A mum has taken to social media to rave about a “tub of magic” that worked a miracle in clearing a pair of her child’s trainers.
From PE lessons and playing on the playground, to friendly games of football, running around the park and more, kids getting their trainers mucky is a tale as old as time, and scrubbing them clean is no easy feat either.
Luckily though, one North West-based mum seems to have cracked the code.
Social media is chocked full of people sharing their life hacks, meaning you can find a tip for pretty much any cleaning conundrum you find yourself up against, but if there’s one product everyone seems to sing the praises of most when it comes to cleaning, it’s Pink Stuff.
Pink Stuff is a tough cleaning paste that is “gentle on surfaces, but tough on stains”, and is a great all-round cream cleaner.
According to the product description, it’s ideal for cleaning saucepans, barbecues, ceramic tiles, glass, rust, sinks, uPVC, garden furniture, paintwork, boats, cooker tops, copper and crucially, in this case, a pair of trainers.
Taking to the ever-popular Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group on Facebook to share the before and after results from “a few minutes of magic” cleaning, the mum said: “Pink Stuff from Home Bargains.
“Less than £1 for the tub and a few minutes of magic on the littles ones trainers with a cloth”.
The post appeared to go down an absolute treat among the group’s over 1.7 million active members, amassing 2.1K interactions and well over 450 comments from people who were both impressed at the cleaning results and had success stories of their own to share.
One group member wrote: “I did my daughter’s Calvin Klein white trainers [and] they came up amazingly, thank you”.
Another added: “I use toothpaste and a toothbrush [that] I bought especially for my trainers [and it] works like absolute magic because of the fluoride – Thank me later”.
“It’s so versatile.” a third insisted.
Pink Stuff is available at a range of retailers, including supermarkets and discount shops – including Home Bargains – and is usually priced at no more than a £1, so you don’t have to break the bank to achieve your own “magic”.
Featured Image – Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK Group
Grealish holds his hands up over Almirón dig: ‘I do stupid stuff’
Jack Grealish has finally held his hands up after mocking Miguel Almirón, assuring that while he has made mistakes in career, he has a “good heart”.
Speaking to the media at the national camp in Qatar, the footballer was asked about his now-infamous dig at the Newcastle player, quipping that teammate Riyad Mahrez “played like Almirón” in a sub-par performance during Manchester City‘s 2021/22 title-winning match back in May.
Ironically, Grealish‘s Almiron joke has preceded an incredible run of form from the winger this year, arguably being their player of the season with eight goals to his name already.
Despite the 28-year-old insisting he has “never really paid attention” to what people say about him, he will have inevitably seen the viral clip.
Nevertheless, the England and City star took accountability for the unnecessary outburst, confessing, “I do stupid stuff, that was one”, whilst assuring: “Obviously I’ve done stupid stuff in my life but I think everything that I do good is from my heart.”
The 27-year-old went on to say that describe his Premier League peer as a “great player”, adding: “what a guy… if that was me and somebody had said that about me, I’d have probably been the other way and been like: ‘f*** it'”.
While he said he didn’t think the drunken video would go public, he knows it wasn’t the most professional of moments and that not only is he “buzzing” to see Almirón playing so well but that he will be sure to “show him the most respect” the next time they meet on the pitch.
Army ‘on standby’ as UK prepares for more postal, rail, lecturer and nurses strikes in December
The armed forces are said to be “on standby” to help fill various roles ahead of a new raft of strikes across health, education and postal sectors this month.
Royal Mail workers, university lecturers and sixth-form college staff are committed to walking out over pay disputes on Wednesday, 30 November as various organised strikes persist across the country.
Countless employees from various industries who feel they are underappreciated and underpaid are set to join the ongoing rail strikes, as well as the thousands of nurses expected to follow suit on the picket line throughout December.
Now, as per the interim chief executive of NHS Providers Saffron Cordery, given the strikes’ proximity to Christmas, roping in the British military now seems likely. Dr Emma Runswick of the British Medical Association said there is there a simple way to put an end to mass industrial action: pay people fairly.
Speaking to Sky News on Thursday morning, Cordery confirmed that while the army is waiting in the wings to help fill relevant NHS roles, “the reality is if the army or other armed forces step in it will very much be at the margins rather than going out and driving ambulances”.
It remains unclear whether army personnel will be needed to combat the impending labour shortage across other industries. Regardless, the Communication Workers Union are going ahead will a series of strikes in December.
Having formally called on Royal Mail employees to join the national demonstrations for strike action on the following days:
Friday, 9 December
Sunday, 11 December
Wednesday, 14 December
Thursday, 15 December
Friday, 23 December
Saturday, 24 December
As for rail workers, RMT Assistant General Secretary Eddie Dempsey shared a similar sentiment, assuring that while the train drivers and the transport sector, in general, are standing firm, negotiations with Network Rail and other operators continue this week.
In addition to RMT members across 14 rail companies striking on 13-14 and 16-17 December, as well as 3-4 and 6-7 January, the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) said that staff working onboard and station roles will take action against Avanti West Coast on 13, 14, 16 and 17 December.
Meanwhile, the National Education Union (NEU) which represents 77 sixth-form colleges in England are also striking over pay, stating that in real terms, teachers have suffered a pay cut of around 20% since 2010.
Furthermore, the University and College Union (UCU) already held a 48-hour strike last week and is now set to hold another 24-hour walkout among university staff. As well as organising a large rally in London, union members across at least 150 different institutions will be joining the December strikes.