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The Right Way To Wash Towels

Who doesn’t love the luxury of soft towels?! I know I do! Unfortunately, towels start to feel rough against the skin and can possibly start to smell like mildew overtime because of not washing them the right way.

Here are some factors to consider when washing your towels:

How Often To Wash Towels

Every time you use your towel, it collects dead skin cells that remain after you’ve had a wash and over time it begins to build up. This then creates a great environment for bacteria to grow and thrive because of the towels moist and damp condition. 

Therefore, it is advised to wash your towels after 3-4 days or uses!

The Right Way To Wash Towels

Towels need more than just a normal laundry cycle, there a certain things that you should and shouldn’t do when cleaning your towels. 

  • Don’t use too much detergent: Using too much laundry detergent can cause towels to stiffen because of excess residue. Instead, use less detergent than you usually would on normal loads.
  • Avoid fabric softener: Although this stuff is suppose to make your fabrics soft, it will only strip the water absorbency qualities on your towels! Add vinegar to your load as an alternative to fabric softener every few weeks.
  • Don’t wash towels with normal clothes: Towels may not get properly cleaned when mixed in with other clothes and they also produce a lot of lint so it can get caught onto your clothes. It’s best to wash towels with other towels or similar fabrics.
  • Dry accordingly: Drying towels with too much heat will only ruin towels fibres and not drying enough will cause mildew. Instead either completely air dry your towels or follow the tumble dry instructions exactly as it says on the care label.
  • Wash towels in warm temperatures: To be able to kill bacteria and clean towels properly, it is best to wash your towels at the highest temperature stated in the care label.

If you have too many towels to wash or just don’t have the time to wash your towels the right way, you can always book a collection with laundryheap.


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5 Laundry Products And What They’re Used For

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

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

Bluing

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

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

Borax

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

Chlorine bleach

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

Oxygen Bleach

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

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

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

Enzyme Presoak

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

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

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Student Laundry Survival Guide

This goes out to all students who are studying away from home, and living independently for the first time. We know the thought of cooking, and cleaning after yourself can be daunting enough, then there’s laundry you have to deal with too?! Well, don’t say your parents didn’t warn you (unless they really didn’t!).

For most of you, you’ve probably never done laundry before, but that’s okay! Because your student accommodations’ laundry room should have instructions on how to use the washing machine and dryer. This however, will not be enough to guide you in your routine.

So, we’ve come up with the best, basic laundry survival guide for those of you who are trying to prove that you can be independent.

#1 Separate whites from colours: To clean clothes properly, you need to separate them by colour in terms of white clothes, dark clothes and/or colours. If you don’t, you risk the colour of your white clothes turning grey. The colours of the fabrics may ‘bleed’ and transfer onto other fabrics, that’s why its best to divide your clothes by colour and not throw in a mixture of clothes all at once.

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#2 Check the label: The best way to know the right temperature or wash cycle to do laundry in is on the label. So read it, and you should be well on your way to easy laundry. It will also tell you instructions about ironing and tumble drying, and other things you won’t need to worry about just yet.

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#3 Use the right detergent and wash at the right temperature: Yes, there are sooo many detergents and washing options on a laundry machine, that’s why we already wrote guides on choosing the right laundry detergent and washing at the right temperature.

In summary, your clothes can be washed at a low temperature, best with liquid and capsule detergents, but anything heavily stained/soiled will have to be cleaned thoroughly at a warm temperature, best with powder.

#4 Know the dryer: The dryer will not always be your friend, it will take some time to understand. Just know that not everything can go into the dryer, for some clothes may cause shrinkage (read the label). When using the dryer, don’t overload the machine so your clothes can dry properly.

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#5 Don’t be lazy: I say this only because I’ve experienced someone not doing their laundry until they have no more clothes left to use, only leaving a MASSIVE pile of inconvenience to deal with. So do your laundry often so you have more time for your ‘studies’.

If you do get lazy or procrastinate…

It’s okay because there are professionals who love to laundry, so you can ask them to pick up your dirty clothes (for free), and they will wash, dry and iron them for you all within 24 hours. Oh wait, only Laundryheap can do that- use them instead. 😉

If you found this post useful, share it with your friends who may be struggling with laundry too.

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How To Clean Your Washing Machine

Is it just me or isn’t it quite ironic that you have to clean a machine that’s made for cleaning? Well, yep, it’s vital to maintain the cleanliness of your washing machine to: 1) clean your clothes properly, and 2) preserve its cleaning life.

So, just how can you banish that awful smell and disgusting mould? Let’s find out:

Manual instructions: Be on the safe side and read the manual for instructions on how to clean your washing machine, as some manufacturers may not allow you to use products or cleansers in your machine.

Maintenance wash: In more simpler terms, clean the drum! Let your machine self clean by putting it through a hot temperature cycle (without clothes, of course) at least once a month, with a cup of vinegar thrown into the drum to help it sanitise.

Let it breathe: Leave the door of the washing machine open every so often to let the air circulate in the drum and prevent bacteria from growing. I would also recommend you do the same for the detergent drawer- you can never be too careful when it comes to cleanliness.

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Wash out the detergent drawer: Simply remove the detergent drawer and give it a good sponge clean! Scrub away any detergent residue that has been built up. Give it a thorough rinse and let it dry before putting back into the machine.

Wipe the rubber: Give the rubber door seal a good clean with a damp cloth on a regular basis, being sure to completely clean out any hidden residue.

Clean the filter: The filter is the one that collects debris in order to protect the washing machine pump from blocking. If that doesn’t sound germ ridden to you, then I don’t know what does. So, what must you do? Empty it regularly to remove the dirt that has been gathered. The filter can be found at the bottom corner of the washing machine behind the removable plate/tab.

Oh and one more thing, you can leave your laundry to Laundryheap whilst you clean your washing machine.