated place that isn’t too compact. Air circulation will maintain the freshness of your bed linen and prevent any unpleasant smell from developing.

If you require a professional laundry or dry cleaning service for top quality cleaning, schedule a collection with Laundryheap


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How To Prevent Clothes From Fading In The Wash

No one likes wearing worn-out clothing where the colour has faded; that’s why it’s essential to look after our clothes for it to remain in good condition. Prevent your dark coloured clothes from fading in the wash with these tips.

How To Prevent Clothes From Fading In The Wash

  • Wash in cold water
  • Wash inside out
  • Use vinegar or salt
  • Don’t wash too often
  • Dry naturally

Wash In Cold Water

When it comes to washing your dark clothes, always run them through a cold wash with a temperature of 30/40°c to help preserve the fabric’s dye and fibres. Avoid washing at warmer temperatures as the heat will cause the colour to bleed out.

Wash Inside Out

Before washing your dark clothes, turn them inside out. It will help to reduce the friction from rubbing against other clothing which causes fabric fibres to break and will prevent colour fading colour on the outside layer.

Use Vinegar Or Salt

These ingredients come in handy when it comes to protecting the colours of your clothes. Add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle or half a cup of salt to the wash cycle.

Don’t Wash Too Often

If your clothes aren’t visibly dirty or smelly, there’s no need to wash them. Most clothing pieces can be worn a few times before washing anyway. Check out how often you should be washing your clothes. For clothes that don’t need frequent washing, spot clean them if you notice a bit of dirt after 1-2 wears.

Dry Naturally

To preserve the colour after washing, it’s best to naturally air dry your clothes by hang dry or dry flat, away from direct contact of the sun. 

By following these tips, you can be sure to keep the colours on your clothes from fading in the wash and lasting years to come. If you require a professional laundry or dry cleaning service that collects and delivers to your door, book a collection with Laundryheap


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How To Remove Stains From Silk Clothing

With a delicate fabric like silk, it’s hard to imagine what to do when you accidentally spill or drop something. If you’re not sure how to remove a stain from silk clothing, follow this simple guide.

What To Remember When Cleaning Silk

Whether it’s for spot cleaning or pre-treating before washing your silk garment, it’s important to remember these points. 

  • Check for colourfastness- The last thing you would want is the fabric losing its colour. Test clothes for colourfastness before treating stains.
  • Don’t rub the stain- Gently blot instead. 
  • Wash gently- Use a mild detergent and wash gently in cold water.
  • Avoid machine drying- The heat is will damage it and cause shrinkage.
  • Don’t use bleach Using bleach on silk will damage the natural fibres.

How To Remove Stains From Silk Clothing

Treat the stain as soon as possible and gently blot the stain to remove excess before commencing stain removal. Use a paper towel, clean cloth or cotton wool to treat the stain.

  • For a gentle stain remover, dilute a few tablespoons of either white vinegar or lemon with two cups of lukewarm water.
  • For tougher stains, you can either increase the ratio of vinegar to water or dilute a few tablespoons of alcohol/ ammonia with lukewarm water.

You can also choose to use a branded stain remover made for delicate garments. If you desire a more professional approach to remove tough stains, book a collection with a laundry service.


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How To Cut Down On Laundry Time

It’s a known fact that laundry takes up a lot of our time, especially when dealing with a large pile of it. It’s even more of a struggle when you have a busy lifestyle and have limited time to do the laundry.

To make laundry a quicker process, we’ve compiled a list that will help you cut down on laundry time.

How To Cut Down On Laundry Time

  • Run small loads often
  • Take advantage of the washing machine settings
  • Spot clean instead of washing
  • Only fold what you need to
  • Use a laundry service

Run Small Loads Often

To avoid facing a mountainous pile of laundry and spending hours going through everything, do small loads frequently. See if you can find spare time in your daily routine to do a load of laundry, even if it’s a few days a week.

If you can spare a few minutes folding clothes and putting them away, this will also help make the entire laundry process quicker.

Take Advantage Of Washing Machine Settings

Some settings on your washer can help save time when it comes to the washing length and drying process. Most washing machines have a ‘quick wash’ and ‘spin’ setting. Use the quick wash setting for when you’re in a rush, and it will complete the washing cycle in more or less 30 mins depending on your washing machine. The spin setting will remove excess water from your clothes, allowing them to dry faster.

If you have a more advanced washer, you can set a timer to delay the cycle for when you’re busy running errands.

Spot Clean Instead Of Washing

If you see a stain on a piece of clothing that you’ve only worn once, spot treat it as soon as possible instead of putting it into the wash. Choose a stain remover method of your choice on the area and pat dry after treating. It will mean you have one less thing to laundry.

Only Fold What You Need To

You don’t need to fold everything- only heavy garments such as knitted jumpers. If you have enough wardrobe space and hangers, try hanging your clothes instead. It will save so much time putting your clothes away, and it will minimise creases helping you to cut down on ironing.

Use A Laundry Service

The best solution to get your laundry done without dedicating your time to do it is to use a laundry service like Laundryheap. Using the app/website, schedule a collection and have your clothes cleaned, folded, ironed and delivered back to you in less than 24 hours.


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8 Things To Avoid When Doing The Laundry

When doing the laundry, there are some things that you should avoid doing to prevent unwanted mishaps from happening to your clothes.

8 Things To Avoid When Doing The Laundry

  • Rubbing in Stains
  • Using excessive detergent 
  • Washing without checking the care label
  • Washing shirts buttoned up
  • Not sorting clothes
  • Leaving zippers undone 
  • Over- filling the washing machine
  • Leaving clothes in the machine after washing

Rubbing In Stains

When treating a stain, avoid rubbing it as this will make it worse and damage the fabric. Instead, gently dab or rub the stain with a clean cloth. Remember to treat stains as soon as possible before it sets in a becomes tough to remove.

Using Excessive Detergent 

Using too much detergent will cause a buildup of suds, preventing your clothes from being cleaned properly. Instead, use the detergent cap to measure an appropriate amount. 


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How To Clean A Yoga Mat

It’s essential to clean your yoga mat often to remove the dirt, sweat and smell that comes with every use. It will also help prevent your mat from deteriorating and expand the life of your yoga mat. 

How To Clean A Yoga Mat

Consider washing your yoga mat every few months if you don’t use it frequently and at least once a month if you use it regularly. Note that you shouldn’t put your yoga mat into the washing machine or tumble dryer as it can degrade the quality.

  • Soak your yoga mat in the bathtub, filled with warm water and a few tablespoons of mild detergent/ dish soap.
  • Wash both sides of the mat using a soft cloth, focusing more on the dirtier areas.
  • Rinse mat with clean water removing all soap and residue.
  • After rinsing, gently shake the mat to remove excess water.
  • Lay the mat down on top of a clean towel and roll the two together to soak up moisture.
  • Hang your mat up to dry on a drying rack or with pant hangers (be warned it may leave clip marks).

Maintaining Your Yoga Mat

  • Clean your hands and feet before using (if possible). 
  • Wipe matt with a baby wipe or cloth with mild soap after every use.
  • Air out your mat regularly to evaporate lingering smells and moisture.
  • Keep your yoga mat in a cool, dry place and out of sunlight.


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How To Dress Well: Style Tips For Men

Dressing well gives you the appearance of being confident, classy and well put-together. You don’t need to wear a suit and tie to be well-dressed. Whether it’s for semi-formal events or casual outings, if you’re looking to change your style to a more professional or dapper approach, here are some style tips to help you get started.

How To Dress Well: Style Tips For Men

  1. Stay clear from graphics tees and wild prints
  2. Avoid Hoodies And Joggers
  3. Wear well-fitted clothing
  4. Focus On The Basics
  5. Choose Neutral colours
  6. Invest in classy footwear
  7. Wear the right jacket
  8. Switch Up Your Jeans
  9. Look after your appearance
  10. Choose Good Quality Clothing

Stay Clear From Graphics Tees And Wild Prints

There’s nothing wrong with wearing clothes with graphics or wild prints, but save these for when you’re running last-minute errands or chilling at a friends house- occasions where you won’t be out for too long. If you want to dress more mature and ‘manly’, stick to plain solid coloured shirts or simple patterns such as stripes.

Avoid Hoodies And Joggers

Save the hoodies and joggers for lounging around at home, for flights or when you’re working out. Although these clothing pieces are super comfortable, they give off a scruffy and unprofessional look. 

Wear Well-Fitted Clothing

While it may be comfortable to dress in baggy or oversized clothing, it makes you look disorganised and untidy. It’s best to save dressing this way in the comfort of your own home. 

Make sure that you invest in well-fitted clothing to give you a smart and professional appearance. That means nothing too long/big or too short/small, but just right. Check out this style pyramid guide on getting the correct fit.

Focus On The Basics

By ‘basics’ I mean simple clothing items. When putting your outfit together, you want to make it simple as it shows a high level of sophistication. Go with a plain v-neck tee, slim fit jeans and boat shoes, for example. A simple style like this is the best dress code for the modern-day gentlemen.

Choose Neutral colours

If you’re not good at colour coordinating, stick to neutral colours. You won’t need to put in the effort to mix and match your clothes as they suit almost everything. They aren’t overpowering and give off a chic and classy look. Neutral colours are white, black, navy, khaki, grey and nude-toned colours. 

Invest In Classy Footwear

Your footwear completes your outfit. Semi beat-up sneakers and scuffed shoes will ruin a great outfit. Instead of sneakers, invest in classy footwear like desert boots, Chelsea boots, brogues or loafers as these shoe styles will elevate your look and make your look well presented.

Wear The Right Jacket

For the colder months, invest in jackets that will elevate your outfits such as trench coats, wool coats, overcoats, pea coats and trucker jackets. Parka coats, bomber and biker jackets can also work if the design and colour are plain.

Switch Up Your Jeans

Upgrade your jeans and consider switching them to chinos or smart trousers to add variety to your wardrobe. Make sure to get a straight, regular or slim fit to make your style clean. Choose solid dark-toned colours or patterns like checked or stripes.

Look After Your Appearance

By looking after your appearance, I mean look after your clothes and stay groomed. Use the proper hangers, fold your clothes neatly, have your suit professionally dry cleaned and pressed, wash your clothes often and make sure your shoes are kept clean. 

Choose Good Quality Clothing

Good quality clothing doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend a huge amount of money, it just means you have to choose wisely in what pieces you invest in. If you’re unsure of what good quality clothing looks and feels like, Check out how to identify good quality clothing.


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5 Uses For Old T-Shirts

Got a couple of shirts that you no longer use but want to keep? Get creative and turn them into something else or donate them if they have no value to you. Here are 5 things you can do with your old t-shirts.

5 Uses For Old T-Shirts

  • Tote Bags
  • Quilts
  • Pillows
  • Reinvented clothes
  • Donations

Tote Bags

Create a no-sew tote bag by cutting off the sleeves to turn into handles, cutting around the neckline to create depth and tying the bottom of the shirt. Make sure the shirt is inside out before tying the bottom so you can turn it right side out. If you prefer to sew, see this tutorial on Wikihow.

Quilts

Preserve the memories of your t-shirts and create a quilt out of them. You can choose to have them professionally done or learn how to create one yourself. Check out this wikihow tutorial on how to make a quilt from tee shirts.

Pillows

Turn your old shirts into pillow covers or actual pillows. For pillow covers, cut and sew the shirt and finish it with a zip or Velcro seal. For pillows itself, include stuffing. See Wikihow’s tutorial for how to make pillows out of old clothes

Reinvented Clothes

If you enjoy sewing or DIY, recycle old t-shirts and make a new piece of clothing out of them. Cut off the sleeves, give it a different neckline or give it a whole new design. If you have little children, you can use old t-shirts to create clothing pieces such as pants or dresses.

Donations

Don’t want to keep the t-shirts at all? or just not crafty enough to make something out of them? Give them up for donation to your local charity or pass down to friends or other members of the family.


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Commonly Asked Questions About Laundry

We all know how to do the laundry, but sometimes certain things come up in the process that we are unsure of like how to remove a tough stain or why our clothes aren’t as bright as they used to be. Here are some commonly asked questions about laundry.

Should you wash white clothes separately?

Yes. If you want your white clothes to stay white, you must separate them from the coloured clothes as the dye can transfer onto the whites.

Should you wash new clothes before wearing them?

Yes, you should. Newly bought clothes are full of preservation chemicals and dyes as well as ‘invisible’ bacteria. While it isn’t much of an alarming issue, it’s best to be on the safe side. Read more about why you need to wash new clothes before wearing them.

What causes yellow stains on white clothes?

Yellow stains are formed from a mixture of perspiration and aluminium elements such as those that be found in deodorant. It is also due to invisible stains that aren’t pre-treated before washing.

How do you get white clothes white again?

Other than bleach, there are many natural ways to get your white clothes looking white again. Some of which include using baking soda, white vinegar or borax into your washer. Read more on how to whiten your white clothes naturally.

What are ‘delicates’ in laundry?

Delicate clothes are the ones that need extra care as they can be easily damaged. Such items include lingerie, silk, lace and chiffon.

Why do my clothes smell bad after washing?

There are several causes for your clothes to smell bad, such as:

  • Your washing machine needs cleaning.
  • You use too much detergent or you don’t use enough.
  • You don’t take clothes out straight away after cycle has finished.

If you experience this problem, check out how to remove damp smell from clothes.

What is colours bleeding and how do you fix it?

Colour bleeding is when the fabric dye leaches out when it gets wet. To prevent colours from bleeding, you can use colour catching sheets or add a cup of salt or white vinegar into the wash. You should also wash on a cold cycle.

How do you wash colours without fading?

Wash clothes inside out and on a cool temperature (30°c) and don’t over wash them. Also, don’t expose them directly to the sunlight as this will ‘bleach’ the fabric dye causing it t appear lighter.

Can you machine wash ‘dry cleaning only’ clothes?

No. If your clothes are labelled as ‘dry-clean only, it means its too delicate to be exposed to water and agitation. If you don’t want your clothes damaged, it’s always best to follow the instructions on the care label.

How do you remove old stains?

There are many stain removal products that will work to remove set-in stains but if you want a home-made stain remover, you can use white vinegar, liquid detergent or Baking soda. Read more about natural stain removers.

 

If you have a laundry questions that isn’t on here, feel free to ask it in the comments section and we’ll try to answer them for you.


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How To Remove Stains With Baking Soda

Baking soda is gentle enough to be used on any fabric. If you weren’t aware already, Baking soda acts as a natural bleach, cleanser, deodoriser, fabric softener and is great at tackling tough stains. 

Pre-Soak with Baking Soda

To pre-soak your clothes before washing, fill up a bucket of water and add a cup of baking soda. Add your clothes into the bucket, swirl them around and leave to sit for a few hours to overnight. Although not a ‘stain’, pre-soaking helps to eliminate musty smells.

Pre-Treat with Baking Soda

There are two ways to remove stains with Baking via pre-treating. You can either sprinkle baking soda directly onto it or create a paste by mixing it with a 2:1 ratio of baking soda and water.

  • Grease stains- apply baking soda onto stain and leave for 30 mins to 1 hour.
  • Sweat stains- rub paste on stained area and let sit for a few mins.
  • Blood stains- rub paste on stained area and let sit for a 1 hour.
  • Vomit stains- apply baking soda directly onto stain and leave for 1 hour.
  • Fruit juice stains- apply baking soda onto stain, leave to sit, then rinse from the back of the stain.

If the stain is dry, use the paste method, but if it is wet, sprinkle baking soda on it. 

Add Baking Soda In The Wash

You can add 1/2 a cup of baking soda directly into the wash, along with your clothes and detergent, or you can add 1/2 cup to the rinse cycle. Adding a cup of white vinegar will enhance baking soda effects.

For a more professional approach in removing stains and keeping your clothes fresh, you can count on Laundryheap to get the job done.