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When should you use fabric softener?

Fabric softener can be a very useful addition to your laundry routine, but it shouldn’t be used all the time. So, when should you use fabric softener?

  • What is fabric softener?
  • When do I add fabric softener?
  • Hard water areas
  • Bed linen
  • Keep clothes looking new 
  • Sensitive skin 
  • Clothes likely to bobble

What is fabric softener?

Before answering the question of when you should use fabric softener, we need to first understand what it is. To begin with, as the name implies, fabric softener softens your clothing and leaves it smelling fresh. Asides from this, it will strengthen the fabric of your clothing, therefore making your clothes easier to iron. 

When do I add fabric softener?

Many people believe that fabric softener should be added to your washing at the same time as detergent. This is incorrect. You should add your fabric softener during your rinse cycle. Adding softener during a wash cycle will remove the chemical residue that makes your clothing soft, therefore making it ineffective. 

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Fabric softener should be used for the following situations.

Hard water areas 

If you live in a hard water area, you may notice that your clothing comes out of the washing machine feeling rough. This is because the mineral content in hard water is high and attaches to the fibres in your clothing, making the fabric stiffer than in soft water areas. Adding fabric softener to your wash can remove some of those harsh minerals, resulting in softer clothing. 

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Bed linen 

Everybody loves crisp, soft, clean-smelling sheets. When washing your bed linen, add some fabric softener. The next time you get into bed you will be met with soft sheets and a heavenly smell that will make it even harder for you to get out of bed. 

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Keep clothes looking new 

It’s awful when you put your favourite jumper in the wash and it comes out unravelled and with a hole in it. Fabric softener smooths the fibres in your clothing, reducing the friction caused when washing, and therefore reducing wear and tear. Adding a small amount of fabric softener to your washing can prevent the loss of your favourite clothing, and keep your clothes looking newer for longer. 

Sensitive skin  

For those that suffer from sensitive skin, be careful with the fabric softener that you buy. Some softeners are perfumed and can, therefore, cause additional irritation. That being said, if you buy a sensitive skin friendly fabric softener, it can eliminate irritation caused by rough clothing rubbing against your skin. 

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Clothes likely to bobble 

Bobbles on clothing can really damage the aesthetic of your favourite look. They occur when friction causes the fibres on the surface of your clothing to rub together, resulting in small, irritating, balls of loose fabric. Fabric softener strengthens the fibres in your clothing, preventing bobbling from occurring. Now, you can strut down the street in your best outfit, completely bobble free. 

If you’re still not sure when to use your fabric softener, leave it to us. Book your contactless delivery slot on the Laundryheap website or by downloading the free Laundryheap app. 


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Visiting Dubai: The Do’s and Do Not’s

Dubai is a city known for being technologically and architecturally advanced, yet it is incredibly traditional and religious. That is why we have made this guide of Do’s and Do Not’s for your visit to Dubai.

Do

  • Dress respectfully 
  • Take taxis
  • Drink tap water 
  • Leave the city 
  • See the Burj Khalifa

Dress respectfully

Dubai is a traditional Islamic city so dressing conservatively is highly advised. It’s suggested that women wear loose-fitting dresses and skirts, and men trousers and jeans coupled with long sleeve tops. However, just because you have to dress conservatively, it doesn’t mean you can’t dress fashionably. Dubai is one of the capital cities of fashion, where men and women alike love to experiment with colours, fabrics, and patterns. So, be fashion-forward with your conservative attire. 

Take taxis 

Taxi services in Dubai are reasonably priced and a great way to escape the heat and travel around the city. Additionally, if you are planning a wild Dubai night out, it’s best to plan to get to the club via taxi. It’s an offence in Dubai to be seen on the street intoxicated and could lead to a fine or even a month in prison. Better to be safe and book your taxi to and from the club than risk a prison sentence. 

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Drink tap water 

Despite popular debate, it is safe to drink tap water in Dubai, so give it a taste. If you are still dubious, there are hotels that will import bottled water from Europe, however, due to the lack of environmental sustainability importation promotes, drinking imported water should be avoided. Instead, ask for locally sourced bottled water to avoid the harm to the environment and avoid the tap. 

Leave the city 

Dubai is a beautiful cosmopolitan city, but there is a lot to explore just outside the city walls. Take a trip to the desert one day and experience life beyond the city of Dubai. Desert safari experiences can be bought at a range of prices, and often involve a camel ride. Go wild for a day and return to the civilisation of the city later on. 

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See the Burj Khalifa 

No Dubai trip is complete without seeing the Burj Kalifa. Standing 829 meters tall, the Burj Kalifa is the tallest building in the world and an architectural sight to behold. You can pay to see Dubai from the buildings viewing platform 555 meters up, or be shadowed by the building as you observe it, for free, from below. Either way, your trip to Dubai will not be complete without visiting this spectacular structure. 

Don’t

  • Wear swimwear away from the water
  • Take photos of government buildings 
  • Eat or drink in public during Ramadan 
  • Engage in PDA
  • Make big plans on a Friday

Wear swimwear away from the water 

As previously discussed, Dubai has a conservative dress code; this code also applies to swimwear. When at the beach or a pool it is completely acceptable to wear any form of swimwear that you desire. However, as soon as you step out of the water, you must be conscious of your clothing and consider throwing on a dress or shirt over your swimwear. 

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Take photos of government buildings

Regardless of where you go on holiday you always want to take a few snaps for the memories. Dubai is home to some of the most extraordinary modern-day buildings that, undoubtedly, need to be caught on camera. This being said, be mindful not to capture any government buildings as, for security reasons, this is strictly prohibited.  

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Eat or drink in public during Ramadan 

During the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims will take part in Ramadan where they will fast during daylight hours. If you are visiting Dubai during Ramadan the locals won’t expect you to take part in the festival, however, you must be respectful towards those who are. If you want to eat and drink during daylight hours there are a handful of cafes and restaurants that stay open, however, you’re options will be limited. Alternatively, you can eat and drink in your room until the sun goes down. 

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Engage in PDA 

Public Displays of Affection (PDA) are a strong offense in Dubai. Everything from a kiss on the cheek to hugging in public is considered indecent. At a push, a married couple may hold hands, but even that is pushing the boundaries of acceptability. To avoid causing offense, it’s best to save showering your other half in affection until you return to your hotel room.  

Make big plans on a Friday 

Friday is considered a holy day in Dubai and is therefore not for working. Don’t worry, the whole city doesn’t grind to a halt, but you should expect there to be a limited number of amenities open. Bear this in mind when planning your Dubai trip and consider having a beach day on Friday. 

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Whatever you’re plans are in Dubai, do make sure that you use Laundryheap for all your holiday laundering needs and do not miss out on the opportunity to enjoy your trip in the freshest smelling clothes. 


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How To Iron Without An Iron

There is nothing worse than waking up the morning of a job interview, to find your smart shirt is wrinkled and there is no iron in the house. Similarly, you could be on a business trip and discover the hotel iron is out of use 15 minutes before your important meeting.

As harrowing as all these situations sound, there is no need to panic. There are many ways to de-wrinkle your clothing without an iron in sight. Not many things give off a worse first impression than wrinkly clothes, but this list will ensure you don’t need to freak out next time you find yourself without an iron.

  • Use Your Hair Straighteners
  • Hair Dryer 
  • Use A Cooking Pot To Iron
  • Hang Your Clothes In The Shower
  • Use A Tumble Dryer And Some Ice Cubes
  • Invest In A Clothes Steamer 
  • The Damp Towel Technique 
  • Apply Some Vinegar 
  • Let Us Sort It Out

Use you hair straighteners

Hair straighteners don’t just straighten hair, crazy right? In fact, in the 50s and 60s, women would straighten there hair with an actual iron. We are here to reverse that trend and bring it to the year 2020. 

Using the hair straightener as an iron can be especially useful on the collar, cuffs and placket of your shirts. So, next time you are in a rush and need to straighten out the collar on your favourite business shirt, look no further than your trusty hair straighteners! 

Use a hairdryer

Don’t have hair straighteners at hand either? That’s OK. How about trying the hairdryer? Another great way to de-wrinkle your clothes is by using a hairdryer to shoot concentrated bursts of hot air onto the wrinkled area of your clothes. 

This technique is particularly efficient when used on dresses with annoying creases in them. Firstly, you lightly dampen the wrinkled area of the dress. Next, you set the hairdryer to the lowest available setting and blow on the dress from 1-2 inches away. Be sure to keep the hairdryer a fair distance away, as you don’t want to scorch the fabric. Do this until the wrinkles straighten out.

Hang your clothes in the shower

This technique is probably the most well known of all the options on this list. Often the first plan of action when there is no iron available, the shower trick is particularly useful when travelling and finding yourself at the mercy of hotel appliances. 

So, if your hotel room lacks an iron, instead of asking for one at the front desk, why not just hang your creased clothes in the shower? Just turn the heat up and let the hot steam fill the room – this will help your clothes release any annoying creases. Afterwards, your clothes might be a little damp from the steam. Just hang them out to dry for ten minutes, once you come back, you won’t ever want to use an iron again! 

Use A Cooking Pot To Iron

Using a cooking pot to get rid of tough creases is one of the oldest tricks in the book. That’s right, the same pot you would boil your potatoes in, makes for the perfect ironing tool. 

All you have to do is make sure the bottom of the pot is nice and clean, boil some water and then pour it out. From there, you use the bottom of the pot in the same way you would use an iron, running it over the wrinkled areas. The steam from the pot will run out, so you have to make sure you are quick to ensure you have enough steam for all the creases. 

A Tumble Dryer And Some Ice Cubes 

Without a doubt the strangest suggestion on this list, but bear with us. Try throwing a wrinkled item of clothing in the tumble dryer with a few ice cubes and run on high for a couple of minutes. 

As the ice starts to melt it will create steam, this will de-wrinkle your clothes, leaving you with a creaseless shirt. Don’t believe us? Try it yourself. 

Invest in a clothes steamer 

A clothes steamer is the most effective way to iron clothes – even more so than using a conventional iron. Most retail stores use clothes steamers to remove creases from their clothes as opposed to irons. 

The only downside to a clothes steamer is that they don’t come cheap, buying a clothes steamer will cost you considerably more than buying an iron. Also, be careful not to burn yourself on the steam! 

The damp towel technique

The moist towel process is a simple, easy-to-do tip. All you have to do is place your wrinkled garment on a clean surface. Next, put a moist towel flat on top of the garment. Using your hands, press your hands on the towel and smooth out the affected area. It’s as simple as that! 

Apply some vinegar 

If you are an avid reader of our blog, you will already know that we love vinegar! If not, check out our The Benefits of Adding Vinegar To Your Laundry or How To Remove Stains With Vinegar. 

White vinegar works well when trying to eradicate wrinkles from your clothes. All you have to do is mist your clothes with one part vinegar and three parts water. Finish off by leaving the clothes to air-dry for crisp, smart looking clothes. 

Hire a professional 

If after reading this post you still don’t feel confident ironing your clothes without an iron, then maybe it’s time to seek professional help. Laundryheap can collect your clothes in 30 minutes and have them returned to you within 24 hours. All with no delivery fees. 


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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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How To Dress Well: Style Tips For Men

Dressing well gives you the appearance of being confident, classy and well put-together. You don’t need to wear a suit and tie to be well-dressed. Whether it’s for semi-formal events or casual outings, if you’re looking to change your style to a more professional or dapper approach, here are some style tips to help you get started.

How To Dress Well: Style Tips For Men

  1. Stay clear from graphics tees and wild prints
  2. Avoid Hoodies And Joggers
  3. Wear well-fitted clothing
  4. Focus On The Basics
  5. Choose Neutral colours
  6. Invest in classy footwear
  7. Wear the right jacket
  8. Switch Up Your Jeans
  9. Look after your appearance
  10. Choose Good Quality Clothing

Stay Clear From Graphics Tees And Wild Prints

There’s nothing wrong with wearing clothes with graphics or wild prints, but save these for when you’re running last-minute errands or chilling at a friends house- occasions where you won’t be out for too long. If you want to dress more mature and ‘manly’, stick to plain solid coloured shirts or simple patterns such as stripes.

Avoid Hoodies And Joggers

Save the hoodies and joggers for lounging around at home, for flights or when you’re working out. Although these clothing pieces are super comfortable, they give off a scruffy and unprofessional look. 

Wear Well-Fitted Clothing

While it may be comfortable to dress in baggy or oversized clothing, it makes you look disorganised and untidy. It’s best to save dressing this way in the comfort of your own home. 

Make sure that you invest in well-fitted clothing to give you a smart and professional appearance. That means nothing too long/big or too short/small, but just right. Check out this style pyramid guide on getting the correct fit.

Focus On The Basics

By ‘basics’ I mean simple clothing items. When putting your outfit together, you want to make it simple as it shows a high level of sophistication. Go with a plain v-neck tee, slim fit jeans and boat shoes, for example. A simple style like this is the best dress code for the modern-day gentlemen.

Choose Neutral colours

If you’re not good at colour coordinating, stick to neutral colours. You won’t need to put in the effort to mix and match your clothes as they suit almost everything. They aren’t overpowering and give off a chic and classy look. Neutral colours are white, black, navy, khaki, grey and nude-toned colours. 

Invest In Classy Footwear

Your footwear completes your outfit. Semi beat-up sneakers and scuffed shoes will ruin a great outfit. Instead of sneakers, invest in classy footwear like desert boots, Chelsea boots, brogues or loafers as these shoe styles will elevate your look and make your look well presented.

Wear The Right Jacket

For the colder months, invest in jackets that will elevate your outfits such as trench coats, wool coats, overcoats, pea coats and trucker jackets. Parka coats, bomber and biker jackets can also work if the design and colour are plain.

Switch Up Your Jeans

Upgrade your jeans and consider switching them to chinos or smart trousers to add variety to your wardrobe. Make sure to get a straight, regular or slim fit to make your style clean. Choose solid dark-toned colours or patterns like checked or stripes.

Look After Your Appearance

By looking after your appearance, I mean look after your clothes and stay groomed. Use the proper hangers, fold your clothes neatly, have your suit professionally dry cleaned and pressed, wash your clothes often and make sure your shoes are kept clean. 

Choose Good Quality Clothing

Good quality clothing doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend a huge amount of money, it just means you have to choose wisely in what pieces you invest in. If you’re unsure of what good quality clothing looks and feels like, Check out how to identify good quality clothing.


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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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10 Camping Tips For Beginners

Camping is a great way to explore the outdoors, get fresh air and enjoy nature. It’s a great city escape and staycation for families. If you’re going camping for the first time and are not quite sure how to prepare yourself for it, here a few tips that will help you get started.

Camping Tips For Beginners

  • Choose the right campsite

There will be a variety of campsites catered to individuals with different needs. Check for campsites that have the facilities you need for you and whomever you’re going with. Look for child-friendly sites that have showers and toilets or check if dogs are permitted.

As a new camper, it’s best to stay on a campsite with shower and toilet facilities, and a town nearby just in case you need some supplies or somewhere to eat.

  • Choose the right tent

Tents come in all sorts of styles and sizes, so it can be difficult to choose one that’s perfect for you. When looking to purchase a tent, always have in mind how many of you are going to sleep in there. Purchase a tent size that can fit two times more than the number of people who will use it. This is so there is more space and it’s comfortable to sleep in. The tent style you choose will depend on what suits your preference.

  • Practice pitching your tent

Once you’ve chosen the right tent, you should practice pitching the tent in your back garden. This is so that you know how to set it up and take it down at the campsite without encountering problems.

  • Practice camping

Once you’ve mastered pitching your tent, try to practice camping for the night in your back garden. It will help give you an idea of what to expect and will help you prepare yourself in terms of what equipment is appropriate to bring.

  • Create a check list

Stay organised and create a checklist to keep track of the items that you will be bringing to make sure that you won’t forget anything when you leave the campsite. 

It’s essential to bring with you the following: a first aid kit, a packet of matches, a flashlight, a sleeping bag, Swiss Army Knife, camping chairs, folding table and cooking equipment.

  • Know your camping gear

If you’ve purchased new camping gear, save yourself from fiddling about with your gear at the campsite by trying it out beforehand to see if it works well and you know how to use it.

  • Set up properly at the campsite

The best place to set up your tent at the campsite is on level ground that is clear from any rocks/ debris. You don’t want anything ruining the outside of your tent nor disrupting the comfort of your sleep. When setting up your tent, make sure it is facing against the wind (if any) and put pegs at a 45-degree angle in the ground for more stability.

  • Know the camping ground rules

It’s essential to get accustomed to the rules of the campsite to avoid unwanted issues during your stay there. Some campsite rules are to respect the space and privacy of other campers, keep the noise level low, and keep facilities and the area clean.

  • Plan meals in advance

If the campsite you’ve chosen allows campfires, prepare your meals in advance to make cooking meals at the campsite easier. Camp meals should be portable, non-perishable and nutritious! Bring food items that are easy to cook, like canned foods and eggs, and bring snacks like fruit and oat bars. 

Research nearby markets and restaurants if your campsite does not allow campfires.

  • Bring enough clothing

It’s okay to overpack clothes when you go camping as the weather conditions in the area can be unpredictable and may require you to need different pieces of clothing. There are also no laundry facilities on site, so it’s best to bring extra clothes to be on the safe side.

After your camping trip, you may have a ton of laundry to do, especially if you went as a family. Save yourself the hassle and schedule a collection with Laundryheap. We’ll have your clothes returned to you as good as new within 24 hours. Our services are available in areas within the UK, Dublin, the Netherlands and UAE.


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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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How To Instantly Look More Stylish

Want a simple way to spice up your style? Buying the trendiest and most expensive clothes is not the only way to look stylish. Sometimes, all it takes is adding a pop of colour, an accessory or wearing a piece of clothing differently.

How To Instantly Look More Stylish

  • Colour combination

Colour combination is one of the main factors that can make or break your style. If you want to look more stylish without even trying, wear colours that compliment or match each other. 

For example, if your outfit is black, style it with a bold red coloured jacket or red shoes, or both, if they match.  If you’re not big on bold, bright colours, stick to neutral colours such as black, white, nude, beige, ivory, khaki or grey. These colours do not take much effort to style and are very classy.

  • Patterns

Whether it’s leopard print, stripes or floral, clothing with a pattern will help boost your style. Make sure not to go all out on the prints though. A patterned shirt with plain bottoms or vice versa goes a long way.

  • Accessories

Adding a few accessory pieces to even the dullest looking outfits will help liven it up. Wear a belt, a watch, a pair of sunglasses or a few pieces of jewellery to give your outfit the ‘wow’ factor. Remember your bag is also your accessory, so make sure it compliments your outfit.

It’s important to note that you shouldn’t overcrowd your outfit with too many accessories. Choose the right amount of accessories as well as pieces that go well with your outfit. Also, don’t forget to keep the weather in mind.

  • Wear it differently

Experiment with your clothing pieces. Wear your jacket over your shoulders, do a half tuck in with your shirt or roll up the bottom of your jeans. You can also experiment with footwear for your outfits, like wearing sneakers with a dress or pumps with jeans. These little adjustments will make your outfit more stylish.

 

A good style starts with fresh looking clothing. It’s important that you take good care of your clothes and keep them in good shape. This starts with washing and storing them well. To get your clothes professionally cleaned, book a collection with Laundryheap.