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  • Get Set for Spring Cleaning with Our 5 Easy Tips

    Where has the time gone? It's April already and spring is very much in full bloom! With Easter now behind us, it's time to think about (if you haven't already) cracking on with some spring cleaning before it slips away from you!

    With our wide range of products here at Poundstretcher, you'll have everything you need to tackle this task before you. Here are a few quick tips to help make everything easier and our top choice of cleaning products to use.

     

    Tip #0: Before You Begin - Clean Your Utensils

    The last thing you want is to track more dirt and pesky dust bunnies around your home, right? Well, then one of the first things you should consider before sweeping your brooms left, right, and centre is to give the bristles a good cleaning. This goes for any cloths you wish to use too.

    Just simply give them a quick once-over with your vacuum (making sure to give the nozzle a clean afterwards too) or wash it with warm, soapy water. Also make sure you give your sponges a good soak too.

     

    Tip #1: Clean Your Light Fixtures

    You'll be amazed at how dusty your light fixtures can get, and also at how much it can slightly alter the lighting in your home. All it takes is a quick climb up a stepladder, a sponge, and some handy Flash all-purpose cleaner to get the job done.

    Regular up-keep also prevents the build-up in these tough to reach places, meaning you'll have a cleaner home. It's especially useful to bear in mind if someone in the house has dust allergies and/or breathing difficulties.

     

    Tip #2: Wipe Every Surface, Even Vertical Ones

    It isn't just the kitchen counters and other horizontal surfaces you should clean on a regular basis. Build-up can occur on your cupboard doors and drawers too, almost seeming invisible. It's a good idea to give everything a good wipe with some antibacterial surface cleaner to get rid of the germs for good.

     

    Tip #3: Deep Clean Your Fridge

    Same as the windows, make sure you clean the inside and outside of your fridge; you'd be surprised how much grime can gather on your fridge door! Gather up all your refrigerated supplies and give the entire inside a good clean. Pull out all the interior shelves and wash them in warm soapy water, followed by wiping down everything else that cannot be removed (this includes the sides, bottom, and fridge 'ceiling'.).

     

    Tip #4: Clean the Windows Inside & Out

    First off, did you know it's a better idea to clean your windows on a cloudy day? That way you can ensure the water and Mr Muscle window spray will not dry and create a load of speckles before you're done.

    It can be difficult to clean the outside of your windows if they're not reachable at ground level. However, it's worth making sure they're just as clean as the inside. What's the point of cleaning the windows on the inside, if there are smudges and dirt on the outside? One product that can help you is our Window Cleaning Kit, containing a rubber squeegee, microfibre mop, a replacement window mop pad, ergonomic hand grip, and telescopic pole (that extends to 1.05cm approx.)!

     

    Tip #5: Declutter All The Clutter

    Finally, tackle the biggest part of spring cleaning (getting rid of and/or organising all your clutter) with our range of storage options! This doesn't mean cramming things anywhere, stuffing them into a box, and leaving them under the bed. No, you might as well do a complete clear out of all your unwanted books, movies, and knick-knacks (either selling them on eBay or giving them to a charity shop). The rest of them can then be organised by size/subject/genre and then neatly aligned.

    For your clothes, some over-door hooks can work wonders in freeing up some space, as would placing your random bits and pieces in any of our plastic storage containers. Also, similar to organising your books and movies, it would be worth doing the same for clothes. Having a designated space for each type of clothing (and also arranging them by occasion) would make your daily routine much smoother.

     

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  • 5 Plastic Storage Boxes For Under £5 Each

    What better way to start the new year than with a nice organised home? How can you achieve this when you have bits and pieces all over the place? Easy; if the above image (and title) didn't give it away then your answer is plastic storage!

    Finding storage space and how you can maximise it is always a struggle. With the help of these plastic storage boxes from Poundstretcher, you can make sure you are optimising and making the most of your space. Each of the below would not only make a great storage solution but are all well priced at under £5!

     

    Mini Dragon Box - £3.99

    Perfect at clearing away clutter into one secure space, this mini dragon box is the ideal purchase for your New Year cleanse! With a sturdy and clear plastic base, along with a handy fold down lid, this piece is practical, durable, and perfect for your home; and what's more, it can all be had for £3.99!

     

    7 Litre Storage Box 4 Pack - £4.99

    If you wish to divide and place your clutter belongings in separate boxes, then this is the storage container for you. With four 7 litre boxes (each with a different coloured lid), you can see clearly everything that is inside without having to spend time searching around. You can colour coordinate them and are small enough to fit in tight spots.

     

    42 Litre Plastic Storage Box - £4.99

    Want a BIG solution to your storage concerns? Then this 42-litre plastic storage box is just what you're looking for! It's perfect for keeping your belongings safe and sound, and is large enough to keep anything from electronics, books, even things like duvet covers or towels! It comes complete with its own black lid and so can fit in with any home's decor.

     

    Underbed Storage Box - £3.99

    There's plenty of space under your bed, surely, but you want a good underbed storage container without the hassle of having something TOO big under there?  You could just stuff them all into random cardboard boxes and cram them under there; but just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Why not neaten up even those spaces you rarely see with these underbed storage boxes?

     

    32 Litre Fold Flat Plastic Storage Crate - £2.99

    Want a storage container but not a big plastic tub with a lid? Well then, why not try out this fold flat storage crate? It's perfect for when you need that bit of extra storage, especially when you want to move them around with ease. They make great boxes for keeping toys and random bits and bobs in and is made from extremely strong plastic with a sturdy design. With a storage capacity of 32-litres, this crate can fold flat so it can be neatly stored away.

    So, there we have it. Five fantastic products, all at great affordable prices, and only available at Poundstretcher! Be sure to check out the BIG SALE we have going on for plastic storage!

  • Reasons Why a Canvas Wardrobe Is a Must-Have for Students

    Storage is always an issue, whether you're at university or not. We all have so many clothes, shoes, and bits and pieces, that sometimes we just need a little bit of extra space. Though how do you accomplish this at uni, when you may have the tiniest wardrobe ever and yet still want your room to be neat? Well, canvas wardrobes in our storage range are the answer!

    That's right, canvas wardrobes, and we at Poundstretcher have them ready for you to take home so you get your clothes all organised and put away, all for an affordable price.

    Fill In The Gaps With Canvas

    If you have a tiny uni accommodation, then this Single Metal Frame Canvas Wardrobe is just what you're looking for. You can utilise as much of your new room as possible, and it offers a great storage solution whether it's temporary or long-term.

    Our canvas wardrobes are easy to assemble and allows you to hang all your clothes with a little extra space at the bottom for shoes and other accessories. What's more is that you can free up space for everything else you'll be needing, such as a laundry basket and a desk to work on (which will come easily to you once your room is free from clothes hanging around haphazardously).

    A single not big enough for you? Whether you wish to share it with another person or you simply have THAT many clothes, we also have you covered with our Double Canvas Wardrobe.

    Having Both Style AND Substance

    Now, style is a big part of any room, and we have a choice of colours that will help benefit your personal space. Yet whilst you can grab them in black, white or grey, you can also be assured they are perfect for storage. Stylish and functional.

    It's not only canvas wardrobes, but also door hangers that offer this same design. Like this Black Overdoor Organiser; hang everything from your childhood teddy from home, slippers, shoes, and more. All it takes is to hook it over your door to allow you to maximise your space (which believe me, can be limited whilst at university).

    Wherever you go, I can go too!

    Now you might only be living at your uni accommodation for the academic year, so what happens when summer rolls around? Well, fear not, you can easily disassemble your canvas wardrobe, put it into storage, and reassemble it when you move into your next place; easy peasy!

    Whether it's taking it to use back at home, at your uni place, or even when you start to move out to your own place after uni, there's always a need for storage. It's a great investment in staying organised and to keep your clothes clean and fresh.

    Unsure where your nearest Poundstretcher store is? We have you covered! Introducing our amazing Store Finder, the ideal partner in helping you locate all our stores, as well as opening times and Google Map directions! Give it a try and go on a bargain hunting adventure to find your perfect storage means today!

  • How to Best Store Your Cleaning Supplies

    cleaning suppliesWhether you're just doing some end of summer cleaning or are just moving into new accommodation (such as for university), Poundstretcher has all the cleaning supplies you'll need to have a sparkling and tidy home.

    Whilst there are many amazing bargains here, the main issue comes from where to store everything correctly once it's all back home! Right here and now you can have definitive reassurance just where is best to keep your cleaning essentials.

    Getting That Bathroom Sparkling

    An area synonymous with cleaning supplies and chemicals is the bathroom.  You want somewhere safe to store your bleach and bathroom cleaning sprays. With what goes on in the bathroom you need to be sure it's spotless and hygienic.

    All of these items can be kept in one place, somewhere dry and cool. You don't want to store them anywhere with varying temperature extremes, so somewhere out of the way of direct sunlight/heat is key. Making sure it's dry is ensures there are no spillages or any chemicals merging together.

    Another idea would be that you may wish to keep them in a small cupboard, a high shelf, or a box (either under the stairs or hidden away in another room) for ease of access. Perhaps you could keep them with the rest of your cleaning supplies (such as your polish and kitchen supplies) so they are all in one place?

    Spick & Span In The Kitchen

    Moving on, it might be best to talk about where a large bulk of your cleaning products are most likely stored and used: in the kitchen. The same rules apply here as they do in the bathroom. You need a clean area and a safe place to keep everything.

    It all boils down to the fact that with cooking and prepping of food means that area has to be free from bacteria. Germs are another issue as you handle items such as raw meat.

    What better way to keep everything hygienic and germ-free than with kitchen cleaners and all-purpose cleaners? Be they anti-bacterial kitchen sprays, washing-up liquid, drain unblockers, or oven cleaners, these all are used to keep your kitchen surfaces and appliances spick and span. A tidy home is a happy home, as they say.

    The same can be said about laundry items. Fabric softener, washing powder/tablet, stain remover, or even colour catchers. All of these can be stored with the rest of the under-the-sink supplies. That or keep them close-by to your washing machine, but out of reach.

    Whilst so much happens in this room, the same rules as the above apply. Keeping your cleaning supplies dry and cool is essential (and keeping them safely out the way). An ideal place (if you wish to split cleaning products between rooms) would be under the sink, away from food items and kept somewhere not in constant use. Ideally, you would want a child-lock on the door to prevent children and pets to gain access.

    And All The Cleaning Supplies In-between

    Don't forget about your cleaning tools! With sponges, you must make sure they can fully air dry. Whilst you can store unused sponges underneath the sink, just make sure you don't store damp ones in an enclosed area, for fear of bacteria. The same can be said about cloths used around the home.

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    Now, with dust-clearing tools such as brooms, it's always best to store them upside-down to stop any bristles bending. Or you could hang it up on a hook to keep it suspended in the air, this works for sponge-mops and dusters too. Keeping them elevated not only helps make your home look neat and tidy, but also keeps them healthy so they last longer,

    How To Get Everything You Need Under £10

    Now, it's all well and good knowing how to store products safely and where; but what about the price? At Poundstretcher making things affordable is key. So, here is a list of all the essential cleaning supplies to best clean your home with!

    Persil Washing-Up Liquid 500ml - 69p

    To start with, it's always handy to have some washing-up liquid in the kitchen. This 500ml Persil product comes in green, yellow, and pink, all of which have amazing scents and can destroy dirt and grime from your dishes with ease.

    Persil All-In-One 28 Dishwasher Tablets - £1.99

    Another from Persil. This time it's for those with a dishwasher, the machine that makes cleaning a family-sized amount of dishes much more convenient. Here you have an amazing 28 tablets to get through, and with its all-in-one feature, you'll have sparkling cutlery and shiny plates in no time.

    Daz Washing Powder 6 Washes - £1

    Depending on how big your household is would determine how fast you will use this product up. But for a quid, you can get 6 washes which would last a small/single household quite a while. With Daz you can always be sure to get whites that shine. So keep clean and dazzle on.

    Clean n Fresh Bleach 750ml - 36p

    Nothing gets cleaner or fresher than Clean n Fresh 24-hour bleach! This thick formula kills 99.9% of bacteria and flying germs, including MRSA, E.Coli, Salmonella, and Listeria. And if you don't like original, then why not get the citrus burst of essence instead?

    Stardrops All Round Cleaner 750ml - 89p

    Now here's a contender for Star Product on this list: Stardrops All Round Cleaner is amazing. It can do almost anything (cleaning-wise). There's no fear of dulling or scratching, and can be used on a wide range of surfaces, ranging from hobs to floors.

    Stardrops Anti-Bacterial Cleaner 750ml - 89p

    Whilst this product may not have the wide range and 'all round'-ness of the previous Stardrops product, it's still essential. One word: anti-bacterial. It kills 99.9% of bacteria, including the flu virus, which makes it perfect to use for cleaning food surfaces in the kitchen.

    Mr. Sheen Polish 300ml - 89p

    Whenever you want your home to be polished to shiny perfection, you can always turn to Mr Sheen. This multi-surface polish works on plastic, glass, metal, and wood, trapping that pesky dust once and for all.

    4 Microfibre Dish Cloths - 89p

    And what can you use when cleaning with all these products? Why, these microfibre cloths! They can be used for dishes, on surfaces, anything! And if you toss them in the wash they can be used multiple times.

    Total: £7.60

    The Clean Conclusion

    There you have it, but a final word, it's always best to keep all these cleaning supplies in their original containers. If you do want to pour them into another bottle, then use new clean ones and make sure to label it clearly and accurately.

    So, as mentioned before you can find all these great and affordable products at Poundstretcher today. Want to know where your nearest store is located? Then try our Store Finder for a quick and easy way to see opening times, plus Google Map directions.

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