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How to sort your laundry

Half of the battle of doing laundry is sorting through your dirty washing and deciding what to put in each load. These tips on how to sort your laundry will make that process easier.

  • Partitioned laundry basket
  • A basket per room
  • Separate pre-treated clothing 
  • Clothing colour
  • Fabric type
  • Level of dirtiness 
  • Use Laundryheap

Partitioned laundry basket 

A partitioned laundry basket is a great way to begin sorting your clothes. They usually come in sections of two or three. This means that you can have a partition for your colours and darks if you have two partitions, or colours, blacks, and whites, if you have three partitions. If you stick to only putting the correct colour in each section of your laundry basket, when it comes to laundry day, it will be as simple as unloading one partition at a time. 

A basket per room 

Alternatively, to the partitioned laundry basket, you could assign a washing basket per room in your home. This means that you can do a load of washing per room at any given time. You will find that by using this method you will begin washing similar items and fabrics together. For example, a laundry basket in the bathroom will be filled with towels of the same or similar fabrics. This saves time sifting through your clothes to find similar fabrics that can be washed on the same setting. 

Separate pre-treated clothing

When you stain your clothing it’s always best to treat the stain immediately. After you’ve pre-treated your stain, if you don’t want to wash the item of clothing straight away, separate it from the rest of your washing and put your pre-treated items in the same pile. This will help you with your laundry firstly because your stained items should be washed as a priority, but secondly, because your stained items may have been pre-treated with chemicals that could damage your non-stained clothing. 

Clothing colour

Regardless of whether you use a laundry basket, or simply create a laundry heap, it’s always a good idea to sort your clothing by colour. Create a coloured, dark, and white, pile, perhaps even separating your coloured pile into darker and lighter colours. It’s important to wash similar coloured clothing together to avoid colour run stains. By creating separate coloured piles of laundry, pre-laundry day, you save yourself the task of sifting through a basket of dirty laundry to find similar colours to wash together. 

Fabric type

As important as it is to wash similar colours of clothing together, it is also important to wash similar fabric types together. When your clothing goes into the washing machine, the items rub against one another as the washing machine spins. If you wash a rougher fabric, such as denim, with a delicate fabric, such as silk, this rubbing together creates friction that can cause fibres to break, leading to the delicate fabric to tear. To avoid this, make sure that you wash similar materials together. This will also help you decide what setting to wash your items on as some materials are best washed on hotter or colder washes. 

Level of dirtiness 

If you have clothing that is very dirty, a muddy sports kit, for example, it’s best to separate this clothing from the rest of your washing. Incredibly dirty clothing may have to be washed more than once in order to fully remove the dirt. If you wash your dirty clothing with less soiled clothing, you risk dirtying your normal laundry further. It’s best to sort your heavily soiled laundry separately, washing it as a priority, then cleaning your washing machine out before doing your usual laundry load. This will prevent any cross-contamination of dirt and ensure that all of your laundry is effectively cleaned.  

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Use Laundryheap

If you haven’t found the right sorting method for you, let us take the load off and sort your laundry for you. You can book your Laundryheap dry cleaning slot by heading to the Laundryheap website or by downloading the free Laundryheap app. 


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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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Top tips for disinfecting clothing

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With COVID19 restrictions being eased, it is more important than ever to make sure that your clothes are properly disinfected. These top tips for disinfecting clothing will ensure that your clothes remain clean and that you remain safe. 

  • The difference between cleaning and disinfecting 
  • Wear gloves
  • Use a bleach detergent
  • Choose a hot wash
  • Dry clothes completely 
  • Steam clean your clothes
  • Clean your machine
  • Disinfect your laundry basket
  • Use Laundryheap

The difference between cleaning and disinfecting 

It is not enough to simply clean your clothing, you need to disinfect them. Cleaning your clothes involves removing dirt and germs from the surface of the fabric. Disinfecting your clothes involves using chemicals that guarantee the removal of bacteria, preventing the spread of bacteria to other surfaces. 

Wear gloves 

Before you begin your laundry put on a pair of gloves. Your gloves will protect you from getting any of the bacteria from your clothing onto your hands, therefore limiting the risk of bacteria spreading to other surfaces. Once you have completed your laundry you are safe to remove your gloves and immediately wash your hands.

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Use a bleach detergent 

To ensure that your clothes are adequately disinfected it’s best to use bleach detergent. The bleach will denature the protein in any bacteria lingering in your clothing, subsequently killing it. Before using bleach detergent, always check the care label on your clothing as bleach may damage you more delicate items of clothing. 

Choose a hot wash

Washing your clothes at 55-60 degrees will help ensure that your laundry comes out bacteria-free. Hot water makes many detergents more effective at tackling bacteria on clothing, plus the heat of the water aids in deactivating the bacteria. Similarly to when using bleach, always check the care label of your clothing as more delicate items of clothing may become damaged if hot washed. 

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Dry clothes completely  

Before you re-wear any freshly washed item of clothing you must make sure that it is completely dry. Bacteria thrive in damp environments, so wet clothing provides the perfect breeding ground for it. To make sure that your clothes are completely dry before re-wearing them, either dry them in the tumble dryer or put them in the dryer for a quick 5-minute blast. The heat from the tumble dryer will warm your clothing and kill off any of the remaining bacteria. 

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Steam clean your clothes

If you need to disinfect more delicate items of clothing that can’t withstand a hot wash or bleach detergent, try steam cleaning your clothes. A steam cleaner uses steam to disinfect your clothing, removing bacteria as well as odours. In addition to removing bacteria, steam cleaning also removes wrinkles from your clothes so there is no need to iron them.

Clean your machine 

After using your washing machine to disinfect your clothes it’s important that you disinfect your washing machine. If not cleaned, your washing machine could transfer lingering bacteria from a previous wash onto a fresh load of laundry, resulting in the spread of bacteria. To adequately clean your machine, either insert a dishwasher tablet or 2 cups of white cleaning vinegar into the machines detergent dispenser and set your machine to a hot wash. 

Disinfect your laundry basket 

Similarly to your washing machine, it’s important to disinfect your laundry basket once all of your dirty laundry has been removed from it. The best way to disinfect your laundry basket is to use 0.1% sodium hypochlorite to completely wipe down every surface of your basket. This will leave your laundry basket completely clean and unable to spread bacteria. 

Use Laundryheap

If you want to make sure that you laundry is completely disinfected book you Laundryheap slot now. Our hot wash service will disinfect your clothing, plus our contactless delivery will ensure that both you and our drivers are safely distanced. Book your delivery by visiting the Laundryheap website or by downloading the free Laundryheap app. 


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Top ten wardrobe organisation tips

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Regardless of the size and shape of your wardrobe, there never seems to be enough room to tidily fit all of your clothes. These top ten wardrobe organisation tips will help you de-clutter and re-organise your wardrobe for optimum space and an aesthetically pleasing look. 

  • Have a clear-out 
  • Change your wardrobe with the seasons 
  • Deep clean your wardrobe
  • Hang your clothes by category 
  • Colour code your clothing 
  • Use coordinating hangers
  • Utilise shelving space
  • Use storage boxes
  • Maximise vertical storage space
  • Utilise empty wall space

Have a clear-out 

If your wardrobe is looking cluttered and disorganised the first thing to do is have a clear out. Take everything out- clothes, shoes, accessories, bags, and anything else you may have in there, and lay it all out on your bed. Sift through your items and throw out anything that you don’t want or need anymore. 

TOP TIP: If you’re finding it difficult to throw items away think about when the last time you have wore or used the item was. If it wasn’t in the last 6-12 months, and the item has no sentimental value, then throw it away. 

Rather than discarding your clothes in the bin, donate them to a local charity shop or clothing donation bin. If you no longer need the clothing for yourself, why not give it to someone less fortunate. 

De-cluttering your wardrobe of items you no longer wear or use will leave you with a much clearer wardrobe that is easier to navigate and more aesthetically pleasing to look at.

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Change your wardrobe with the seasons 

Your winter and autumn wardrobe will contain bulkier clothing, such as jumpers, whereas your summer and spring wardrobe will consist of thinner materials. The best way to utilise the space in your wardrobe is by alternating your clothing with the seasons. This means that you will have plenty of space in the autumn and winter for your bulkier clothing, and room to spare in the summer and spring with the absence of unnecessary items. Make sure that you store your clothing away properly to avoid ruining them.

Deep clean your wardrobe 

Every 3 months take everything out of your wardrobe and give it a deep clean. Wipe down all the walls and doors, hoover the bottom of it to get rid of any dust, and spray the inside of it with room spray. Not only will this leave your wardrobe gleaming from the outside, but it will also prevent your clothing from becoming unnecessarily dusty from being left in a dirty wardrobe. 

Hang your clothes by category

We’ve all been in that situation where you’re running late for something and can’t seem to find the right thing to wear. Endlessly flicking through your clothes, trying desperately to find something appropriate. Make it easier to find your perfect outfit by organising your clothes by category. Keep all of your trousers, shirts, jackets, etc. together. This will make it easier to see what clothes you have available to you and also make clothing combinations easier to figure out. 

Colour code your clothing 

If you want to go one step further from hanging your clothes by category, you may also want to hang your clothes by colour. If you are a particularly visual person, you may find it easier to pick your outfits by sourcing what particular items you want to wear by their colour. Not to mention, this will look incredibly visually effective when you open your wardrobe.

Use coordinating hangers

If you want to make your wardrobe look organised use the same coloured and sized hangers. Nothing screams wardrobe chaos more than clothes hung on an abundance of different sized and coloured hangers. Using the same hangers will make your wardrobe look more uniform and therefore more organised.

Utilise shelving space

If you have shelves in your wardrobe, or the space to install shelves, utilise that space. Use your shelves to stack heavy and bulky items that take up space in your wardrobe, but won’t lose their shape if folded and stacked. Stack jumpers, denim items and anything else that may take up a lot of wardrobe space.


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Use storage boxes

If you have space in your wardrobe for storage boxes use that space. Use storage boxes to store everyday t-shirts, pyjamas, and work out outfits. These items are less likely to lose shape and become overly wrinkled, and will also save an abundance of room for other clothes to be hung up. Additionally, because these items tend to be made from thinner material you can store more items in a smaller space. 

Maximise vertical storage space

No matter the size and shape of your wardrobe, you will always have vertical space that you can utilise. If you don’t have any space to store your shoes, why not get a hanging shoe rack to put over your wardrobe doors. Alternatively, you can buy specialised hangers to hang accessories, belts, and scarves from. This can save on using individual hangers for individual scarves etc. Whatever vertical storage you have, make sure to utilise it as best as you can. 

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Utilise empty wall space  

Not all clothing items need to be put in your wardrobe. If you own many scarves and belts, utilise your empty wall space and hang your accessories on the wall. You can do so by either using nails or investing in a wall holder. This will de-clutter your wardrobe of unnecessary accessories and make it easier for you to choose your accessory for the day.

Now that you’ve organised your wardrobe, let us dry clean your clothing. Book a slot using the Laundryheap website or downloading the free Laundryheap app. 


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Spring Fashion 2020

It’s time to pack away the jumpers and make room for clothing of a lighter kind as we welcome spring 2020 to our wardrobes. This new season brings with it the possibility of a brand new wardrobe of vibrant colours and lighter fabrics. Here’s what you can expect from spring fashion 2020. 

  • The disco collar 
  • Shorts of all lengths
  • Highlighter colours
  • The return of the waistcoat 
  • A new look for leather

The disco collar 

We’re heading back to the ’70s this spring with the disco collar. This pronounced collar will be seen on coats, jackets, and shirts both on and off the dancefloor. If you’re feeling brave, choose a collar in a contrasting colour, guaranteed to leave you with that Saturday night fever. 

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Shorts of all lengths 

Short shorts are making a return this season, so bring your legs out of hiding and show them off to the world. Pair your shorts with a long-sleeved top or light jacket, and finish off the look with knee-high boots to stop your legs from getting cold during those April showers. 

If short shorts aren’t for you, Bermuda shorts are the way forward. Jazz up your usual office attire with a classy Bermuda short suit- perfect for keeping cool in the office.

Highlighter colours 

We’ve been back to the ’70s, but now we’re re-winding to the ’80s for the return of neon. This spring, highlighter neons will be bringing us sunshine on even the cloudiest of days. To tone down your look, pair your neons with black, white and tan items of clothing. Alternatively, if you aren’t quite ready to embrace the colour intensity, add some neon to your wardrobe with a subtle accessory. 

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The return of the waistcoat 

Back in 2005, supermodel Kate Moss made waistcoats a fashion staple when she paired hers with a pair of denim shorts at Glastonbury. Now, the waistcoat is making its return. Whether you want to wear it on its own, with a flowing shirt or as part of a three-piece-suite, this fashion classic will definitely be found somewhere in your wardrobe this spring. 

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A new look for leather 

Say goodbye to the monotony of black and brown leather because, this spring, leather has been reinvented in technicolour. This season it’s all about being bright, bold and colourful, and leather is no exception. We’ll soon be seeing hot pink leather skirts paired with electric blue leather jackets- nothing is being done subtly this season. 

We want to make sure that your spring wardrobe stays in peak condition, which is why we pick up, launder and deliver your clothes back to you within 25 hours. Head to the Laundryheap app now to book your slot. 


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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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How To Care For Wool Clothing

If you want your wool clothing to last longer, you need to know how to properly care for them. 

How To Care For Wool Clothing

Washing Wool

Since wool naturally keeps itself clean by expelling odours through controlling moisture and is stain and wrinkle resistant, you shouldn’t have to wash your wool clothing often. You can air out your wool clothing by laying it on a flat clean surface for an hour to remove any odours. However, if you do need to wash them, here are some tips to keep in mind.

Hand-Washing
  • Wash in cold water with a drop of wool liquid.
Machine Washing
  • Use a wool cycle or gentle cycle with on a cool temperature.
  • Use a detergent designed for wool clothing.
  • Avoid dry cleaning!

You can also get your wool garments professionally cleaned by Laundryheap. Simply schedule a collection via the website or mobile app.

Drying Wool

Air drying is the best drying method for wool as machine drying is too harsh for the delicate fabric fibres and will shrink them. Lay the garment on a towel to dry flat, allowing it to dry in its original shape.

Storing Wool

Always keep your wool clothing neatly folded when storing them away. Knitted Wool garments can be hung, but only on thick padded coat hangers as thin hangers can distort its shape.

For storing away your wool clothes during the summer when they are not in use, you want to protect them from moths. Keep your wool clothing in cotton bags or protect them with cedar wood balls.


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How To Colour Coordinate Your Clothes

Do you always wear the same colours and want to spice up your style but struggle to colour coordinate? Fortunately, I’ve put together a simple guide that can make colour coordinating your clothes easy. For the most part, you’ll need to have a basic understanding of the primary, secondary and tertiary colours on the colour wheel.

How To Colour Coordinate Your Clothes

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  • Complementary Colours

Colours that are directly opposite the traditional colour wheel are complementary colours, like red and green, or orange-yellow and green-blue. Bold as you think they may be, when put together, these colours compliment each other well. Follow this colour coordination for a bold style.

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  • Split Complementary Colours

This colour coordination look is all about choosing one colour, plus two bordering colours opposite the colour you have chosen. For example, choosing yellow and pairing it with blue-purple and purple-red. You can choose softer or more vibrant contrasts of the colours, like a darker yellow instead of a vibrant one.

 

  • Analogous Colours

Analogue colours are colours that are sitting next to each other on the colour wheel. Choose 2-3 colours on the colour wheel that are right next to each other like red, red-orange and orange, and focus on those colours to create your outfit. 

  • Triadic

This colour combination consists of three colours that are evenly divided in the colour wheel. For example, pairing purple, green and orange together. You can choose to style these colours in muted shades if you don’t want a bold coloured look.

  • Monochromatic

Choose one colour and stick with that colour and it’s different gradients only. If, for example, you’ve chosen the colour blue, you can pair blue tones such as denim, teal or stone together.

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  • Neutral Colours

Neutral coloured clothing combinations are one of the most popular style choices that people go for as they work together to create a chic and classy look. Colours such as white, black, ivory, beige, nude, grey, navy, cream etc. fall into this category.

 

  • Match with skin tone

In case you weren’t aware, the colour wheel has two categories: warm (earthy shades) and cool tones. Choosing colours that suit your skin tone will enhance your features as well as complexion, and will look pleasing to the eye. 

For blue/cool undertones, go for the colder side of the palette, which includes colours such shades of blue, green, burgundy and purple. For yellow/warm undertones, go for warmer colours such as red, coral, amber, or brown.

 

Keep your style fresh, season after season, by making sure your clothes are well looked after. If you require a professional laundry or dry cleaning service Laundryheap will collect, clean and have your clothes returned to you in less than 24 hours.


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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