Monthly Archives: February 2023

  • Spring Cleaning Tips for a Sparkling Clean Home

    Spring Cleaning Tips for a Sparkling Clean Home

    Spring cleaning is exactly what it sounds like; thoroughly cleaning your living space in the spring season. Often, people will use spring cleaning as a chance to get to all the household tasks they’ve been putting off, like washing their curtains or deep cleaning the oven.

    The reason why we spring clean is somewhat a mystery, but it’s theorised that it was originally a way to get rid of the mess of winter in times where we would heat our homes with fires that created a lot of soot and dirt.


    When should spring cleaning start?

    There are no rules on when you should start spring cleaning, and with a busy schedule, you should simply try to fit it in whenever you get a chance. Generally, people will try and get their spring clean done sometime after the 1st of March, but others use the term loosely throughout the year to describe any day that they spend deep cleaning.


    Our spring cleaning tips

    At Poundstretcher, we think there is nothing more cleansing than a good spring clean to dust away the cobwebs of the long winter months. It allows you to start your spring and summer on a clean, uncluttered slate. We know that cleaning your whole home is an overwhelming thought, so we have put together a spring-cleaning list which should help you figure out where to start and what to focus on.

    We make sure to stock a massive range of cleaning products all year round that are proven customer favourites. Check out all of our cost-effective Cleaning Supplies.



    1.    Get the worst jobs done first

    We’re sure that like us, you have jobs that you put off for as long as you possibly can – but getting them out of the way before you start anything else will start you off on the best foot. If you have a boring, physically draining task like oven cleaning looming over you all day, you’re setting yourself up for a miserable day. Get it done (or delegate it to someone else!) first thing so you can focus on the smaller tasks without added stress.


    2. Clean carpets and floors

    Carpet cleaning is something we rarely have time to get round to, but using your spring cleaning day as a reminder to get this task done will make sure that you keep your carpets fresh and looking like new. If you have carpet all throughout your home, you might consider hiring a carpet cleaning machine for a day or two so you don’t have to scrub the floors by hand.

    When you’re done, why not spritz your carpets with some Fab Fresh?

    Fab Carpet Freshener

    Fab Fresh Carpet Freshener Magnolia & Cherry Blossom

    3.    Windows – inside and out

    Window cleaning is a task that many of us neglect, especially when it’s cold and miserable outside. But regardless, it’s still a task that needs to be done! Remember to remove any dust and fine dirt from your windowpanes with a soft cloth before putting using any cleaning products or water.

    Mr Muscle Glass Cleaner

    Mr Muscle Window and Glass Care 750ml

    Long Handle Window Cleaner

    Long-Handled Window Cleaner


    4.    Deep clean your appliances

    Let your spring cleaning day be the day that you finally deep clean your appliances. Your washing machine, oven, fridge freezer, dish washer, and even your microwave need to be cleaned thoroughly to keep them running to the best of their abilities. Maintaining your appliances can stop them from breaking down, saving you money in the long run.

    Take a look at our kitchen cleaning products to stock up on what you need to get your kitchen appliances sparkling again. Here are some of our favourites.

    Fab Oven Cleaner

    Fab Fresh Oven Cleaner – Lemon Breeze

    Cif Oven Cleaner

    Cif Cream Original 500ml

    5.    Replace anything that needs replacing

    There are lots of items in your house that need replacing once a year (or more) which you probably forget about. Use this opportunity to replace:

    Basic Toiler Brush

    Basic Open Toilet Brush

    Mop Head Refill

    Mop Heads


    • Extractor fan filters (though this should be done more frequently!)

    And anything else you can think of that has to be refreshed and replaced. When things need replacing more frequently, you might find it handy to mark it in your phone calendar.


    6. Finally, de-clutter and re-organise

    Once the cleaning is done, it’s time to de-clutter and re-organise! Don’t let the thought of de-cluttering overwhelm you and try to do one room at a time. We’d suggest replacing old and broken organisers with new ones, and trying to start with the areas of your house that get the messiest.

    Here are some products that could help you to get organised after your annual spring clean.

    Pastel Patterned Woven Baskets

    Small Pastel Pattern Baskets

    28L storage boxes

    28L Storage Boxes

    Read more: The Best Toy Storage Ideas & Hacks

    Get yourself spring clean ready!

    Are you ready to get spring cleaning? At Poundstretcher, we make sure to stock a massive range of cleaning products all year round that are proven customer favourites. Visit us by using our store locator to find your closest location.

  • Pancake Day 2023 - Make Picture Perfect Pancakes

    Pancake Day 2023 - Make Picture Perfect Pancakes

    Pancake Day 2023 is on the horizon, and with only a short time to go before the tastiest day of the year, the race to get your hands on your favourite pancake mix ingredients and toppings has begun.

    When is pancake day in 2023?

    This year, Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday as it is traditionally known) is on Tuesday, 21st February.


    Why do we celebrate pancake day?

    Anyone who doesn’t know the history behind Pancake Day might think it’s a bit of a random celebration, but the tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday goes way back to the 16th century in the UK[i].

    So, what is Shrove Tuesday? In Christianity and Catholicism, Shrove Tuesday marks the start of a 40-day fast in the lead-up to winter. In modern times, this fast is less strict than it was, but traditionally it would mean only one meal a day was permitted, and no eggs, butter, meat or fish were allowed. Therefore, Shrove Tuesday was the last day families had to use up butter and eggs – two key ingredients of pancakes!

    This is where the association of Pancakes and Shrove Tuesday was formed, but now, even those who don’t celebrate the religious aspect still enjoy making and eating delicious sweet and/or savoury pancakes.


    Pancake topping ideas

    You can’t do Pancake Day without an array of toppings. Whether you like a savoury topping, or you have more of a sweet tooth, there are endless combos to try. We’ve popped a list together that includes everything you might need for your Pancake Day feast, including some of our Poundstretcher favourites.

    All of the products below are available at Poundstretcher – see all our food items or find your closest store.

    1. Squeezy sauces

    Grab some squeeze bottles of your favourite sauce flavour. After Pancake Day is over, you can use them to top different desserts.

    Askey's Chocolate Sauce 325g

    Askey's Strawberry Sauce 325g

    2. Fruit

    Tinned fruit strikes the perfect balance between sweet, and fresh, a great complement to stodgy pancakes.

    3. Honey

    Naturally sweet and delicious, honey makes a tasty pancake pairing.

    Squeexy honey pancake topping

    Taylor’s Finest Squeezy 240g

    4. Classic lemon & sugar

    A childhood Pancake Day staple has always been lemon and sugar. Make it even easier by picking up a bottle of lemon juice instead of squeezing your own.


    Lemon juice pancake topping

    Taylor’s Lemon Juice 200ml

    Get the right tools for the job

    If your pan is on its last legs or your whisk has disappeared into thin air, don’t forget to replace them before the day!

    Having a bowl that is big enough to mix your batter up without flour flying all over the place is an absolute necessity! If your mixing bowl is on its last legs, maybe its time to invest in a new one.

    Don’t struggle with lumpy batter, get yourself a brand-new whisk especially for pancake making.

    If getting the scales out feels too much like hard work, measuring cups are the way forward.

    5L Mixing Bowl


    Stainless steel whisk


    Grey measuring cups

    For those with a busy schedule

    If you’re too busy to mix up your own batter, or cooking isn’t your strongest area, you can still enjoy fresh pancakes.

    pancake mix

    Taylor’s Pancake Mix 175g


    Don’t forget the basics!

    The last thing you want to do is forget a vital ingredient for your batter. For a traditional thin, British pancake batter, you’ll need…

    1. Plain flour
    2. Eggs
    3. Milk
    4. Oil

    If you prefer a thicker, fluffier pancake, add:

    1. Self-raising flour
    2. Butter
    3. Baking powder
    4. Golden caster sugar

    Ready, steady, get flipping!

    At Poundstretcher, we have all the best Pancake Day supplies – from cooking equipment to individual ingredients, and pancake mixes to make a delicious, pan-ready batter. Visit us in store to gather everything you might need for a fantastic price.




  • Poundstretcher Red Spot - Find participating stores now!

    Red Spot - Half Price on 1000 products!

    What is the Red Spot?

    We have HALF PRICE on 1000 products in our Red Spot aisles! That's right head into the selected stores now and get an amazing 50% off! You are sure to bag a bargain at the Red Spot sale, whether you’re after home decor, toiletries, cleaning products, pet accessories or toys, there is an amazing choice for everyone!

    You’ll need to be quick! As when it’s gone.... it’s gone and we will be regularly adding new items to find even more at your next visit.

    Which stores are participating?

    We currently have 50 stores participating in the promotion!

    See the list below:

    Remember look out for the red spot in our selected stores for huge savings!

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