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How To Keep Your House Clean As A Busy Parent

Being a busy parent means you’re juggling full-time work and family life while trying to squeeze in a bit of time for things you need to do for yourself. It then becomes the case that you unintentionally neglect to keep your house clean because there is just no time to. Fortunately, we have some quick time management tips that will help you stay on top of keeping the house clean.

How To Keep Your House Clean As A Busy Parent

  • Create A Simple Schedule
  • Spot Clean
  • Clean As You Go
  • Delegate Tasks
  • Outsource

Create A Simple Schedule

To create a cleaning schedule is simple, but to keep track and follow one consistently is hard. Not every day is the same, and so sometimes you have to adjust your schedule.

Experiment first on which days work best for you to do specific cleaning tasks. There may be a pattern that you’ve unnoticedly created where, for example, you tend to dust down surfaces on Sundays and do the laundry on Mondays. Just add that to your cleaning schedule/calendar.

You can even leave yourself a few to-do lists each day if that works for you. Write one up beforehand, ready for the next day or ready for when you get home from work.

Spot Clean

If you notice a bit of filth in certain areas of your home, clean it straight away upon first noticing that it needs cleaning. Does the floor look filthy? Vacuum it. Can you see dust around the TV? Wipe it. These tasks take only a few minutes to do and will save you the hassle from dealing with it a later time.

Clean As You Go

No matter what you’re doing around the house, whether that’s cooking food or brushing your teeth, clean the area that you’re using. For example, if you’re preparing food in the kitchen, why not wash the utensils or items you no longer need and wipe down the kitchen counter. Or if you’ve had a bath, give the tub a quick clean after using it.

Also, put used things back exactly where they need to go to avoid clutter piling up over time and to keep your home organised.

Delegate Tasks

It’s always easy to keep a clean house when everyone gets involved and helps to keep it clean. If you have kids that are old enough to do household chores like wash the dishes or vacuum the floor, feel free to delegate those tasks to them. Younger children can help to clean up clutter like put their toys away or put rubbish in the bin.

Outsource

If worst comes to worst and nothing works for you, you can always outsource your household chores. You can hire a cleaner once a week or so and even get your laundry done for you by Laundryheap without you having to leave the house.


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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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5 Reasons Why You Should Try Solo Travel

Solo travel can be a challenge because you’re stepping out of your comfort zone and taking on the unexpected and unknown wonders of the world. The thought of it may seem uncomfortable at first but once you try it, you’ll find it to be one of the best experiences of your life.

5 Reasons Why You Should Try Solo Travel

  • Freedom 

Travelling with friends, family or your other half creates amazing memories, but you may not get a chance to do all the things you actually want to do. Travelling by yourself is a liberating experience as you get the freedom to do what you want, when you want, without anyone telling you otherwise. 

  • Independence

Since you’re by yourself, you ‘re forced to take on full responsibility for what you do and where you go next. You get to make the decisions for everything and the only person you can rely on is yourself. This will make you feel empowered once you return from your trip.

  • Build Confidence

As you rely on yourself on your solo travel, you’ll learn to figure things out. You’ll find that there are many things you’re capable of doing that you thought you never were before. Your problem-solving skills will improve and so will your social skills.

  • Meet new people

Travelling alone is a great chance to meet new people, whether that’d be locals of the town or like-minded travellers you’ll meet at the hostel. Either way, you’ll seem more approachable as a solo traveller and be more inclined to create conversations with whomever you meet along your travels.

  • Self-discovery

Solo travel is a great way to discover yourself as you discover what else the world has to offer. It’s a great time to self-reflect as you get to broaden your perspective on life and learn more about yourself. It will give you the chance to find out what brings you peace of mind and what makes you truly happy.

These are only a few of the many reasons as to why you should try solo travel at least once in your life. The experience will allow you to grow as an individual and certainly broaden your perspective on everything.

If before and after your trip, you need your clothes freshly cleaned, you can count on Laundryheap to take care of the laundry for you! Laundryheap serves in the following cities: London, Manchester, Birmingham & CoventryDublinDubai, Sharjah, Amsterdam & Haarlem.


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Backpacking Tips For Beginners

Backpacking somewhere across the globe is a super exciting and invigorating experience. You get to meet new people, you’re exposed to different cultures and customs and you can try all sorts of unfamiliar food.

If you’re going backpacking for the first time, here are some handy tips that will give you a head start.

Backpacking Tips For Beginners

  • Do your research: First of all, make sure to check the weather in the exact location you’re travelling to, so you can pack the right clothes. Most importantly, do a little bit of research about the country, for any important rules or regulations, and even check for areas you’d like to visit there. Also, try to familiarise yourself with basic words or common phrases in the relevant foreign language. This will especially be helpful in communicating with locals who don’t speak or understand your mother tongue.

 

  • Don’t use a bag that’s longer than your body: Using a bag that is awkwardly longer than your body will only encourage you to pack a whole lot of unnecessary things and it can be super uncomfortable on your travels. Instead, use a backpack that fits you right and feels comfortable with weight in it. Choose a backpack with a lot of inner pockets to store your valuable necessities and outer mesh pockets to keep your water bottles in.

 

  • Comfort over fashion: It’s important to note that you should always choose comfortable clothes over fashionable ones when backpacking. This is simply because you’ll always be on the go and moving from one place to another, so it wouldn’t make sense to dress fashionably in this type of occasion. Choose lightweight clothes that are comfortable, breathable, durable and can be worn more than once. Dressing this way will also prevent unnecessary attention from pickpockets and thieves.

 

  • Pack light: When packing your clothes, you want to bring as little as you possibly can. To help you with this, bring out all the clothes you think you’ll need and take away half or even more of those. You’ll only really need a few of your most basic clothes that you can repeatedly wash and wear, which includes a couple pairs of socks and underwear. If you want to organise your things and create more space, use packing cubes.

 

  • Roll your clothes: Rolling your clothes is such a great space saver and you don’t have to worry about your clothes being creased!

 

  • Bring a ‘loo kit’: Depending where you travel to, some countries don’t quite offer the necessities you need after using the toilet and for the other countries, well, let’s just say the ground would be your toilet. It’s best to bring along a packet of tissues or wipes and anything else sanitary with you on your travel. This will also come in handy in general really.

 

  • Bring plastic or canvas bags: You never really know what kind of things will happen on your trip. Perhaps your clothes get really dirty and you need somewhere to put them, or you do a bit of shopping for snacks and more souvenirs and now you have no more room in your backpack. This is where bringing a few plastic or canvas bags come in handy.

 

  • Pack small bottles of toiletries: Your aim is to pack light, so don’t go bringing huge bottles of toiletries. Instead, use small bottles to pack your essentials and if they run out, just buy new ones in the local store and refill them, simple! Essentials like toothpaste, which might be a bit awkward to pack, can be bought from small local shops at the destination, so essentials like this can be left behind.

 

  • Stay in hostels with free breakfast: Staying in hostels is a great way to meet other travellers and possibly make new (travel) friends. There’s nothing more exciting than meeting like-minded individuals with great stories to share. If you can get to stay at hostels offering free breakfast, that’s even better, because who doesn’t love free food?!

 

  • Don’t plan your whole trip: The whole point of backpacking is to be spontaneous and explore your exotic surroundings. It’s okay to plan the beginning of your trip, but from there, you just have to go out, be free and explore for yourself.

 

If you feel like your clothes need a professional cleaning after your trip, you can count on Laundryheap to get the job done for you. Laundryheap is available to clean your clothes in some cities in the following locations: UK, Ireland, Netherlands and the UAE.


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How To Pack A Hand Luggage Only

If you’re travelling abroad with a hand luggage only, you’re either going away for a few days or you’re using an airline that doesn’t provide free baggage allowance. 

Whether you’re taking a trip that will last a few days or 2 weeks, bringing only a hand luggage can actually save you a lot of time and money. It might seem a little difficult to go away for a few weeks with only a hand luggage, but you just need to know how to properly pack for your trip.

How To Pack A Hand Luggage Only

First of all, check the airlines hand luggage policy to see what you can and can’t bring. Make sure the liquids you take are 100ml or under and avoid bringing sharp objects.

  • Use the right hand luggage

Use the biggest possible hand luggage that is light and comfortable to use. Try using a soft case hand luggage as this will give you the opportunity to maximise every given space. 

  • Plan your outfits properly

Choose clothes that you can easily pair with other clothes as this will give you more outfits. For example, if you take 3 different tops that can match 3 different jeans, this will give you 9 different outfits already. Also, try to pack only 1 pair of shoes that is appropriate for the weather and matches your outfits.

  • Only bring what you need

Don’t forget that wherever you go, you can always wash your clothes. So, avoid bringing an unnecessary amount of underwear or socks. You only really need to bring about 3-4. Even that amount can last months, as long as you keep washing them.

  • Wear your heaviest clothing

It’s never a good idea to pack the bulky items when you’re limited on space. Always wear your heavy clothing, whether that’s a jumper or jacket, and just take them off when you need to.

  • Roll, don’t fold your clothes

You’ll find that rolling clothes creates more space and also prevents wrinkles and creases. You can also use the KonMari method to pack your hand luggage.

  • Keep your items organised

Small pouches or packing cubes are a great way to save space and keep your items organised. You can use the small pouches and smaller packing cubes for wires, gadgets and other necessities. The larger packing cubes are better for clothes, shoes and even dirty clothing.

  • Use travel bottles and containers

Since you’re limited to only 100ml or 3.04oz in a hand luggage, you can either purchase travel essentials or make use of travel sized containers and fill them up with essentials you already have.

If you need a reliable laundry service whilst travelling, Laundryheap is available to clean your clothes in some cities in the following locations: UK, Ireland, Netherlands and the UAE.


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Tourist Advice: What To Wear In Dubai

Dubai is a city well known for it’s incredibly hot summer climate, it’s modern architecture and luxury shopping malls. 

What To Wear In Dubai

Dubai is a cosmopolitan city where a majority of the population is made up of expats, most of which are from the western region, so it can be quite confusing as to what you can wear. 

Although the city is filled with many expats and welcomes different cultures and religions, Dubai is a city in the UAE which is an Islamic country. So, traditional clothing is modest for both men and women.

One thing for sure is that locals nowadays love to dress up and look good whenever they’re out in public. They love to show off their designer brands and will always make the effort to look fashionably presentable. The style sense will usually range from classy and elegant to smart casual.

The trick is to dress classy in a modest way.

Depending on what you do and where you go in Dubai, there are some public places that have a strict dress code. 

Key points to note:

  • Plunging necklines, bare midriffs and booty shorts are frowned upon.
  • Transparent and sheer clothing that will reveal your lingerie must be avoided.
  • You can wear off the shoulder/ sleeve-less tops unless a dress code says otherwise.

What To Wear To Public Places In Dubai

For public places like the park, metro, malls or just roaming around.

Women

  • Maxi, midi or knee-length dresses and skirts
  • Fitted jeans, pants or culottes.
  • Nice blouses/ tops or t-shirts
  • Short-sleeve, sleeve-less or off the shoulder tops
  • Jumpsuits, rompers or playsuits
  • Shawls or scarfs
  • Thin jackets, cardigans or kimonos 

Note that some public places such as some shopping malls have a strict dress code where you will need to cover up a bit more (your shoulders). That’s why it’s always handy to bring along a shawl or light jacket whenever you roam in Dubai.

Men

  • Fitted jeans/pants.
  • T-shirts, polo shirts or vests
  • Shorts (but not short shorts)

What To Wear To Fancy Restaurants In Dubai

You definitely have to bring some formal clothes and shoes if you plan to go to restaurants and bars in Dubai. Most nice restaurants have a semi-formal or formal dress code that do not permit trainers!

You can wear anything that looks elegant and classy, so long as it’s not too revealing.

Ladies should still keep outfits looking modest and bring along a shawl or jacket to cover up going to and from the restaurant or bar.

Men should wear polo-shirts and nice pants, with fancy shoes.

What To Wear When Visiting A Mosque In Dubai

When visiting mosques or traditional markets like Spice Souk or Gold Souk, it’s important that both men and women are fully covered and not wearing tight-fitted clothing. 

Women

  • Maxi dresses or skirts
  • Pants or trousers
  • long sleeve tops/cardigans
  • Shawls or scarfs to put over the head

Men

  • Jeans or pants
  • Long sleeved tops

What To Wear To The Beach In Dubai

Ladies can wear bikinis and swimwear to the beach or swimming pool, as long as it’s not too skimpy. Bikinis or swimsuits that have thongs are highly inappropriate. Men can wear swimming shorts with a vest or t-shirt, but must avoid being topless.

What To Wear For Nightclubs In Dubai

Dressing for nightclubs in Dubai is pretty much the same for any other city, as most of these nightclubs are international. So you can pretty much wear what you want. The only thing they will be strict about is what shoes you wear, so be sure to pack some heels or dress shoes.

If you’re planning to visit Dubai and want a convenient laundry service, Laundryheap will happily collect, clean and deliver your clothes within 24 hours to your hotel. It is also a great way to outsource your laundry if you live in Dubai.


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5 Baby Apps For New Parents

Need a helping hand in life as new parents? or simply want to be prepared for when the baby arrives? These apps will help keep your day-to-day routine with the baby that much easier.

5 Baby Apps For New Parents:

  1. Baby Tracker: This app is designed to keep track of your baby’s daily habits, health, and precious ‘first’ moments to treasure. It handles all the details of your developing baby, so you can make the most out of the joys of parenting. It will record sleeping schedules, diaper changes, nursing schedules and more.
  2. MyMedela: If you’re a breastfeeding parent, this app is great for giving guidance and tips for a positive breastfeeding experience for mum and baby. It helps to track breastfeeding and pumping progress, baby’s key activities and gives you interactive checklists to support your goals.
  3. TinyBeans Baby & Family: As a new parent, your phone is filled with so many pictures of your baby from the moment they’re born. This app allows you to store all your baby pictures, with unlimited storage! It’s safe, secure and you can even choose who to share your photo/s with. You can edit, print and even view flashbacks to see how your baby has changed overtime.
  4. Sleepy Sounds: Turn your phone into a noise maker to help sooth your baby to sleep. Choose from a variety of sounds: lullabies, white noise or nature sounds. When the music starts, your phone will start a looping animation which will light up a dark room.
  5. Baby and Child First Aid: Your baby’s health and safety is the utmost priority. This app allows you to be prepared and keep your baby safe with useful videos, guides and advice for first-aid situations. Only available for iOS devices.

With these apps, you’ll be able to focus on the precious moments of being a new parent and watch how your baby develops. No need to worry about keeping record of your baby’s schedule.

We can also help make doing house chores easier by doing the laundry for you, so you can have the extra time to relax and focus on the baby.

Download the Laundryheap app on iOS or Android.


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5 Robots That Can Help Out At Home

It’s clear that robotics, automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing how we do things in our daily lives. We can see that AI has already taken over some daily activities, whether it’s home automation or automated retail. The collaboration between robots and humans are increasingly developing.

5 Robots That Can Help At Home

  1. iRobot: Roomba: This is a very well known vacuum robot that stays ahead of dust, dirt and keeps your floors clean everyday, so you no longer have to manually vacuum the floor yourself. There are now several new Roomba products that are more intelligent as well as powerful. The latest model (Roomba i7+) has an automatic dirt disposal, so you don’t have to worry about vacuuming for weeks at a time.

  2. Pillo: Make your medication management simple with this automated ‘medicine cabinet’. Pillo stores your medication in a patented pill-wheel, split into doses and dispenses into a special cup. Pillo will basically give you the right meds on time, every time and records when you take your pills so you never miss a dose. Pillo has a built-in facial and voice recognition that acts as a security layer, ensuring the pills are only for you. You can also get interactive with Pillo with its touch screen interface. In addtion, you can ask questions, receive notifications and alerts to help keep you on track of your health information and medication dosage.

  3. Toibot: You can now forget about having to clean the toilet yourself with the worlds first toilet-cleaning robot. Toibot will clean your toilets using cleaning capsules and a flexible brush, keeping the toilet bowl disinfected, cleaned and polished. Toibot works all with the push of a button and is powered by batteries. It can also be easily attached to any toilet bowl.

  4. Aeolus Robotics: Aeolus’ robot helper or ‘maid’ can take care of household chores for you such as picking up clutter, mop the floor, wash the dishes and move around furniture; it can even bring you a something to drink! This clever robot is voice-controlled and continuously learns every detail of your life to improve how it serves you. It recognises voices and faces, can take on new tasks, remembers where more than 1000 household items were or should be located and can even locate lost items.

  5. Moley Robotics: The world’s first robotic kitchen featuring an advanced fully-functional chef robot will now be able to take over cooking at home! The robot features two robot hands that can completely reproduce the functions of kitchen staff, with the same speed, sensitivity and movement as those of human hands. Other than advanced robotic arms, the robotic kitchen features an oven, a hob and a touch screen unit. It is operated by it’s touch screen unit and can also be operated via smartphone

Aeolus and Moley Robotics have yet to launch their robots to consumers, whilst the other robots are already available to order or pre-order.

Although there isn’t a robot that will take over your entire laundry routine just yet, there are AI technologies  that will fold and iron your clothes for you- but this requires a BIG investment! These will also, no doubt continue to be advanced and redeveloped.

The best option for you is to outsource your laundry by giving it to Laundryheap. An on-demand collection and 24 hour turn around is great for when you don’t want to or have the ‘time’ to do the laundry.

Download the Laundryheap app on iOS or Android.


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Tips On Washing Baby Clothes

If you’re wondering if there are specific instructions or methods to wash your baby’s clothes, there aren’t much. However, there are a few things you need to consider to keep your baby’s sensitive skin safe.

Here are Tips On Washing Baby Clothes:

Wash Newly Bought Baby Clothes

Newly bought clothes contain chemicals from production that may cause irritation to your baby’s skin. To keep your baby safe from being exposed to these harsh chemicals, always wash newly purchased baby clothes, blankets and washable items that will come into direct contact with the skin.

Use A Mild Detergent

Since your baby’s skin is sensitive, you may want to find the best laundry detergent that is safe for the baby. Fortunately, there are many detergent options available for babies or those with sensitive skin. Just look for hypoallergenic or non-bio labelled detergents. You also have the option to purchase detergents specifically made for baby clothes, like Dreft or ECOS

Use The Rinse Cycle

To make sure all detergent residue is removed from your baby’s clothes, use the rinse cycle after your usual cycle. This will keep clothes staying fresh and clean for longer and will prevent mildew smell.  

Avoid Fabric Softener

We all know that fabric softener is used to make clothes feel soft. It works by adding a lubricant layer over the fabric. Baby clothes, sleepwear in particular, are designed to be flame resistant and coating it with softener means you’re only stripping it of it’s properties.

Read The Care Label

Should you wash baby clothes at a cold or warm temperature? I can tell you that warm/hot washes are great for clothes that have a foul odour or needs to be disinfected. Cool washes are great for regular clothes that haven’t been heavily soiled on.

However, only the care label will be able to tell you the correct way and temperature wash and dry your baby’s clothes if you want to take extra precaution.

If you’d like a more professional approach to washing your baby’s clothes, you can leave it to laundryheap. We take safety into consideration, especially for those with sensitive skin. That’s why give you the option to choose between bio or non-bio detergent and take into account any other special requirements for your baby’s clothes.


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10 Ways To Remove Bad Odour From Shoes

Smelly shoes are really unpleasant and can be totally embarrassing when exposed to others around you.

Here are 10 Ways To Remove Bad Odour From Shoes:

  1. Baking Soda: This is a natural deodoriser and is great at absorbing bad odour. Simply sprinkle some baking soda inside your shoes, leave it overnight and remove the powder the following day. Alternatively, you can put two tablespoons of baking soda into a piece of fabric like a coffee filter, socks and even stockings; tie it and place it in your shoe overnight.
  2. Citrus Peels: Place fresh citrus peels, like lemon, lime or orange peels, into your shoes and leave them in overnight. This will help give it fresh scent.
  3. Essential Oils: Add a few drops of an essential oil of your choice, into your shoe for a refreshing smell. Alternatively, you can add a few drops to cotton balls or tissues and leave them in your shoe overnight.
  4. Rubbing Alcohol: Pour or spray rubbing alcohol inside of your shoes. Rubbing alcohol is a natural antiseptic that will disinfect and will help dry out the odour.
  5. Water and Vinegar: Add a mixture of water and white distilled vinegar of equal ratio into a spray bottle, and spray the mixture a few times into your shoe. Let it air dry for 30 mins before use. You can also choose to speed up the drying process with a blow dryer if necessary.
  6. A Bar Of Soap: If you have a few spare soap bars, use them to get rid of the shoe odour. Place a bar of soap inside each stinky shoe for a few hours or overnight and it will absorb the odour, leaving a fresh clean scent behind.
  7. Fabric Softener Sheets: Tuck in a few of these sheets inside your shoes (scrunch them up too if you wish) and leave it overnight to neutralise the odour. 
  8. The Heat: If your smelly shoe problem is due to excessive moisture, leave them to dry out in the sun or on a heater. This will help prevent bacterial growth that causes the odour.
  9. Freeze them: Seal your shoes in a Ziploc bag or an ordinary plastic bag and place them in the freezer overnight. Then, thaw them in the sun the following morning. This method is meant to kill the bacteria that produces the odour.
  10. Cat litter: Unusual as it may sound, cat litter is infused with deodoriser and works well to absorb moisture. Seal a few tablespoons of cat litter (unused, ofcourse!) into socks or stockings and place them in your shoes overnight.

Unfortunately, we at Laundryheap can’t clean your shoes nor can we take the odour out of them either, but you can count on us to clean your clothes, and home & bedding items!