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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.


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5 Useful Laundry Gadgets

Laundry is a time-consuming activity that involves several processes just to get our items cleaned and looking presentable. We even experience some complications at times, like losing a sock.

Here are 5 useful laundry gadgets that will save you time, space and make laundry a little easier:

  1. Retractable Clothes Line: Whether you use a tumble dryer or a clothes rack to dry your clothes, why not create extra drying space indoors and out with a retractable clothes line. Easy to set up and easy to put away too.

  2. Sock Lock/Clips: Tired of losing your sock in the washing machine? Worry no more with this genius sock lock gadget. They keep your socks together when you put them into the machine and most importantly, when it comes out!

     

  3. Ironing Mat: Ironing boards take a lot space in the room that they become a place to hang things on. They also take time to set up. With this ironing mat, you can save so much time as it’s so easy to take out and store away. Great for if you’re in a rush!

  4. Arrow Hanger: Whether it’s for hanging clothes to dry or for hanging freshly dried clothes to eliminate wrinkles, this collapsible wall mount arrow hanger is extremely useful for both drying and storing. So if you’re lazy to put away clothes that get creased easily, you can just leave them hanging up.

     

  5. Collapsible Laundry Basket: If you need to save a bit of floor space, this collapsible laundry basket can easily be folded and put away when it’s not in use. It’s super convenient and deep enough to carry/store your clothes.

 

 

These gadgets are pretty handy and useful to have for when you do the laundry. However, it doesn’t take away the daunting process of having to do the laundry! If you’re one who has no time to do laundry or simply hates it, then why not outsource it with Laundryheap!


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Tell-A-Friend Referral Program

Your perks for using Laundryheap just got better! 

We are excited to introduce to you our newTell-A-Friendreferral program where we give you and a friend £5, €5 or AED 20 off your order! 

How does it work?

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All you need to do is invite your friends (as many as you like) to use our services for the first time and share your referral code with them.

With every friend that successfully places an order with the code, we will keep rewarding you, so you can almost ‘earn’ whilst you refer.

The reward will then be automatically added to your next order and you can keep enjoying our services at a discounted rate.  🙂

Ready to start receiving your rewards? Log in now and share the love!


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8 Natural Stain Removers

When a stain comes upon our clothing, many of us want to avoid using toxic stain removal products, with the obvious factor being that they contain harsh chemicals and solvents. Who would want the aftermath of that rubbing against their skin?

Fortunately for all of us, there are many ways to remove stains naturally.

8 Natural Stain Removers

  1. Borax
    Believe it or not, borax is a natural mineral composed of sodium, boron, oxygen and water. Borax is a great cleaning agent that helps to disinfect and remove stains from clothes.
  2. Hydrogen Peroxide
    This antiseptic compound is a natural alternative to bleach and works well in removing stains such as curry, red wine and underarm yellowing.
  3. White Distilled Vinegar
    The acetic acid in the vinegar helps to lift stains and banish odour. See how else distilled white vinegar can do wonders for your clothes.
  4. Baking Soda
    Baking soda (or sodium bicarbonate) works as a natural cleanser and deodoriser. It is a mild alkaline powder so it’s completely safe to use on all fabrics.
  5. Lemon Juice
    Lemon is a natural lightener because of it’s acidity, it almost works as a natural bleaching agent.
  6. Talcum Powder/chalk
    For stains that need absorbing (grease and oil), these powders are a wonderful natural treatment to get the heavy stain out.
  7. Salt
    Salt works as a gentle abrasive element to help absorb moisture from liquid stains.
  8. Rubbing Alcohol
    Another antiseptic that works great in breaking down tough stains. It doesn’t penetrate the fabric and evaporates quickly. So you can be sure it won’t damage your clothes.


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How To Clean White Shoes

Whether it’s your classic  white chucks or a pair of white Vans, it’s difficult to maintain the pristine condition of your white shoes once they’re taken out of the box.

Fortunately, there are a few simple yet effective ways to clean white shoes.

How To Clean White Shoes:

Although some shoes are machine washable, it’s better to hand wash them yourself as you have more control over how much water and agitation is applied.

So before you commence cleaning, make sure to have these items prepared:

  • An old toothbrush
  • A small mixing bowl 
  • Cloth/ towel
  • Newspaper

and choose any of the following methods that works for your dirty shoes.

Baking Soda & Vinegar

  1. Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda and vinegar into a bowl of lukewarm water to create a paste.
  2. Use an old toothbrush to apply the mixture onto your shoes and brush in circular motion.
  3. Clap shoes together to remove dried paste and remove excess paste residue with a cloth.
  4. Stuff shoes with newspaper to keep it’s shape and let completely dry in the sun.

Baking Soda & Laundry Detergent 

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1.5 tablespoon of detergent into warm water to create paste.
  2. Brush paste with toothbrush and let it sit before rinsing.
  3. Rinse shoes, stuff with newspaper and let dry in the sun.

Toothpaste 

  1. Apply toothpaste on toothbrush and scrub all over your dirty shoes and let it sit for 10 mins.
  2. Rinse off shoes, take a damp towel to remove excess toothpaste and pat dry to remove excess water.

Laundry Detergent 

  1. Mix a small amount of laundry detergent in a bucket or basin full of warm water to create a soapy, not frothy, consistency.
  2. Soak shoes in bucket for a few minutes and then begin to clean shoes with a toothbrush in circular motions.
  3. Rinse residue off shoes and use an old towel to remove excess water.
  4. Stuff shoes with newspaper and let shoes dry in the sun.

Remember:

  • Always take off shoe laces before cleaning shoes
  • Don’t put your shoes in the dryer as it will ruin the canvas.
  • Always fill you shoes with newspaper/paper when leaving it to dry to keep it’s shape.

If you clean your white shoes a different way, let us know how by leaving a comment. 🙂


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10 Helpful Clothing Hacks

Sometimes we experience a few clothing mishaps and want a quick-fix solution instead of buying new clothes.

Here are 10 helpful clothing hacks that will keep your clothes fresh and fixed:

  1. Remove pilling with a razor
    Over time, your clothes, especially sweaters, start to create tiny little ‘fuzz’ balls that make it look old. Simply remove this by running a normal razor over them.
  2. Iron collars and cuffs with a hair straightener
    If you’re in a rush and have no time to fix the creases on your collar or cuffs, just use a hair straightener! 
  3. If a zipper is stuck, use a bar of soap
    Quit struggling trying to force that zipper to come up. Rub a bar of dry soap on the zips teeth and voila!
  4. Use a toothbrush to remove dirt stains from suede
    Make your suede garments look clean and fresh by simply using an old toothbrush to brush dirt away.
  5. Remove gum from jeans using ice
    Getting chewing gum stuck on your jeans can be very difficult to remove. Apply ice onto the gum until it hardens, and then simply peel it off.
  6. Use a key ring to keep zippers up
    Don’t you hate it when your jean zip keeps falling down? Avoid that by attaching a key ring to the zip and hooking it around the button to keep it up.
  7. Remove deodorant stains with baby wipes
    Simply remove deodorant marks on clothes by wiping it with a baby wipe.
  8. Use double-sided tap to fix button gaps
    Get more coverage and eliminate button gaps with double sided tape. Just stick the tape in between the gaps of your shirt.
  9. Apply clear nail polish on loose buttons
    Got a button that’s a little loose? Apply some clear nail polish over the button to seal the thread and keep it from falling off.
  10. Clean leather shoes with cold water and vinegar
    Want to refresh dull looking leather shoes? Just clean it with a bit of white distilled vinegar and cold water. This is great a method to remove stains without damage too!

Bonus hack:

When seasons change, make sure to look after your clothes even if you’re not going to use them. Store them away in vacuum pack bags and don’t forget to laundry and dry-clean your clothes before sealing them away and make any necessary repairs to minor damages.


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5 Laundry Products And What They’re Used For

We know that there are a lot more laundry products than just detergent and softener. Some we’ve heard of before and some we don’t know what the uses are for. 

Here are 5 laundry products and what they’re used for:

Bluing

You may have heard about or have seen bluing agents for laundering. Bluing agents  improve the appearance of clothing, especially the whiteness level of fabrics. This is because adding blue pigments to, for example natural yellowing, results in a whiter white.

Most bluing agents are highly concentrated and needs to be diluted to prevent permanent staining and streaking.

Borax

Borax is a natural mineral that is safe for the environment. On it’s own, it has many uses and it is also used as an ingredient in many products, such as disinfectants, household cleaners and laundry boosters. This means that Borax helps to disinfect, removes stains and whiten clothes.

Chlorine bleach

Chlorine bleach contains 5.25% solution of sodium hypochlorite and water. It is another disinfectant used in laundry that helps get rid of bacteria and viruses, as well as whiten natural fabrics such as cotton or linen. Chlorine bleach must always be diluted with water for safety measures for the fabric.

Oxygen Bleach

Unlike Chlorine bleach, it comes in both liquid and solid formulas. It is a term for sodium percarbonate, a compound of natural soda crystals and hydrogen peroxide. 

This bleach is eco-freindly, safe to use on coloured fabrics and can be mixed in with other detergents.

It helps to disinfect, remove organic stains and brighten fabrics. Unlike Chlorine bleach, it works much more slowly BUT is much more gentle.

Enzyme Presoak

For washing clothes, Ennzyme Presoak acts as a stain removal treatment. The enzymes breaks down even the toughest stains so it can be easily removed in the actual wash cycle. These enzymes can be found din biological detergent.

There are many other laundry products that help you to get the maximum results for your clothes, but there are also laundry professionals like Laundryheap who can deliver quality cleaned laundry to your door.


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The Benefits Of Adding Vinegar To Your Laundry Routine

It might sound a little odd, but adding white distilled vinegar to your laundry can do wonders for your clothes! It will help brighten, soften and leave your clothes odour-free! 

All vinegar’s have an acetic acid that works well in getting rid of residue and odour. Unlike, dark coloured vinegar you usually see, white distilled vinegar is a little less acidic and most importantly, less stinky! 

Here are the benefits of adding vinegar to your laundry routine:

Brightens Colours

Adding 1/2 a cup of distilled white vinegar in the final rinse of your laundry will make your clothes brighter and clearer. This is because the vinegar helps to remove residue from the detergent, that causes colours to look dull. Just add the vinegar either inside the drum or in the fabric softener dispenser and you’re good to go.

Eliminates Lint & Static Cling

Finding it hard to get rid of lint and static cling on your clothes? Put 1/2 a cup of white distilled vinegar into your rinse cycle. This will help remove excessive lint and also act as a natural static guard.

Soften Clothes

If you refuse to use fabric softener and want a natural alternative, you’re in luck! Just add 1/2 a cup of white distilled vinegar to your final rinse. This is a great replacement for fabric softener and doesn’t leave any residue on clothing. It is also entirely safe for sensitive skin and unlike fabric softener, doesn’t take away the flame resistant quality of children’s clothing.

Banish Odours

Whether it’s mildew or underarm odour, white distilled vinegar will do the trick.

Just add 1-2 cups of the vinegar into the washing machine, depending on how bad the smell is and run a complete cycle. Then, run another cycle with detergent.

To remove underarm odour, spray the vinegar directly onto the underarm area and leave for 10 mins before washing as normal.

Cleans Your Washing Machine

It’s important that your washing machine is clean to provide the best results for when you go to wash your clothes. Deposits such as soap or mineral deposits can build up which will greatly affect your machines performance. 

Just run an empty  hot cycle wash with 2 cups of white distilled vinegar in dispenser.

Don’t want to bother with these vinegar laundry hacks? Book a collection with Laundryheap today for fresh, clean clothes tomorrow.


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How To Test Clothes For Colourfastness

It’s a well-known procedure to separate your clothes when doing the laundry, as this not only cleans clothes properly, but avoids the fabric dyes from ‘bleeding’ onto other clothing.

To take extra precaution when washing clothes, it’s best to test your clothes for colour fastness. If it is colourfast, then the dye will NOT run or fade onto other fabrics.

 But, how can you tell if your clothes are colourfast? 

How To Test Clothes For Colourfastness

  1. Wet a corner of the fabric
  2. Let it soak into the fabric for a few mins 
  3. Wipe with a white cloth or paper towel

If your item of clothing is colourfast, then you can proceed to your usual way of washing. However, there are specific instructions you need to know when washing non-colourfast items.

How To wash Non-Colourfast Clothing

  1. Wash item/s inside out to reduce colour fading.
  2. Wash in a cool temperature (30° max) as dye is more likely to run in warmer temperatures.
  3. Hand wash on it’s or with similar colours.

If you’re worried about having to wash non-colour fast clothes, you can book a collection with Laundryheap and we’ll take care of it for you.


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5 Ways To Preserve Your Wedding Dress

Whether you’re keeping or have kept your wedding dress for sentimental value or you’re passing it down, it’s very important to preserve your wedding dress for it to remain in perfect condition. The intricate design and detailing means it is extremely delicate and must be preserved in the right way.

Here are 5 Ways To Preserve Your Wedding Dress:

Get It Dry Cleaned

Even though you’ve only used your dress once and thought to have been completely careful whilst wearing it, there may be ‘invisible’ stains that you are totally unaware of. Some of these marks may begin to appear overtime as they oxidise and turn a yellow colour. Avoid this issue by making sure to get your gown cleaned by a specialist wedding dress dry cleaner to get the right treatment it deserves!

Store It In A Special Box

Avoid hanging your wedding dress along with the other clothes in your wardrobe. This will cause the dress to crease, catch on to and get bashed on by the other clothes- not something you want if you’re trying to preserve your wedding dress.

Instead, use a special wedding dress box. These boxes are PH neutral and are made from acid free material, making it a safe place to store your gown and promote longevity. Using an ordinary box may cause the fabric to turn yellow overtime.

Also, take into consideration the size of he box, making sure it’s not too small for the dress.

Use Acid-Free Tissue Paper

Pack acid-free tissue paper in between the layers of your gown when folding it to store it in its’s box. This will help to preserve the fabrics quality overtime and doesn’t crumble like ordinary tissue paper. 

NOTE: Some storage boxes come with acid-free tissue paper with instructions of how to use it.

Keep It Out Of The Attic

Attic spaces can be damp and humid, where all sorts of insects, birds and rodents can invade and make it a home.  The damp environment can cause mould or even mildew growth on your wedding dress. So, do avoid storing your wedding dress up in the attic as much as you can!

Store It In A Cool, Dry Place

For your wedding dress to be well preserved, it needs to be kept well away from the heat and direct light. The best environmental state to store your wedding dress in is as cool, dry place.

With these tips, you can ensure that your wedding dress will be preserved for the longest period of time! Don’t forget to take it out every 6 months or so, to prevent permanent creases and ensure it is still in pristine condition.