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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 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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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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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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How To Unshrink Clothing

Did you know that the trick to unshrinking clothing is actually so simple? Even a 5 year old could do it (with instructions of course!)

Whether your clothes shrunk from putting it in the dryer when you’re not suppose to or not washing at the right temperature, this issue can be fixed!

Here are the two simple methods you can try to unshrink your clothes:

Method 1

  1. Fill a bucket or sink with luke-warm water.
  2. Add two spoonfuls of baby shampoo or hair conditioner and agitate to mix it in with the water.
  3. Soak garment in water for 30 mins and periodically stretch out garment (whilst in water) to it’s original shape.
  4. Rinse out conditioner and lay clothing flat on towel to dry. 

Method 2

  1. Fill a bucket or sink with luke-warm water.
  2. Add two spoonfuls of baby shampoo or hair conditioner and agitate to mix it in with the water.
  3. Soak garment in water for 30mins
  4. Remove garment (rinse with clean water is optional).
  5. Lay garment on a flat towel and roll to remove excess moisture. Let towel soak up moisture for 10 mins.
  6. Unroll towel, remove garment and transfer onto a new, dry towel and lay clothing flat on the towel.
  7. Gently pull and stretch out the fabric until it is back to it’s original shape and hold the shape in place by placing heavy objects on the edges (you can use mugs or books). 
  8. Allow clothing to completely dry on the towel.

To avoid your clothes shrinking, make sure you always read the care label. Some items of clothing are too sensitive to take on heat and that’s why laundry care labels are there to instruct us on how to properly take care of our clothes.

If laundry just isn’t your thing, you can always count on Laundryheap to help with your laundry.


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How To Get Rid Of Glitter Stains

Glitter is fun and all, until you realise it’s totally MESSY and can be a pain to clean up! Especially if you get it on your clothes, the carpet and upholstered furniture.

Here are a few ways you can get rid of glitter stains on your clothing or the carpet:

Clothes:

There are a few methods you can try to get rid of glitter stains from your clothing.

First of all, what you don’t want to do is SHAKE off the glitter, this will only cause the glitter to fall on other areas of your clothing.

  • Use Hairspray: Spray hairspray on the glitter stained areas of your clothing and let it completely dry. Then simply wash as usual.

or

  • Use a lint roller: The stickiness of the lint roller should be able to take away the glitter, though you might have to roll over the area more than once.
  • Use packaging or duct tape: If you don’t have a lint roller, wrap some tape around your fingers, so the sticky part is facing outwards, and then pat down to gather the glitter.

Then, wash as normal!

Carpet:

Vacuuming alone will not take glitter out effectively, it will take you a few tries and you’ll still have glitter left over. So, do start by vacuuming excess glitter and then try any of the following to get rid of the leftover glitter:

  • Use Lint roller/ Tape: Using the same method for clothing, roll or dab over the sticky areas to get the glitter out.
  • Dab area with damp cloth: Use a damp cloth or wet paper towel to the shimmery surface until glitter has been removed.

If you have no time or refuse to deal with the struggle of removing glitter stains from your clothes, you can always schedule a collection with Laundryheap. We’ll be able to take the glitter right out and have it looking as good as new!

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10 Mistakes You’re Making That Are Ruining Your Clothes!

Whether you got your clothes from the sale rack, designer outlet or the thrift store, ALL clothes need to be properly cared for! Why? To keep them looking good and to make them last long. No one likes faded colours, random holes and ruined fabrics.

Here are 10 mistakes you’re probably making that are ruining your clothes:

  1.  Over-washing your clothes

    You may think you’re doing your clothes justice by washing them often, when in fact you’re actually ruining your clothes. Over-washing dyed cotton fabrics will, overtime, cause colours to fade noticeably and wear out the fabric. This goes for jeans too. Jeans shouldn’t be over-washed, but instead, should be worn up to at least 6 times until washing is necessary. See how often you should be washing your clothes.

    Wash coloured fabrics (especially ones with details and prints) and jeans inside out. This will help your clothes to last longer and prevent them from wearing out.

  2. Not using detergent effectively

    Detergents all have the same purpose in cleaning BUT there is a difference between using liquid detergent and powder detergent. Powdered detergent works best in hot washes. When used in a cold water cycle, powders don’t properly dissolve and can leave behind debris on your garments. To avoid this issue, use powder detergent on warm/hot temperature washes.

    Likewise, liquid detergents can get caught onto your clothes causing discolouration as it leaves behind light spots, IF you use too much of it that is.

    Instead, measure the liquid detergent accordingly to your load size, using the measuring cup it came with or use gel capsules for exactly the right amount of detergent in your usual washes.

  3. Washing too hot

    Detergents all have the same purpose in cleaning BUT there is a difference between using liquid detergent and powder detergent. Powdered detergent works best in hot washes. When used in a cold water cycle, powders don’t properly dissolve and can leave behind debris on your garments. To avoid  this issue, use powder detergent on warm/hot temperature washes.

    Likewise, liquid detergents can get caught onto your clothes causing discolouration as it leaves behind light spots, IF you use too much of it that is.

    Instead, measure the liquid detergent accordingly to your load size, using the measuring cup it came with or use gel capsules for exactly the right amount of detergent in your usual washes.

  4. Not treating stains quickly enough

    Letting stains sit for a long period of time (more than 24 hours), only gives it the chance to stick and ‘attach’ itself onto the fabric. You may still be able to remove the stain but you will struggle and it may not be completely removed. 

    Try to treat stains as soon as you can. If you’re on the go, at least blot away the stain a little, with cold water, so it makes pre-treating a lot easier. 

  5. Hanging knit jumpers

    A mistake most of us make without realising is hanging our knit jumpers. Hanging your jumpers only causes the jumper to stretch out over time as the heaviness of the fabric weighs it down. 

    It’s best to fold these jumpers and stash them away in the closet as you would with the rest of your clothes.      

  6.  Folding leather garments

    Leather clothes of any type- jackets, pants, skirts etc, should NOT be folded as it can cause creases and folds on the fabric that are difficult and sometimes impossible to get rid of. You can’t even steam nor iron leather garments as a solution should that issue occur.

    Take better care of your leather clothes by simply hanging them in a cool dry place!

  7. Using the wrong hangers

    Believe it or not, the type of hanger you use can have an impact on your clothes. Using the wrong hangers can awkwardly distort the shoulder/ shoulder pads of clothes. The right hanger will ideally sit at the end of the shoulder, where the sleeve meets.

    Use wooden, felt or thick plastic hangers for your clothes to be safe and as much as possible, avoid metal/wired hangers.

  8. You tumble dry everything

    Just as all clothes can’t be washed on a hot cycle, all clothes can’t be tumble dried either, unfortunately.  Tumble drying items that aren’t suppose to be tumble dried can cause shrinkage to clothes and ruin it’s fibres. 

    Instead try naturally air drying your clothes out in the sun or even at home AND make sure to read the care label before putting your clothes in the dryer.

  9. You don’t hand wash

    Some clothes, especially delicate ones such as silk, require extra care when washing. If you’re one who stuffs everything in the machine, even delicate clothing, you risk ruining the fabric fibres by not washing with extra care.

    Hand washing is an ancient laundry practice BUT it is the most careful washing method as you have complete control on how much pressure or ‘irritation’ you use on the fabric. This cleaning method should be applied to fabrics that require gentle care and of course, the fabrics with a ‘hand wash’ only care symbol!

  10. You iron everything

Again, not all items of clothing can be ironed because some fabrics are just too delicate to handle the heat. Don’t iron clothes such as silk, leather, suede and definitely do not iron a suit either! You’ll only ruin your clothes as well as decrease it’s longevity. ALWAYS check the label to see if your garments are suitable for ironing.

Use hand held steamers as an alternative to ironing, as this is a safer and fabric friendly method. 

If you’re making more than half of these mistakes, it’s probably best to leave your laundry to the professionals, like Laundryheap. We’ll wash, fold and iron (or press) your items and get it delivered to you all within 24hrs!

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The Best Clothes To Wear During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a beautiful phase as you’re bringing life into this world. Your body goes through drastic changes, one of which is physical transformation. It then becomes difficult to find nice comfortable clothes that flatter you.

Dressing up can be fun and it will make you feel good too! It’s important to choose the right clothes and it doesn’t necessarily have to be maternity wear. Here are the best clothes to wear during pregnancy:

Dresses

Maxi dresses, shift dresses, wrap dresses, all types of flowy (and stretchy bodycon) dresses are best to wear for pregnancy. The best part is, you don’t need to buy them in the maternity section! Wearing dresses are not only an all-year-round fashion item, but it gives you the comfort of being able to move around freely and accommodates to your growing belly. Even great for the frequent toilet breaks!

Stretchy pants

Pants are a little difficult to choose when you’re pregnant. That’s why maternity pants exist.  Foldover waist yoga pants and Leggings are non-maternity labelled clothes that you can wear during your pregnancy. These super comfy pants are breathable and stretchy so it can mold to your body shape. You can easily fold or slouch the waistband to sit underneath your belly as it grows.

Drawstring Bottoms 

You can imagine already how drawstring pants can accommodate to your round belly. The ease of wearing drawstring bottoms means you can loosen or tighten up your pants around your waist as you wish, without having to worry about it being too constricting or tight.

Tunic Tops

There are different styles of tunic tops, ranging from jersey to jumper to cable knit styles. These tops are great to wear during pregnancy as they sit well over your belly and most tunic tops have enough space for your growing belly too. So you don’t need to worry about the need to buy clothes to adjust to your body change. Just be sure to pick soft and comfortable fabrics.

ALL T-shirts 

T-shirts of any kind, are a basic addition to your maternity wardrobe. You don’t necessarily have to purchase from the maternity section. You can choose from over sized styled tees or general stretchy t-shirts that are a size or 2 bigger. The choice is up to your comfort. 

Long Stretchy Tank Tops

Tank tops accentuate your figure and can stretch easily over your belly. Look for ones that have microfiber blends (super soft) and can accommodate your chest area.  These are great for wearing it underneath other clothing or just a regular top.

Extra tips: 

When looking for the best clothes, ask yourself:

  • Does it stretch? Purchase clothes that allow you to move and give you more flexibility as you continue to grow through each trimester.
  • If I bend over, does it go sheer? The last thing you want is to have sheer clothes! Especially when you’re bending down to pick something up or stretching. Test clothes for sheerness before you wear/ buy them.
  • Can I use it post pregnancy? Think about items of clothing that has a built in breastfeeding features or can still be of use after your pregnancy.

Also, keep in mind to choose natural fibres such as cotton, linen, wool, spandex etc rather than polyester and pick light weight, loose fitted clothing that can be easily washed.

Most importantly, remember to wash your clothes before wearing them to avoid any uncomfortable skin irritation or simply book a laundry service to make your life that much easier.

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Why You Need To Wash New Clothes Before Wearing Them

Question: You just bought fresh, new clothes and you’re super excited to wear them out!

Do you:

A) Put your new clothes in the wash first? or,

B) Prepare them to be worn without washing?

If you said A, congratulations, you’re right. If you said B however, I think you better re-think about how ‘fresh’ your new clothes really are.

Many of us think that it’s okay to wear newly bought clothes straight away without washing because it’s already ‘clean’. Truth is, new clothes are dirtier than they seem. They’re full of chemicals and likely germs, so you NEED to wash your new clothes before wearing them.

Here are the reasons why:

  1.  Exposed to harmful chemicals

    During the production process of your clothes, most synthetic fabrics are dyed with azo-aniline dyes, and a preservative chemical gas called Formaldehyde resin is used on the clothes to prevent wrinkles and mildew from developing. These chemicals are not particularly skin friendly and can cause severe skin irritations and reactions, especially to those who may be allergic to them. The reaction will create rashes which are liken to that caused by poison ivy. 

  2. Transferable germs

    It is often that you find people trying on clothes in the store because what better way to decide to buy it than to see how it looks on you?! The problem with that is, you don’t know how many people have tried on the item of clothing you bought, let alone how unsanitary those people may be. Just think about the possible ‘invisible’ bacteria that may have been transferred onto the garment from multiple people. Also, other bacteria such as fungus and even head lice may be transferred onto the garment/s on too. 

Final thoughts…

Though these issues may not be as alarming as you might have thought them to be, it’s best to stay on the safe side and ALWAYS wash your newly bought clothes before you wear them. Keep up with good hygiene and keep your skin safe from unwanted chemicals.

If the thought of laundry is the reason you’d rather not wash your clothes, then schedule a laundry & dry cleaning collection with us today and we’ll get that sorted for you for tomorrow!

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Tips To Clearing Out Your Closet

When it comes to clearing out your closet, it can be tough. Why? Because of the whole decision making process. You come across items of sentimental value or items that you think you might wear again (but probably won’t). 

The worst part is when procrastination hits on the days you plan to clear out your closet and it’s all cool and calm to reschedule, until you can no longer find or fit anything in there anymore.

It’s actually pretty simple getting rid of clothes you don’t really need, you just need to have a quicker decision making process.

So how do you begin clearing out your closet? 

First things first…

If you look into your closet and find yourself thinking ‘I need to clear out my clothes’ then the time to do that is now! Don’t put it off, instead, make a note in your calendar or a reminder on your phone that you NEED to clear out your closet.

Now let’s begin!

1. Remove EVERYTHING!

To clear out your closet properly, you must take everything out until it’s completely empty and put your clothes somewhere easy for you to look through and separate (basically your bed or floor). 

2. Get some bags

Take a few trash bags and donation bags for the clothes you’re not going to keep. If you don’t automatically receive donation bags, label some trash bags clearly for donation with masking tape. 

A quick note: For clothes you’re going to ‘trash’, you can actually put them in for recycling. If this system isn’t already implemented in your location, browse online for a textiles recycling bank or company who can take care of it for you.

3. Keep The Usual

Begin to sort out your clothes by keeping and setting aside the clothes that you already wear often or ones that you know you will still wear. Fold them neatly and/or hang them back into your wardrobe to make it easier when putting away.

4. Decide Which Clothes To Ditch

Once you’ve set aside the clothes you’re definitely going to keep, it’s time to decide which clothes you’re going to say bye to. 

To help minimise indecisiveness, think about the following factors:

  • Have you worn it in the last 6 months? If you haven’t, you should definitely give it away. Surely if you haven’t worn it in half a year, what makes you think you’ll wear it again?
  • Does it still fit you? Try it on to see if it still fits, otherwise, donate it!
  • Does it make you look good? Do a few outfit tests, try it on and pair it with some of the clothes you’re keeping. If it looks horrible, donate it, if you can still make it work, keep it.
  • Is it damaged? If it’s damaged and can’t be repaired, then recycle it!

Remember to sort on the go to make things quicker, so once you’ve decided on the items you’re going to throw or donate, put them straight in to its appropriate bag! The ‘keep’ clothes can be set aside for putting away later.

Here’s a flow chart to help you decide whether to keep, recycle or donate your clothes:

clearing out closet flow chart

5. Finalise and finish

After you’ve gone through your entire closet, it’s time to close up the bags and put them in the right place. Depending on your location, here are the options you might have available:

For clothes recycle:

  • Drop off to a nearby textiles recycle bank.
  • Schedule a collection with a textile recycling company.
  • Leave in recycling box outside home for collection.

For clothes donation:

  • Take to local charity drop-off point.
  • Schedule a collection with a charity of your choice.
  • In locations where you automatically receive donation bags, leave them outside of your home, visible for collection.

Finally, sort out the clothes you kept, put them away neatly, get them cleaned (if you must) and give them to a laundry service.