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Benefits of Folding Your Clothes

Laundry is a repetitive chore; the job starts with putting dirty clothes in the basket and ends with hanging clothes outside to dry after they’ve been put in the washing machine. However, the chore doesn’t end there. Folding your clothes is the last task.

Folding your clothes

Essentially, there are benefits to folding your clothes!

More Storage Space

Getting into a habit of folding your clothes means you’ll have more storage space in your wardrobe or drawer. Nobody wants to go home to find unfolded clothes on their chair or bed. Instead, if you fold them and put them away neatly in a contained place, you’ll save so much room and reduces the pile of laundry.

Additionally, folding your clothes will also help save space in your luggage for your next holiday!

Reduces Wrinkles

If you have an important meeting to attend and noticed a wrinkled shirt, it could mean it wasn’t folded properly. To stop your big days from being ruined by a wrinkled shirt, make sure your clothes are folded to reduce wrinkles and creases in your laundry.

However, if you want to urgently get rid of the wrinkles and creases, book with Laundryheap and we’ll iron your shirts so you look smart in your meetings!

Helps You Stay Organised

It may seem like a very small task but keeping clothes folded helps you stay productive, relaxed and organised. Leaving everything cluttered is not good for your mood. In addition, organising means you’ll find your favourite shirt easier the next time you look for it.

Increases Lifespan of Clothes

Significantly, folded clothes results in a better lifespan for your clothes. By folding them neatly and putting them away, you are eliminating the risk of buttons on clothes coming off or clothes being damaged. You’ve spent time laundering your clothes so make sure you increase their durability by folding them properly!

Folding your clothes itself is a skill and we hope next time when your clothes are cleaned and dry, you consider the benefits of folding them.

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Summer Laundry Tips You Should Use

Summer has arrived! The BBQ Garden parties are lively and outdoors activities feel enjoyable again. While you’re enjoying time out with friends and family, it’s always best to know some summer laundry tips up your sleeve!

With the hotter weather, we are more prone to sweating, so we must continue to take care of our clothes.

Here are 5 Summer Laundry Tips you should use!

1. Hang Your Clothes Outside

The first summer laundry tip is to make full use of your garden clothesline this summer.

Hang your clothes outside in the hot weather and let the natural sunlight do its magic on your clothes. Hanging your clothes outside is proven to get rid of bad odours and your clothes will smell fresh afterwards!

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2. Regular Clean Checks For Your Clothesline

We recommend always double-checking that your clothesline is clean. Summer is a great season, but it also invites all the insects and birds to your garden so if you spot any mess on your clothing line, clean it before hanging your clothes.

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3. Teach The Kids About Laundry

Summer is a time when kids have fun and play with their friends. However, laundry is an important life skill and in the 6 weeks of the summer holiday break, find time to slowly introduce your kids to laundry. Start giving them small tasks such as folding clothes or organising the pegs. They’ll no doubt run to the door once they hear the ice cream van but teaching them slowly will get them into the habit of organisation.

Mother teaching child to do laundry

4. Read Instructions on Labels and Detergents Carefully

This summer laundry tip may sound obvious but never underestimate summer fabrics. Always read the labels on your clothes carefully.

Certain clothes or fabrics such as silk and cotton will need to be washed differently due to the hot weather. Silk is a very delicate fabric that requires careful attention. Ensure temperatures don’t go above 30 degrees. Whereas cotton fabric can be managed to be in the washer at a hotter temperature of 90 degrees.

The same goes for choosing the right detergent. Summer clothes, as explained, as made from different materials and fabrics from winter clothes. To avoid ruining your clothes, our tip for you is to read the labels on your detergent to make sure it’s suited for delicate clothes.

We recommend using a gentle detergent for the best results and keeping your summer clothes in good condition!

5. Take Care of Your Swimwear

Whether it’s at the swimming pool or at the beach, people love swimming in the summer. You’ll want to make sure your swimwear is in good condition after you’ve finished swimming.

Before you put your swimwear away in the wash, always handwash them to ensure the sand isn’t in the machine. After you’ve hand-washed, put them in the washing machine and set the settings to 30 degrees. Once the cycle is over, the strong smell of chlorine will go away, and you’ll have freshly delicate-looking swimwear again!

You have the essential summer laundry tips to look after your clothes! If you feel that laundry will overwhelm you this summer, book with Laundryheap and we’ll do the laundry for you! No hassle, no stress!

Book with us, choose a collection day and we’ll deliver your laundry back within 24 hours!

Visit the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app on iOS or Android!


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How To Tie A Headscarf

The Headscarf has a storied history dating back to Ancient Rome and the Middle East. Today, the headscarf is still important to religious groups and the fashion industry. if you’re interested in wearing one, we will walk you through how to tie a headscarf!

First things first, before learning to tie a headscarf, we recommend the square headscarves as they’re beginner-friendly and there is a lot more you can do with them, stylistically.

Here are three popular headscarves and the steps to tie them below.

  • Rosette Wrap
  • Boho Headscarf
  • Babushka

Rosette Wrap

One popular headscarf style is the Rosette Wrap.

To tie your headscarf using this style:

  1. Tie your hair so it becomes a ponytail.
  2. Fold the scarf and create a triangle.
  3. After you’ve folded your scarf, put the ends of the scarf to the front of your forehead.
  4. Twists the ends together leading into a spiral
  5. Lastly, tuck the ends in to secure the scarf.

Boho Headscarf

The boho headscarf is suited for the hot weather and will cover (no pun intended) the summer look essentials! To get started:

  1. Fold your scarf in half to form a triangle.
  2. Wrap it around your forehead and tie the knot in the back.
  3. The corner of your scarf should be hanging down in the back.
  4. Make sure it is tight and comfortable as you tie the headscarf!

Babushka Headscarf

It’s easy to fall in love with the classic Babushka style and get inspired to tie a headscarf. This style is typically worn over the hair and tied below the chin.

What makes this headscarf style cool is that it will keep your hair in place! Whether you’re rushing to open the front door or going out in the rain or wind, the Babushka will cover your hair!

To tie this headscarf:

  1. Start by folding it in half to make a triangle.
  2. Simply place the folded edge on the top of your head (it needs to be centred).
  3. Take the two opposing ends and knot them under your chin. It’s as easy as 123!

Considering headscarves are fabric, take good care of them and be sure to check if they’re suited to be dry cleaned!

If you need your headscarves to be dry cleaned and look sharp, head over to the Laundryheap website to book your dry cleaning today!

You can also download the Laundryheap app on iOS or Android!

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The benefits of steaming your clothes

Clothes steamers are perfect for when your clothes need freshening up but not a full wash in the washing machine. The benefits of steaming your clothes do not stop there.

  • Preserves clothing 
  • Removes stains
  • Kills odors 
  • Reduces allergens 
  • Removes wrinkles

Preserves clothing 

Over-washing causes irreversible damage to your clothing. Each time you wash your clothes the different materials rubbing together in the machine causes fibers to weaken. This can lead to holes and rips that are near impossible to repair. Clothes steamers do not include any chemicals other than water and heat, meaning that they are much gentler on clothing fibers. If your clothes are unstained, using a clothes steamer is a fast and effective way to freshen your clothing without damaging their fibers. 

Removes stains 

Clothes steamers are particularly useful at getting rid of stubborn stains. Before using your steam cleaner, pre-treat the stain in the most effective way depending on what has caused it. Once the stain has been pre-treated, aim your steam cleaner directly at the stain for around 30 seconds. The heat from the steam will loosen the stain and work with the pre-treatment to remove it. 

Kills odours 

If your clothing is unstained but odorous a steam cleaner will lift odours and leave your clothes ready to re-wear. When water reaches a steaming level it becomes hot enough to deactivate bacteria that cause odours. If you have a particularly stubborn odour, spray the strongest smelling area with a combination of white vinegar and water, this will help deactivate the bacteria and lift the smell from your clothes.

Reduces allergens 

If you suffer from allergies, such as hayfever, a clothes steamer can help alleviate your symptoms. When you use a clothes steamer, the steam pushes through the fibers of your clothing, eradicating any lingering bacteria, dust mites, or pollen. This is particularly helpful during hayfever season when pollen sticks to your clothing after being outside.

Reduces wrinkles 

If you hate ironing investing in a clothes steamer could be your saving grace. Hang your item of clothing on a coat hanger and gently run your clothes steamer up and down the garment. The steam will loosen the fibers of the fabric, allowing wrinkles in the material to be released. This will leave you with fresh, un-wrinkled, clothing without the need for an iron

Save yourself the hassle of laundering your own clothes and book a Laundryheap dry cleaning slot. We will pick up, dry clean, and re-deliver your clothes straight to your door. Book your slot now by visiting the Laundryheap website or by downloading the free Laundryheap app.


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Hacks for folding clothes

Sometimes the worst part of doing laundry is having to fold and put away your clean clothes. Try these handy hacks for folding clothes to make your laundry easier. 

  • T-shirt
  • Jumper
  • Dress shirt
  • Trousers 
  • Socks

T-shirt

If you are someone who folds their T-shirts and stacks them in a draw, one on top of the other, then this folding hack will be a game-changer. Folding your T-shirts to stack on top of one another may be fast and easy, but your neat pile will soon become a mess once you realise the T-shirt you want is right at the bottom. To avoid this mess, fold your T-shirts so that they can be placed in an upright position and neatly stacked behind one another. This way all your T-shirts can easily be seen and picked up without causing a mess. 

How to fold your T-shirt

  1. Begin by folding one side of the T-shirt, lengthwise, towards the middle of the T-shirt so that it’s roughly level with the neckline. 
  2. Fold the sleeve of the side you have folded back over the folded fabric.
  3. Take the non-folded side of the T-shirt and fold it over the folded third of your T-shirt. 
  4. Fold your remaining sleeve back over the folded fabric. 
  5. Take your T-shirt and fold it in half, leaving the bottom of your T-shirt showing.
  6. Finally, fold your T-shirt into a third, making a rectangle shape that will stand up on its own.
Photo by Francesco Paggiaro from Pexels

Jumper

Now that we have welcomed summer, it’s time to fold away our winter jumpers to make room for lighter materials. To ensure that your jumpers will be wearable next winter, it’s best to store them safely and appropriately. This includes being careful of the way that you fold them.

How to fold a jumper 

  1. Begin by folding the arms of your jumper inwards, across the jumper and parallel to the hem. 
  2. Take one side of the jumper and fold it inwards towards the middle, repeating the process with the other side. 
  3. Take the bottom of your jumper and fold it in half upwards, turning your jumper into a neat square shape that can easily be packed away until next winter.

Dress shirt 

It’s always best to hang your dress shirts up to avoid creases. That being said, if you are packing a dress shirt to travel or you want to make space in your wardrobe for clothing you wear more often than it’s always best to fold your dress shirts in a way that will minimise creasing.  

How to fold a dress shirt

  1. Fold one side of your shirt inwards towards the centre.
  2. Take the sleeve of the folded side of the shirt and fold them back over the fold, folding them again so that they are half their length. 
  3. Repeat steps one and two on the other side of your shirt.
  4. Once both sides of your shirt have been folded inwards, take the bottom of your shirt and fold it in half lengthwise. This should make a rectangle that will be easy to store away.
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Trousers

Similarly to dress shirts, trousers should be hung up in your wardrobe to avoid them taking up space in your drawers. That being said, if you prefer your trousers to be stored away in a draw, or if you are packing trousers to travel, there is a very easy way to fold them.

How to fold trousers 

  1. Fold your trousers in half by placing one leg on top of the other and matching up both sides of the waistband. 
  2. Next, fold your trousers in half lengthwise by bringing the hem of your trousers up to just under your trousers’ waistband- this should create a long rectangle shape.
  3. To create a smaller shape, fold your trousers in half, lengthwise, again.

Socks

It’s very easy to lose your socks or get pairs of socks mixed up. To avoid odd socks, it’s always best to fold them.

How to fold socks 

  1. Lay one sock flat on top of the other, making sure that the toes and heels are matched up. 
  2. Fold the toes of the socks upwards, stopping just shy of the elasticated top of your socks. 
  3. Finish by folding your socks in half again so that they can just about stand on their own. 

If your laundry is piling up, why not use our services to get the job done. Visit the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app to book your dry cleaning slot. 


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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.