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  • The Best Plants and Planters this July

    When you’re looking to enhance the beauty of your outdoor space, it’s always good to bear the seasons in mind.

    The more experienced gardeners out there will know what's what when it comes to the best plants to add to their garden. 

    But if you’re a new homeowner with a garden you’re looking to get into shape, it’s a good idea to take the time to learn what makes sense to add to the mix. 

     

    Perfect plants for July

    Summer is when the flowers in your garden truly come into their own, and there are plenty of options out there that look really good around July.

    Take Hollyhocks for example. Coming in beautiful shades of pink, purple and red, Hollyhocks can grow up to 5 feet tall and are a fine addition to any outdoor flower bed.

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    Geraniums are an equally pretty addition to your garden this July, as are Echinaceas.

    Astrantias have also grown in popularity, while violas, pansies, and wallflowers are always a popular choice. These are really gorgeous additions and add a real dash of summer colour.

    As the summer moves on, heleniums, dahlias and penstemons all come into their own too. Try to take the time to research fully what blooms when, and turn your garden into the perfect outdoor space.

     

    Kit your garden out properly

    Of course, you need more than plants to turn your garden into the summer paradise you envisage. This is where Poundstretcher’s gardening range can come in handy.

    At your nearest store, there is a range of exceptional garden and outdoor products that can help you get the outdoor set up you seek.

    We have a selection of planters and hanging baskets that are sure to meet your needs.

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    For example, our barrel effect planter is perfect for housing new plants, offering a stylish and subtle aesthetic in any garden. 

    An equally popular product is our Glaze Effect Lady Planter, which adds a real feel of sophistication to your garden. This item comes in a selection of colours, helping you find the perfect buy.

     

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    Similarly, our glaze effect bowl planter has an equally classic style, while the glazed effect egg planter is another strong option for you.

    bamboo potAnd consider also the bamboo pots we have at Poundstretcher. Our coloured bamboo pots are always popular, offering a cheap option for gardens this summer.

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    Don’t forget to pick up some high-quality, multi-purpose compost for your garden too.

    To get hold of everything you need to create the ideal summer garden this year, head to your nearest Poundstretcher store. You can find yours by using our Store Finder. We look forward to welcoming you to our store.

    Also, remember to check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for amazing competitions, and our YouTube channel is ever-growing too, hopefully just like all the plants in your garden.

  • YouTube Video: Celebrate With Poundstretcher

    Hey, guess what? We have another spectacular video on our growing YouTube channel! This time it's some fantastic products to help celebrate birthdays and other celebrations!

    Yup; candles, balloons, paper cups and plates, we showcase them all right on the video found here.

    Also, the highlight of the video is seeing (and hearing) the magical singing birthday candle we sell in our stores! There are a variety of colours and they're surely something you want to check out!

    If you want to find more of our party lines, check out your local store today! Unsure where that is? Then make sure to use our Store Finder for addresses, contact details, and opening hours.

    Also, be sure to check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for competitions, bargains, and more!

  • The Poundstretcher Footy Survival Guide!

    Hello, all you footy fans; have you come down with a case of football fever?! Well then, Poundstretcher has just what you need this weekend!

    Whether or not you'll be having a massive get-together or a cosy night in, we have everything you could possibly need for a fun-filled evening of action and excitement!

     

    Have A Cold Coke!

    Let's kick off with some much-needed drinks; we have Coca-Cola, Fanta, and Sprite for when your throat goes hoarse from cheering (or jeering) at the TV!

    All these delicious 500ml drinks are only 69p each, and are excellent when served cold (possible with a lemon or lime) in a large glass with ice! There isn't anything more refreshing than that!

    Or, if you're going to be staying up late or just need that BURST of energy, we have a wide selection of energy drinks for you.

     

    Fantastic Snacks To Crunch On!

    Whether it's popcorn, crisps, or cereal bars, we have all of this and more in our stores. Just fill up a few bowls full of each tasty snack and watch how fast they all go! Remember to stock up on enough treats for everyone!

    If savoury snacks aren't your bag, we'll surely have you surprised with all the chocolates and sweets we have on offer! We have all manner of brands, so if you're a fan of Cadburys or even the likes of Snickers, Twix, or Kit Kats, we're sure to have something for any side of the chocolate fence.

     

    Get The BBQ Out!

    Also, if the weather permits it this summer, why not have yourself a BBQ? The gardening section in our stores will have you screaming and celebrating with all the offers and great savings! Whether you need a new bistro set, solar lights, or a paddling pool, we have you all covered!

    Whatever you want cooking up, be it burgers, sausages, or a vegetarian alternative, we have everything you could need for everything to go 100% a-okay.

     

    Score One In The Back Of The Net!

    To hit the mark and score a bargain-filled goal for your bank account savings, head on down to your local store! Where's that, you ask? Check out our Store Finder and you'll find all the details you'll need!

    Also, be sure to check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels for even more fantastic bargains!

    So, no matter what the result, let's all enjoy a good match!

  • Get your Garden Summer-Ready With Poundstretcher

    We’ve already had some glorious, sunny days this year, and fingers crossed there will be plenty more to come.

    Anybody with or without an outdoor space will cherish the sunny days and warm evenings that the British summer brings. However, it's always nice to make that small outdoor haven in your garden into something even better.

    There are a host of garden and outdoor products available at Poundstretcher – all coming at conveniently low prices.

    Whether you’re looking for gardening accessories or gardening gifts, in this blog, we pick out some of the best options for our customers to help you create and maintain their perfect outdoor place.

    Solar Light Up Your Life

    Outdoor solar lights are all the rage! These cleverly designed items use the sun’s rays to shine during those lingering evenings and make your garden a really tranquil space.

    We offer a wide selection of solar lights in different styles and designs, helping you find exactly what you need in your garden.

    We also have lantern-style products, as well as glass jar lights and white solar crackle balls.

    And one popular option is our solar flower topiary balls. These are available in purple, white, and red, and offer something truly different.solar light topiary ball

     

     

    Luscious Lawns & Fabulous Flowerbeds

    For many green-fingered customers, the lawn is their pride and joy. Maintaining a great green space is a priority, and we have all the products required to keep your lawn looking great all summer long. We have lawn seed available at great low prices, as well as all the tools and equipment you need to maintain flowerbeds.

    Take a look through our gardening tools, including gardening planters, gardening forks, and trowels – all available at exceptional prices and bargain deals.

    What’s more, you can keep bushes and other green areas neat and tidy with our garden hedge shears, while we have garden sacks and pop up garden bags to make it easy to tidy things away.

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    Fences & Planters & Baskets, Oh My!

    For many gardeners up and down the country, one part of their hobby is ensuring all the elements of the garden are shipshape.

    We have a host of fencing items at Poundstretcher, including fence paint and garden screening. There’s also a vast selection of garden chemicals for a variety of tasks. This range includes path and patio cleaner, slug killer and scent off animal repellent.

    We also have a host of planters and baskets that are ideals for keeping flowers and other green items in.

    And those with greenhouses should also take a look through our propagation range.

    To take advantage of the superb range of outdoor and garden products we have available at Poundstretcher, simply head to your nearest store. You can find yours by using our Store Finder! Be sure to start planning your visit and get everything you need for a wonderful summer 2019.

    Oh, and why not tell us about your garden and show us some pictures on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

  • Make Your Home Smell Fabulous With Neutradol

    It's still spring cleaning time, and we're talking about another way to make your home smell fabulous. Last week it was Glade candles, this time it is Neutradol, the world's no.1 deodouriser.

    With 'fresh science' these following fantastic lines are just what you need to make your home smell fresh and fragrant this spring. Oh, and did we mention that all of our Neutradol lines are only 90p each, and come in three scent-sational aromas!

     

    Air Deodouriser Room Spray

    Let's start with your room spray. It safely destroys and annihilates those nasty stinky odours that plague your kitchen, living space, office, you name it. If stench can get to it, this spray can neutralise it!

     

    Gel Power Orb

    You can just smell the power these orbs give out! Just like our sprays above, these work hard to abolish the stinky smells around your; however, with these orbs, you don't have to do a thing (except set it up, of course). After that, you'll have 90 days of delightful fragrance wafting through your home.

     

    Quick Spray Odour Destroyer

    As the name implies, all it takes is only quick spray (a single touch) to unleash a burst of odour destroying freshness. All that gets left behind is clean, fresh air as the bad smell molecules vanish!

     

    Fresh Vac Carpet Deodouriser

    Tobacco, pets, cooking; these are all causes of undesirable smells (with cooking, don't get us wrong, your cooking might smell great; but do you really want that garlic and onion smell stuck around on your carpet?).

    All you need to do is sprinkle some of this on your carpet, vacuum it up, and all those nasty, mean bad odour molecules will be history! Who doesn't want a nice clean smelling carpet, especially when you want to show off your home after a good spring clean!

    What are your thoughts on our Neutradol range? Let us know (and maybe give us some of your thoughts of spring cleaning tips) on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

    If you want to know where you can pick up all of these amazing cleaning goodies, then why not check out our Store Finder for your nearest Poundstretcher store!

  • Why You Should Get Into Knitting This Spring!

    Knitting is a fantastic pastime for the young and old alike. Ignore all the nay-sayers and those who liken you to an old granny. Knitting is something you could be getting into right now, especially with the Easter holidays just around the corner!

    So, why should you even get invested in knitting in the first place? Well, we have just a few quick reasons why this creative form of expression is something you should consider!

    And don't fret about where to grab all your supplies; whether you're new to the craft or not, Poundstretcher have you covered for all your knitting needs.

    We have yarn galore across our stores in all manner of colours, and we aren't pulling the wool over your eyes either with our prices. Our yarn start at only £1.99 each!

     

    #1 Gifts from the Heart

    It's always lovely to get a handmade gift, right? Well, how do you think all your friends and family will feel when you knit them scarfs, hats, and other little bits and pieces? Those kinds of gifts are one-of-a-kind and handcrafted by you, making them extra special!

     

    #2 Cost-effective Gifting

    As well as giving a gift that's from the heart, it's also a fantastic way to be cost-effective (especially around Christmas). Knitting your own presents is an inexpensive way of letting people know you're thinking of them.

     

    #3 Keeps Your Mind Sharp

    It's not all about other people; knitting can do wonders for your mind and mental health! It's a great creative hobby that keeps your brain active with a nice logical and creative mixed workout.

     

    #4 A Business in the Making

    Of course, it's not all about money, however, your knitting hobby can lead itself to you opening your own little business online! And with how much of a bargain you can buy our yarn for, you won't be breaking the bank for supplies.

     

    #5 Relieves Your Stress

    Knitting is also a great stress reliever; it keeps your hands busy, and not to mention that focusing on something so intricate can really take you away to a calmer place.

    Think there are any other reasons we missed out? Why don't you let us know and share some of your creations in the comment section on Facebook? We'd also LOVE to see you tag us in some pictures on Twitter and Instagram too!

    To grab some yarn today, just head on over to your nearest Poundstretcher! Don't know where that is? Well, just use our handy Store Finder and you'll know exactly where it is!

  • There's Easter Fun For Everyone At Poundstretcher

    Easter is one of the big events on the year’s calendar, with the schools closing and many people enjoying some much deserved time off for some Easter fun!

    It’s also a great chance to get friends and family together and spend some quality time in great company.

    To help you and your nearest and dearest have an Easter to remember, at Poundstretcher we’ve put together a great range of products for Easter 2019.

     

    Get Cracking, Get Crafty

    Our Easter gifts and products this year have a focus on the arts and crafts, so if you’re looking for great activities and creative projects, look no further than the Poundstretcher Easter range.

    Shoppers with young children will love the selection of creative craft options we have available. For example, there are Easter craft kits available to buy. These great items are packed full of coloured paper shapes, string and sequins to help children (and big kids!) make something wonderful this Easter time. These kits come with glittery butterflies and bunnies for you and your family to enjoy, so be sure to pick one up.

    We also have decorate your own Easter character packs available. Containing 8 great masks including bunnies and chicks of different colours, these are the perfect way to get into the Easter spirit.

     

    Easter Gifts Galore

    There are also 4 packs of Easter money wallets if you’re looking to give a special Easter money gift, while we have beautiful gift bags with bunnies and chicks featured.

    No Easter is complete without an Easter Egg hunt. We have special Easter Egg Hunt Kits that provide everything you need to ensure a great time is had by all. These kits contain various egg counters, cute ‘this way’ signs to guide participants to the goodies and storage bags to contain their findings.

    We also stock Floral Easter Cards, as well as packs allowing people to decorate their own Easter Cards. These are great for kids and really allows them to get creative and share some Easter joy.

    What’s more, we have Easter sticker rolls, and cute cuddly plush toys in the shape of lambs, chicks, and bunnies. These are lovely presents for kids and adults alike.

    Be sure to get all the Easter gifts you need this year from your local Poundstretcher store. To locate yours, simply use our Find a Store tool and start planning your next trip.

    Check out more fantastic deals on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages!

  • Your April Growing Guide From 79p!

    It's no joke, April is here and the sun is shining (for the most part)! We've not long been into spring and with March now behind us, it's time to start thinking more about what we all want our gardens to look like for the summer!

    Surely you all are itching to get your gardening gloves at the ready, pick out your favourite gardening tools, and get to work, right? Well, we have hints and tips for you in what to sow and plant this April right here at Poundstretcher!

     

    The Grass Is Always Greener

    Is your lawn looking a bit patchy and neglected? Then now is the time to sow some grass seeds for £4.99 for a 2KG bag that can help it return to its former glory. It's so easy to forget about the grassy parts of our garden, but these need as much love and care as your flowers.

    Our lawn seed is a blend of fine-leaved dwarf perennial ryegrass and fescue with ryegrass, to provide a hard-wearing, high-shoot density lawn for domestic gardens. For the best results, sprinkle a pre-seeding fertiliser, following the manufacturer’s instructions, over the area to be sown, and rake into the seedbed.

     

    Growing All The Veggies!

    With the birds singing, blossoms blooming, and the warmer weather floating in on the breeze, it’s the perfect time to get your veggies growing!

    The season of fresh salad will soon be upon us – so get planting some lettuces, kale seeds, and tomatoes ready to fill salad bowls at BBQs in your stunningly lush gardens. Why not also sow some cucumbers towards the end of the month too for good measure?

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    Don’t forget about the dishes you’ll be preparing come late summer and autumn though, now is the time to sow cabbages and onions ready for stews and soups.

    If you’re looking to add some colour to your meal times, beetroots are the veg for you, and just the thing to plant this month as well. We have a great selection of seeds starting from ONLY 79p, so you can stock up on as much as you want at your local Poundstretcher and you won't be breaking the bank!

     

    Delectable Fruit

    It’s just the month to get your potted fruit trees and plants growing – great if you have limited space as fruit will thrive even on your balcony! But don’t forget to protect your plum and pear trees from the icy grasp of spring frost that still comes a-knocking at night.

    We stock a range of amazing large fruit trees from just only £4.99, so why not grow some delicious fruit and make a saving today?

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    Here Come The Herbs

    Those herbs you grew from seeds or bought can now go outside, into pots, window boxes or our range of planters starting from £1.  We especially like to fill hanging baskets with hardy rosemary, fragrant mint, and bright chives and watch as they thrive. Their small brightly coloured flowers will attract bees to your garden as well, so sit back and relax as you watch these marvelous creatures buzz around your herb garden.

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    If you’re fond of Italian flavours in your cooking, basil seeds are also great to sow in April – truly versatile basil is wonderful in chicken, pasta, and even strawberry-based dishes believe it or not!

    So, if you’ve been bitten by the gardening bug, and you want to try your hand at growing some greens this spring, why not pop over to your local Poundstretcher to grab some supplies today!

    Also, if you have any great gardening tips or wish to see more of our unbelievable bargains, head on over to our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages!

  • Top 5 Cleaning Products You Couldn't Do Without

    There's so much to do around this time of year it seems, and sometimes there's so little time to fit it all in. However, once you get a moment or two, why not think about giving your entire house a good spring clean?

    Or, better yet for those with limited time on their hands, why not settle for mini bursts of scrubbing and doing the odd job here and there? At Poundstretcher, we have a whole wide range of cleaning products for your spring cleaning needs.

    Here are 5 of our top picks from our cleaning range that will do wonders for your home! We'll also let you in on some of the best ways to utilise them!

    Before we get going, make sure you're all kitted out with some cleaning must-haves: yellow rubber gloves from 69p, a refill for your mop for £1.16, and why not give yourself a treat mid-way through with some McVities rich tea biscuits for 79p!

     

     

    Zoflora Up Your Home

    Out of the 5 products mentioned here, Zoflora is without a doubt one you should stock up on 100%! They're just THAT versatile, not to mention they smell absolutely brilliant with Lavender, Springtime, and Hyacinth scents on offer.

    At ONLY 90p each, these 120ml bottles will kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses from your home, not to mention they contain a powerful odour elimination ingredient.

    Whether you dilute them to wipe down surfaces, add some to a brush and scrub the inside your bin, or even wipe down your window blinds, you'll be amazed.

    Also, why not leave some Zoflora in your sink to work on your plughole; give it a while and you'll find your entire room smelling fresh and clean!

     

    Pretty In Pink

    Spring cleaning doesn't just mean pushing the hoover around, wiping down the surfaces with Dettol, and giving the grill a good scrub. No, you need to go above a beyond for this sparkling time of year! Get into every nook and cranny you can find to make sure everything is spick and span.

    One way you can do this is with the ever-so-famous The Pink Stuff! Available for only 69p each, just apply this hardworking paste to your tiles, glass, paintwork, cookers, and even pots & pans! It's a cleaner that will rid your surfaces of all those nasty stains with ease!

    Simply rub onto the surface using a soft cloth and rinse away with water for easy stain removal anywhere.

     

    Freshen Up Your Carpets

    Carpets are something we might hoover a lot, but when was the last time you actually gave it a bit of freshening up? It doesn't matter where your carpets are, you can use our 1001 Carpet Fresh anywhere!

    We have a range of scents to choose from at only £1.79, but our ideal pick would be our limited edition, Spring Blossom & Mandarin.

    Just spray on the desired area and leave to allow the quick-drying foam to penetrate deep down into your carpet fibres (it only takes a few minutes).

    It's safe to use on the most delicate of carpets, including wool. Your carpet and home will be left smelling fresh and clean like a beautiful spring day, and with a quick drying fine foam, it means there's no need to vacuum!

     

    Pining For Those Clean Surfaces?

    This fantastic Stardrops 4-in-1 Pine Disinfectant is just what you need to destroy those pesky germs and viruses, such as the Flu virus, from your home. It works similar to Zoflora, except this has the advantage of being in a spray bottle, making it a breeze to spritz onto any surface (across tiled walls, in the deep recesses of the cupboards, anywhere that you might not sort out on a regular basis).

    This little beauty destroys 99.9% of bacteria, leaving your home nice and clean and provides you with a fresh smelling pine scent. What could be better?

     

    Show That Grime Some Muscle!

    Get stuck in and put in some muscle; Mr. Muscle that is! Don't you hate it when you're trying to wash up or have a shower, only to find that nothing is really going down that easy? If regularly kept on top of, there's a way you can stop it getting to that state!

    For only £1.99, our Mr. Muscle drain gel can have you sorted in just minutes with its 5-minute action formula! All it takes it one mighty shot down your toilet or sink and total blockages will be squared away!

    So, what do you think of our top 5? Maybe you think there are some other amazing cleaning products out there even better than these? Or perhaps you want to share some even better tips and cleaning tricks with us? Head on over to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages and get stuck in!

    Find your nearest Poundstretcher today with our Store Finder tool for opening hours, addresses, and contact details!

  • Decorate Your Home Without Breaking The Bank

    Ever looked around your home and felt that things could do with a bit of a sprucing up?

    They say your home is your castle, but if you’ve had the same décor, furniture, and accessories for a while, it’s easy to feel uninspired and underwhelmed.

    The problem is that completely redecorating a room of your home doesn’t always come cheap. If you find yourself browsing through home decoration magazines and the like, the rooms you see may well look beautiful, but are sure to cost a pretty penny to put together.

    A better alternative is to get hold of real bargains for your home and put together a fresh feel piece-by-piece! This will save you cash, while still giving your home that longed-for sense of revitalisation.

    This is where a visit to your nearest Poundstretcher store comes in! Each of our stores offers a great selection of homeware products at unbelievably low prices for you to take advantage of.

    So to help you find what you need, we’ve put together this guide to our homeware selection to help offer some inspiration and guidance as to what’s on offer.

     

    Rework those Rooms

    Firstly, it’s important to get your home décor looking as you want it to in order to create that perfect interior space. At Poundstretcher, we have everything from beautiful rugs, to blankets and throws,  to clocks and candles that can give your rooms a new vibe in no time at all. We also have a huge range of fantastic bedding, so your bedroom can be freshened up too.

    Perhaps you’re looking specifically to enhance the look and feel of your kitchen? We can certainly help there too. There's a great selection of kitchen and dining products that can help you not only add some colour and feel of the room, but also help you enhance the practicality of your time in the kitchen.

    Bathrooms are another part of the home that can often do with a little sprucing up. Bath mats and towels, as well as colourful toilet brushes, new toilet seats, and toilet roll stands are all available from Poundstretcher.

     

    Get things Organised

    One thing that can really detract from your home space is a sense of clutter and disorganisation. That means that having a strong storage system in place can be very advantageous.

    We offer a host of fabulous storage options that can help you get everything in order. Perfect for busy family life, be sure to take a look through our plastic storage, storage furniture, baskets and boxes.

    And while you’re looking for top homewares, why not browse through our household range too. These home essentials are always a good addition to any home.

    Also, it’s always a good idea to keep your home clean and tidy. We have a fantastic selection of cleaning supplies for you to buy at great low prices, so you can make sure everything’s looking great with ease.
    To take advantage of our sensational selection of homeware products and more, simply visit your nearest store. Where might that be? Well, find yours using our handy Store Finder tool today. We look forward to seeing you!

    Oh, and if you want to hear more about competitions and sensational deals, why not head on over to our Facebook and Twitter pages. Maybe you can show everyone just how stellar your new home décor is?

  • Finding All Your Flippin' Fantastic Pancake Day Essentials

    Every year, Shrove Tuesday – also known as Pancake Day – presents a great chance for families and friends to get together and spend some quality time in each other’s company while enjoying some tasty treats.

    There are loads of different ways to make pancakes depending on what your specific preferences are, and you can include exciting flavours and textures to make your pancakes that little bit different if you so wish. But there are some rudimental elements and items that are required for the making of pancakes.

    Here at Poundstretcher, we can provide you with a great selection of items to help support with your Pancake Day efforts.

     

    All The Ingredients!

    When it comes to those basic ingredients for pancakes, a few things spring to mind.

    The first are flour and milk; with McDougal flour and skimmed and semi-skimmed organic milk from Moo available in our stores, you now just need a few other ingredients before you're ready to go!

    Eggs are a must, while vegetable oil and salts such as our natural sea salts can help to add flavour. And, of course, let's not forget the lemon juice!

     

    Grab All The Equipment!

    To make truly top of the range pancakes, it’s important you have the right tools at hand.

    A large bowl such as a mixing bowl is the perfect way to get all your ingredients together and mixed up. All your eggs, flour, milk and other ingredients need to be thoroughly whisked, which you can do with a stainless steel or nylon whisks.

    You can then use specially-designed crêpe pans to start the heating process. If you don’t have a crêpe pan to hand, a ceramic frying pan will work just fine. Choose from 20cm, 24cm and 28cm frying pans.

    Don’t forget about a dash of sunflower oil spray to prevent the ingredients from sticking to the pan.

     

    Why Not Get Experimental?


    There’s no reason why you can’t add a few interesting elements to this year’s pancake batch and add a bit of variety to proceedings.

    This host of chocolate items can be used to provide a tasty alternative to the traditional pancake, while there are also plenty of sweets available to spread on pancakes too.

     

    Super-Serving Options

    Once you’ve got that perfect pancake cooked and ready, it’s serving time!

    Explore a great selection of plates, bowls, and cutlery for you to eat your pancakes from. You can pick up all manner of kitchen and dining items at Poundstretcher, so don’t miss out.

    And once you’re finished and you feel the kitchen could do with a bit of a spruce up, we have a great range of kitchen cleaners for you to pick from.

    To make sure that Pancake Day 2019 is one to remember, be sure to plan a visit to your nearest Poundstretcher store and pick up a host of great items.

    Also, why not post your delightful pancake creations with us on Facebook or Twitter?

  • Get Set For Spring Cleaning With Our 6 Easy Tips

     

    Where has the time gone? It's almost March and that means spring is getting closer to being in full bloom (could have sworn I saw a bumblebee the other day)! With Easter and Mother's Day on the horizon, 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 #1: 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 afterward too) or wash it with warm, soapy water. Also, make sure you give your sponges a good soak too.

     

    Tip #2: 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 Dettol Anti-bacterial surface 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 #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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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