Clean up after the kids on the cheap with our money-saving tips — plus win £50k in the Sun Raffle

CLEANING up after your kids can be costly.  During the long summer break, parents can spend hours sorting out the mess little ones have made — or the clothes they have trashed.

But there are some quick tricks to clean up on the cheap . . .

You don’t need to spend a fortune on expensive stain removers
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STAIN SAVER: Research shows we bin more than £12billion worth of clothes every year, with a lot of discarded clothes deemed stained beyond rescue. According to chats on parenting forum Netmums, white chalk can be a lifesaver when it comes to grease. Just rub it on before washing and it should absorb the stain. Pretty cool when you can get a pack of chalks for just 65p at

CIF CRAZE: As careful as we try to be in our white trainers, it’s impossible to keep them gleaming. But there is a new viral trick to keeping them all-white.  Pick up Cif Perfect Finish Mould Stain Remover spray from Wilko for £2 (down from £4). Fill a sink with water and add a quarter of a cup of bleach, grab an old toothbrush, scrub the shoes with Cif, then soak them in the sink for ten minutes. Put them on a 40-degree wash, preferably inside a pillow case. This can help old trainers look brand new.

MARKER MAYHEM: Out of sight, out of mind, definitely not. Even when you think you’ve hidden all the pens, suddenly a beautiful drawing appears on the wall. Well, fear the pen no more. Get some Oral B Complete Extra White toothpaste for £1 at Tesco, get scrubbing and watch the drawings disappear. Baking soda and a damp cloth also works well.

HOLY POLIGRIP: And for my next trick, keep your playrooms and furniture (especially sofas) clean with Poligrip denture overnight whitening tablets.
Pop four tablets into a spray bottle and mix with water. Get spraying and watch the dirt disappear. You might need to scrub those more stubborn stains on your sofa a bit harder. Buy Poligrip tablets for £1.49 at Superdrug.

  • Prices correct at time of publication. Deals and offers subject to availability.

Deal of the day

Head over to Iceland for great cashback deals

GET £15 cashback when shopping at Iceland as a new member of TopCashback, spending £35 or more. See before Sept 29.
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Cheap treat

You can’t say no to three packs of Maltesers for only £1!

MULTI-PACKS of three bags of Maltesers are currently on offer at Morrisons for £1, down from £1.47. Perfect for a sneaky treat.

SAVE: 47p

My Sun Savers fiver

GEMMA SMITH, from Bristol, says: “I put my Sun Savers fivers towards some nice new decking for my garden.”

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Top swap

Why spend a whopping £540 on these loafers…
…when you can buy these for only £19.99

INSTEAD of splashing out on a mega-bucks pair of Gucci loafers for £540 go for the much cheaper but still comfy and stylish alternative from H&M for £19.99.

SAVE: £520.01

Reader’s saving tip

MAUREEN NOLAN, from HULL, says: “Our hanging basket chains were looking old so my husband repainted them with a £1 pot of black enamel and now they match brilliantly and look great.”

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Shop & save

Save 50p off bottles of Innocent juice at Asda

STOCK your fridge with various 1.35L bottles of Innocent Juice, currently on rollback for just £2 at Asda. Usually £2.50.

SAVE: 50p

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TESCO Mobile are offering SIM-only packages with 5GB data, 1,000 minutes and 5,000 texts for just £11 per month.

Play now to win £50,000 on the Sun Savers Raffle

JOIN thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle. Every Sun Savers code you enter will earn you a ticket for our £50k monthly Raffle. And for every ten tickets you collect in a calendar month, you get a GOLDEN TICKET for our £80k Raffle, which takes place every three months, with the first one at the end of June.

Join thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle
Join thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle

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