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Valentine’s Day Offer

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Here’s a small gift,
From us to you!¬†ūüíē

We want to celebrate Valentine’s day by giving you a discount* off our services!¬†Whether you’re staying in or going out, if laundry happens to be on your ‘to-do’ list, you can leave it to us to get it done for you!

If you’re from the UK, Ireland or Netherlands:

Use code: ‘19VAL7to get ¬£7 or ‚ā¨7 off

and, if you’re from the UAE:

Use code: ‘19VAL25‘¬†to¬†get 25 AED off

Happy Valentine’s Day!‚Ě£

 

 

*Valid on the 14/02/19 only, until midnight.


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How To Wash Duvets And Pillows

Our duvets and pillows are often the most neglected items when it comes to washing bedding. Since these items are the bulkiest and do not come into direct contact with our skin, having it cleaned is not exactly a top priority. 

Did you know you should wash your duvets every 6 months and pillows at least every 3-4 months? Although we may not notice it, bacteria and bodily fluids build up on our duvets and pillows over a short period of time.

Having said that, let’s take a look at how to wash duvets and pillows at home:

Duvets

Synthetic:

  • Use a gentle cycle that has minimum agitation.
  • Only add about 1/3 of laundry detergent than you normally would.
  • Use a normal spin cycle setting.
  • Make sure to completely air dry your duvet before it is used again.

Feather:

Check the care label before going to wash, as some feather duvets require to be dry-cleaned only.

  • If the feather duvet is machine washable, wash on a gentle cycle, with a gentle detergent.
  • Make sure to air dry duvet before using.

Removing Stains

Clean up any stains as soon as possible! To remove a stain, move as much filling away from the stain, until isolated for effective stain removal. Tie the stained area with an elastic band and treat stain accordingly. 

Pillows

Many pillows, whether it be cotton, down or synthetic, can be put into the washing machine, if not dry-clean only. It’s always important to check the care label before going to clean your pillows to make sure.

If they can be put into the machine:

  • Use a gentle cycle.
  • Only use 1/3 of laundry detergent.
  • Wash two pillows at once if it fits, to balance the load.
  • Make sure pillows are completely dry- If the care label allows tumble drying, set it to low heat, otherwise air drying is the way to dry.

Removing Stains

Again, you want to take care of any stains right away. Always dab, not rub stains with a stain pre-treat before washing as normal.¬† If it’s a feather pillow, isolate stain by shaking feathers away and treat accordingly.¬†

We know that it can be difficult to wash bulky duvets and pillows at home, especially if your washing machine won’t fit them. That’s why we at Laundryheap are more than happy to clean your duvets, pillows and other bedding!


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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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The Right Way To Wash Towels

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

Here are some factors to consider when washing your towels:

How Often To Wash Towels

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

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

The Right Way To Wash Towels

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

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

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


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Laundry Detergent For Sensitive Skin

If you or someone you know has sensitive skin and suffers from allergies such as eczema, you may want to re-consider the type of laundry detergent being used.

Laundry Detergent For Sensitive Skin

Many laundry detergents contain a variety of potential ingredients that can irritate the skin such as artificial fragrances, enzymes , parabens, etc. 

Consider laundry detergents that are labelled ‘non- bio‘ or ‘hypoallergenic‘ and are dermatologically tested. These detergents are free of¬†dyes, fragrances and other harsh chemicals that usually cause skin irritations.

Laundry tips for Sensitive skin

  • Use liquid detergents instead of powder, as they are less likely to leave residue than on your clothes.
  • Don’t over-load on detergent; just use the right amount. This will avoid soapy residue.
  • Completely rinse laundry detergent off clothes by using the ‘rinse cycle’ after your normal cycle.
  • Wash new items before using them! Newly bought clothes also have harmful chemicals from production that may cause skin irritations.
  • If you want to add fabric softener, use a one designed for sensitive skin.

We at Laundryheap understand the importance of caring for sensitive skin, that’s why we offer you the possibility of choosing between bio and non-bio laundry detergent.


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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‚Äôt 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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The Right Way To Wash Gym Clothes

To wash gym clothes might seem just like a regular laundry routine, but it really isn’t. There are specific steps that you must avoid doing and specific steps you should take when washing your gym clothes properly.

Wash Inside Out

The sweat and bacteria that gym clothes collect are on the inside of the garment. Washing inside out will help greatly in removing the bacteria, as detergent comes into better contact. Washing clothes inside out also helps to protect it’s sweat absorption properties and it’s colour.¬†

Wash With Similar Clothing

It’s best to wash gym clothes with similar material. Main reason being is so that the clothes don’t get damaged or worn out easily. If you were to wash with, for example, denim or clothing with buttons and zips, they will only end up rubbing against the soft material and cause it to wear out quickly. You sort of have to treat gym clothes as delicates.

Use Less Detergent

When it comes to washing gym clothes, using less detergent does more at keeping it clean. Gym clothes can get real stinky and so people have a tendency to add more detergent than usual to get rid of the odour. BUT, this only makes it worse as detergent residue creates build up on fabric fibres, causing a mildew smell. So, add a small amount of detergent to your clothes. Pre-treat them with vinegar if you must.

Avoid Fabric Softener

Fabric softener is great for making clothes soft but does NOT go well with clothing fabrics that have specific purposes. Gym clothes are designed to absorb our sweat and moisture that we produce. Adding fabric softener to it only strips it of it’s absorption properties and creates a layer over the fabric. This also makes it difficult for the detergent¬†to fully penetrate through fabric fibres.

Air Dry 

As much as possible, try to avoid the tumble dryer and opt for the natural air drying method instead. Gym clothes contain fabric fibres that are sensitive to shrinkage and damage when exposed to too much heat as well as agitation. Unless your gym clothes laundry care label says otherwise, choose to air dry your gym clothes to make them last longer.

Make sure to always follow the care label when washing your gym clothes, for the right washing temperature and other important laundry instructions. You can also leave your gym clothes to be washed by professionals, by booking a laundry service with laundryheap.


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5 Useful Laundry Gadgets

Laundry is a time-consuming activity that involves several processes just to get our items cleaned and looking presentable. We even experience some complications at times, like losing a sock.

Here are 5 useful laundry gadgets that will save you time, space and make laundry a little easier:

  1. Retractable Clothes Line: Whether you use a tumble dryer or a clothes rack to dry your clothes, why not create extra drying space indoors and out with a retractable clothes line. Easy to set up and easy to put away too.

  2. Sock Lock/Clips: Tired of losing your sock in the washing machine? Worry no more with this genius sock lock gadget. They keep your socks together when you put them into the machine and most importantly, when it comes out!

     

  3. Ironing Mat:¬†Ironing boards take a lot space in the room that they become a place to hang things on. They also take time to set up. With this ironing mat, you can save so much time as it’s so easy to take out and store away. Great for if you’re in a rush!

  4. Arrow Hanger: Whether it’s for hanging clothes to dry or for hanging freshly dried clothes to eliminate wrinkles, this collapsible wall mount arrow hanger is extremely useful for both drying and storing. So if you’re lazy to put away clothes that get creased easily, you can just leave them hanging up.

     

  5. Collapsible Laundry Basket:¬†If you need to save a bit of floor space, this collapsible laundry basket can easily be folded and put away when it’s not in use. It’s super convenient and deep enough to carry/store your clothes.

 

 

These gadgets are pretty handy and useful to have for when you do the laundry. However, it doesn’t take away the daunting process of having to do the laundry! If you’re one who has no time to do laundry or simply hates it, then why not¬†outsource it with Laundryheap!


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Tell-A-Friend Referral Program

Your perks for using Laundryheap just got better! 

We are excited to introduce to you our newTell-A-Friendreferral program where we give you and a friend ¬£5, ‚ā¨5 or AED 20 off your order!¬†

How does it work?

Laundryheap tell-a-friend

All you need to do is invite your friends (as many as you like) to use our services for the first time and share your referral code with them.

With every friend that successfully places an order with the code, we will keep rewarding you, so you can almost ‘earn’ whilst you refer.

The reward will then be automatically added to your next order and you can keep enjoying our services at a discounted rate.¬† ūüôā

Ready to start receiving your rewards? Log in now and share the love!


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8 Natural Stain Removers

When a stain comes upon our clothing, many of us want to avoid using toxic stain removal products, with the obvious factor being that they contain harsh chemicals and solvents. Who would want the aftermath of that rubbing against their skin?

Fortunately for all of us, there are many ways to remove stains naturally.

8 Natural Stain Removers

  1. Borax
    Believe it or not, borax is a natural mineral composed of sodium, boron, oxygen and water. Borax is a great cleaning agent that helps to disinfect and remove stains from clothes.
  2. Hydrogen Peroxide
    This antiseptic compound is a natural alternative to bleach and works well in removing stains such as curry, red wine and underarm yellowing.
  3. White Distilled Vinegar
    The acetic acid in the vinegar helps to lift stains and banish odour. See how else distilled white vinegar can do wonders for your clothes.
  4. Baking Soda
    Baking soda (or sodium bicarbonate) works as a natural cleanser and deodoriser. It is a mild alkaline powder so it’s completely safe to use on all fabrics.
  5. Lemon Juice
    Lemon is a natural lightener because of it’s acidity, it almost works as a natural bleaching agent.
  6. Talcum Powder/chalk
    For stains that need absorbing (grease and oil), these powders are a wonderful natural treatment to get the heavy stain out.
  7. Salt
    Salt works as a gentle abrasive element to help absorb moisture from liquid stains.
  8. Rubbing Alcohol
    Another antiseptic that works great in breaking down tough stains. It doesn’t penetrate the fabric and evaporates quickly. So you can be sure it won’t damage your clothes.