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5 Benefits of Adding Baking Soda to Your Laundry Routine

Just like distilled white vinegar, baking soda has a lot of cleaning benefits, especially for your clothes!

Baking soda (or sodium bicarbonate) is a mild alkaline powder that raises the pH balance of water when mixed in with it. It acts as a natural cleanser, deodoriser and is also a mild antiseptic. 

Here are 5 Benefits of Adding Baking Soda To Your Laundry Routine:

Brightens Clothes

Baking soda contains natural antiseptic properties which helps remove dinginess that remains on clothes overtime. By adding 1/2  a cup of Baking Soda to your regular wash (with laundry detergent) in the drawer, your clothes will come out brighter!

Laundry Detergent Booster

When you add baking soda to your laundry, it helps boosts your laundry detergents performance as well as soften hard water that creates the dinginess. This will result in  fresher, and softer clothes. You’ll also be able to use less laundry detergent too.

Removes Odours

Baking soda works well in neutralising odours, even in the air; so it will work wonders in your wash! If you have clothes that are really smelly, you can pre-soak your clothes in 1-2 cups of baking soda mixed with warm water overnight before washing as normal.

Natural Fabric Softener

If you want softer clothes without using fabric softener, baking soda is a great alternative! Since it helps to regulate the pH balance of water, it also suspends detergent and mineral residue that causes your clothes to feel rough. Baking soda is also great for people with sensitive skin as it is a natural mineral. Just add 1/2 a cup in the drawer on the final rinse.

Removes Stains

Baking soda is a natural stain remover and is great for removing tough stains like oil, grease and food. All you need to do is create a baking soda paste with water, apply to the stain lightly rubbing it in and let it sit. Depending on how tough the stain is, you can let the paste sit for up to 15 mins or leave it over night.

If you’d like a more professional approach for keeping your clothes fresh and bright, you can count on Laundryheap to the job, all year round!


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Basic Laundry Do’s & Don’ts

Laundry Do's and Don'ts

Laundry DO’s

  • Check the label: The laundry care label has all the information you need to care for your clothes.
  • Clean your washing machine: A clean washing machine means cleaner clothes!
  • Test for colourfastness: Avoid dyes from running onto other clothing by testing for colourfastness first.
  • Pre-treat stains: Get stains out easily by treating them asap, before you wash as usual. This will help keep your clothes from having discoloured patches.
  • Wash coloured clothes inside out: Protect clothes colours and make them last longer by washing them inside out.

Laundry DON’TS

  • Overload washing machine: Your clothes won’t get cleaned properly if there’es too much in the washing machine!
  • Put detergent directly onto clothes: Avoid laundry detergent residue on clothes by making sure you use laundry detergent correctly.
  • Leave zippers open: Close all clothes zippers so that they don’t snag onto or tear your delicate clothing.
  • Scrub stains: Scrubbing stains will only make it spread more and will become more difficult for it to be removed.
  • Just separate by colour: Before washing, sort clothes, not just by colour but by how lightly or heavily soiled they are and also by fabric material- abrasive fabrics from delicates.

If you require professional care for your clothes, you can always book a laundry collection with laundryheap.

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Laundry Tips For New Parents

You thought doing laundry for yourself was challenging enough, but now with the little one, it’s become a completely different story.

Your days have become even more hectic and you find yourself having to adjust your time to match your baby’s schedule. That means constantly having to clean baby mess and wash baby clothes. The only alone time you get is when the baby is sleeping and that’s when you’re most likely catching up on sleep too.

We understand that life becomes more challenging when you’re a new parent, especially when it comes to laundry, as babies tend to need a change of clothes every so often a day. Their clothes also require extra care and time to clean.

Here are some quick tips to conquer laundry as a new parent:

1. Always wash newly bought baby clothes/blankets

Your baby’s skin is delicate, so you want to wash away any harsh production chemicals and germs trapped on clothing and blankets before they are used. 

Opt in to using hypoallergenic or non-bio laundry detergents that is great for sensitive skin to avoid unwanted allergic reactions.

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2. Avoid using fabric softener

Whilst fabric conditioner is made to leave clothes feeling soft, you should avoid using it on baby clothes! Baby clothes are designed to be flame resistant and coating it with softener will only strip it of it’s properties, not to mention it can cause a likely chance of irritation to the skin.

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3. Spot clean on the go

Babies create MESS and that’s OK! Whether you’re out or even just lounging at home, it’s a good idea to have baby wipes with you at all times to immediately spot clean any small ‘accidents’ your baby has made. This method will save you time pre-treating stains and will add just a bit more extra time until the baby has to change clothes again.

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4. Instantly rinse out poop/vomit stains

To avoid poop and vomit stains leaving what will appear to be a faint yellow-ish mark, rinse the stain out as quickly as the stain was created. You’ll still need to pre-treat but at least it will be easy and less time consuming.

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We at Laundryheap can take care of cleaning your baby’s clothes should the load be too much for you to handle. We take utmost care in dealing with clothes for sensitive skin. You can have the option to choose between bio or non bio and let us know of any other special requirements.

Have any tips for dealing with laundry as a new parent? Share them in the comments section. 🙂

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Don’t Use Fabric Softener On These Items!

Fabric softener (or fabric conditioner) is formulated to keep your clothes feeling soft and smelling fresh when it comes out of the wash. It helps fabric fibres remain smooth and maintain elasticity, making them prone to wear and tear.

Despite the benefits fabric conditioner has on our clothes, it should not be used on all of out items!

Let’s take a look at which ones:

Gym Clothes

Many types of workout clothes or gym wear are specifically designed to absorb our sweat and keep us dry when we exercise. Applying fabric softener will only coat the fabric which will lock in sweat and keep it from drying, preventing the fabric fibres from doing its job.

Swimwear

Swim suits are made with fabrics that are designed to absorb very little water (make sense), which means they can dry quicker. Fabric softener works to lock in moisture, meaning if it was to be applied to swimwear, it will strip away it’s ‘quick drying’ properties and lead to odour and promote mold growth. 

Towels

Everyone loves soft, fluffy towels! And they can always remain that way by skipping the fabric softener in the wash. Towels are made of microfiber, which is why they’re able to absorb and lock in moisture, dust and dirt. Adding fabric softener exposes the towel to waxy residue, causing it to reduce it’s absorbency qualities. 

Water Resistant Fabric

You wear a rain coat to prevent yourself from getting wet, correct? Well, how would you like it if the raincoat was stripped of it’s water repellent abilities and you just end up getting drenched? Then it would be a useless coat. Water resistant clothes mixed with softener will impact it’s ability to repel the water.

Flame Resistant Fabric

Most baby/infant clothes, sleepwear specifically, are made to be fire resistant due to safety reasons of course. If fabric conditioner is applied to such items, it will have a negative impact as it reduces it’s fire-resistant properties.

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3 Ways To Sort Laundry

Now, I know that typically, most of us sort laundry according to colour type before putting it straight into the wash. This is THE correct way to sorting out laundry anyway. There are, however, other ways to manage the loads you’re washing.

Let’s take a look at 3 different choices to sorting laundry:

1. Only By Colour: Once again, the most obvious choice of sorting is by colour. Make separate piles for white clothes, dark colours and coloured clothes. The dark pile should consist of colours like: black, grey, navy, red, purple, basically anything that is dark toned. The coloured pile should consist of lighter toned colours such as pastel or neon colours.

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2. By Fabric Type: So there is a 100% chance you own garments of different fabric types. This is where you pay close attention to the type of fabric you’re dealing with after you’ve sorted it by colour. 

Delicate fabric: Keep delicate fabrics such as lingerie, pantyhose, machine washable silk, lace or chiffon, together in one pile for a separate wash to avoid fabric damage. 

Bedding and towels: It’s best to wash household items separate from your normal loads when putting it in the wash. So do wash bedding together, but since towels can be washed with anything cotton, it is okay to wash your sheets and towels together.

Denim: If you have A LOT of denim clothes to be cleaned, you can put this in a separate pile to be washed. Otherwise, add it to the dark colour load.

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3. By Stain: It’s likely that your clothes are always lightly soiled, or invisibly stained because of perspiration. So it’s okay to pre-treat and sort laundry as normal before putting it into the wash.

If you have babies or toddlers however, that’s a completely different story and it means you probably deal with stains 90% of the time. 

Consider separating heavily soiled clothes from your pile to maximise cleaning effectiveness. The reason being is that these stains may require extra pre-treating time or certain cycles for the stains to be uplifted and removed.

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Final thoughts…

One of the best ways that contribute to cleaner results when doing laundry is how you sort your laundry out in the first place. If you don’t have time to be sorting laundry, the best thing you can do, as I always say, is to buy multiple hampers and sort accordingly on the go. Alternatively, you can give your clothes to a laundry service for proper cleansing.

How do you sort your laundry?


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How To Whiten Your White Clothes Naturally

How do you keep your white clothes just as white as you bought it? Easy, read the how to keep your whites, white guide.

The real question is, how can you naturally whiten your white clothes if they’re already looking a little dull? Chlorine bleach is a quick solution to whitening your white clothes but it also comes with irritation and toxins.

So, say goodbye to the bleach and say hello to whiter and brighter clothes with these natural whitening methods:

#1 Baking Soda

Add 1/2 a cup of baking soda into your washer along with your clothes and laundry detergent, then wash as normal. 

Use baking soda to pre-treat stains before laundering as usual: add 4 tablespoons of baking soda to a cup of water to create a paste. Then use the mixture to scrub directly onto the stain and let sit for up to 10 mins.

Baking soda will help to whiten your white clothes and get rid of stains!

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#2 Distilled white Vinegar

Add 1/2-1 cup of vinegar into your washer along with your clothes and laundry detergent, then launder as normal.  If you’re worried about the smell, don’t, as the smell will disappear after drying.

Vinegar is great for treating invisible and spot stains. Spray vinegar on the underarm area of the garment and directly on the stained spot. You can also rub vinegar directly on the spot stain and let it sit for an hour before wishing as normal.

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#3 Borax

Add 1/2 a cup of Borax into your washer along with your clothes and laundry detergent, then wash as normal. Borax is a natural mineral which helps keep your laundry clean from residue, thus brightening and whitening your clothes. It also deodorises and removes stains.

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#4 Lemon

Add 1/4-1/2 a cup of lemon juice into your washer along with your clothes and laundry detergent, then launder as normal. 

For a stronger whitening method, fill a large pot with water and lemon slices from 1-2 lemons and boil. Turn off heat, add items and leave to soak for an hour. Then wash as normal.

This will help brighten and get rid of stains!

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#5 Hydrogen peroxide

Add 1/2 a cup of hydrogen peroxide into your washer along with your clothes and laundry detergent, then launder as normal. Hydrogen peroxide whitens and brightens clothes, disinfects and removes stains.

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#6 Sunlight

Finally, whenever you possibly can, air dry your clothes in full exposure to the sun. The suns UV rays help to brighten up your whites, remove odour and leave them smelling fresh.

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On a different note, if you’ve been paying much attention to reading this blog, you’ll realise that these methods also help to remove stains! (Makes sense though doesn’t it?) So you can use these methods on coloured clothes too to get rid of spot stains. 

For lazy days, you can schedule a laundry collection service with us and we’ll get those white clothes shining for you! Better yet, we can remove the stains too!

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Why Your Clothes Really Shrink In The Dryer

Isn’t it frustrating when you go to take your clothes out of the dryer and discover that your favourite shirt has magically shrunk into a kids’ size? *sighs*

After that experience, I’m sure you’re sceptical about putting your clothes in the dryer again.

If you didn’t know already, the main reason why your clothes shrink in the dryer is not because of the heat but because of agitation inside the dryer… and possibly because it has a ‘Do not tumble dry’ label but you choose to put it in the tumble dryer any way.

Here are 3 main reasons why your clothes shrink in the dryer and how to prevent them from shrinking!:

     1. It has a ‘do not tumble dry’ tag

For starters, you want to check to see if your garments are safe to tumble dry, even if that means checking every single clothing you want to put in there. Otherwise, you’re just setting yourself up for disappointing results.

If you’re not sure what the tumble dry label looks like, here’s a basic guideIf you’re still unsure and want a helping hand, you can always schedule a laundry collection service with us.

     2. Delicate fabrics x tumble dryer= Disaster

If you don’t want to read the label, then here are some common fabrics that display the ‘do not tumble dry’ label: Cotton fabrics, Silk garments, lace, wool jumpers, bathing suits and bras. Basically all delicate fabrics that require air drying.

     3. You’re using the wrong temperature with the wrong fabric!

Too often, people use the wrong tumble dryer temperature settings. To stay on the safe side, use the tumble dryer at the LOWEST setting or on the normal setting BUT on a shorter cycle. This will prevent shrinkage as well as damages altogether.

 

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5 Tips To Stay On Top Of Your Laundry

Stay on top of your Laundry game all year round with these 5 great laundry routine tips PLUS a printable laundry schedule template.

Who doesn’t want an easier laundry life? Let’s face it, that laundry pile will never have an ending to it. So what do you do? Just face it, head on and try to enjoy it!

Tip #1 Stock up on Laundry essentials: Avoid the stress of realising last minute that you don’t have enough laundry detergent, fabric softener and whatever else you use in your laundry routine. Who likes an emergency trip to the store just to pick up laundry detergent (and things you don’t need)? To make it easier for yourself, before going out for your regular grocery shopping, check to see if your laundry essentials stock is still full. Also, buy in bulk if and when you can.

Tip #2 Be organised: Being well organised in anything will ALWAYS make your life easier because it saves you the hassle from getting yourself together last minute. Pre-organise laundry loads by dividing them on the go, by colour or fabric type, using a divided hamper bin. Also, don’t forget to pre-treat stains before the hour of laundry arrives. Oh and being organised means folding, hanging and ironing straight after the clothes are dry. Gotta get yourself ready for the next laundry load you know! 

Tip #3 Machine careYou have to maintain and clean your washing machine if you want your machine to last long and continue giving clean results. Dirty, and built up washing machines will definitely show (and smell) on your clothes! Give your washing machine an occasional clean to prevent machine damage and stinky clothes!

Tip #4 Get a helping hand: It’s okay to get extra help when doing the laundry, it makes things faster and saves so much time. Get your spouse, children or friends to help you out. If that doesn’t work, remember, we at Laundryheap provide laundry, dry-cleaning, wash and fold, and ironing services.

Tip #5 Stick with a schedule If you have a daily routine, then make a schedule! Schedules help you to stay consistent and keep you on top of things. The key is having a schedule that you can work well with, even if there are unexpected changes.

Think about:

  • How many loads you do per day
  • Which are your lazy and laundry days
  • What type of loads need to be washed on certain days e.g. school uniform
  • Whether you need to iron, hang &/or fold the clothes in the load

We’ve created a printable laundry schedule for you which you can download here. Use when you’re doing the laundry or when Laundryheap is doing it for you.

Feel free to tick, colour or cross the ones that apply to you for that specific day and take down a few notes for yourself or make a few pointers you need to remember.

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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.