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Reduce, reuse, recycle whilst doing laundry 

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One of the most effective ways to lower our carbon footprint is to reduce, reuse, and recycle the items we use. That includes when we do our laundry

  • Reduce the amount of laundry you do
  • Reduce the temperature you wash at 
  • Reuse detergent bottles 
  • Reuse dryer balls and sheets
  • Recycle containers 
  • Recycle your clothing
  • How Laundryheap is doing their bit 

Reduce the amount of laundry you do

On average a washing machine uses 350 to 500 watts of electricity per hour. The average person does two loads of laundry per week, which translates to 36,400 to 52,000 watts of electricity in just one year. By reducing the amount of laundry you do you could half your yearly electricity usage. There are several ways to reduce your laundry load, including waiting until you have a full laundry basket, spot treating stains, and freezing your jeans.

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Reduce the temperature you wash at

Washing your laundry at 60 degrees will kill bacteria, but use 40% more energy than washing at 30 degrees. You may have noticed when shopping for laundry detergent that many brands now make cold wash detergents. These are detergents that work just as effectively at 30 degrees as they do at hotter temperatures, meaning that you can reduce the temperature you wash at without affecting the cleanliness of your laundry. Be aware that if you are laundering items that are stained it is best to pre-treat them before washing at 30 degrees. 

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Reuse detergent bottles

Once you have used your laundry detergent, don’t throw your bottles away, reuse them. There are a multitude of ways that you can reuse detergent bottles, including making a watering can, a bird feeder, or weights. You can even use your empty detergent bottle to store homemade laundry detergent. Just remember that before you reuse your detergent bottles you need to make sure that they are fully rinsed out. 

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Reuse dryer balls and sheets

Dryer balls and sheets are used to reduce the drying time of your laundry, meaning that you use less energy per load. Rather than using one-use dryer balls and sheets, invest in reusable options. They may be slightly more expensive, but will save you money in the long run. To be even more environmentally conscious you can make your own dryer balls using tin foil or old clothing. 

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Recycle containers

If you don’t want to reuse your detergent bottles, make sure that you recycle them as well as your other laundry containers. Most laundry containers are made from cardboard or plastic, both of which can be recycled. Make sure that you adequately rinse and/or empty your containers before recycling them, ensuring that there is no residue left in the bottom. 

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Recycle your clothing 

It’s not just laundry containers that can be recycled, you can also recycle your clothing. If you notice that you have clothing that you don’t wear often, donate them to a local charity. This will ensure that your clothing gets rehomed rather than being added to the 92 million tons of textile waste created each year. Alternatively, if your clothing is becoming worn or ripped, you could create something new from your scraps. Whether you are an avid sewer and can create a new garment, or you simply use your ripped clothing as a cleaning rag, you can give even the most worn down piece of clothing a new life. 

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How Laundryheap is doing their bit

At Laundryheap we are dedicated to improving the way we work to be more environmentally friendly. For example, we offer our customers the option of an eco friendly route. This means that our drivers are given a wider time slot to collect and redeliver customers laundry so that orders can be grouped together and we can use less fuel. As well as our eco routes, Laundryheap also uses e-bikes in certain areas to reduce the carbon emissions emitted whilst picking up and delivering laundry.

To book your Laundryheap service simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app.

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Clothing to avoid wearing to the beach

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A day at the beach is the ultimate way to relax. Lying back on the golden sand, cooling off in the glittering sea, staying refreshed with a delicious ice cream. Before heading to the beach, make sure that you are wearing the right clothing for ultimate relaxation by avoiding these items. 

  • Jeans
  • Dark colours 
  • Tight clothes
  • Expensive jewellery 
  • Shoes

Jeans

Jeans, along with any heavy clothing, should be avoided at all costs when heading to the beach. As a material, jeans are too stiff and heavy to possibly be comfortable to relax on the sand in. Wearing them will only result in your legs becoming unbearably sweaty. As well as this, you want to wear something to and from the beach that is easy to remove and put back on, not a pair of jeans that will only stick to you if you aren’t completely dry from your recent dip in the ocean. 

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Dark colours

As a rule of thumb, avoid all dark colours when heading to the beach. Dark colours absorb more heat than their lighter alternatives, making your body temperature rise rather than trying to cool it down. When you are on the beach, exposed to the sun for long periods of time, it’s best to opt for white or lighter colours as these reflect the sun.

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Tight clothes

A day at the beach should be relaxing and comfortable, something that won’t be achieved if you are wearing tight clothing. Even if you aren’t on the beach, tight clothing should be avoided when it is warm as the material clings to your body and raises your temperature. Instead, opt for light, breathable materials, such as cotton and linen, that are looser on the body and will aid in regulating your body temperature. 

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Expensive jewellery 

A dip in the sea is the perfect way to cool off from lying on the hot sand all day. Unfortunately, the salt from the water can erode gold, silver, or platinum jewellery, causing irreversible damage. Before going for a swim make sure to remove ALL of your jewellery if it is particularly sentimental. Alternatively, leave your jewellery at home so there is absolutely no risk of it being damaged or stolen whilst you are swimming. 

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Shoes

Sand is a natural exfoliator and will lift dead skin cells and smooth the soles of your feet. It is also incredibly irritating and will find its way into any small gap possible. When heading to the beach, always opt to wear flip flops or sandals rather than shoes. If you wear shoes you will be trying to get sand out of and off of them for days, maybe even weeks, after you leave the beach. If you wear sandals, you can easily shake the sand from them once your day is done. 

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Whilst you’re having fun in the sun, let us take care of your laundry. Simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app. 


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Laundry essentials for freshers

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Going to university is exciting. For many, it marks the beginning of adult life. You are living on your own, maybe for the first time, potentially in a brand new town, city, or even country. But, amongst the excitement and fun, don’t forget about your laundry.

  • Laundry basket
  • Laundry detergent 
  • Fabric softener
  • Dryer ball/sheets
  • Colour catching sheets
  • Stain remover
  • Laundry bag 
  • Collapsable drying rack 
  • Change
  • Laundryheap

Laundry basket

A laundry basket is a basic essential. It will help you to transport your laundry from your room to the laundromat, to the washing machine, to the dryer, and back to your room. There are many different types of laundry baskets so you will definitely be able to find one within your budget. A pro freshers tip is to buy a collapsible laundry basket. It is unlikely that you will be inundated with space in your room, so a collapsible basket will help you save space. 

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Laundry detergent

You can’t do your laundry without laundry detergent. You can choose between powder, liquid, and pods, with your cheapest option being powder. When you are shopping for your laundry detergent, consider buying an antibacterial detergent. 90% of freshers get freshers-flu within their first term at university, and antibacterial laundry detergent will ensure that your clothing is both clean and disinfected. 

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Fabric softener 

Fabric softener will maintain the softness of your clothing and make your garments smell amazing. If you have sensitive skin, fabric softener can help with irritation as it smooths the fibres in your clothing, making them less abrasive against your skin. Simply add a capful of fabric softener to every load of your laundry and your clothes will smell and feel divine for weeks. 

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Dryer balls/sheets

Investing in dryer balls/sheets could save you a small fortune. Dryer balls and sheets can be added to your tumble dryer to reduce drying time and limit the static on your clothing. Simply add 2-3 balls or sheets to each load and your drying time will be cut by at least 10%. This may not seem like a huge amount of time, but when you are paying to use a dryer per minute/hour, 10% could end up saving you a lot of money.

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Colour catching sheets

To maintain the colour and quality of your clothing it’s always best to wash your colours and whites separately. That being said, when you are a student, paying to use a washing machine per load, exceptions can be made. Buy yourself a box of colour catching sheets and save yourself the hassle of separating your laundry and paying to use the washing machine twice. These sheets will catch any colour runs, and prevent your whites from turning grey. 

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Stain remover 

Whether you are a fresher or not, stain remover is always useful to have in your cupboard. Stain remover is great for pre-treating tough stains or adding to your washing machine to lift smaller, fresher, stains. If you do stain your clothing and don’t have any stain remover, you can use alternatives such as lemon juice and baking soda. 

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Laundry bag

When you do your laundry you may notice that your socks go into the machine in a pair, but come out single. Do not risk losing your socks and instead buy a laundry bag. These small bags are the perfect size for washing your socks and will guarantee that you never lose one again. Laundry bags are also incredibly useful when washing delicate underwear. 

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Collapsible drying rack 

It is not guaranteed that your laundromat will have tumble dryers, and you may also not want to pay to use one. If either of these scenarios is the case, you may want to invest in a collapsible drying rack. These racks are perfect for hanging your clothes on in the comfort of your own room. Simply fold it out, hang your clothes, and leave them for a day or two to dry. Once your clothes are dry, simply fold your rack away and store it somewhere safe. It may take slightly longer for your clothing to dry this way, but you will save yourself money and your drying rack will not take up unnecessary space. 

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Change

When using a laundromat it is essential that you have change with you. Some laundromats do accept card payments, however, it is not always guaranteed. Stay prepared by always taking a small amount of change with you when you go to the laundromat. That way, regardless of whether your laundromat accepts cards or not, you are guaranteed to have clean laundry at the end of the day. 

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Laundryheap

Nobody enjoys doing laundry, and you shouldn’t let the chore take away from your fresher’s experience. If you live in student accommodation and want a helping hand with your laundry, head to the Laundryheap website, or download the free Laundryheap app, to make your booking today. Use the code STDNT7 for 7% off of your first order.

Enjoy your freshers!


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Pre-treatment alternatives

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The best way to remove stains is to pre-treat them. If you don’t have any pre-treatment products, pre-treat your stains with these alternatives. 

  • Baking soda
  • Lemon/lime
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Corn starch 
  • Salt
  • Dish soap
  • Laundry detergent 

Baking soda

Baking soda is particularly useful at pre-treating odorous wet stains, such as coffee. The powdery consistency sucks up the wetness of the stain, whilst absorbing the odour, leaving your clothing with an odourless and smaller stain. Make sure to always brush off the baking soda before washing your garment. Alternatively, you can make a baking soda paste by mixing two parts baking soda with one part water. Spreading the paste over your stain will help to loosen it from the fibres of your clothing

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Lemon/lime

The natural acidity in lemon and lime acts as a natural bleaching agent. Squeezing lemon or lime juice directly over the stain will begin bleaching it, making the stain lighter and easier to remove in the wash. Be warned that using lemon or lime juice on coloured clothing may cause discolouration, so use with caution or only on white clothing. It is particularly effective on yellow underarm and rust stains

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Hydrogen peroxide

Similarly to lemon and lime, hydrogen peroxide is a natural bleaching agent. Simply pour or spray a small amount of the solution on to your stain, and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. The hydrogen peroxide will begin to break down and lift your stain, making it easier for it to be completely lifted in the wash. After 10 minutes, wash your garment as you usually would, and observe as your clothing becomes completely stain-free. 

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Corn starch

If you have an oily or greasy stain, immediately sprinkle corn starch over it. Make sure that your stain is completely covered by the corn starch, and leave it to sit for at least 10 minutes. The small particles that make up the corn starch will begin absorbing the stain, lifting it from your garment. If you catch your stain quick enough, the corn starch alone may be enough to lift your stain completely. If not, wash your item as you usually would. 

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Salt 

Salt works in a similar way to corn starch, particularly on red wine stains. The particles that make up the salt absorb the stain, leaving a smaller and more manageable stain behind. Sprinkle your red wine stain with a liberal amount of salt, the cheaper the better, and leave it to sit for at least 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, brush the salt from your garment and observe whether your stain has reduced in size and become lighter. If not, you may want to apply more salt and leave it for longer. 

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Dish soap 

Dish soap is manufactured to tackle greasy and oily substances. To remove stains using dish soap, squirt a small amount directly onto the stain, and use your fingers, or a soft-bristled brush, to rub it in. Leave it to sit for 10 minutes, before rinsing it from your stain, and washing as you usually would. 

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Laundry detergent 

Laundry detergent is specially formulated to lift dirt from clothing, which makes it a great pre-treatment. You can use laundry detergent in the same way as you would use dish soap. Rub a small amount directly onto your stain, leave it to sit for 10 minutes, and then rinse it from your garment. It’s best, and easiest, to use liquid laundry detergent. Alternatively, you can make a paste from powdered laundry detergent and water which you can spread directly onto your stain. 

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The best way to treat any stain is to let us do it for you. Book your Laundryheap order by heading to the Laundryheap website or downloading the free Laundryheap app. 


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How to remove beetroot stains

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Beetroot is both delicious and it’s vibrant purple colour brightens up any dish. That being said, it is a natural, and permanent, dye, which makes beetroot stains on clothing lethal. Catch your stain early, and follow these steps, to ensure that your stain is lifted and your clothing isn’t dyed forever. 

  • Machine washable clothing 
  • Dry clean only clothing
  • Laundryheap

Machine washable clothing 

To remove beetroot stains from machine washable clothing you will need…
  • Kitchen towel
  • Cold water
  • Laundry detergent 
  • Washing machine 
  • Chlorine bleach or colour-safe bleach (optional)

To begin removing your beetroot stain, soak a kitchen towel in cold water and gently blot at the stain. Make sure that you are blotting and not rubbing the stain as rubbing will only set the beetroot further into your garment. As you blot, you should notice the stain transferring to your kitchen cloth. Continue blotting until you are satisfied that no more of the stain will be lifted. 

Once you are finished blotting, place your stain under a cold running tap. The water should turn a light purple colour as a result of it pushing more of the beetroot from your clothing. Continue holding your garment under the water until it runs clear. 

After dabbing and holding it under cold water your stain may be lifted. If it has not, gently work a small amount of laundry detergent into the area, and leave it to sit for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, rinse the laundry detergent from your garment, gently rubbing your stain with your fingers to encourage it to lift with the detergent. Continue rinsing until all of the detergent has been removed. 

Once you have removed the detergent from your garment, check to see if your stain has lightened in colour or been lifted. If it has, wash your garment in your washing machine as you usually would. If your stain is still vibrant and visible, repeat the previous steps. 

An alternative solution to lift your stain is to soak your item in chlorine or a colour safe bleach. Submerge your garment in a mixture of bleach and cold water for a minimum of 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove your item from the bleach solution and wash as you usually would.

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Dry clean only clothing 

To remove beetroot stains from dry clean only clothing you will need…
  • Dry cloth 
  • Damp sponge 
  • Bread (optional)

Begin lifting your beetroot stain by blotting it with a clean dry cloth. Similarly to with machine washable clothing, you must make sure that you are blotting not rubbing the stain. This will help to soak up any excess beetroot liquid and begin lifting the stain. Continue to dab until no more colour is transferred to the cloth. 

Next, dampen a clean sponge with cold water, and place it directly over the stain, making sure that it covers the full area. Do not rub or move the sponge as this can cause the beetroot to set further into the fibres of your garment. The sponge will begin absorbing the beetroot from your clothing, lifting it from your item and on to the sponge. After 5 minutes, check how much of your stain has been absorbed, and, if necessary, re-dampen the sponge and place it back on your stain for a further 5 minutes. Repeat this process until your stain has been lifted. 

If you do not have a clean sponge on hand, an alternative option is to use bread. In the same way as you would use the sponge, dampen the bread using cold water and place it over the stain. The bread will absorb the beetroot from your garment, lifting the stain. 

Once you have used either a sponge or bread to lift your beetroot stain, take a clean, dry, cloth and dab at any remnants of the stain. This should leave you with stain-free clothing

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Laundryheap 

If you are struggling to lift your beetroot stain, or any other stain for that matter, let us take care of it for you. All you have to do is left us know what the stain is and where it is located, and we will do the rest. To book your Laundryheap order head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app.


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The 5 stains of an afternoon tea

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There is nothing quite as satisfying, and delicious, as an afternoon tea. A smorgasbord of finger sandwiches, patisserie, scones, and, to top it all off, a glorious cup of tea. If you are enjoying your afternoon tea so much that you manage to spill some down yourself, don’t panic, follow these steps, and your clothing will be good as new. 

  • Tea
  • Clotted cream 
  • Mayonnaise
  • Cream cheese
  • Custard

Tea

You can’t have an afternoon tea without tea- it’s quite literally in the name. If your tea manages to escape your cup and dribble on your clothing, lift the stain following these simple steps. 

To remove a fresh tea stain you will need… 
  • Warm water
  • Laundry detergent 
  • Washing machine

If you catch your tea stain immediately, begin by flushing as much of it from your clothing as possible with warm water. Gently pour the warm water over the stain so that it runs through your garment, and continue this for at least 15 seconds. 

Once you are satisfied that you have flushed out as much of the tea as possible, rub a few drops of laundry detergent onto your stain until it lathers. Make sure that you target both sides of the stain in order for it to be successfully lifted. 

After your stained item has become well lathered on both sides, rinse the detergent using warm water. Continue to rinse until all of the detergent has been removed from your item. 

Finally, put your stained garment into the washing machine, and wash as you usually would. Once your cycle has finished, your stain should be completely removed.

If your tea stain remains, it may have already set into the fibers of your clothing. If this is the case, an alternative method must be used. 

To remove an old tea stain you will need… 
  • White vinegar
  • Laundry powder
  • Lukewarm water
  • Washing machine

The best way to remove an old tea stain is by making a paste from equal parts white vinegar, laundry powder, and lukewarm water. For the most effective paste use two tablespoons of each ingredient. 

Rub you paste directly onto your stain using your fingers. Alternatively, you can use a soft-bristled brush or clean white cloth. Using your chosen tool, work your paste into your stain until it has been completely covered. 

Once you are satisfied that your paste has been worked into your stain, rinse your garment with lukewarm water until all of the paste has been removed. If you notice a tea stain still on your garment, work more paste into the stain and re-rinse. 

Wash your garment in your washing machine as you usually would. 

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Clotted cream

Jam and clotted cream are the perfect accompaniment to a freshly baked scone. The only question is, do you put the jam or the cream on first? More importantly, how do you remove a clotted cream stain if a blob makes its way onto your clothing?

To remove a clotted cream stain you will need…
  • Spoon or blunt knife
  • Coldwater
  • Liquid laundry detergent 
  • Washing machine 

The most important thing to remember with any cream stain is to tackle it as soon as possible or it will turn yellow and be much harder to remove. 

To begin removing your clotted cream stain, first remove as much of the solid cream as possible using a spoon or a blunt knife. Be careful if you are using a knife as you don’t want to push too hard and damage the fibers of your item. 

After removing as much solid cream as possible, turn your garment inside out and flush your stain with cold water. A clotted cream stain is made from protein which, if exposed to warm or hot water will curdle and set the stain deeper into your fabric. 

Once you have flushed as much of your stain as possible, pour a small amount of liquid laundry detergent directly onto the stain and work it in using your fingers. You want to use a detergent containing enzymes as these will help to break down the protein in the clotted cream. After working your detergent into your stain, soak it in cold water for a minimum of 30 minutes. If your stain is not fresh, you may want to leave it soaking for longer, potentially overnight. 

After soaking your stain, remove your garment from the water, and wash as you usually would. After washing, if you notice that your stain has not completely lifted, repeat the process and try soaking your item for longer. 

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Mayonnaise 

Part of the afternoon tea experience is enjoying a selection of finger sandwiches, many of which will contain mayonnaise. It is only too easy for a blob of mayonnaise to fall from within the crusts of your sanwich and land directly on your outfit. If this is the case, follow these simple steps. 

To remove a mayonnaise stain you will need…
  • Blunt knife or spoon
  • Heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent 
  • Washing machine 

Begin removing your stain by using a blunt knife or spoon to lift as much solid mayonnaise as possible. Be careful to not push too hard on your garment or you risk causing rips and tears. 

After removing as much of your mayonnaise as possible, pre-treat your stain using heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent. You must make sure that your detergent is heavy-duty so that it can break down the oils in the stain. Use your fingers, or a soft-bristled brush, to gently rub your detergent in. Continue rubbing until you are satisfied that the detergent has been adequately rubbed into your stain. 

Allow your detergent to sit for at least 15 minutes, before washing your garment in the washing machine, using the hottest temperature on your items care label. Once your item has completed its cycle, remove it from the washing machine and check that your stain has been completely removed. If your stain remains, repeat the process. 

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Cream cheese

Aside from mayonnaise-based fillings, salmon and cream cheese is a very popular finger sandwich filling for afternoon tea. Like mayonnaise, cream cheese can also easily escape from your bread and find its way onto your clothing. 

To remove a cream cheese stain you will need…
  • Blunt knife or spoon
  • Heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent
  • Washing machine 

Begin removing your cream cheese stain by using a blunt knife or spoon to lift as much solid cream cheese from your clothing as possible. Do not use a cloth to rub at the cream cheese as this will only set the stain further into your item and make it harder to remove. 

After removing as much solid cream cheese as possible, work a few drops of heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent into your stain. The heavy-duty detergent contains enzymes that will break down the oils in the stain and help to lift it. After working your detergent into your stain, set your garment to one side and allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes. 

Finally, wash your item as you usually would. This is the final step in dissolving and lifting the oils and proteins that make up the stain. After washing, check that your stain has been completely lifted prior to drying. If it has not, repeat the process and try leaving your detergent to penetrate your stain for longer. 

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Custard 

The final component to any successful afternoon tea is a delightful selection of cakes, many of which are filled with custard. As delicious as these cakes are, when you bite into them, the custard has a nasty habit of squirting out and landing on clean clothing. 

To remove a custard stain you will need…
  • A spoon or blunt knife
  • Coldwater
  • Heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent 
  • Hot water
  • Chlorine bleach or colour safe bleach
  • Washing machine 

Begin removing your custard stain by lifting as much of it from your garment as possible using a blunt knife or spoon. Be careful when doing this as custard can be slippery and you don’t want to risk spreading the stain to other parts of your garment

Once you have removed as much of the stain as possible, turn your item inside out and flush the stain with cold water. This will help to push out as much of the custard from the fibers of your clothing as possible. 

When you are satisfied that you can not flush out any more custard with cold water, use a heavy-duty laundry detergent to pre-treat your stain. Rub the detergent into the stained area using your fingers, or a soft-bristled brush if you so wish, making sure that it is rubbed into the whole of your stain. Leave your detergent to sit for a minimum of 15 minutes to ensure that your stain has been adequately penetrated. 

Next, wash your stained item at the hottest temperature that the care label will allow, adding chlorine bleach if your item is white, or colour-safe bleach if not. The bleach will help to break down and lift any remaining stain that the detergent failed to remove. 

Once your cycle is complete, remove your item and check that the stain has been lifted. If not, repeat the process until the full stain is removed. 

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Afternoon tea is fun, and something that should not be spoiled by stains or the worry of having to remove them. Instead, enjoy your afternoon tea with the knowledge that we can lift your stains for you. Simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app to book your order now. 


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Tips to remove damp smells

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The smell of damp on your clothing means that mould or mildew is growing on the material. This can happen if your clothes are left in a dark and humid environment for too long, or if your washing machine has mould or mildew growing in it. If you notice your clothing smelling damp, try these tips to remove the smell. 

  • Hot water
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Bleach
  • Prevention
  • Laundryheap

Hot water 

When washing damp smelling clothing, always use hot water. The hot water will not kill the mould or mildew, however the heat will help to evaporate it, thus removing it from your clothing. Before using hot water on your clothes, always check the care label

White vinegar

The acid found in white vinegar makes it an excellent way to kill mould and mildew and remove damp smells from clothing. To use white vinegar as a pre-treatment for damp clothes, mix one cup with a bucket of warm water and leave your clothing to soak for at least an hour.  Alternatively, add one or two cups of white vinegar directly to your washing machine for the same effect. 

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Baking soda 

Baking soda is incredibly useful at absorbing smells and moisture from clothing, making it perfect for lifting damp smells. Simply add a quarter to half a cup of baking soda directly to your washing machine, and use the hottest temperature your clothing will allow. The baking soda will absorb the dampness in your clothing along with the horrendous smell, and leave your clothes smelling and feeling fresh. 

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Bleach

Bleach is incredibly effective at removing damp from clothing, however should only be used on white clothing. Soak your damp smelling items in one part bleach and 3 parts hot water for a minimum of 30 minutes. The bleach will penetrate your clothing, killing any mould or mildew and lifting the smell of damp. Before using bleach, you may want to test it on an unseen bit of your garment, such as the hem, to make sure that it won’t permanently stain. 

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Prevention

Now that you have removed the smell of damp from your clothing, here are 5 tips to help prevent mould and mildew from building up on your clothing again. 

  1. Avoid damp clothing

Never hang or fold clothing whilst it is still damp, instead, wait until it has completely dried. Storing clothing whilst it’s still damp creates the perfect damp and humid environment for mould and mildew to grow, leading to clothing smelling damp.

  1. Vaccum seal 

If you know that you won’t be wearing certain garments for a while, for example summer items during the winter, vacuum seal your clothing. This will help keep any mould or mildew out, and leave your clothing smelling fresh until you’re ready the wear them again. 

  1. Have a clear out

An overflowing wardrobe is the perfect environment for mould and mildew to grow. If you notice that your wardrobe is becoming slightly too full, it may be time for a clear out. Get rid, or vacuum seal, the clothing you don’t wear anymore, and give your everyday items room to breathe. Your clothing will thank you for it. 

  1. Clean your machine 

Your clothing may be smelling damp because your washing machine needs to be cleaned. It is vital to clean your washing machine at least once a month to avoid your clothing smelling damp, and to keep your washing machine working properly. 

  1. Reduce your detergent 

Using too much detergent in your washing machine creates a thin layer on your clothing that prevents future washes from properly penetrating your items and removing bacteria. As such, make sure that you always use the recommended amount of detergent in your washing machine. More detergent does not mean cleaner clothes. 

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Laundryheap 

To guarantee that your clothing doesn’t smell damp, let Laundryheap wash them for you. We will pick up, launder, and redeliver your clothing to you, completely on your schedule. To book your order simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app.


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How to remove a chocolate stain

Chocolate is undoubtedly delicious, but, if on your clothes, can be difficult to remove. This is how you can remove a chocolate stain

  • New chocolate stains 
  • Old chocolate stains 
  • Dry clean only clothing

New chocolate stains

Regardless of the type of stain, it is always best to treat it as soon as possible. Chocolate stains are no different. 

To treat a new chocolate stain you will need…

  • A butter knife or spoon
  • Heavy-duty laundry detergent or dish soap
  • Stain remover gel or spray 
  • Cold water 

Begin removing your chocolate stain by using a butter knife or a spoon to remove any excess chocolate. Be careful whilst you are doing this. If you push too hard you can damage the fibres of your clothing and cause rips in the cloth. Be wary of spreading the chocolate to clean parts of your garment, you don’t want to accidentally make your stain bigger than it is. 

After you have removed as much of the excess chocolate as you can, rinse your stain with cold water. Make sure that you are running the cold water through the back of the stain so that the chocolate is pushed out through the fabric and not embedded deeper into it. Do not use warm or hot water during this step as that will only set the stain deeper into your fabric. 

Once you have flushed out your stain with cold water, gently rub a heavy-duty laundry detergent, or dish soap if you do not have laundry detergent, into the stain. Allow your stained garment to sit for 5 minutes and absorb the detergent or soap, before soaking it in cold water for 15 minutes. Whilst your stained clothing is soaking, gently rub the stained area between your fingers every 3-5 minutes to loosen the stain

Finally, using cold water, rinse out the stain, and wash your clothing as you usually would. If your stain is still present after you have washed your garment, try using a stain remover gel or spray on the stain, and repeat the previous steps. 

Old chocolate stains 

Chocolate stains will set with heat and time. If you notice a dark brown stain on an item of clothing, this could be an old chocolate stain. Despite the fact that these are harder to remove than fresh chocolate stains, it is not completely impossible. 

To treat an old chocolate stain you will need…

  • Heavy-duty laundry detergent or dish soap 
  • Cold water
  • Colour-safe non-chlorine bleach
  • Mild bleaching agent (if your stained clothing is white)

To begin removing your stain, rub some heavy-duty laundry detergent, or dish soap, directly onto the stain, and soak your garment in cold water for 30 minutes. Repeat this process until your stain becomes lighter in colour. 

Once you have completed soaking your stain, wash your garment with colour-safe non-chlorine bleach. If your stained item is white, you can use a mild bleaching agent, such as lemon juice

After your garment has been washed with your bleach, completely rinse your item, and wash it as you usually would. If your stain has not lifted, repeat the process. 

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Dry clean only clothing 

If your stained item states that it is dry clean only on its care label, then seek the help of a professional dry cleaners.

When you book a Laundryheap service, simply tell us which item(s) is stained and where the stain(s) is, and we will take care of the rest. 

To book your Laundryheap service, simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app.


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How to fold bed sheets

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Washing your bed sheets is only half the challenge of keeping your bedding fresh. Once your sheets are dried, you have to fold them- which is much easier said than done. Luckily, we have devised this instruction manual to make folding your bed sheets as easy as possible. 

  • Before you begin 
  • Fitted sheet
  • Flat sheet
  • Pillowcases 
  • Storage

Before you begin 

Prior to any folding, it’s important that you have enough room to do the task at hand. Make sure that you are in an open space, with enough room to spread out your bed sheets to their full width and length. Ideally, you need a flat surface, such as a bed or table, to lay your bed sheets on, as this will make the folding process much easier. 

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Fitted sheet 

A fitted sheet has elastic sewn around the sides so that the sheet can fit over your mattress. 

To fold your fitted sheet, begin by inserting a hand in each top corner, and turning them inside out. Then, fold your bed sheet in half lengthwise. This will turn your sheet inside out and create pockets. Make sure to tuck your elastic corners into each other to bind the sheet in place. 

At this point, you should have two corners in each hand, with the tucked seam facing you and the folded seam on the bottom. 

Next, fold your bed sheet in half, lengthwise, bringing the remaining two opposite sides together so all four corners meet. Repeat the tucking of the sides to bind the sheet in place. Your sheet should now resemble a long panel of material. 

Finally, fold your sheet three to four times until you form a square.

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Flat sheet 

A flat sheet has no elastic in it, which makes it a lot easier to fold. 

 Begin by folding your bed sheet in three or four sections lengthwise- the number of sections you choose depends on how big your sheet is. 

Next, bring the top corners of your sheet down to meet the bottom corners. From there, fold your sheet three to four times to create a square or rectangle shape. 

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Pillowcases 

Pillowcases are small and don’t have any elastic in them, so they are the easiest thing to fold. 

To fold your pillowcase, simply fold it into thirds lengthwise and fold these thirds in half to create a square. 

Storage 

Storing your bed sheets in the correct way will limit the amount of wrinkles on them. After folding your bed sheets, place them neatly in a storing cupboard that is completely dry and will not become damp at any point. If you have multiple sheets made of different materials, It is best to separate them to prevent your sheets from becoming mixed up.

When you get your bedsheets dry cleaned at Laundryheap, we will save you the hassle and fold them for you. To book your Laundryheap order, head to the Laundryheap website, or download the free Laundryheap app. 


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Laundryheap 2020 roundup

2020 has been a strange and difficult year for all of us. We have had to adapt to living and working in a completely new world. At Laundryheap, we have been listening to what our customers want, and adapting our services to suit their needs. This is how our 2020 has gone. 

  • Contactless deliveries
  • Hot wash services 
  • Healthcare worker discount
  • NHS support initiative 
  • Essential packs 
  • Eco bikes
  • Expanding internationally
  • Pay it Forward scheme

Contactless deliveries

Our main priority has, and will always be, to make our customers experience with Laundryheap as easy and pleasurable as possible- this includes keeping them safe. As of March 2020, all of our orders have been picked-up and delivered completely contactless.

When our customers place their order, we ask them to specify a safe and secure pick-up and delivery location so that we can ensure that all of our orders can successfully be carried out. This prevents our customers and drivers from interacting with one another, and therefore prevents the spread of COVID 19.

We will be continuing our contactless orders into 2021. 

Hot wash services 

High temperatures have a higher success of killing bacteria and viruses that are lingering on your clothing. For that reason, we have been offering a hot wash service since March 2020.

Our hot wash service is a free add-on for all of our customers, however, we do warn that all care labels need to be checked prior to placing a hot wash service as hot washes can damage delicate materials.

Similarly to our contactless deliveries, we will be offering hot wash services in 2021. 

Healthcare worker discount 

When the COVID 19 pandemic hit, and the world went into lockdown, it was our healthcare workers who looked after us and our loved ones. At Laundryheap, we wanted to show our health workers our appreciation for all that they do. From March to June 2020, we offered all healthcare workers a 30% discount on their orders, in all the countries we operated in. It was a small gesture of our massive appreciation for everything that they had done, and are still doing, to help beat this pandemic. 

NHS support initiative 

At the beginning of the pandemic, there were NHS staff that were travelling far distances to work in hospitals across the country. To help these members of staff, we teamed up with our partners Under the Doormat, the award-winning luxury home accommodation business, to provide NHS workers in London with temporary homes close to hospitals. Under the Doormat provided the homes, and Laundryheap provided all of their linens. 

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Essential Packs  

When the world first went into lockdown, people were urged to only go to the shops for essential items. To help those, in London, who didn’t feel comfortable going to the shops, we devised the Essentials Pack- a pack of essential toiletries that were delivered, contactless, straight to your door. Our Essential Packs included soap, toilet paper, washing up liquid, shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste, cleaning liquid, and liquid soap. 

We collaborated with AGE UK to send Essential Packs to those who were most at risk of contracting COVID 19. To contribute to this initiative, our customers could buy an Essentials Pack and enter ‘AGE UK’ into the address section of the order. Each pack that was bought for AGE UK went directly to an elderly person to help them during this troubling and scary time.

Thank you to everyone who helped us with this initiative. 

Eco bikes 

Laundryheap is a fully committed environmentally conscious business. As such, we are constantly striving to make every part of our business as environmentally friendly as possible.

In October, we launched a trial of our brand new eco bikes, designed by EAV Cargo, in London. Eco bikes have the ability to slash carbon dioxide emissions from  transport by 50%. Not only do our delivery bikes lower our businesses carbon footprint, but they also limit the time our drivers spend in traffic, meaning a speedier delivery for our customers. 

We, at Laundryheap, are incredibly pleased to announce that our London eco bike trial period was incredibly successful. In 2021, we will be bringing our eco bikes to 4 more cities in a bid to continue making Laundryheap as environmentally friendly as possible.

 Expanding internationally 

At Laundryheap, we want to make as many people’s lives as easy as possible by eliminating the task of laundry. In 2020, we have been lucky enough to grow Laundryheap internationally, expanding out business to America, the Netherlands, Singapore, and Denmark.

We hope to continue growing Laundryheap internationally throughout 2021, and, if we don’t already, we hope to operate where you are soon. 

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Pay it forward scheme 

When COVID 19 hit, we wanted to help our customers as much as possible. Since March 2020, we have been adding an additional amount of money to all of our Laundryheap gift cards. Whichever gift card amount you buy, we add an extra amount, at no additional cost to yourself. This is just our way to help our customers get the most out of our services. 

We would like to wish all of our customers a very happy new year. In 2021, we will continue growing our business, and helping as many customers with their laundry needs as possible.

We can’t wait to see you in 2021.