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Cut Your Airbnb Laundry Time in Half

Written by Whitney Suelflohn

As the economy reopens in California, vacation-rental brands, like Airbnb, are hastening to prepare for the upcoming travel surge in the U.S. this summer. According to a recent study, 74% of Americans will take a domestic trip and 13% will travel internationally. While the extra bookings are nice – preparing for all these guests can quickly become an Airbnb host’s worst nightmare. Minimizing Airbnb hosts’ laundry time and expense is one of the biggest wins when looking to minimize the stress around home preparation. Here’s how:

  1. Create a mental plan for each booking: Consider using a laundry planner to plan out your laundry for the week. In general, planning out anything is always more beneficial as it allows you to stay organized and proficient in your tasks. Saturday and Sunday evenings are great times to analyze the coming week’s bookings and plan accordingly. If you already create a weekly meal plan, it is so easy just to tack on 10 extra minutes and think about your weekly laundry plan. To brainstorm your own laundry plan, start with simple questions like, “what bookings do I have this week?” and “how many guests will be staying in the house during this booking?” Some people prefer using to-do lists, if you are one of these people ensure these questions are answered and write them down.
  2. Incorporate a laundry gadget: Washing and drying several beds’ worth of sheets used to be intimidating. Inevitably they would tangle, twist, and ball up, sometimes sending the washer off-balance, never coming out fully clean, and always taking several cycles to dry. Check out the new, game-changing laundry gadget, Wad-Free® for Bed Sheets  This innovative gadget attaches to the four corners of both the flat and the fitted sheet and prevents the dreaded sheet wad. Not only do sheets come out cleaner, but they also dry in a fraction of the time with fewer wrinkles to boot. Using Wad-Free, you can fill your machines to capacity and run mixed loads, so your laundry time will be slashed at least in half.
  3. Make your dryer more efficient: Make it a habit to check — and empty — the lint trap before each load. A full lint trap reduces efficiency and becomes a fire hazard. If you don’t clean it out, it prevents the dryer from being able to exhaust hot air, causing it to overheat. Failure to clean the dryer’s lint trap is the leading cause of home laundry dryer fires.
  4. Keep bedding simple: When it comes to choosing the right bedding for your Airbnb, keep in mind that combining a variety of prints and colors can make laundry day more complicated than it needs to be. Laundering bedding is so much quicker and easier when all your sheets and pillowcases are white (or at least one uniform color). For example, have you ever noticed that hotels always use white bedding? This is because it acts as a signal of hygiene, and you can use bleach to help maintain the cleanliness.
  5. Designate drop-off spots: Avoid wasting your time by running around the house looking for dirty towels and sheets. Designate hampers, baskets, or even drop-off spots throughout the house that visually tell you something needs to be washed. This can be as simple as tossing a dirty washcloth on the staircase – just find a working system where you know that if something is there, it needs to be washed.
  6. Laundry & multitasking: “Multitasking” has become a bad word because some people believe our brains can’t handle focusing on multiple things at once, but that doesn’t mean multitasking is evil. If you are in a time crunch to set up the house for your next guests, multitasking can become your best friend, you just have to learn how to get the most out of it. The best way to do this is to limit yourself to two big tasks at once. You can do this by simply planning 20-30 minutes per wash load to fold the previous load and place any items you don’t immediately need back in their original spots. Then spend the second half of the cycle making beds. Before you know it, your laundry time was just condensed and you can move onto other projects!
  7. Avoid laundry mishaps: A simple yet effective way to reduce your laundry time is by reading the care instruction labels on things like sheets, towels, and blankets before you buy them. This is because some household items require a certain temperature of water, air, and iron which can lead to longer wait times and expensive maintenance. A label that reads “Dry Clean Only” means just that, and it can cost a considerable amount to keep it clean.
  8. Fold & put away ASAP: Most people can stand the washing and drying portion of laundry day but dread the idea of folding it all. All those clean sheets and towels get tossed load after load into some pile and can look intimidating to tackle. But, if you can spend just 10-15 minutes after each load is done to fold and put everything away, your life will become so much easier. This is because that pile you were once intimidated by won’t exist anymore, meaning less procrastinating.

Obviously, laundry plans among Airbnb guests are going to look wildly different. But the premise stays the same: Name the event, determine the number of people it involves and decide a deadline by which to have the laundry ready. You will be more in control once you create an organized system for ways to make laundry easier— not harder!

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ShinePay Laundry Payment App

By Hannah DiPilato

The new app ShinePay brings laundry payment to your pocket with the new convenient app. This is a way for apartments or laundromats to easily add phone payments for their customers. 

Customers download the ShinePay app and add a payment method. Each washer and dryer will have a unique QR code that customers will scan to view prices and submit wifi. Funds are then transferred to the owner’s ShinePay account which can be securely withdrawn.

ShinePay installs with new or existing units with ease and the ShinePay Bluetooth Spark installation can be completed in just a few minutes. The ShinePay Bluetooth Spark installation can work by itself or be installed to work in conjunction with other existing ways to pay. The system does not require wifi or any equipment besides the customers’ smartphone. There’s even a video that shows how easy the installation is. 

The ShinePay Bluetooth Spark only costs a one-time payment of $149 per unit for the price of each hardware. The transaction fee, which only applies to electronic transactions, is 3.9%. ShinePay also helps to reduce the cost of coin transportation when transitioning to a coin-free laundry service. 

ShinePay also brings a new level of safety and security to the laundry room. By going coinless thieves have nothing to steal, so you can own your machines with peace of mind. The company also keeps data security as a top priority and keeps all customers’ data safe. ShinePay also stores, decrypts, and transmits customers’ card numbers in a hosting infrastructure that is entirely separate from ShinePay’s primary services. 

Certified to the most rigorous Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS), ShinePay ensures security. The company has also obtained global regulatory licenses. The payment technology the company uses has a PCI DSS Level 1 certification which is the most stringent level of certification in the payment industry. There is also advanced fraud detection put in place to protect against imposters. 

Support is given to both owners and customers 24 hours a day, seven days a week by phone, chat and email. This provides around the clock support for any questions regarding ShinePay. The brand is always improving its platform and continuously adds new features. 

ShinePay has also introduced ShineKiosk, a payment system where customers don’t need to download an app. This system is perfect for hotels, laundromats or apartment buildings where people are just passing through. The ShineKiosk requires a one-time hardware payment of $899 and a monthly cost of $25. There is the same 3.9% transaction fee for ShineKiosk transactions. 

Customers can type their card information into the secure system and payment is wirelessly sent to the selected machines. All you need to host a kiosk is a wall, power outlet and internet connection. ShineKiosk has the same security as the ShinePay app, so all credit card information is secure. 

For more information on the ShinePay products visit their website, call +1-510-570-1866, or email hello@shinepay.co. You can also follow ShinePay on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram

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WHY YOU NEED DO WOOL DRYER BALLS TO DRY YOUR CLOTHES

Many of us find dry balls strange to use; we see others use them, but never get to use them ourselves. Why can’t I just dry my clothes on the line? Logical, right? However, we can’t just limit our minds to just one procedure. There are other ways we can dry our clothes easily. Besides, what if it decides to rain all through the day… how would you dry your clothes? There is the washer dryer of course. But, what if there is a way you can improve the drying process of your clothes, would you opt for it? For this reason, we have the dryer balls (no-pun-intended). But, do they work? For the record, wool dryer balls are 100% effective. They can improve the drying time of your clothes, get rid of static, and they are made from natural materials.

How Do Wool Dryer Balls Improve Drying Time?

Wool dryer balls play a very important role in drying your clothes in a short time. Once you have placed the balls along with your washed clothes in the dryer and turn it on, the balls get in-between your clothes and help separate them as they tumble. As this process goes on, air easily circulates within the dryer, allowing moisture to quickly evaporate from your clothes. Using this product can save you 20% in drying time, thereby saving you energy and cost.

Are Wool Dryer Balls Effective In Preventing Static In Clothes?

Do wool dryer balls work in eliminating static in clothes and towels? Yes, they do. Static results from drying clothes that gather electric charge due to different clothes gliding against one another. This problem is commonly faced by individuals that place their clothes in tumble-dryers. The good news is that static clothing can be eliminated by using dryer balls. Here is an experiment for you to try out. Get your washed clothes out, separate them into two portions, place one portion without dryer balls in the tumble-dryer and afterwards place in a separate laundry basket. Put the second portion, this time with dryer balls, in the dryer and place them in another laundry basket. Check out both clothe sections and note the portion with static. You will obviously find static in the clothes without dryer balls, and none in the other portion.

Are Wool Dryer Balls Better Than Dryer Sheets And Plastic Dryer Balls?

When comparing wool dryer balls to dryer sheets, it is glaring which of them is more effective and safe – the wool dryer balls, obviously. Dryer sheets are mostly filled with perfumes and chemicals which makes them not safe in drying your clothes. Besides, wool dryer balls have a faster drying time than dryer sheets. Wool dryer balls make less noise than plastic dryer balls that are well-known for their clattering noise. Additionally, they are made from natural products, which makes them safe to use.

What To Do While Purchasing Wool Dryer Balls

Wool dryer balls are worth the try. Also, they come in different qualities, so you need to check out customers’ reviews about the product before making a purchase. Personally, wool dryer balls by Tru Earth are 100% organic and effective in leaving your clothes dry and fresh. These dryer balls contain no chemicals or synthetics as they are made from sheep wool.