Kitchen

  • Product Highlight: Check Out Our Fabulous Fabulosa Sprays!

    It's time again for another product highlight! This time we have something we're sure you've seen around on our social media pages: our fabulous Fabulosa sprays!

    With these five different cleaners, we have five different absolutely stunning fragrances to fill your home with. What could be better than that? The fact that they are suitable for vegans, cruelty-free, and of course, that they are all 90p each!

     Orange & Apricot Kitchen Cleaner

    Perfect for use around the kitchen, this zesty orange & apricot cleaner is just what you need when you've got to tackle an after-dinner wipedown.

    Like all these Fabulosa cleaners, they kill 99.9% of bacteria to leave your kitchen surfaces sparkling and clean.

     

    Tropical Coconut Bathroom Cleaner

    If the bathroom is your concern, then we have a wonderful tropical coconut cleaner that is perfect for you! It makes short work of your sinks and bathroom countertops, and as always destroys 99.9% of bacteria. What could be better in your bathroom than the scent of delightful coconut?

     

    Watermelon Glass Cleaner

    Maybe the windows around your home need a little extra shine to them? Get rid of nasty streaks and dirt with our Fabulosa watermelon glass cleaner. Just spray, wipe in circular motions around your mirrors or windows, and leave to dry before giving it a bit of a drying afterwards. The fruity scent you'll be left with is so divine!

     

    Teakwood Shower Cleaner

    We also have a special cleaner specifically for the shower. This teakwood cleaner is just the thing to use freshen up every inch of your shower and leaves behind a wonderfully rich and mysterious fragrance.

     

    Pink Grapefruit Antibac Cleaner

    Finally, we have the scent-sational fragrance of pink grapefruit to wrap things up. This antibac cleaner is very versatile and makes cleaning any room in your home a breeze. And who doesn't love the fabulous smell of pink grapefruit wafting in the air whilst you're cleaning?

    You can find all of these fab products at your nearest Poundstretcher store. Unsure where your local one is? Then use our handy Store Finder to find out addresses, opening hours, and more!

    We're also around on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with more bargains and competitions! Also, our YouTube channel is getting more videos added all the time, so check them out when you can!

  • 8 Top Tips for a Refreshingly Clean Kitchen!

    It's that time again! We have more fantastic quick cleaning tips for you this week; this time we're focusing on the kitchen, somewhere that ought to be spic and span!

    Whether you use Stardrops, Mr. Muscle, Cif, or just plain ol' vinegar and elbow grease, check out our top tips below and see if they can improve how you think about cleaning your kitchen.

    Or if you have some better solutions, let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

     

    1. Change Cloths on a Regular Basis

    First things first, the cloths used to wipe your surfaces every night (not to mention the spills you might accidentally make) should be changed at least once or twice a week.

     

    2. Keep Your Microwave Fresh

    You might neglect the inside of your microwave, but it certainly is something that needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. Make sure to give the surfaces (up, down, left, and right) a good scrubbing and use some of our amazing Ozmo Antibacterial Fridge & Microwave Cleaning Spray for only £1.79!

     

    3. Clear Out Your Fridge

    This isn't something you might be doing every day, but it certainly is something that should be kept on top of. Just go through every weekend and make sure you take notice of anything that's nearly out of date, whilst tossing anything out that's no longer any good. (the same can be said of your freezer too).

    After that, take everything out, give the surfaces a good wipe with good old reliable Ozmo, and put everything back in after wiping dry.

     

    4. Mop the Floor

    It's a wet job, and sometimes it can mean your kitchen is off limits for a period of time (unless you want wet feet), but mopping the floor is a job that needs to be done often. Just take a solution of disinfectant in a bucket, get a mop, slap it down on the floor, and get to work!

     

    5. Take Pride in Your Clean Oven

    It's a big job, but Oven Pride is the best product to turn to when you need to get the grime and dirt from your oven when a deep clean is required.

    Just put on the included protective gloves, follow the instructions, and soon you'll have an awe-inspiring oven!

     

    6. Wipe Down the Surfaces

    Your work surfaces need to be done daily (after/before dinner would be a good time). Also, it's worth noting your cabinet doors and interiors should be done every so often too, as grease and dirt can latch onto them without you even knowing.

    Just use some antibacterial kitchen spray for only 90p, spritz it across your surfaces, wipe with a clean damp cloth and presto, the job is done!

     

    7. Descale Your Kettle

    Sometimes limescale wouldn't pose much of an issue, sometimes it will. It all depends on the quality of your water. However, if your kettle (or any products that need a good descaling) is in need of some help, you can be sure that Oust is the best way to go!

     

    8. Sink That Dirt

    Your sink basin has all sorts of food, oil, grime, and bits going through it as you go about washing up and preparing food. It's good to do your sink the same way you clean your surfaces, with a good kitchen spray!

    So, any helpful tips? Maybe you already knew all these or maybe you think you know some better ways to clean the kitchen? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

    And if you want to check out some of our great cleaning range, you can find your nearest store using our Store Finder!

  • 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?

  • 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.

     

    Have any other top tips on cleaning wizardry to share? Maybe you're a domestic deity who wishes to impart a fantastic way of tackling daily cleaning chores? Well then, share your thoughts and views on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and also be sure to check out our weekly competitions and amazing deals.

    Want to find your nearest store? Well, just use our Store Finder and your local store (including directions and opening hours) will be available to you in a flash.

  • Take A Look Through Our Top February Discounts

    One of the reasons Poundstretcher’s customers keep coming back to us is because of the great value and amazing savings we continually offer to everyone across the nation.

    This February, on top of the 1000s of prices we have already slashed, we’ve also made selected cuts to other parts of our range to provide you with more for your money.

     

    Tea & Coffee Essentials

    There are some pretty fundamental things that get people through the day – one of which is a nice hot drink.

    We’ve knocked 25% off a host of tea, coffee, and sugar canisters, so be sure to browse our selection of homeware products and find what you need.

     

    Salty Savings

    It’s a point of contention among fish and chip fanatics – how much salt do you put on, if any at all?

    Well if you fall on the saltier side of the divide, you are sure to love some of the discounts we have available on our salt selection.

    We’ve knocked up to 50% off a wide variety of our salt products, including Himalayan White Salt, Atlantic Sea Salt, and Pink, Black and White salts in bottles. You can pick up these flavoursome options for less at Poundstretcher this February.

     

    Save On String Lights

    String lights are great for turning an ordinary space into somewhere with a touch of magic.

    You can pick up peg lights that are great for hanging photographs from, making them ideal weddings and party lights.

    We have lowered prices on a host of selected string lights as part of our February discounts, so don’t miss out.

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    Pick-up Some Bargain Placemats

    If you’re looking to add a touch of style and sophistication to the dining table, you’re in luck.

    We’ve knocked our price down on our placemats and coasters, including 2 packs of Black Faux Leather Placemats, giving your kitchen or dining room set up a fresh lease of life.

     

    Keep Warm On Chilly Nights

    The worst of the winter might be behind us, but that doesn’t mean that temperatures won’t dip down on chilly evenings.

    To stay warm through the remainder of February and spring, be sure to take a look through our full selection of thermal clothing, including socks, gloves, and hats. You can save on these great items this month at Poundstretcher.

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    Fabulous February Savings

    Don’t forget that our pet event is also currently taking place, so if you’re on the lookout for great low prices for pet products, be sure to visit Poundstretcher before the 2nd March.

    To find your nearest Poundstretcher store, head to our Find a Store for opening hours, addresses, and contact details so you can start planning your next trip today!

    For more fantastic bargains and competitions, why not look at our Facebook and Twitter for everything you could need this February.

  • Find Great Deals on Fabulous Cleaning Supplies

    The reality of family life is that keeping rooms and parts of your home clean and tidy can be a very tricky task. It’s amazing what kind of dirt and grime can build up, particularly when you have young children or pets.

    This all means that homes up and down the country are sure to benefit from having a strong arsenal of cleaning supplies.

    At Poundstretcher, we not only have a fine range of cleaning supplies for you to select from, but are regularly adding new discounts and deals to help our customers get more value from their shop with us.

    Great Cleaning Bargains

    We’ve just lowered prices on a series of products within our cleaning range to help you fill your cupboards with everything you need for a big spring cleaning effort in 2019!

    You can get hold of 1001 Carpet Fresh cleaner for £1.79, bottles of Cif Cream for 90p, and Comfort Intense Fabric Conditioner for just £2.69.

    You can also pick up tubs of The Pink Stuff, which is a great cleaning paste that’s truly tough on stains, for just 69p.

    We also have bottles of Duck cleaner, Fairy Liquid, Harpic and Flash cleaner for just 90p.

    And any pet owners out there will love the Zoflora Fresh Home Odour Remover and Disinfectant we have in our range for just £3.99.

    A Broad Cleaning Range

    Whatever products you need to add to your cleaning arsenal or stock up on, at Poundstretcher we have over 100 different items that can help you get your home looking pristine.

    You can pick up bathroom and kitchen cleaners from Poundstretcher, as well as cleaners for all purposes.

    We also have a host of floorcare options, as well as mops, sweepers and brooms, and washing up gear.

    And to help your home smell fresh and appealing, you can pick up air fresheners from Poundstretcher too.

    Plan Your Next Trip

    All our cleaning supplies, as well as a great range of homewares and winter essentials, can be purchased at your nearest Poundstretcher store.

    Just use our Find a Store tool by entering your postcode, and your closest store (as well as opening hours) will appear!

    For more of our fabulous bargains and deals (not to mention competitions) come and check out our Facebook and Twitter pages!

  • Handy Food Storage Hacks For Your Home

    It's that time of year. Whether you're a busy parent preparing packed lunches for your children, or an older student who's on a budget and always on the go, food storage containers are a godsend.

    It's always been a popular idea to be able to store food to eat at a later time, or to even transport food around with you.  Here at Poundstretcher, we have a wide range of food storage options (be it paper or plastic) that are both affordable and handy.

    Keeping Your Lunch Fresh

    Now, when we think storage containers, we think lunch boxes. They're the ideal place to store your sandwiches for lunchtime. That's where these storage boxes (which can easily become lunch boxes) come in, but don't think they're just for adults.

    We have a range that's perfect for children too, ready to take to school! For those wanting the princess life we have these Disney Princess boxes, for the superheroes, we have this Spiderman one, and for the ones who just love Disney in general, we have these fun Mickey and Minnie boxes to give their lunchtime a bit of colour and originality.

    But, how can you wrap up those sandwiches for maximum freshness? Well, we also have Bacofoil non-stick tin foil, the ideal way of keeping the freshness in your grub.

    Keeping Your Food Ready For The Reheat

    Especially when on a budget, you might want to reheat leftovers from dinner, be it for lunch or to have for tomorrow night's dinner. One of the ways to go about this is with this fantastic microwavable lunch box, which includes a plastic knife and fork!

    Or if you have actually made too much dinner and want to store it away for another dinner, then this microwaveable pot is another perfect solution! It's able to hold up to 2 litres, and you can safely warm your food up whenever you want, worry-free!

    What You Can Store in Food Storage Containers

    Well, what can you store in your containers? Anything your heart desires (within reason)! But for the kitchen, you can store things from flour and baking ingredients (ideal for you to live out your Bake Off dreams), leftovers, coffee, and anything else that you don't wish to spoil or expose to air! With airtight storage boxes coming in a range of sizes, you'll be able to keep things nice and fresh.

    Also, why not store your veggies in these Vegetable Storage Bags? They're ideal for keeping them secure and out the way.

    Where To Keep & How To Organise Your Food Storage Containers

    With these handy boxes, you can stash them anywhere in your kitchen with ease. You can store them in the fridge or even in a cupboard for easy access to ingredients and the like. Or even this 5 piece storage container would be useful, it's freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe!

    But what about freezing, I hear you ask? Well, we also carry a range of resealable food & freezer bags that are absolutely perfect for freezing bread, meats, or anything else you wish to prolong the use-by date. They also make handy bags to store leftovers in the fridge or to stuff your sandwiches into.

    So don't let your home, or even your lunchtime, go unorganised and stale. Nip on down to Poundstretcher for all your food storage needs, and all for affordable prices.

    Want to find your nearest store? Well then, try our Store Finder to see opening times and Google Map directions.

  • 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.

  • What You May Not Know About Tea

    Tea. It’s an ever important beverage here in the UK. We as a nation drink 165 million cups of tea on a daily basis; that's 60.2 billion being sipped on every year according to the UK Tea & Infusions Association. That’s a lot of brew!

    I think C. S. Lewis said it best: "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."

    It's true we are a tea-loving nation, but do you think you know all there is about it? You might drink it every day, you swear by the stuff, and you know your oolong from your pu-erh. So, do you think that makes you some kind of expert? Well, maybe you are, but why don’t you try and see how many of these facts you know? On one hand, you may just learn something, and if not then you can have the satisfaction of gloating. It’s win-win.

    Where Tea Originated

    Despite our nation being synonymous with tea, many others around the world had sampled and adored the beverage first. Long before we even began to enjoy a nice cuppa and a biscuit, tea was being drunk as a medicinal drink in Southwest China as early as the Han dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD). However, if you wish to believe in legends then the tale of tea goes back even further.

    In 2737 BC, the Emporer of China and renowned herbologist, Shen Nung, had been waiting within the shade of a tree for his boiled drinking water. It was at that point leaves blew down and rested atop the water, infusing the flavour into it. It was there Shen Nung sampled it, and in a stroke of serendipity the drink we call tea was born. Turns out, that very tree was a Camellia Sinensis (the same plant we use to make tea today).

    Whether or not this was true, the fact that tea was huge in China is no understatement. It even ranked up to being a recreational drink throughout the Tang dynasty (618 AD - 906 AD) and became their go-to national drink of choice. From there, Japanese Buddhist monks came over before introducing it back home in Japan (another nation where tea was a foundation of their culture).

    Despite this, it wasn't until the latter half of the 16th Century when Europeans began to hear of this exotic beverage. It was something of a curiosity gifted from sailors as the British East India Company dominated the import market. This stayed that way until the mid-1600's when tea became known as a drink for the wealthy. This was due to the marriage of Charles II to Catherine of Braganza who was a huge tea fanatic and made it hip and fashionable.

    How Tea Plants Grow

    Tea plants, Camellia Sinensis, are evergreens that mainly grow in the wilds of tropical and subtropical climates. However, did you know you can grow your own tea here in the UK? It's true! After all, the plant originates from the damp, cool mountains of China. People all across our nation have been growing their own for quite a while.

    Taken from seeds and cuttings, it takes between 4 to 12 years for a tea plant to bear seeds. After that, you add on another 3 so they can be ready for harvest. The growth is best with acidic soils and naturally require at least 127cm of rain a year with elevations of up to 1,500m above sea level. They can grow up to 16m if left undisturbed, though are trimmed to waist-height when grown to be harvested.

    If you are planning to grow your own tea you needn't worry about the elevation. Whilst the height provides a better flavour to the leaves (due to the higher up it is planted means it will grow slower), it isn't a necessary factor. What is important is to keep the plant in plenty of sunlight and keep them sheltered from the harsh British weather until they become taller (anything past 1m and they can fend for themselves outside).

    Which Teas Help Burn Fat?

    There's growing tea, and there's drinking it; it's the latter you'd care more about, right? Well, tea has so many wonderful benefits to it. There's more to this long-time favourite than just having something warm to sip on when it's cold or a drink to accompany your afternoon biscuit(s).

    For instance, take burning fat; it's something more people are becoming concerned about and are turning to tea for help. However, you need the right type first to better gain the desired effects.

    Most teas are great at helping with managing your figure; be it to give your metabolism a little boost, reduce bloating, help burn calories easily, or shut down the need for snacking. It's a wonderful drink, but there are teas that work better than most. These would be the likes of pu-erh, oolong, and rooibos.

    Pu-erh, a fermented Chinese tea, is great for reducing belly fat and lowering the amount of fat in the blood. The same can be said about rooibos tea, a sweet drink made from leaves from the Rooibos bush in South Africa. It's said that the polyphenols and flavonoids found in it inhibit the forming of new fat cells, and is a great way to kick-start your metabolism.

    Now here's one that's quite well known; oolong tea. This drink is rich in antioxidants and is a traditional Chinese tea. It can assist in controlling cholesterol, boosts metabolism, and aids digestion. It's what you'd expect from the land where tea was originated and used as medicine, right?

    It's also full of catechins that help you burn fat quickly, even so much as a pound a week according to a six-week Chinese study. Paired with exercise and healthy eating, all it takes it sipping some tea now and then to really aid in your endeavours.

    Which Tea Doesn’t Have Caffeine?

    Now, certain teas might claim to be decaf, in which it doesn't have any caffeine in. However, whilst it is true that they have significantly fewer amounts compared to non-decaf, there are still traces of caffeine that remain. So, it's not caffeine-free, is it?

    But don't lose hope! There does exist a tea out there that has no caffeine in it whatsoever, and it's fantastic for you health-wise. It's a tea you've bound to have heard of: herbal tea.

    Be it a sweet peppermint, a calming chamomile, or a sharp ginger tea, all of these are great for being non-caffeinated. So, you can enjoy a nice refreshing hot drink, whilst not pumping your body full of caffeine. Oh, and all of these are great for digestive issues, whilst peppermint especially helps clear nasal passages, chamomile is great for anxiety, and ginger is perfect for nausea.

    Which Tea Has The Most Antioxidants?

    Now, we've all heard of antioxidants, right? They're found in fresh fruits and vegetables, alongside tea. They have great health benefits such as clearing out unwanted things from your bloodstream and have been known to reduce the signs of ageing by minimising wrinkles. They even can help your mind by relieving stress.

    So, which teas are best when you want more antioxidants in your diet? Well, it's the coloured teas that are what you're looking for; black, green and white. They all offer the same cardiovascular benefits, with each having a slight difference.

    To start with, black tea is the most oxidised of them all. Though, it still contains a similar amount of antioxidants as it did before it went through oxidisation. It's said that drinking 3 or more cups a day may actually reduce the risk of a heart attack and promotes blood vessel relaxation. However, it contains more caffeine than green tea and contains a lot of polyphenols. It all depends on what you want out of your drink and your sense of taste.

    White tea is similar to the above, though due to it being dried in natural sunlight, it means that the catechin levels are much higher, but lowers tannins levels, which affects the taste and consistency.

    At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter which one you drink. There isn't an overall 'best tea' that is superior to everything. The taste, the caffeine content, the availability, even the cost, all of these make a big difference but all the teas provide the same health benefits. They can reduce the risk of cancer, helps the skin look its best, boosts your immune system and promotes a healthy heart.

    Which Tea Is Best For A Cold?

    Now, despite the sun being out (for the most part) the risk of colds are of course still around. Being a hot drink you'd assume that tea would be great to drink to help chase away nasty infections; but which one do you go for?

    Well, like before there are many that help boosts your immune system (remember the above?). However, so I'm not repeating myself you can find lemongrass, ginger, and peppermint(that delightful menthol helps break up congestion) teas are fantastic at clearing out your nasal passages. The above also serve as calming and refreshing throat soothers. There's nothing like that wonderful warm feeling that comforts your body after a nice cup of ginger tea.

    Tea with honey is also a great defence when you have a cold. Pair that up with some white or green tea to destroy pathogenic bacteria, and you'll be feeling better in no time.

    Which Tea Is Good For Sleep?

    Sleep is an important part of your health. We don't get enough of it. There are many ways to assist you in getting you to sleep peacefully. Those delightful rain/thunderstorm soundtracks on YouTube are one way, but tea can also be the saviour in helping you get some shut-eye!

    Good amounts of sleep (but also sleep that is great quality) impacts positively on your body. It helps give your body rest and a chance to repair itself. There are many teas that you could use, such as chamomile or herbal teas. With their soothing fragrance and taste it can work wonders. In fact, anything that has that calming effect is great to have when you're in bed with a good book.

    However, valerian tea is a herb that can be paired with tea for fantastic results. It can help those with insomnia, anxiety, and psychological stress and acts as a natural sedative.

    So there we have it, a small array of tea facts and advice to help you make the most out of Britain's favourite drink. Did you know all of the above? Was there anything in there new that you could apply to your tea-drinking life? How about one more little tidbit? There are an estimated 1,500 varieties of Camellia sinensis out there. Now, whilst we at Poundstretcher don't carry every single known one, we do sell all the top products such as Tetley, Yorkshire Tea, and PG Tips!

    Has all this tea talk made you thirsty? If so then why not see where your nearest local Poundstretcher is? Get out your tea cosy, and mosey on over by using our handy dandy Store Finder to grab some bargains in no time! It'll really hit the spot.

  • Five Ways To Use White Chocolate

    Five Ways To Use White Chocolate

    To celebrate White Chocolate Day that happened this week, we thought we’d compile a list of all the ways you can use the chocolatey treat  and share our favourite recipes with you! All products mentioned are Poundstretcher worthy and you won’t need to break the bank to buy our stuff!

    BE WARNED YOU WILL CRAVE CHOCOLATE THROUGHOUT THIS POST!

    1. The obvious way is too of course is EAT it! If you fancy a pick me, we have plenty of chocolate waiting to be eaten in our stores at great prices!

    broken up bits of white chocolate

    2) Drink it- We suggest making White Hot chocolate for that creamier finish for those cold nights! You don’t need to stop just there. You can also use it to make the most delish milkshake!

    All you need to make the perfect white chocolate milkshake is:

    85ml of semi skimmed milk

    170ml of vanilla ice cream

    50g of white chocolate chips

    A bar of white chocolate for garnish

    1. Blend milk with the chocolate chips and keep blending until it is smooth
    2. Slowly add scoops of ice cream and blend until it resembles a slightly melted appearance
    3. Grate the block of white chocolate and use to garnish on top of the milkshake and serve!

     

    vanilla milkshake with whipped cream at the top

    3) Make ice cubes- If you want to add a bit of flavour to your drink, these flavoured ice cubes will do just the trick! They are perfect to accompany with milkshakes.

    You will need:

    200ml milk

    50ml water

    1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa

    1 teaspoon of sugar

    70g of white chocolate

    Ice Cube Tray

    1. Cut the chocolate into fine pieces and set aside in a heat proof bowl
    2. Add all the ingredients together into a large saucepan and allow everything to come to a boil over medium heat
    3. Pour the mixture over the chocolate and then allow the chocolate to melt for five minutes.
    4. Pour the mixture in one of our ice cube trays and distribute evenly to get enough chocolatey goodness in each hole
    5. Freeze the ice cubes

     

    assorted range of ice cube trays in purple, yellow and red

    4) Dip it- Create a white chocolate sauce by melting the chocolate that can be used as a dip or even as a sauce that can be drizzled on to other treats such as cakes, brownies or other goodies that tickle your fancy!

    image of splashing white milk

    5) Mould it- Why not get creative and use it to create some fancy shapes or use our Silicone Heart Baking Pan and share some chocolate loving!

    1. Melt some white chocolate.
    2. Grab your mould of choice and slowly pour the melted chocolate into the mould
    3. Once filled, tap your mould on to your surface to release any trapped air bubbles
    4. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes and voila your chocolate mould is ready!

    red heart mould

    With our tips on how to use white chocolate, we hope this gives you an inspiration on what to do with your white chocolate this week!

    Tweet us with how you used your white chocolate today or tag us in your Instagram pictures! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook 

  • Sneak Peek: Booties, Socks, and Bedding!

    Sneak Peek: Booties, Socks, and Bedding!

    September is here which means it’ll soon be time for pumpkin spiced lattes, wool hats, and scarves!

    Okay, we know it’s still roasting here but it’s never too early to start shopping for some Autumn/Winter bargains!

    So here’s some of our up and coming faves you’re sure to love when they arrive in store soon:

    1. Diaries

    Four Poundstretcher diaries featuring various designs

    Now that the new academic term has begun, you might want to top up your stationery,  start organising study groups and important dates with a diary. After all, trying to juggle work deadlines and your social life can be tricky! We have some cute designs that both students and teachers will love for their new term at university. From pretty in pink butterflies to cute adorable dogs, there’s a diary design for everyone’s tastes! Not only are they stylish, they’re super cheap too with prices starting from 79p!

       2. Snuggle Socks

    Poundstretcher red festive Christmas socks and Winter snuggly snowmen socks

    Perfect for a duvet day when it’s cold and rainy outside, these snuggle socks are set to fly off the shelves this Christmas! Irresistibly snuggly and soft, these fluffy feet warming socks will have you feeling all cosy and Christmassy in no time at all. They make a great stocking filler for loved ones and are brilliant if you’re trying to save on heating bills, so not only are they cheap but they keep you saving at home too!

    1. Bootie Slippers
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    Following on from our fantastic range of socks, these are perfect for when it’s chilly outside and you’re completing your household chores. Our fabulous range of affordable bootie slippers will keep your feet warm while you potter about. From festive jolly red and Scottish tartan to classic understated grey, you can match these to your PJs and even your snuggle socks!

    1. Vinegar/Oil Drizzlers

    Oil and vinegar drizzlers

    Calling all wannabe chefs! Perfect your dishes with the finishing touches with these Oil and Vinegar Drizzlers! A classy piece of tablewear that will make your dinner party worthy enough to star in ‘Come Dine With Me’, they’ll give you a generous helping to add a little flavour to your meal. And from just £1 each, they’re a bargain that is not to be missed!!

    1. Vintage Bed Spread

    Poundstretcher floral retro duvets on two double beds

    If you’re heading off to uni or simply just wanting to spruce up your bedroom, we’ve got some fantastic vintage bed spreads for you! From retro pink and patchwork to duck egg blue with fabulous floral prints, you’ll definitely find the right style for your boudoir. Available in double and king size, starting from £7.99!

    Want to join the bargain hunt? Visit our website to find your nearest store now!

    Check out our Twitter and Facebook pages to keep up to date with exclusive cheap offers and sneak peeks!

  • The Great Budget Bake Off!

    The Great Budget Bake Off!

    It’s the moment we’ve all been baking for ladies, gents, and everyone in between: The Great British Bake Off is returning to our screens!!

    A lot has happened since Nadiya Hussain won the last season:  Mary Berry’s infamous floral jackets are now the height of high street fashion, Nadiya has a book epically titled ‘The Chronicles Of Nadiya’, and Paul Hollywood is… well he’s still being Paul Hollywood really.

    Slices of a pecan pie

    On August 24th we’ll get to see the next batch of contestants bake off for the prestigious title of the best baker!

    To celebrate the return of our favourite show, we thought we’d get in on the fun and hold our very own ‘Great Buyer Bake Off’!!

    Five members of our buying team have bravely volunteered to put their baking skills to the test for the next three weeks to be in the running towards become the best buyer baker.

    But how will we decide the winners without Mary Berry?!

    A slice of Victoria sponge cake on a plate next to a cake with the buttercream and jam filling showing

    That’s why we need you lovely VIPs - Very Important Poundstretchers!

    Every week we’ll be posting pics and videos of each cake on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

    Our office will do the tasting though – sorry guys, technology has not advanced enough for us to send you a cake slice through social media!

    You can vote by telling us your favourite cake from our bake off by commenting on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

    We feel bad that you can’t eat the cakes so every voter will be automatically entered in to an online prize draw to WIN a £20 Poundstretcher voucher!

    We will pick one person at random each week, good luck to all who enter!

    Cherry topped muffins with pink frosting

    Our buyer bakers’ first challenge is to make a classic Victoria Sponge.

    All of the cake tins and accessories used are Poundstretcher’s very own! Because let’s face it, home baking on a budget tastes amazing and we wanted the buyer bakers to get creative (as well as cause chaos in the kitchen) to show that you can bake cheaply.

    So while you wait for your bread to rise and your cakes to bake, why not log on to our social media profiles and vote for your favourite Poundstretcher baker?

    Visit our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to drool over the buyer’s cakes for this week – don’t forget to like, share, and comment on your favourite to be in with the chance to WIN Poundstretcher vouchers!

    A raspberry cheesecake seen from above on a black background with a slice cut out

    Got baking on the brain? Pop in-store and check out our fantastic value range of home baking accessories from cake tins to whisks to self-raising flower and icing sugar. Find your nearest store here to get all your baking essentials!

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