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How To Cut Down On Laundry Time

It’s a known fact that laundry takes up a lot of our time, especially when dealing with a large pile of it. It’s even more of a struggle when you have a busy lifestyle and have limited time to do the laundry.

To make laundry a quicker process, we’ve compiled a list that will help you cut down on laundry time.

How To Cut Down On Laundry Time

  • Run small loads often
  • Take advantage of the washing machine settings
  • Spot clean instead of washing
  • Only fold what you need to
  • Use a laundry service

Run Small Loads Often

To avoid facing a mountainous pile of laundry and spending hours going through everything, do small loads frequently. See if you can find spare time in your daily routine to do a load of laundry, even if it’s a few days a week.

If you can spare a few minutes folding clothes and putting them away, this will also help make the entire laundry process quicker.

Take Advantage Of Washing Machine Settings

Some settings on your washer can help save time when it comes to the washing length and drying process. Most washing machines have a ‘quick wash’ and ‘spin’ setting. Use the quick wash setting for when you’re in a rush, and it will complete the washing cycle in more or less 30 mins depending on your washing machine. The spin setting will remove excess water from your clothes, allowing them to dry faster.

If you have a more advanced washer, you can set a timer to delay the cycle for when you’re busy running errands.

Spot Clean Instead Of Washing

If you see a stain on a piece of clothing that you’ve only worn once, spot treat it as soon as possible instead of putting it into the wash. Choose a stain remover method of your choice on the area and pat dry after treating. It will mean you have one less thing to laundry.

Only Fold What You Need To

You don’t need to fold everything- only heavy garments such as knitted jumpers. If you have enough wardrobe space and hangers, try hanging your clothes instead. It will save so much time putting your clothes away, and it will minimise creases helping you to cut down on ironing.

Use A Laundry Service

The best solution to get your laundry done without dedicating your time to do it is to use a laundry service like Laundryheap. Using the app/website, schedule a collection and have your clothes cleaned, folded, ironed and delivered back to you in less than 24 hours.


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8 Things To Avoid When Doing The Laundry

When doing the laundry, there are some things that you should avoid doing to prevent unwanted mishaps from happening to your clothes.

8 Things To Avoid When Doing The Laundry

  • Rubbing in Stains
  • Using excessive detergent 
  • Washing without checking the care label
  • Washing shirts buttoned up
  • Not sorting clothes
  • Leaving zippers undone 
  • Over- filling the washing machine
  • Leaving clothes in the machine after washing

Rubbing In Stains

When treating a stain, avoid rubbing it as this will make it worse and damage the fabric. Instead, gently dab or rub the stain with a clean cloth. Remember to treat stains as soon as possible before it sets in a becomes tough to remove.

Using Excessive Detergent 

Using too much detergent will cause a buildup of suds, preventing your clothes from being cleaned properly. Instead, use the detergent cap to measure an appropriate amount. 


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5 Ways To Make Laundry Easier

Laundry is a time-consuming activity that most of us despise doing. We all would rather be doing something else than wasting a few hours of our day doing the laundry. Unfortunately, doing the laundry can’t be avoided, but you can make it easier for yourself.

5 Ways To Make Laundry Easier

  • Sort as you go
  • Treat stains asap
  • Mesh bags to separate socks
  • Wash less often
  • Outsource the Laundry

Sort As You Go

To make sorting your clothes easier before a wash, invest in another laundry hamper to divide clothes into whites and colours as you go. Alternatively, you can add hampers in every bedroom of the house and assign a laundry day to each room. It will make putting clothes away easy too.

Treat Stains As You Go

Save yourself the hassle of treating set-in stains and spot treat on the go. If your clothes happen to meet a stain, treat it right away, so you don’t waste time and energy trying to treat it at a later time. Liquid dish soap and water will usually do the trick to remove stains, but if not, there are many other stain removal methods.

Mesh Bags To Separate Socks

Known as delicate wash bags or lingerie bags, these are not only handy when you want to separate your delicate clothing, but it can be useful for separating each family members’ socks and keeping them together when you take them out of the wash. That way, you won’t have to worry about missing a sock.

Wash Less Often

You don’t need to wash your clothes after every wear, in fact, for many garments, you shouldn’t! Save yourself the stress of a large laundry pile by knowing how often you should be washing your clothes.

Outsource The Laundry

Whether you like it or not, you’ll always have to do the laundry- there’s no avoiding it- but you can get someone to do it for you. Laundryheap laundry and dry cleaning services collect and deliver your items for free within 24 hours to your doorstep. 


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Natural Alternatives To Fabric Softener

If you’re looking for ways to soften your clothes without using fabric softener, here are some natural alternatives that you can use for the washing machine and tumble dryer.

Washing Machine Fabric Softener

  • Baking Soda

This versatile product helps to regulate the pH balance of water, suspends detergent and mineral residue that causes your clothes to feel rough. When going to wash your clothes, wash as usual, include your regular amount of detergent to the load and add 1/2 a cup of baking soda to the drum. Alternatively you can add it to the final rinse cycle.

  • Vinegar

White distilled vinegar helps to reduce stiffness, allowing your clothes to remain soft. Add 1/2 a cup of vinegar in the fabric softener drawer to the final rinse cycle or along with the wash cycle itself.

  • Epsom Salt

Make DIY fabric softener crystals using Epsom salt and essential oils. Mix a cup of Epsom salt with 10 drops of an essential oil of your choice. Add 1/4 of a up of this mixture to the drum before you begin the wash cycle. You can also choose to add Epsom salt only if you don’t want to make your clothes more fragrant.

Dryer Fabric Softener

  • Wool dryer balls

Wool dryer balls are made from  natural wool and act as a great natural alternative to fabric softener and dryer sheets. These can last up to 1000 loads and can make your clothes smell naturally fragrant if you add a few drops of essential oils on them.  

  • Aluminium foil

Aluminium foil works great in reducing the static of your laundry, keeping the fabrics smooth. Roll aluminium foil into a smooth ball and chuck them into your dryer along with your clothes.


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How To Dry Clothes Quickly Without A Tumble Dryer

If you don’t have a tumble dryer/ machine dryer in your home but are looking for ways to dry clothes quickly after doing the laundry, here are some quick tips for drying your clothes without a tumble dryer.

How To Dry Clothes Quickly Without A Tumble Dryer

  • Use the spinning setting on your washing machine: The spin cycle on your washing machine helps to remove excess water from your clothes before you go to dry them. This process will help speed up the drying time, even when you hang your clothes up to dry.
  • Use a towel: Lay a clean towel flat down and place the item of clothing on top of it. Then, roll up the towel with the garment inside it into a sausage and wring out the excess water.
  • Place your clothes in a warm area: Place your clothes to dry in a warm area in your home, like on the radiator or in the boiler cupboard. The best option is to hang dry your clothes outside when the sun is out.
  • Dry clothes with an iron: Place your clothing flat down on an ironing board and put a thin clean, dry towel on top of it. Then, iron the clothing under the towel, not forgetting to turn the garment over. This will help the garment to dry without damaging the fabric.


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Managing Laundry While Travelling

One of the problems of travelling, especially when you’re away for quite some time, is doing the laundry. Keeping your clothes clean may be easy if you’re staying in a property that provides on-premise laundry services like in some hotels or Airbnbs. No matter where you’re staying when you travel, there are several ways to keep your clothes clean.  

Managing Laundry While Travelling

  •  Hand wash

This ancient style of doing the laundry- hand washing- will always come in handy.  It is a simple method that everyone should know how to do. For those of you that don’t know how to properly hand wash, check out our blog on how to hand wash clothes. All you need is a sink, bucket or tub, water and soap. 

  • Bag method

There are two methods of washing your clothes using a bag: the Aloksak method and the scrubba wash bag. The Aloksak bag is a transparent, durable and waterproof ziplock bag, designed to store items of any kind and works great for doing the laundry. Add your dirty clothes, water and soap inside the bag and mix it up before leaving to soak for 10 minutes and rinsing it out.

The scrubba wash bag is a portable wash bag that provides a quality wash. Perfect for travelling or camping. To use the scrubba wash bag, add your dirty clothes, water and soap, and then seal the bag. Then, deflate to remove excess air and start rubbing the clothes around for a few minutes before rinsing.

  • Laundromat

Laundromats can pretty much be found all over the world, specifically in larger cities and towns. They’re usually easy to spot and are great for other services too such as dry-cleaning and tailoring. The only problem with this is, you’ll need to carry around cash, and you’ll have to do your research for the best laundromat in town to avoid inconvenient problems. 

  • Local laundry services

If you travel to a town with no nearby laundry facilities (typically in places within Asia or Africa), there may be a chance that someone in the area runs a local laundry business within their own home or would be willing to do the laundry for your for a small fee. If this is the case, it will be helpful to ask local people if they know anyone who can do this for you.

  • Laundry collection and delivery service

Fortunately, the demand for outsourcing laundry is becoming increasingly popular that there are laundry services that will pick up and drop off your laundry to your location. Laundryheap laundry and dry cleaning services are available in some areas with the UK, Ireland, Amsterdam, Dubai and Sharjah.

Best Fabrics To Travel With

The best clothing fabrics to bring on holiday are ones that are durable and can be worn multiple times without being washed. They are quick at drying, wrinkle resistant, lightweight to pack and odour resistant.

You won’t find the perfect material that ticks ALL boxes but there are some fabrics that will make doing laundry while travelling much easier.

  • Denim: Doesn’t require regular washing.
  • Polyester and Nylon: Dries quickly, wrinkle resistant and lightweight.
  • Merino wool: Lightweight, dries quickly and is wrinkle resistant.
  • Rayon: Quick drying and wrinkle resistant.

Whatever clothing you decide to bring, make sure to check the care label to see if clothes are machine washable and can be machine dried if you don’t plan on regularly hand washing them.


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How To Remove Stains With Vinegar

Distilled white vinegar is one of the best natural stain removers that can be found in almost every household. The acetic acid in the vinegar is mild, so it does just enough to remove stains without ruining your clothing. 

Pre-Soak Stains With Vinegar

To remove stains with vinegar via pre-treating, you can dilute the vinegar with water (vinegar 1:3 Water) or soak in undiluted vinegar and allow garments to soak between 15-30 mins or even overnight depending on the stubbornness of the stain.

Here are few pre-treating methods for tough stains you can remove with vinegar:

  • Coffee/tea Stain – soak in solution of 1/3 vinegar to 2/3 water.
  • Grass stain- soak in undiluted vinegar for 30 mins.
  • Gum stain- soak in undiluted vinegar for 15 mins.
  • Juice stain- soak in 1/3 vinegar and 2/3 water.
  • Vomit stain- soak in undiluted vinegar.

Spot Treat Stains With Vinegar

For stains that are a little tougher to remove, you can either pour vinegar directly onto the stain and let it soak up or rub the vinegar into the stain and let it soak up. Leave to soak for as long as necessary. You can also make a spot treat paste by adding baking soda to a mixture of water and vinegar.

Here are few spot treating methods for tough stains you can remove with vinegar:

  • Tomato stain – apply directly on stain and let it soak in.
  • Mustard stain – apply directly on stain and let it soak in.
  • Underarm, Collar or Cuff stain – spray vinegar, rub in and leave to soak.
  • Blood stain – pour vinegar onto stain and let soak for 15 mins.
  • Rust stain – blot stain with vinegar on cotton ball.

Add Vinegar In The Wash

To brighten and make clothes cleaner, just add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle. Although not an actual ‘stain’ this is great for getting rid of mildew smells from clothes. It is also great for getting rid of mild yellowing from clothes. 

Remember:

  • Always remove as much of the stain as possible and rinse with cold water before pre-treating.
  • You can add other stain removers along with vinegar such as baking soda, detergent or washing up liquid.
  • Some methods require more than one try if the stain has been set in for a long time.
  • If you prefer to have a professional to remove stains, you can book a collection with Laundryheap.


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How To Keep Towels Soft

Has your soft, fluffy towel now turned into what seems to feel like sandpaper against your skin? If the answer is yes, it’s probably because of residue build up from detergent, softener and other laundry products like dryer sheets.

How To Keep Towels Soft

  • Don’t use too much Detergent

When doing the laundry in general, you shouldn’t be using too much detergent anyway. To make sure there won’t be detergent residue on your towels, use the right amount or even less than recommended for your washer.

  • Wash in hot water

It’s important to wash towels above 40°C not only because it will help kill germs and bacteria but because detergent dissolves better when washed at a warm or hot temperature. This way, detergent residue won’t build up on your towels.

  • Don’t use Fabric softener

Although fabric softener is made to make fabrics soft, it does the opposite when used on towels. Towels are made of microfiber, which is how they’re able to absorb and lock in moisture. Adding softener will only coat it with waxy residue, causing it to reduce it’s absorbency qualities overtime.

  • Use Vinegar or baking soda

Since you can’t add softener to make towels soft, a great alternative would be to use either white vinegar and/or baking soda. Both work as great natural softeners and are perfect for sensitive skin. Just add 1/2 a cup of white vinegar or baking soda to the rinse cycle in the drawer or in the drum.

Additional tips:

  • Wash towels with towels only 
  • Don’t overload the machine
  • Use the low heat setting if you need to put it in the tumble dryer

Whether you have time to spare or not to wash your towels properly, you can make the process of cleaning towels a lot easier when you use Laundryheap. Just schedule a free laundry collection and we’ll do the rest.


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What Fabrics Should Be Dry Cleaned?

All clothing and linen items come with a care label as a guide to instruct us with the proper cleaning method required for the fabric.

In some circumstances, it’s okay to delicately machine wash clothing that says dry clean, but that depends on the fabric type. Fabrics that should be dry cleaned are delicate ones that can’t handle the agitation and hot water from the washing machine.

What Fabrics Should Be Dry Cleaned?

  • Wool
  • Silk
  • Rayon
  • Linen

Wool: A sturdy and durable fabric like wool is too delicate to be machine washed, so it’s best to have it dry cleaned instead. The hot water and agitation from the washing machine will only ruin the fibres of the fabric. When cared for properly, it will last longer.

Silk: This luxurious fabric is known to need proper care when it comes to cleaning and maintenance, so the suitable method of cleaning is to be dry cleaned. Alternatively, it can be hand washed in cold water.

Rayon: Since Rayon is a manufactured fibre made from regenerated cellulose fibre, it can be difficult to decide on the appropriate cleaning method. This semisynthetic fabric is best to be dry cleaned as it may shrink or deform in shape in the washing machine.

Linen: This type of fabric can be hand washed as well as dry cleaned and often requires ironing. Linen is made of breathable flax fibres which, if washed incorrectly, can ruin the fabrics crisped finish. 

What Fabrics Shouldn’t Be Dry Cleaned?

  • Cotton
  • Synthetic Fibres

Cotton: Although cotton is a natural material, it can tolerate the agitation of being machine washed as well as machine dried and does not need dry cleaning. 

Synthetic Fibres: Clothing made out of Polyester, nylon, spandex, acrylic or acetate does not require dry cleaning as they won’t have a negative effect in the washing machine. 

Dry cleaning sounds like a long process but it’s actually really simple. If you don’t have the right equipment to dry clean at home, you can schedule a free collection and delivery with Laundryheap.

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Laundry vs Dry Cleaning

Laundry and dry cleaning both work to do the same thing but in different methods. Depending on the type of material your clothing is made out of, it may need a more careful cleaning approach. If you’re unsure about how dry cleaning works, you can check out our blog on the dry cleaning process.

Both methods have advantages and disadvantages, but choosing the right one will ensure longevity for your clothes.

Here are the main differences between laundry and dry cleaning:

 Laundry

  • Natural cleaning process makes clothes fresh
  • No harmful chemicals used
  • Free from chemical odour
  • Safe for people with sensitive skin
  • A cheaper method

Dry cleaning

  • Uses a chemical solvent to clean clothes
  • Effectively removes tough grease and oil stains
  • Safe from shrinkage, fabric distortion & colour bleeding
  • Protects material and ensures longevity
  • Best for some delicate fabrics

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Laundry vs Dry Cleaning

Laundry can effectively clean your clothes thoroughly but may ruin specific clothing in terms of altering the structure, colour fading, and wear and tear. Dry cleaning, on the other hand, use hazardous chemicals that can not only be irritable to the skin and harmful to the environment but can stain or leave a noxious odour on your clothes.

Despite these minor disadvantages, they are less likely to occur if procedures are followed accordingly with the right fabric type. For example, some clothes are not made to be wet-washed, but dry- cleaned instead.

If you’re unsure of which method is to use, your best bet is to check the care label on your clothes as it will indicate the best cleaning method for your clothing items as well as other care instructions.