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7 Laundry Tips For Large Families

It can be super difficult to keep up with the laundry when you’re a large family and it’s especially challenging when you have little kids who go through numerous clothes a day. 

For the families who have more than 4 kids that are looking for a laundry system that works, here a few things you can do to help make doing laundry a breeze:

  1. Get everyone involved
  2. Laundry per room/person
  3. Follow a routine
  4. Avoid buying white clothes
  5. Clear out the closet
  6. Wear clothes more than once
  7. Outsource

Laundry Tips For Large Families

  • Get everyone involved

It helps to get the whole family involved in helping to do the laundry. Divide the laundry tasks between your children who are old enough to help. For example, you can assign someone to load the washer, load the dryer, fold the clothes etc. When it comes to putting clothes away, let your kids who are old enough, do it themselves. Don’t hesitate to get your younger kids involved and teach them how to laundry.

  • Laundry per room/person

Put a laundry basket in every kids’ room, including yours, so that the laundry isn’t all piled up in one big laundry basket.

Instead of doing one big family wash, you can do individual washes which saves time on sorting.

  • Follow a routine- frequently or few days a week

Create a laundry schedule that works for you. Whether you choose to wash a little more often or not, choose a routine that you can follow. If your children can do their own laundry, then perfect! Set them their own laundry day. 

  • Avoid buying white clothes

A simple trick to avoid sorting clothes by colour before washing? Avoid buying whites clothes! Stick to buying darker coloured clothes for your kids since they’re prone to getting their clothes dirty. This way you can put clothes straight into the washer and saves time on sorting.. 

  • Clear out the closet

Take some time to clear out unwanted, and outgrown clothes in your kids’ closet. This ‘strategy’ is so that you technically have fewer clothes to wash and your kids who like playing dress up don’t have the need to keep changing clothes.

  • Wear clothes more than once

There is no need to wash clothes after every wear as most clothing items can be worn up to 2-3 times. Lessen the laundry loads by knowing how often you should be washing your clothes and tell your kids that just because their clothes touches their skin for a few seconds, doesn’t mean it’s already dirty.

  • Outsource

If for some reason you’re little behind on laundry, to which now you have a massive pile of dirty clothes, you should outsource your laundry. We at Laundryheap aim to deliver a convenient laundry and dry cleaning service designed to fit around your day-to-day schedule. Just schedule a collection and have your clothes cleaned and returned to you in less than 24 hours.

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How To Take Proper Care Of Your Clothes

No one likes it when clothes start to fade in colour, when little rips and tears are found, when you can no longer wear your favourite top cos it looks so old and worn out. All these factors happen because we fail to take good care our clothes.

So, how do you prevent these from happening and keep clothes lasting longer? Let’s go through some of the most basic procedures on how to take proper care of your clothes.

Basic Clothing Care Tips

  • Don’t wash too often: Excessive washing can be tough on your clothes. Putting the fabrics through constant agitation in water and detergent can cause your clothes to wear out. Only wash when you really need to, like when it’s visibly dirty or has a foul smell. Check how often you should be washing your clothes.

  • Learn basic repairs:  It comes in handy when you know how to fix basic repairs. Whether it’s fixing a loose thread or sewing back on a button, you can save yourself the money of purchasing a replacement and make your clothes last a little longer. 
  • Hang nice clothes: Your suits, dresses, coats, jackets (especially leather ones) and any fabrics that are prone to getting creased easily or ones that are to delicate to be folded. Hang them on clothes hangers! 
  • Fold heavy sweaters: Hanging heavy sweaters can cause them to deform in shape as the weight of it will pull it down and stretch the fabric. It’s best to fold and store them away as you would with your general clothing but be sure to keep them away from zippers or clothing accessories that might snag onto them. 
  • Pay attention to the care label: The care label has all the instructions you need to clean, dry and iron your clothes the correct way, so it shouldn’t really be ignored. The only way to give your clothes proper treatment when it is wash, dried and ironed is to refer to it’s care label. 
  • Clean clothes before storing them away: When seasons change and you swap your winter clothes for summer ones, it’s best to have them fresh and clean before storing them away. This is just so dirt and odour don’t attract bugs or bacteria; it’s best to keep them there fresh and clean, ready for when that time of the season comes again. 
  • Remove stains accordingly: If you don’t want discoloured patches on your clothes, it’s best to remove stains asap. Always remember to dab and use cold or luke-warm water when treating a stain. 
  • Don’t procrastinate when doing the laundry: In the process of doing laundry, sometimes we delay in folding and putting our clothes away or we leave clothes in the washing machine/ tumble dryer. This can result to: wrinkled clothes or mildew smelling clothes, which will make you want to wash your clothes again. Avoid this by keeping staying on track with the laundry once you get it started. 
  • Get your washing cycle right: If you can wash your clothes right the first time, you can then you wont have to put your clothes through several cycles to get the best outcome. 
  • Use good hangers: Wired or thin plastic hangers don’t often support the shape of your clothes, especially on the shoulder area. It can cause it to stretch or deform in shape if it’s not the right size. Instead, use wooden or thick hangers that will be able keep the shape of the garments shoulder. 
  • Wash coloured clothes inside out: To prevent the colour of your clothes from fading, wash them inside out to protect them. 
  • Don’t be lazy to separate colours: If you separate your laundry pile, your clothes will in fact be cleaner! And this is why it is advised to separate whites from dark/coloured clothes. This is so you avoid the risk of the dark clothes making your white clothes a grey or off-white colour. 
  • Hand-wash: There’s nothing more caring for your clothes than hand washing them, especially delicate or hand wash only clothes! Hand wash your lingerie and other delicate fabrics that require hand-washing only to make them last longer. 
  • Use a mesh bag for delicates: For delicates that can be machine washed, put them in a delicates (mesh) bag to keep them from catching onto or being caught onto other garments.

  • Don’t over crowd closet: Trying to cram everything in your closet will create creases and wrinkles on clothes, which leads to constant exposure to ironing! Try to organise your wardrobe well so everything fits perfectly without clothes being too squished together. Check these clothes storage hacks if you’re short on wardrobe space.

If you want to outsource your laundry, you can count on Laundryheap for top quality laundry and dry-cleaning results. With free collection and delivery, you won’t have to worry about leaving your home.


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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 dispenser, 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:

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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!

  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. 
  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! 
  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! 
  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. 
  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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