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31 household cleaning hacks

Instagram star Mrs Hinch has so many cleaning hacks she’s brought out her own book!

Sophie Hinchliffe went from just a few hundred to 1.5million followers on Insta in a matter of months. Her rise to fame is thanks to her amazing cleaning hacks, which have motivated me to get my own house in order and become a huge fan of Zoflora!

I’ve done several videos on YouTube showing my fave Mrs Hinch hacks, but I thought I would share a few here as well, plus some other tips I’ve picked up after developing my newfound love for cleaning!

You may also like my cleaning routines for busy mamas, which done for you schedules for the week.

weekly cleaning checklist

Please share any other amazing tips you’ve used in the comments! I would love to hear them. 


1. Keep your plughole smelling sweet

Pour 200g of soda crystals down the plughole and then pour a kettle of boiling water afterwards. Do this once a week to keep any nasty plughole smells at bay.

2. Unclogging a kitchen plughole

Pour 500g of  baking soda down the plughole, allow it to sink down the plughole for a few seconds. Next add 500ml of vinegar. This will cause a fizzy chemical reaction.

Allow this to fizz for a few minutes, then pour a kettle of boiling water into the sink to rinse it away. 

3. Disinfect cloths

Pop two caps of Zoflora into the sink (with the plug in). Top up with boiling water from the kettle (about a litre).

Add your cloths and leave this overnight if you have a stainless steel sink. Other sink types could be damaged if you leave this overnight, so if yours isn’t stainless steel then just leave for an hour. 

This will disinfect your cloths and make your kitchen smell gorgeous. 

4. Greasy extractor fan covers

Remove the cover and pop it in the sink. Spray or pour vinegar on top and sprinkle with soda crystals. Rub with a cloth or brush and the grease should come away. Rinse when you’re done. 

5. Cleaning the dishwasher

Add white vinegar to two small bowls. Place one on each shelf of the dishwasher and run a very hot wash. This will combat limescale. 

6. Freshen the fridge 

Place a small dish of bicarbonate of soda onto a shelf in your fridge. It will keep any strong food smells at bay. 

7. Burnt on stains in the oven

Ovens can become seriously grim even after just a few weeks of use.

Sprinkle soda crystals, or bicarbonate of soda, into the oven, spray some white vinegar on top and rub it together with a cloth to make a paste. 

Leave for an hour, then scrub to remove. 

8. Fragrant bin

When changing your bin bag pop a piece of kitchen roll soaked in Zoflora into the bottom of the bin, then put the new bag on top. You’ll get a nice scent every time you open the bin. 

9. The best disinfectant spray

Combine your favourite Zoflora scent with some water in a spray bottle (use around a cap to two capfuls). 

Use this on the cupboard doors, surfaces, sink and floor to keep germs at bay. 

10. Descaling the kettle

Put five tablespoons of citric acid into the kettle, fill it with water to around halfway and then boil the kettle. 

Empty the kettle and rinse thoroughly. You can also make a paste from citric acid and water to scrub the outside of the kettle and remove any hard water stains.

11. Greasy and burnt on stains on the hob

The Pink Stuff is perfect for this job! Get a generous amount on a damp cloth and work it into the stains. Leave for 10 minutes and then scrub it away. 


12. Cleaning the washing machine

Use a mixture of 200g of soda crystals and 500ml of vinegar – this is particularly for hard water areas. Put the machine on the hottest wash (without any clothes in) and let the machine do the hard work for you!

This will get rid of limescale and any nasty smells lingering inside the machine. 

13. Stains on clothes

Soak greasy or stained clothes in a sink with soda crystals and warm water overnight. Wash in the machine as normal. 


14. Heavy stains below the water line on toilets

Pour 500ml of white vinegar into the water and then pour in around 200g of bicarbonate of soda. 

Leave overnight then simply flush in the morning. 

Another method is to pour a bucket of hot water down the loo, and then flush. Then add another bucket of hot water and add 200g of citric acid. Leave for an hour or overnight and then flush. 

15. Stains in the toilet bowl

Spray white vinegar all around the toilet bowl, and then sprinkle baking soda on top of this. It will fizz! Leave overnight and then flush and scrub the next day. 

16. Disinfect toilet brush

This one has the added benefit of making your bathroom smell nice.

Pop three capfuls of Zoflora into your toilet, then simple put the toilet brush into the water and leave it there overnight. In the morning simply flush and put the brush back into its holder. 

17. Limescale on plughole

Get a lemon and cut it in half. Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda onto the stained area and then rub this with the lemon half. It should fizz. Give it a good scrub with a cloth and then rinse.  

18. Limescale on shower heads and taps

Get a plastic food bag, fill it with vinegar, pop the shower head inside and tie it up with a hair tie. Leave overnight for best results. For taps just put the bag over the tap and wrap the hair tie around the top of the bag. 

19. Dirty tile grout

Get bicarbonate of soda and mix it with a little vinegar to form a paste. Use this to scrub the tile grout (a toothbrush works best). 

Living room

20. Disinfect light switches and remote controls

Bacteria can gather on these places, which you touch every single day but probably forget to clean.

Get a microfibre cloth, or a tumble dryer sheet, and tip a tiny splash of Zoflora on there. Rub the light switches and remote controls gently, making sure you go in-between every button and the back too.

21. Fresh cushions

For cushions that smell fresh every time you sit down, take a tumble dryer sheet, soak it in Zoflora and then leave it out to dry for an hour or so.

Pop this inside your cushion cover and your cushion will give off a lovely aroma every time you sit down. 

22. Fresh and clean rugs

Mix a cap of fabric softener, a generous pour of your favourite laundry detergent and top it up with warm water. 

Using a white or colour-fast cloth rub the rug in circular motions from one end to the other. 

This will make your room smell fabulous too!

23. Clean blinds

Get a tumble dryer sheet, soak it in Zoflora and then rub the blinds with it. This will lift up dirt and dust, as well as make the blinds smell amazing. 

24. Dirty doors

Mix a cap of your favourite fabric softener with some warm water in a bowl.

Using a soft cloth, rub the stains and grime on doors in a circular motion. This will lift away the stains without taking the paint with it. 

25. Smelly pet beds

Sprinkle a little bicarbonate of soda onto the bed (when your pet is not using it). Leave for an hour and then simply vacuum it away. 

Other household areas

26. Mattress stains and smells

This is a brilliant one if your kids have been sick in their bed and the smell just won’t go away from the bed!

Put a sprinkling of bicarbonate of soda on the stain (enough to cover it). Rub in with a latex or rubber glove. Leave for at least a couple of hours, preferably four, and then vacuum it away. 

This can also help to lift out stains. 

27. Fresh-smelling shoes

Rub the inside of shoes with a tumble dryer sheet soaked in Zoflora to freshen them up. 

28. Cleaning jewellery

Get a small dish and pop a tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda, a squirt of dish soap and some warm water. Give it a mix and then pop jewellery into the water. 

Leave for 15 minutes and then remove, rinse and give it a polish. 

29. Shiny mirrors

Spray vinegar onto the surface and wipe away with a dry cloth. 

30. Freshen up your fabrics

Mix a capful of your favourite fabric softener with some water and combine in a spray bottle.

Spray this on curtains, your sofa and carpets for a fab DIY air freshener.

31. Welcoming hallways

Vacuum your hallway rug thoroughly before spraying generously with a mixture of your favourite Zoflora scent and water. 

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