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How to rid your clothing of pet hair

We all love our pets, but what we don’t love is their hair covering our clothing. Getting rid of pet hair is not as simple as putting your clothing in the washing machine. If you were to do that, the hair would clump together and clog your washing machines drainage pipe. This could result in your washing machine breaking.

Rather than risk breaking your washing machine, here are some pre-treatment methods to rid your clothing of pet hair. 

  • A lint roller
  • Sticky tape 
  • Rubber gloves
  • A sponge
  • Tumble dryer

A lint roller 

A lint roller is one-sided adhesive paper wrapped around a barrel with a handle attached for easy use. They are incredibly handy when it comes to removing pet hair. Simply roll it over your hairy item of clothing and observe as the adhesive paper picks up the pet hair. If you notice the paper becoming clogged with pet hair, simply remove the top layer of adhesive paper and there will be another layer ready to use underneath. 

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Sticky tape 

If you don’t have a lint roller available, sticky tape can be just as effective. Simply tear off a strip of tape and lay it over your item of clothing. As you pull the tape from your clothing the pet hairs will come away with it. Repeat this process all over your garment until it is pet hair-free. Depending on the size of your clothing, and how hairy it is, you may need several strips of tape to complete the dehairing process.

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Rubber gloves

An ordinary pair of rubber gloves are handy for washing the dishes and removing pet hair. Begin by laying your garment on a flat surface. Next, put on your rubber gloves and rub your clothing item. The movement will create friction between the fabric and the gloves, resulting in the pet hairs becoming loose and forming piles. These piles of hair are a lot easier to pick up and dispose of. Once the bigger clumps of pet hair have been disposed of, slightly wet your rubber gloves and repeat the process of rubbing your garment. This will pick up any stray hairs left on your clothes. 

A sponge 

If you are looking for a way to remove pet hairs without getting your clothes wet, use an ordinary kitchen sponge. Firstly, make sure that your sponge is completely clean and dry. Next, lay your clothing on a flat surface. Take your sponge and slowly rub it over the surface of your item. Your pet hairs will stick to the sponge and your clothing will remain dry. This method is best for quickly removing small amounts of pet hair, however, is not as effective if your clothing is completely covered in hair.

Tumble dryer

Using a tumble dryer is the best way to remove pet hair from multiple items of clothing. Put your items in the dryer and use a 10 minute, no heat, dryer cycle. This will soften the fibres in your clothing and loosen the pet hairs. Unlike a washing machine, your tumble dryer comes with a lint trap that will catch the pet hairs and prevent damage to your machine. Once the cycle has been completed, remove each item of clothing and give it a shake to remove stray hairs. If your clothes need washed, put them in the washing machine and add ½ a cup of white vinegar to the cycle to keep the clothes loose and remove deep-set pet hairs. 

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Whether your clothing is covered in pet-hair, stained, or just needs to be laundered, Laundryheap is here to help. Book your slot by visiting the Laundryheap website or by downloading the free Laundryheap app. We are now operating in NYC, Kuwait, and Bahrain


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How to manage your laundry

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If not managed properly, laundry can be a daunting task to take on. That being said, with these 10 useful tips your laundry can become simple, efficient, and a lot easier to manage. 

  • Choose a laundry day
  • Make sure you aren’t over-washing your clothes
  • Use two hampers
  • Buy an immediate laundry hamper
  • Invest in a lingerie bag
  • Treat stains straight away
  • Use an effective system
  • Do something productive whilst waiting 
  • Fold your clothes straight away
  • Use Laundryheap 

Choose a laundry day 

To begin managing your laundry its best to choose a specific day to do your laundry on. Firstly, this will give you a time scale of when you need all of your dirty laundry sorted by. Secondly, if you assign a specific day to the task then you know what will be going on that day and therefore have no excuses for not doing your laundry. 

Make sure you aren’t over-washing your clothes

Before you put an item of clothing in your laundry hamper think about whether it actually needs to be washed. Items such as jeans, for example, don’t need to be washed frequently, and therefore should not be constantly in your laundry hamper. If your clothing is not stained and doesn’t smell bad consider why you are putting it in your laundry hamper and if there is an alternative way to clean the item. For example, if it’s covered in pet hair, use a lint roller to remove it. This method could cut down the amount of laundry that you need to wash and therefore the amount of time you will have to spend doing your laundry. 

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Use two hampers

One of the most time-consuming parts of doing laundry is separating your clothes into whites and colours. Save yourself from having to sift through a mountain of dirty laundry, and invest in two laundry hampers- one for white laundry and the other for coloured laundry. This will save you an abundance of time and make your laundry day as easy as possible. 

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Buy an immediate laundry hamper 

If you want to make your laundry day even easier, invest in an immediate laundry hamper. This hamper is where you deposit all of the laundry that needs to be done ASAP- things such as underwear and stained clothing. Your immediate laundry hamper will let you know what clothing needs to be prioritised when it comes to washing and will save you from running out of essential clothing. 

Invest in a lingerie bag

Lingerie bags are commonly brought so that delicate underwear, such as those made from lace, are not damaged when washed. That being said, lingerie bags are also handy when washing socks. Put your socks inside the bag and put them in the washing machine with the rest of your clothes. The bag will prevent the machine from eating your socks and, if you’re doing a wash with other people, prevent you from being left with mismatched socks. 

 Treat stains straight away

For the best chance of removing stains, you need to treat them as soon as possible. Rather than putting your stained clothing in your laundry hamper and leaving it until laundry day, it’s best to treat the item as soon as you find it. This will not only give you the best chance of eliminating the stain but will also save you an abundance of time when it comes to doing your laundry. 

Use an effective system 

It’s useful to remember that not all clothing is effectively washed in the same way. Always read the care label of your clothing to deduce what will sustain your clothing for the longest. For example, it is always best to hand wash woollen jumpers and leave them flat on a towel to dry. Using the most effective cleaning method may slow down your laundry process, but it will ensure that your clothes stay looking new for longer

Do something productive whilst waiting

Washing cycles can take some time to finish, so do something productive whilst you are waiting. Hand wash some of your more delicate items of clothing, clean your house, catch up on some work, whatever it is that needs to be done utilise the time you have waiting for your laundry to be completed and get it done. That way, once you’ve completed your laundry you can completely relax for the rest of the day. 

Fold your clothes straight away 

Whichever way you decide to dry your clothes, it is very easy to leave them to sort and fold for another day. This should not be done. As soon as your clothes are dry you should fold them and put them in their rightful place. Not only will this avoid your clothes from wrinkling, therefore decreasing the time you will have to spend ironing, but it will also get the task out of the way. 

Use Laundryheap

If your laundry is piling up, then let us take the load off. Book your dry cleaning slot with us by heading to the Laundryheap website or by downloading the free Laundryheap app. 


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Powder vs liquid laundry detergent

When it comes to doing laundry, one of the biggest questions is: should I use powder or liquid detergent? The answer is, there are pros to using both. Read through some of the pros, and decide which is best for you. 

Pros for powder laundry detergent

  • Cost-effective
  • Recyclable 
  • Works well on outdoor stains

Cost-effective 

Powder detergent is more cost-effective than liquid detergent. To begin with, it costs less to manufacture because it takes less chemistry to build the product. This has resulted in packs of powder detergent often containing more detergent than its liquid counterpart. Additionally, powder detergent has a more stable cleaning agent than liquid detergent, meaning that it doesn’t lose its cleaning power over time. If you prefer to buy your detergent in bulk, powder is the way forward

Recyclable

If you’re looking to make your laundry more Eco-friendly than powder detergent is your best option. More often than not, you will find powder detergent in cardboard packaging. This is a lot easier to recycle as it is bio-degradable, therefore making it the environmentally friendly laundry detergent option. 

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Works well on outdoor stains

For those tough outdoor stains, such as mud and grass, a powder laundry detergent will work much better than its liquid alternative. The main surfactant in powder detergent is linear alkylbenzene sulfonate, which is much harsher on stains, and therefore better at ridding your clothing of deep-set outdoor stains. 

Pro’s for liquid detergent 

  • No bleach 
  • Safe for appliances 
  • Easy for stain pre-treatment

No bleach

Bleach is very effective at keeping your whites white, however it can be very damaging on your coloured clothing. Bleach is not found in liquid laundry detergents but can be found in some powder detergents. If you want to prevent your colours from fading, it’s best to wash them inside out and use a liquid detergent.

Safe for appliances 

 One of the benefits of using a liquid detergent is that it easily dissolves with the water in your washing machine. When using powder detergent, you may find chunks of undissolved, sludgy residue in your washer or your machines draw. This residue can lead to pipes being blocked and a broken washing machine. If you want to take extra precuations, without having to constantly clean your washing machine, liquid detergent is the safest option.

Easy for stain pre-treatment 

Both powder and liquid detergent can be used to pre-treat a stain, but liquid detergent is a lot easier to use. If you want to use a powder detergent to pre-treat a stain, you can add water to create a paste to rub over your stain. If you are using liquid laundry detergent, you simply have to pour a small amount of detergent over the stain and leave it for up to 5 minutes. 

Whether you prefer to use powder or laundry detergent both are effective at cleaning your clothes. If you still can’t decide which to use, why not just book your dry cleaning slot at the Laundryheap website or by downloading our free app. We are operational across the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and USA.


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How to remove ink stains

Ink stains are a potential outfit ruiner. Whether you’ve accidentally ran a ball-point pen over the sleeve of your best white shirt, or your children have decided to give your favourite skirt a new design, ink stains can be incredibly difficult to remove. Try these methods for removing them.

  • Cover in Salt
  • Apply liquid laundry detergent 
  • Blot with rubbing alcohol 
  • Spray with hairspray 
  • Soak in milk
  • Spread over with vinegar and corn starch

Cover in salt 

If you catch your ink stain before it has dried you are incredibly lucky because they are easier to remove than dried stains. To remove fresh ink stains, cover the stain in salt and dab gently with a wet paper towel. Brush off the salt and check to see if the stain has been removed. If the stain hasn’t been removed, repeat the process, or try an additional method explained in this post.

Apply liquid laundry detergent 

For a dried, water-based, ink stain a liquid laundry detergent is best to use. Begin by laying your stained item of clothing on a clean towel. Apply water to the stain and blot with a clean cloth. As you blot you should begin to see the ink transferring from your stained clothing onto the cloth. Once no more ink is being transferred onto the cloth, apply a small amount of liquid laundry detergent on what’s left of the ink stain. Leave it to soak in for three to five minutes. After three to five minutes, wash your clothing on the hottest setting advised on the care label. Before drying, check that the stain has been completely removed and, if not, complete the process again. 

Blot with rubbing alcohol 

Before beginning with this method you need to check that your clothing won’t be stained further by the rubbing alcohol. To do this, dab some rubbing alcohol onto the seam of your garment and wait to observe if a reaction occurs. If nothing happens, you are safe to begin.

Firstly, lay your stained item of clothing on top of a clean towel. Using a clean cloth blot your ink stain with rubbing alcohol, this will begin diluting the stain. Be aware that the towel underneath your garment may become wet with rubbing alcohol and stained with transferred ink. If this happens, replace the wet and stained towel with a fresh one to ensure that no ink is re-transferred on to your clothing. Continue dabbing your stain with rubbing alcohol until no ink is transferred onto the cloth. Once you’ve reached this point, wash off any rubbing alcohol residue. 

If you are treating a ball-point pen stain, rub a small amount of liquid laundry detergent on to the stain and leave it for three to five minutes. Wash off the detergent and observe whether the stain has been removed. 

Before moving forwards, observe whether the blotting and liquid detergent has been successful in removing the ink stain. If so, wash your garment on the hottest wash suggested on your clothing items care label. If the stain has not been successfully removed, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach and cool water. Completely submerge your clothing in the solution and leave it to soak for 8 hours. If your stain has still not been removed, make a new solution, and leave your clothing for another 8 hours. This should remove the stain, and leave your clothing ink free.

Spray with hairspray 

Most hairsprays contain alcohol which is incredibly useful when dissolving ink and removing ink stains. The higher the alcohol content in the hairspray, the more effective it will be in removing the stain- often the cheaper hairsprays have the highest alcohol content.

Lay your stained garment on a clean towel, and thoroughly spray the stain. Blot the stain with a clean cloth until the stain has been removed. Once removed, wash your clothing according to the advice on your garments care label. If the stain has not been removed, repeat the process.

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Soak in milk

If you have time for a more time-consuming ink stain removal method this could be the solution for you. Fill a bowl with enough milk to completely submerge your ink stain. Place your stained clothing in the milk and leave it overnight to soak. Remove your clothing in the morning and observe whether the stain has been removed. If your stain has been removed, wash your garment as normal. If your stain has not been removed, repeat the process, or perhaps try one of the other methods suggested in this post.

Spread over with vinegar and cornstarch 

Begin this process by laying your damaged item on a clean towel and soaking your stain with vinegar. Whilst the vinegar begins breaking down the ink, mix two parts vinegar with three parts cornstarch until a paste has formed. Once you have reached paste consistency, spread it over the ink stain and leave it to completely dry. Once your paste has dried, wash your item as you normally would. 

If these methods aren’t successful in removing your ink stain, leave it to us to remove. Book your slot by visiting the Laundryheap website or by downloading the Laundryheap app.  


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When should you use fabric softener?

Fabric softener can be a very useful addition to your laundry routine, but it shouldn’t be used all the time. So, when should you use fabric softener?

  • What is fabric softener?
  • When do I add fabric softener?
  • Hard water areas
  • Bed linen
  • Keep clothes looking new 
  • Sensitive skin 
  • Clothes likely to bobble

What is fabric softener?

Before answering the question of when you should use fabric softener, we need to first understand what it is. To begin with, as the name implies, fabric softener softens your clothing and leaves it smelling fresh. Asides from this, it will strengthen the fabric of your clothing, therefore making your clothes easier to iron. 

When do I add fabric softener?

Many people believe that fabric softener should be added to your washing at the same time as detergent. This is incorrect. You should add your fabric softener during your rinse cycle. Adding softener during a wash cycle will remove the chemical residue that makes your clothing soft, therefore making it ineffective. 

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Fabric softener should be used for the following situations.

Hard water areas 

If you live in a hard water area, you may notice that your clothing comes out of the washing machine feeling rough. This is because the mineral content in hard water is high and attaches to the fibres in your clothing, making the fabric stiffer than in soft water areas. Adding fabric softener to your wash can remove some of those harsh minerals, resulting in softer clothing. 

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Bed linen 

Everybody loves crisp, soft, clean-smelling sheets. When washing your bed linen, add some fabric softener. The next time you get into bed you will be met with soft sheets and a heavenly smell that will make it even harder for you to get out of bed. 

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Keep clothes looking new 

It’s awful when you put your favourite jumper in the wash and it comes out unravelled and with a hole in it. Fabric softener smooths the fibres in your clothing, reducing the friction caused when washing, and therefore reducing wear and tear. Adding a small amount of fabric softener to your washing can prevent the loss of your favourite clothing, and keep your clothes looking newer for longer. 

Sensitive skin  

For those that suffer from sensitive skin, be careful with the fabric softener that you buy. Some softeners are perfumed and can, therefore, cause additional irritation. That being said, if you buy a sensitive skin friendly fabric softener, it can eliminate irritation caused by rough clothing rubbing against your skin. 

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Clothes likely to bobble 

Bobbles on clothing can really damage the aesthetic of your favourite look. They occur when friction causes the fibres on the surface of your clothing to rub together, resulting in small, irritating, balls of loose fabric. Fabric softener strengthens the fibres in your clothing, preventing bobbling from occurring. Now, you can strut down the street in your best outfit, completely bobble free. 

If you’re still not sure when to use your fabric softener, leave it to us. Book your contactless delivery slot on the Laundryheap website or by downloading the free Laundryheap app. 


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How to get rid of ironing stains

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Ironing stains are easily done and yet increasingly difficult to get rid of. Some ironing stains are unsalvagable and can only be aesthetically lighter rather than removed. These six methods will either help to lighten, or completely remove, ironing stains. 

  • Method 1- Bleach the stain 
  • Method 2- Soak in hydrogen peroxide
  • Method 3- Squeeze lemon juice over the stain 
  • Method 4- Soak in ice water 
  • Method 5- Rub with white vinegar 
  • Method 6- Use an emery pad

Method 1- Bleach the stain 

Before starting this method make sure that you check the stained items care label. Some clothing will come with a warning to not use bleach, in which case this method should not be used. 

Once you have checked the care label, soak your item in diluted bleach. After 15 minutes, remove the item and wash it as you usually would. To get the most effective result, dry in direct sunlight. The sun’s natural lightening abilities will help lighten the stain so at the very least the mark will be less visible.

Method 2- Soak in hydrogen peroxide 

Begin by laying the garment on a flat surface. Soak an old cloth or piece of fabric in hydrogen peroxide and place it on the iron stain. Next, put a clean, dry, cloth or piece of fabric on top of the hydrogen peroxide soaked material whilst you let your iron heat to a high temperature. Once your iron is hot, gently rub it over the top piece of fabric. The heat will gently permeate through to the hydrogen peroxide and help work it into the stain. As you iron make sure that you check the progress of the stain. If you notice that your bottom cloth is getting dry, apply more hydrogen peroxide to it. Likewise, if your top cloth is becoming damp with hydrogen peroxide switch it for a new, dry, cloth as this will prevent rust stains transferring from the iron. This process can take a while, so patience is key.

Method 3- squeeze lemon juice over the stain 

Squeeze the juice of one lemon over the stain until it’s completely soaked. Place your item of clothing in a container of hot water and let it sit for 15-30 minutes depending on how severe the stain is. Remove the clothing item and dry as normal. 

Method 4- Soak in ice water 

If your stain is mild soaking it in ice water for an hour could remove it. For this method, you need to ensure that your water is ice cold. To guarantee this either add ice cubes to cold water or leave your item in some water in the freezer. If you do leave your clothes in the freezer, make sure you only leave them in there for a maximum of 1 hour. Completely freezing your clothes won’t cause any additional damage, but can slow down the stain removing process. 

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Method 5- Rub with white vinegar

If you decide on this method it’s important that you use white vinegar only- using any other type of vinegar could stain your clothing further. Soak a rag or sponge in white vinegar and rub it over the stain. Once the stain is completely soaked, leave the item to sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with cool water. Leave your clothing to dry as normal. 

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Method 6- Use an emery pad  

A heavy scorch mark can not be removed, however the damage can be made less visible. Using an emery pad, or any rough material, gently rub the burn mark, removing any dark singed material. Be gentle with your rubbing movements, being too aggressive can cause further holes and damage to the material. 

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If your clothing has been stained beyond repair and you are considering throwing out the item, try and reuse it for an alternative purpose. Consider making a tote bag or pillow case- anything to limit the clothing pollution that comes with throwing away clothing. 

The best way to treat any stain is by getting it treated at a dry cleaners. Book your slot on the Laundryheap website or by downloading the Laundryheap app. 


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Dry cleaning myths debunked

There are a lot of dry cleaning myths. Here are 10 of them, debunked.

  • Dry cleaning is dry 
  • Dry cleaning makes clothes smell bad 
  • Dry cleaning is expensive 
  • Club soda can remove stains just as well as dry cleaning
  • Excessive dry cleaning wears out clothing
  • It’s fine to store clothes in plastic dry cleaning bags
  • Dry cleaning a suit will leave it shiny 
  • Dry cleaning helps clothes stay intact
  • Always adhere to ‘Dry Clean Only’ labels
  • There’s no need to dry clean a wedding dress

Dry cleaning is dry 

Despite the name, dry cleaning doesn’t actually mean that your clothes are cleaned whilst dry. Dry cleaning is called as such because water isn’t used in the process. Instead of water, a chemical solvent, with a lower viscosity than water, is used because of its effectiveness at removing grease-based stains whilst minimally disturbing the fibres on clothing.  

Dry cleaning makes clothes smell bad 

If your clothes are coming back from the dry cleaners smelling strongly of chemicals, it’s time to source a new launderette. The smell is a result of the solvent that replaces the water in the cleaning process not being left long enough to be completely removed. In addition, if your clothes have a lingering bad odour, it comes as a result of the launderette not using clean solvent. That means soil, sweat and anything else trapped in the fibres of your clothing is being redeposited rather than cleaned off. A good dry cleaner will always use clean solvent and know the appropriate time to leave the solvent in for in order to produce high-quality, clean clothing.

Dry cleaning is expensive

If you are consistently dry cleaning your clothes than the cost can begin adding up. If you are only dry cleaning the essentials, such as delicate items of clothing, or you build up a substantial amount of clothing, then dry cleaning is the most sensible option.

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Club soda can remove stains just as well as dry cleaning

Despite the speculation that club soda can remove stains from clothes, it can actually end up doing more damage than good. Rather than using club soda, dab the stain immediately with a white napkin. For the best result, take your stained clothing to a dry cleaners and inform them of the stain and what has caused it. That way, they can ensure the best treatment is used and the stain is more likely to be successfully removed.

Excessive dry cleaning wears out clothing

Continuously washing clothing will eventually wear out the colours and fibres of the item regardless of whether you use a dry cleaning service. Contrary to popular belief, dry cleaning your clothing will preserve your clothes for longer than using a regular wash. This is because dry cleaning solvent is lighter than water, and therefore travels through fabric in a much more delicate manner. 

It’s fine to store clothes in plastic dry cleaning bags 

Many people leave their clothing in the plastic bags that their dry cleaning comes in. This is very bad for your clothing. The reason that plastic bags are used for your dry cleaning is to prevent your clothes from being dirtied post-laundering. As soon as you get your clothing home, it is recommended to immediately take your items out of the plastic to allow your clothes to breathe. Leaving your clothes in the plastic bags could trap humidity and allow stains to oxidise and make the clothes harder to clean.

Dry cleaning a suit will leave it shiny

If your suit is looking shiny it is not a result of getting it dry-cleaned. The shininess of a suit comes from the fiction of wearing it day after day. That being said, if your dry cleaner is not sufficient at pressing suits you may notice some marks left behind. 

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Dry cleaning helps clothes stay intact

As previously mentioned, because of the lack of water used, dry cleaning is gentler on your clothing. This is not to necessarily say that all of your clothing needs to be dry cleaned to help them stay intact. We recommend that you always read the care label on your clothing. There are some items that are labelled “do not dry clean” because they have a protective layer coating the fabric. If these items are dry cleaned your clothing will not stay intact for long.

Always adhere to “dry clean only” labels

 Care labels on clothing must be looked at so that you know how best to look after your clothing. More delicate fabrics, such as cashmere, will most likely come with a “dry clean only” label. It is always advisable to have delicate items of clothing dry-cleaned to avoid damage to the material, however, hand washing these items can sometimes work just as well. If you are hand-washing any delicate items remember to ALWAYS air dry your clothing to avoid damage to the fabric. 

There’s no need to dry clean your wedding dress 

For many people, their wedding dress will be worn on their wedding day and never again. If there are no visible stains on the dress, you may not see any reason to get it dry cleaned. Regardless of whether you can visibly see any stains, you should ALWAYS get your wedding dress dry cleaned. There will be sweat, deodorant and body oil stains on your dress from wearing it all day. Over time, these stains will turn a yellowish colour that will completely ruin your dress. Having your special dress dry cleaned will prevent this from happening so should you, or anyone else, wish to wear it again it will be just like new. 

Laundryheap is open for ALL of your dry cleaning needs. Simply head to our website or download the app to book your slot. We now offer a hot wash service and contactless delivery to limit the spread of Covid 19. 


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Make your clothes look new again

It’s infuriating when your favourite white shirt fades in the wash or your hem begins to unravel from your jeans. It’s expensive, and very environmentally unfriendly, to constantly buy new clothes. Instead of indulging in fast fashion, here are 10 ways that you can make your clothes look new again. 

  • Use dye 
  • Spray with starch 
  • Invest in a precision tool 
  • Remove stains with what’s in your kitchen cupboard 
  • Cover it up with a patch
  • See to those seams 
  • Razor away piling 
  • Rotate your clothing 
  • Get a mesh laundry bag 
  • Experiment with buttons

Use dye 

If your whites are looking grey, transform them from dull to dynamic using clothing dye. Clothing dye comes in a range of colours, so be adventurous. If you’re looking for something more subtle, black dye is available.

Spray with starch

Starch can make your clothing look brand new by binding the fabric’s fibres together to give clothes a crisp finish. Additionally, adding starch to your ironing routine can reduce fraying and act as a barrier against dirt and stains. You can add starch to your laundry routine by adding 1-2 tablespoons of starch to a cup of water and dispensing the solution into your washing machine. Alternatively, spray starch is available and can be sprayed straight onto clothing. 

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Invest in a precision tool 

Loose threads can make clothes look untidy and unkempt. A precision tool is an easy fix for this problem. Simply insert the instrument where the loose thread is from the exterior side. Pull the tool through the fabric, allowing the hook to pull the loose thread, and watch the thread disappear. Precision tools are cheap to buy and a useful instrument.

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Remove underarm stains with what’s in your kitchen

Underarm stains are inevitable yet can’t be removed by normal washing. There are 3 ways to remove underarm stains and the main ingredient for each method can be found in your kitchen. 

  1. Pour white vinegar directly onto the stain and gently rub. Leave it for 5 minutes before putting the item of clothing into the washing machine and washing as normal.
  2. Create a paste of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Use a toothbrush to apply the paste directly onto the stain in a scrubbing motion. Leave for up to 2 hours depending on how severe the stain is before washing the clothing as normal. 
  3. Mix equal parts lemon juice as water and scrub the mixture onto the stain. Alternatively, leave the stain to soak in the solution for up to 10 minutes depending on how severe it is. 
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Cover it up with a patch

Patches have made a re-entrance into the world of fashion recently and provide an easy solution to covering up small stains and rips in clothing. Simply buy a patch, or cut a patch out from some old fabric, and sew it directly on top of the stain or rip. They work most effectively on denim items of clothing. 

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See to those seams

Unravelling seams shouldn’t be the reason for throwing out your favourite clothing. If you see that a seam is unravelling, fold up the seam and squeeze a small amount of seam sealant on the folded material. Leave it to dry for a few minutes before getting on with your day, completely worry-free about the potential of your seam coming undone. 

Razor away piling 

Piling on clothing is incredibly irritating and can ruin a whole look. Piling occurs when groups of broken fibres tangle together in a knot on the surface of clothing due to rubbing whilst worn. It’s inevitable BUT has a simple solution. Use a standard razor and gently shave away the piling. Be careful not to be too harsh on your clothes or you could cause snags or tears.

Rotate your clothing 

We all have our favourite outfits, but it’s important that we rotate our clothing, especially when it comes to stiffer items, such as jackets. The more times you wear the same items of clothing the more worn they will become. This can lead to certain items losing their shape and structure and therefore not fitting as well as they did before. To avoid this, rotate your clothing and give your fabric time to rest and reshape itself. This will lead to your clothes lasting longer and you getting the optimum amount of wears from your favourite looks. 

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Get a mesh laundry bag

Rips and snags can occur when using a washing machine, but can also be easily prevented by using a laundry bag. You may already have a laundry bag for your more delicate items, such as underwear, however, they are also available for normal items of clothing. Simply place your clothing into the mesh bag and place it into the washing machine. Remember not to overload the bags as this could lead to your clothing getting tangled, which could lead to damage. 

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Experiment with buttons 

Buttons can fall off very easily. To keep your clothes looking fresh always try and sew buttons back on as soon as they fall off. Alternatively, you can buy different types of buttons and sew them on to a garment to heighten the look. For example, try gold or pearl buttons on a simple work shirt. This adds a stylish quality to your look and will make your outfit a complete original. 

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To maintain the standard of your clothing it’s always best to get your clothes dry cleaned. Book your slot by visiting the Laundryheap website or by downloading the app.


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The 2-week self-isolation laundry challenge

Self-isolation is the perfect time to get to the bottom of your laundry basket by taking on our 2 week self-isolation laundry challenge. 

Week 1

Day 1- clean your machine 

Start by making sure that your washing machine is clean and ready to produce maximum results. To clean out your machine use a dishwasher tablet and run your washing machine through a hot wash cycle. This will clean the pipes, the drum and the rim of your washing machine and ensure that your clothes will come out clean and smelling fresh. 

Day 2- Wash your colours 

Tackle your coloured washing first. Separate your coloured laundry into lighter and darker colours if you have a lot to do, if not, it’s perfectly fine to wash your colours together. To prevent your colours from fading wash them at a cooler temperature and turn your laundry inside out.

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Day 3- Wash your leathers

Leather can be difficult to clean, so take this opportunity to deep clean any leather items you may own. If you don’t want to use cleaning product on your leather, try something natural. Mix lemon juice with cream of tartar to remove spots and stains. 

Day 4- Give yourself a break 

Have a break from the laundry challenge and focus on other tasks. You could take this time to clean your home, or just relax and have some time to yourself. 

Day 5- Organise your supplies 

This challenge isn’t just about getting to the bottom of your laundry basket, it’s about taking the time to complete laundy tasks that you are usually too busy to do. Sort through your detergents and fabric softeners, throwing away any empty bottles and giving the area you keep your supplies a general tidy up. The more organised your supply area the easier, and quicker, it will be to put your load on. 

Day 6- Wash your whites 

It’s now time to tackle your whites. Make sure that you don’t overload your machine as this will result in the detergent having difficulty rotating through all of your clothing. For the best results, wash your whites on a hot wash and ensure that any tough stains have been dealt with pre-wash. 

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Day 7- Give yourself a break 

You have reached the end of the first week! You are halfway to completing the 2 week self-isolation laundry challenge, so have a break and relax before starting week 2. 

Week 2

Day 1- Make your own detergent 

Kick off your second week of the self-isolation challenge by making your own detergent. All you’ll need is Borax, washing soda, a bar of natural soap and a container to put it in. Making you own detergent is more environmentally friendly than buying it and will last for much longer. 

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Day 2- Sort through your linens

Linens can become rough and worn out over time, however, because we often don’t have the time to sort through them, they end up back in the linen cupboard. Take this time to go through your linen cupboard and throw away any items that can’t be salvaged. At the end of this task you will find your cupboard much tidier and your linens more manageable. 

Day 3- Wash your linens

Once you’ve sorted through your linens it’s time to wash them. To effectively get rid of bacteria, it is recommended that linens are washed on a hot wash cycle. To prevent fabric deteriorating always air dry. 

Day 4- Give yourself a break

The 2 week challenge is almost complete so it’s time to sit back and relax for the day before completing the final stretch.

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Day 5- Hand wash your delicates

Delicate items of clothing, such as silk and lace, will last longer if you hand wash them. Use warm water and a detergent without enzymes. Don’t use too much detergent or you will leave a soapy residue that could cause stains. Give your delicates the time to air dry whilst you enjoy knowing that they will last longer because you didn’t use your washing machine. 

Day 6- Clean your shoes 

Getting your shoes dirty in inevitable, and yet we never find the time to properly clean them. Before you start, you need to consider the material of the shoes you are cleaning. Depending on the material depends on the method that you will have to use. Regardless of the shoe material, it is always useful to have a dry soft-bristle brush, or toothbrush, to hand as it will be an essential tool. Cleaning your shoes whilst in self-isolation will mean that when you do go outside you can dazzle everyone with your shiny shoes. 

Day 7- Your challenge has been completed! 

CONGRATULATIONS! You have completed the 2-week self-isolation challenge. Use today to finish up any laundry tasks that haven’t been done- folding your dry laundry, etc. Then, sit back and bask in the glory of finally reaching the bottom of your laundry basket. 

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If there are certain items that you didn’t want to wash yourself during this challenge why not use our laundering services. Head to the Laundryheap website, or use our app, and book your slot. We now offer hot washes and a contactless service, keeping in mind the current situation. 


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How to wash your underwear

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If you’re wondering why the lace in your underwear is coming unravelled or why the elastic in your waistband isn’t doing its job anymore, it’s probably because you’re washing your underwear wrong. Have no fear, because we are here to rid you of ALL your underwear washing woes. 

  • Should you be washing underwear with normal clothes?
  • Killing germs
  • How to wash your delicates
  • How to wash cotton
  • How to wash bras
  • How Laundryheap can help

Should you be washing underwear with normal clothes?  

Unless you wash your clothing at a minimum of 60 degrees, the bacteria from your underwear can transfer to the rest of your load. You may now be wondering why we are advised to wash clothing at anything less than 60 degrees. Aside from the environmental benefits of a cold wash, cold water will CLEAN clothing but will not ELIMINATE microorganisms. Unless your clothing is particularly dirty, simply cleaning it will suffice. 

Killing germs 

There are several ways that you can rid bacteria from your underwear asides from a hot wash. Using an oxygen bleach detergent can kill the bacteria from underwear at as low as 20 degrees. After washing underwear in the washing machine, you should always clean your machine. The e-coli and bacteria from your underwear can stick to your washing machine and transfer to other loads of laundry. To wash your machine, simply add two cups of white vinegar and run an empty cycle. This will leave your machine sparkling clean and ready for your next load of washing. 

Running an empty cycle every time you wash your underwear is not very environmentally friendly. Rather than wasting water, energy and detergent try hand washing your underwear instead.

How to wash your delicates

Washing your delicate underwear is always difficult. Lace can become unravelled, silk can lose its silkiness and colours can fade. 

It’s always best to hand wash your delicates to avoid any unnecessary trauma to the material. Use warm water and a detergent without enzymes. Be careful not to use too much detergent as this will leave behind a soapy residue. Use a gentle plunging action when washing and avoid vicious rubbing. When drying NEVER hand-ring out residual water or use the tumble dryer. Instead, hang your underwear outside, but avoid drying in direct sunlight. This process will ensure that lace stays in tact and your silks stay silky. 

If you do want to use your washing machine to wash your more delicate underwear make sure you check the care label first. This will give you an indication of what cycle and temperature you should use. Additionally, put your underwear in a laundry bag or pillow case to avoid lace being snagged in the washing machine.

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How to wash cotton 

Unlike underwear made from silk or lace, cotton is a more durable material, and, therefor, is less likely to be damaged in the washing machine. That being said, it is still important to use a laundry bag or pillow case to ensure that your cotton stays soft. Additionally, don’t wash your underwear with jeans, towels or any other rough materials. Unlike with delicate underwear, you can use any detergent to wash your cotton underwear, just don’t overuse it as you will leave a soapy residue.

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 How to wash bras 

Bras can be worn 2-3 times before they need to be washed. Regardless of if you hand wash or use a washing machine, its best to use a detergent that doesn’t contain bleach or alcohol. If you can’t find a detergent without either of these ingredients, use a small amount of baby soap for the same effect. 

To ensure that your bras stay in good shape it’s best to hand wash them. Hand washing is the best way to eliminate sweat and odours and prevents them from losing their shape. The best way to hand wash your bras is to leave them in warm water with a small amount of detergent. Leave them for 40 minutes to 1 hour before taking them out of the water and hanging them over your shower curtain pole, or leaving them flat on a towel to dry. Never tumble dry your bras as this will lead to them losing their shape. 

If you want to use your washing machine to wash your bras, use a delicate cycle setting and a laundry bag. Additionally, make sure you don’t wash your bras with any rough or heavy materials as this will break down the fibres of your bra and lead to their deterioration. 

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How Laundryheap can help 

If you don’t want to risk ruining your underwear, Laundryheap can help. Simply book your slot using our app and we will pick up, wash and deliver your underwear back to you within 24hrs. We now offer contactless collection and delivery, among other support services to limit physical interactions.