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The Right Way To Store Away Your Winter Clothes

It’s out with the cold and in the heat! Spring is finally here and that means making room in our wardrobe for our spring and summer clothes. But how and where do we store our winter clothes for the time being? Fortunately for you, we have some tips on how to store away your winter clothes properly.

The Right Way To Store Away Your Winter Clothes

Here a few things you need to do before you go to store your winter clothes away:

  • Clean EVERYTHING!

Before you even think about storing away your winter clothes, make sure to laundry and dry clean everything first. You don’t want to be storing them along with the dirt, bacteria and germs that your clothes have accumulated during the winter. Keep them fresh and ready to wear when the winter season comes again.

  • Repair any minor damages

A missing button? or loose a thread? Repair anything that appears damaged or broken before you store them away, so it’s ready for the next wear. Minor repairs can be done yourself, but you can send clothing with more difficult repairs to a local tailor to get them fixed.

  • Get rid of unwanted clothes

Noticed a few winter sweaters that you no longer wear? Set those pieces aside to be donated. Get rid of the winter clothes that you no longer wear anymore. Give them to your friends or family, donate them or sell them.

Storage Methods

  • Plastic storage containers

Keep all your clothes neatly folded and stacked away inside plastic storage containers with tight fitting lids. Make sure not to overfill the box though as this will crease your clothes as well as not giving them air to ‘breath’. Don’t forget to include the chunky knits- it wouldn’t be a good idea to hang them as it will deform its shape.

  • Wooden or plastic clothes hangers

Hang your bulky coats and jackets on sturdy plastic or wooden hangers.

  • Garment bags

Hang your more delicate coats (such as fur, down or leather) and other delicate clothing in garment bags to keep them protected and in good condition.

Make sure to store your clothes in a well-ventilated area. This means avoid storing them in humid areas such as the attic or garage. 


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3 Ways To Clean Your Cap

There are several methods you can use when it comes to cleaning your cap, all of which do not involve putting it in the washing machine. Knowing the type of fabric and how dirty your cap is will help you choose the best cleaning method for your cap.

NOTE: Before cleaning your caps, make sure you always check the care label first to avoid unwanted mishaps.

Hand Washing

Washing your cap by hand is the most effective and safest way to clean your cap. This method is best suited for baseball caps, wool, and hand-knitted caps.

  1. Fill a sink or bucket with warm water.
  2. Add a few drops of mild detergent to the water- laundry detergent, liquid dish soap or mild shampoo- making sure the water isn’t too soapy.
  3. Grab an old toothbrush or cloth and spot clean the dirtiest areas of the hat first with the soapy water, before moving onto the other areas of the cap.
  4. Let the cap soak in the soapy water for a few minutes up to a few hours.
  5. Rinse the cap off with cold water and gently squeeze to remove excess water.
  6. Let the cap air dry indoors, away from sunlight and tuck a hand towel inside the cap to keep it’s shape. 

Spot Treating

Spot cleaning is another safe cleaning method and is best used for caps made out of delicate fabrics, like leather and suede caps.

  1. Dab the cap gently with a damp washcloth from a mixture of water and mild detergent or dish soap. If your cap has a tough stain on it, try a natural stain remover as these are more gentle for the fabric. 
  2. After spot treating, allow the cap to air dry in a well-ventilated area, away from direct sunlight.

Dry Cleaning

For non-washable caps, dry cleaning is the best way to get them cleaned. You can invest in a home dry cleaning kit or take your cap to a professional dry cleaner.


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How To Care For Denim Jeans

Denim jeans are a staple in everyone’s closet. A common mistake we all make is not taking proper care of our jeans, but only because we don’t think much about it. This then results to jeans looking dull, faded and ruined after a short period of time.

There are certain steps you should take that will help make your denim jeans last longer.

How To Care For Denim Jeans

It’s important to note that you should always wash newly bought denim jeans before you use them, to prevent the dye from ‘bleeding’ and to remove other chemicals. 

  • Don’t wash them too often

Most of us, if not all, wash our jeans after only a few wears- not good! Truth is, you should be washing them after 5-6 wears or even longer. Over-washing your jeans will cause the colour to fade quicker. If your jeans do get a bit of dirt on them after only a few wears, try spot cleaning them instead of putting them into the wash

  • Wash them inside out and in cold water

Washing your jeans in cold water protects the colour against fading and prevents your jeans from shrinking. Always remember to turn your jeans inside out for extra colour protection. This way you’ll be able to have the inside of the garment properly cleaned whilst protecting the outer layer.

  • Air dry instead of tumble dry

Drying your jeans naturally is the best way to make your jeans last longer. Tumble drying can only cause damage to your jeans like wear and tear, and possible shrinkage. It’s best to air dry your clothes by hanging them up on a clothes lines away from the sunlight or with a hanger, indoors. Exposure to sunlight will cause the colour to fade.

Storing Denim Jeans

  • Folding your denim

Just fold them how you would usually fold your jeans but make sure to stack them nicely when you store them in wardrobe.

  • Hang up by the belt loop

Hanging your jeans up by the belt loop reduces unwanted creases and maintains the shape of your jeans. Either hang them on a hook or over a hanger.

Should you require a professional to clean your jeans or your clothes for that matter, you can rely on Laundryheap get the job done.


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How To Remove Damp Smell From Clothes

Sometimes after taking out freshly washed clothes from the washing machine, they don’t smell clean at all. Instead, they have an unpleasant damp, musty smell.

Several factors can cause your clothes to smell damp, but there are simple solutions for you to eliminate the smell.

 Why Clothes Smell After Washing

  • You’re not using the right amount of laundry detergent

If you don’t use enough detergent, your clothes won’t get cleaned properly, but using too much detergent will result to residue on clothes. Read the detergent label to the check the recommended amount of detergent for your washer.

  • Your washing machine needs cleaning

Washing machines need to be cleaned and maintained in order for your clothes to get cleaned properly. If your washing machine is unclean it won’t be as effective at cleaning your clothes. Check out our guide on how to clean your washing machine.

  • You leave your clothes in the machine after the cycle has finished

When you don’t take your clothes out from the washing machine straight away, the damp clothes will create a musty smell once they’re dry or are in the process of drying.

How To Remove Damp Smell From Clothes

  • Vinegar: Add 1 cup of distilled white vinegar to the rinse cycle in your washing machine drawer. Alternatively, you can add equal parts of detergent and vinegar to your laundry on a normal cycle.
  • Baking Soda: Add 1 cup of baking soda into the washing machine and wash as normal. Alternatively, you can soak your clothes in 1-2 cups of baking soda and warm water for several hours (even overnight) before washing as normal.
  • Dry clothes outside in the sun: Drying your clothes out in the sun will kill the germs and eliminate odour.

If you would rather have a more professional approach to removing the mildew smell off your clothes, you can book a laundry collection with Laundryheap and have your clothes returned to you as a good as new.


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5 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Pillow

Just like your mattress, your pillows have a ‘shelf life’ and must be replaced every couple of years. Your pillow is one of the factors that contribute to a good or bad nights sleep, so make sure to get new pillows when the time is right.

5 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Pillow 

  • Visible lumps and bumps from foam

Pillows should be smooth, soft and comfy. If the material inside your pillow starts to wear out, it will feel and be visibly bumpy. This is a clear indication that you need a new one as it can no longer give you the support and comfort you need.

  • You get aches and pains 

Due to the bumps in the pillow, you’ll start to wake up with body aches especially around the neck and shoulder area. You’ll also notice that you’re not sleeping as well as you should be and wake up with headaches that tend to go away during the day.

  • It’s just not comfy anymore

If your pillow is no longer comfy, you’ll often keep tossing and turning, trying to find the right sleeping position, and adjusting your pillow. If you can’t get a good sleep because of that, then change your pillow.

  • It’s starting to smell

You won’t notice straight away that your pillow smells because it becomes gradual as dirt and bacteria build-up. Once you notice that your pillow has a strange smell and still smells even after washing it, that already is a sure enough indication that your pillow needs to be replaced.

  • You wake up sneezing!

Pillows are a great breeding environment for dirt, sweat.. and dust mites! If you find yourself randomly sneezing when you’ve just woken up, this is because of the bacteria living in your pillow.

How Often You Should Replace Your Pillow

Synthetic Pillows: 1-2 years

Memory Foam: 2-3 years or when the foam becomes hard

Down and Feather Pillows: 5-10 years

Maintaining Your Pillow

As part of maintaining your pillow to make sure it reaches maximum ‘shelf life’, you should have them washed every few months. This can be done at home using your washing machine and or by a professional. 

We at Laundryheap know that it can be difficult to wash pillows at home, especially when they won’t fit into your washing machine. That’s why we offer cleaning services for your pillows as well as other bulky bedding items.


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Choosing The Right Abaya For You

Gone are the days when abayas were just a plain black, traditional design. Now, with the developments of abayas becoming a fashion statement whilst also keeping the modesty, you can find all sort of styles with different colours, embellishments and designs.

Whether you’re choosing an abaya for everyday wear or a special occasion, choosing the right one will compliment your look and figure. Make a simple misjudgement and you can find yourself looking dull and feeling uncomfortable.

Choosing The Right Abaya For You

  • Length

The first thing to consider when choosing an abaya is your height. Whether you’re tall or short, abaya’s should reach the full length of your body and shouldn’t be any shorter than a few centimetres below your ankle. When trying on an abaya, test to see what it will look like with and without heels (tiptoe if you can’t test with heels). 

  • Fit

You definitely want to look for an abaya that compliments your body and enhances your features. That’s not to say that your abaya should have a tight body fit, but should fit well enough so that you can comfortably wear your own clothes underneath. If you have more of a pear-shaped figure, choose an abaya that is wide at the bottom and tighter on the sleeves. For a slimmer or skinny figure, opt for an abaya that has more layers to accentuate your figure. 

  • Sleeve length

No one likes sleeves that are too short or too long, especially when they weren’t designed to fit that way. When choosing the right abaya, make sure the sleeves are at wrist length unless the design states otherwise. 

  • Fabric

When it comes to choosing an abaya, make sure it matches the season. You wouldn’t want to wear a silk abaya in the winter or a wool abaya in the summer. Make sure to choose abayas with light fabric for the summer and leave the heavy and layered abayas for the winter. Most importantly, make sure you feel comfortable!

If you’re purchasing your abaya online, check the size guides carefully and read the product descriptions for the fabric types.

For professional abaya cleaning, you can schedule a free collection with laundryheap and have your abayas returned to you in less than 24 hours.


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No Pain- No Stain! Unusual Stain Removers Part 2

If you haven’t done so already, check out the first No Pain- No Stain! Unusual stain removers.

Unusual Stain Removers- Part 2

  1. Rubbing Alcohol- Removes ink and deodorant stains
    This antiseptic wonder can remove several types of stains provided that they are fresh. Remove ink and deodorant stains with rubbing alcohol simply by applying it directly onto the stain and dab (the ink) or wipe (deodorant mark) away before washing as normal.

  2. Coca Cola – Removes blood and oil stains
    Blood and grease stains are both tough ones to get rid off, so you’ve got to treat them as soon as you can. Believe it or not, cola will help take that stain right out. Soak garment in cola for a good 15-30 mins or so depending on how bad the stain is, before washing as normal.  Don’t worry about a cola stain, as it will come right off once you put it straight into the wash after pre-soaking.

  3.  Shampoo- Cleans collared shirts & great for hand washing
    A dirty collar is something that a little shampoo can fix. Shampoo works to break down body oils in your hair and will do the same for fabrics too. Just rub a bit of cheap shampoo on the collar and watch it remove the dirt. You can also use shampoo as an alternative soap to hand washing clothes.

  4. Shaving Cream- Removes food and grease stains
    To get rid of stubborn food and grease stains, add a bit of shaving cream on the stain and continuously dab it lightly for a few minutes and let it sit for about 30 mins. Then, blot the shaving cream away and wash as usual.

You can save yourself the trouble by scheduling a collection with laundryheap for even the most toughest stains you have on your clothes and we’ll have it returned to you as good as new in less than 24 hours.


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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

You don’t always have to spend a large amount of money to show appreciation because it’s always the thought that counts! If you want to give more than your usual flowers, chocolates and a card, check out these gift ideas.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

  • Personalised Gift Basket

If you want to give your mother a selection of items that she’ll love, what better way to do so than with a hamper filled with some of her favourite things! This idea is easy and can also be done on a budget, depending on what type of goodies you’ll be filling it with.

This hamper can literally be filled with all sorts of little things that your mother likes, whether that be candles, bath bombs, sweets, face masks or accessories. You can purchase a hamper basket for cheap at any local store and doesn’t need to be expensive because you can even decorate the basket if you wish.

  • Photo Book

Gather old photos of you and your mother and create a simple photo album or even a scrap book. If you’re a 90’s baby, chances are the photos you have when you were a kid are from film, but you can always get these scanned and digitally printed. Freeprints is an app that will print out 45 free photos for you per month and you’ll only have to pay for the delivery (free delivery for the first month).

If you’d rather have a more professional approach to making to your photo book, photobox will create it for you. Just choose the design that you want- this includes everything from the layout of the pages to the colour, and simply upload your photos where you want them to be placed.

  • Gift Sets

There are all kinds of gift sets available, from wine sets to bath and beauty sets. Most of these come at an affordable price, so if you want to give your mother a bit of luxury, you can do so without splashing out a ton of money. Just make sure you get her something she will actually use.

  • A Day Out

Why not take your mother out and treat her for the day? Maybe take her to her favourite restaurant or café, an afternoon tea, a day with her at the spa, get her nails done, go to the theatre or just do any thing that she will enjoy doing. As long as your paying for it all. 

  • Do The House Chores

Now, if you still live with your parents, this is something that should be done daily anyway. However, to make it extra special, have your mother relax for the entire day. Do all that she would normally do, like the cleaning, cooking, the laundry etc and take care of everything that needs to be done around the house. I’m sure you mother will appreciate you cooking her favourite meals and baking her favourite cake. You can also purchase a laundryheap gift card for your mother so she can have a few laundry-free days.


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How To Identify Good Quality Clothing

Not all expensive clothing are of the best quality and not all affordable clothing are bad quality either. When going to shop for good quality clothing, there are several ways to check and test whether it is of good quality or not.

How To Identify Good Quality Clothing

  • The type of fabric

Anything made out of natural fibres will always be better than synthetics like polyester, acrylic, spandex or any other man-made fibres. This is because natural fibres are breathable and last longer no matter how many washes you put it through. With synthetics however, these type of fabrics will begin to wear out over time when constantly exposed to the agitation of laundering and tumble-drying. You also have to keep in mind that garments can be made out of cheap, low-quality fibres that are natural which result into poorly made clothes. So, when looking for good quality clothing, it’s useful to check the label first to see what type of fabric it is made from.

  • How the fabric feels

One easy way to judge the quality of clothes is by the way it feels when you touch it. Is the fabric soft and smooth? Or rough and brittle? The more fabric fibre there is, the more likely it will last longer. That’s not to say that the garment needs to be heavy to be good but if the woven fabric is tightly packed and is light weight, then this is likely to last long too. When choosing good quality fabric, it should feel nice against the skin and you’ll notice that it remains soft even after it’s washed.

  • Transparency

Fabrics that have a higher thread count are ones worth investing in. The thicker the fabric is, the better the quality will be. Clothing that is see-through or transparent when you hold it up against the light are of low-quality material. You can even test the clothing transparency by putting your hand inside the garment and checking to see if you can see the colour of your hand. If you can, just put the garment back and continue searching.

  • Stitching

When considering quality, it’s important to check the stitching of the garment. You’ll know it’s good quality when the stitches are even, closely spaced and holding the garment together well.  Check it’s sturdiness by pulling on either side of the seam- check this on the inside of the garment too. Make sure there are no gaps when doing this and that the stitching is flat on both sides. If the garment has buttons, make sure they’re also sturdy and properly sewed on by gently tugging on them.

  • It comes with spares

Clothing that comes with a spare button or spare thread is a clear indication that the fabric is of good quality and it will probably only need minor repairs. Designers wouldn’t consider adding these spares otherwise. If it was low-quality, they’ll let you invest in the spare pieces instead when it needs repairing and you most likely won’t even find the button/s you’ll need. 

If you require a professional dry-cleaning and laundry service to take extra care of your clothes, book a free collection with laundryheap


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Backpacking Tips For Beginners

Backpacking somewhere across the globe is a super exciting and invigorating experience. You get to meet new people, you’re exposed to different cultures and customs and you can try all sorts of unfamiliar food.

If you’re going backpacking for the first time, here are some handy tips that will give you a head start.

Backpacking Tips For Beginners

  • Do your research: First of all, make sure to check the weather in the exact location you’re travelling to, so you can pack the right clothes. Most importantly, do a little bit of research about the country, for any important rules or regulations, and even check for areas you’d like to visit there. Also, try to familiarise yourself with basic words or common phrases in the relevant foreign language. This will especially be helpful in communicating with locals who don’t speak or understand your mother tongue.

 

  • Don’t use a bag that’s longer than your body: Using a bag that is awkwardly longer than your body will only encourage you to pack a whole lot of unnecessary things and it can be super uncomfortable on your travels. Instead, use a backpack that fits you right and feels comfortable with weight in it. Choose a backpack with a lot of inner pockets to store your valuable necessities and outer mesh pockets to keep your water bottles in.

 

  • Comfort over fashion: It’s important to note that you should always choose comfortable clothes over fashionable ones when backpacking. This is simply because you’ll always be on the go and moving from one place to another, so it wouldn’t make sense to dress fashionably in this type of occasion. Choose lightweight clothes that are comfortable, breathable, durable and can be worn more than once. Dressing this way will also prevent unnecessary attention from pickpockets and thieves.

 

  • Pack light: When packing your clothes, you want to bring as little as you possibly can. To help you with this, bring out all the clothes you think you’ll need and take away half or even more of those. You’ll only really need a few of your most basic clothes that you can repeatedly wash and wear, which includes a couple pairs of socks and underwear. If you want to organise your things and create more space, use packing cubes.

 

  • Roll your clothes: Rolling your clothes is such a great space saver and you don’t have to worry about your clothes being creased!

 

  • Bring a ‘loo kit’: Depending where you travel to, some countries don’t quite offer the necessities you need after using the toilet and for the other countries, well, let’s just say the ground would be your toilet. It’s best to bring along a packet of tissues or wipes and anything else sanitary with you on your travel. This will also come in handy in general really.

 

  • Bring plastic or canvas bags: You never really know what kind of things will happen on your trip. Perhaps your clothes get really dirty and you need somewhere to put them, or you do a bit of shopping for snacks and more souvenirs and now you have no more room in your backpack. This is where bringing a few plastic or canvas bags come in handy.

 

  • Pack small bottles of toiletries: Your aim is to pack light, so don’t go bringing huge bottles of toiletries. Instead, use small bottles to pack your essentials and if they run out, just buy new ones in the local store and refill them, simple! Essentials like toothpaste, which might be a bit awkward to pack, can be bought from small local shops at the destination, so essentials like this can be left behind.

 

  • Stay in hostels with free breakfast: Staying in hostels is a great way to meet other travellers and possibly make new (travel) friends. There’s nothing more exciting than meeting like-minded individuals with great stories to share. If you can get to stay at hostels offering free breakfast, that’s even better, because who doesn’t love free food?!

 

  • Don’t plan your whole trip: The whole point of backpacking is to be spontaneous and explore your exotic surroundings. It’s okay to plan the beginning of your trip, but from there, you just have to go out, be free and explore for yourself.

 

If you feel like your clothes need a professional cleaning after your trip, you can count on Laundryheap to get the job done for you. Laundryheap is available to clean your clothes in some cities in the following locations: UK, Ireland, Netherlands and the UAE.