24 September 2020

All of Mrs Hinch’s viral cleaning tips from the year so far as fans hail ‘life-changing’ hacks

She is the cleaning mad homeowner who has turned sprucing up her house into a lucrative career.

Mrs Hinch has accrued a hefty legion of fans on social media and beyond – all thanks to her handy cleaning tricks.

Her tips, tricks and hacks regularly go viral, changing people’s lives and being hailed as “game changers” by impressed Brits reports BirminghamLive.

Her role as a cleaning guru has spawned multiple Facebook groups, with her following of supporters desperate to try out her guidance.

Sophie Hinchcliffe, 28, refers to her followers as the Hinch Army.

And she regularly updates them on her latest advice and household favourites.

So, let’s round up all her best tricks, shall we?

Dirty make-up sponges

On Instagram, the influencer asked: “I want to try a new way of cleaning my Beauty Blenders / sponges…

“How do you clean yours?”

Mrs Hinch was met with a flurry of feedback – with one claiming she should put her make-up sponges in the washing machine.

The Mrs Hinch fan, who replied on Insta, told the Essex homeowner to put them in a sock.

This stops them from getting damaged while they’re spinning, the Instagram user added.

The tidying up guru put her beauty sponges in a sock, before bunging them in her washing machine.

And the finished result was very impressive.

After a quick spin, the product’s original colours were revealed, and Mrs Hinch managed to get her white sponges back to their pale colour.

Kitchen space

This week she told Instagram followers she’d bought some pretty new grey saucepans and pots from Swan Retro.

The five-piece set is available to purchase online for £69.99 in black,  Mirror Online reports. The grey set is currently sold out, but is due to be restocked in late February.

The cleaning guru filmed herself unboxing the pans and putting some of them away in a Lakeland bakeware organiser she’d purchased on eBay.

Following this, she turned the camera to show off a neat stack of bigger saucepans, admitting that she’d been inspired to store them this way by a follower.

She explained: “Someone messaged me and said, turn your saucepan lids upside down and then sit the pans on top of each other.”

She added: “Everyone probably knew this, I didn’t.”

However a number of people quickly replied to say they’d never thought to do it either.

One wrote: “Omg this is brill, I didn’t know this. Thank you!”

Another said: “Mind blown!”

A third commented: “Game changer!!! Never knew that!!”

Bed sheets

Mrs Hinch outlined her trick to her three million Instagram followers, as  WalesOnline reports.

The mum of one explained that she groups all her bed linen sets together.

Once she’s done that, she then stores them inside a pillowcase so they remain together.

Posting on social media, she wrote: “Where do I keep my fresh bedding?

“I store the whole fresh bed set into the matching pillow case!”

And to keep it fresh, Mrs Hinch has previously revealed she irons her duvet cover, pillow cases and fitted sheets, before placing Lenor’s £2 tumble dryer sheets in with her clean bedding.

The Instagram star says this keeps her things “smelling beaut” for longer.

Toilet rolls

You can use empty toilet rolls as curtain spacers, so the pleats hang evenly at regular intervals instead of some being bunched up and others spread out.

And it turns out this trick is easy to do without having to take your curtains down.

So don’t just chuck out the cardboard tubes. Put them aside until you have at least 10.

Next, cut them open so you can pull them on and off the curtain pole without having to take it down.

You also don’t need to stick to the width of the rolls – just cut them to the size you want the pleats to be spaced out.

Then hook a roll over the pole between each curtain ring and use sticky tape to close the cardboard tubes so they don’t fall off every time you open the curtains.

The process is pretty quick to do and the results are super-neat curtains, with no more need to keep adjusting the way they hang when you close them at night.

And it means there’s no need to spend money on those manufactured curtain spacer tubes you can find in the shops.

Of course this is only going to be a thing if you are fanatical about the perfect look to your drapes – and happy to have a row of old toilet rolls behind your curtains.

And the downside is that your curtains won’t draw right back in the mornings because the toilet rolls are in place. You’ll have to use a cord around the middle to tie them back and let some light in.

Cleaning Tips

But it’s made many people very happy.

Hundreds of people have been copying the idea and sharing their results.

One wrote: “Who would have thought a little toilet roll tube would make such a difference to how my curtains look!”

Another said: “My mum did the same thing with her new curtains last year. It’s a brilliant idea and really works xx.”

And a third said: “Curtains are a bugbear of mine. They need to hang right or I flap. Now I have perfectly hung curtains. All thanks to the toilet roll tube.”

Hairs and dust in the carpet

Everyone knows to give your house a good vacuum, picking up all the bits and hairs that accumulate over time.

But Mrs Hinch advises that every now and then you get your squeegee out for your carpet.

Using a squeegee, comb over the carpet and it will lift up embedded hairs and dust that would just get matted down by a vacuum cleaner.

The mum also said the squeegee is great for getting in the corners and, while showing her followers the ball of fluff she had got up, she invited them to send her their ‘hinching’ [cleaning].

Marks on white doors

She told Holly and Phil on This Morning last year: “The thing is with white doors, you want to wipe away marks and not the paint.”

Her tip was to use your favourite fabric conditioner with a scourer in a circular motion.

Blocked sink

Mrs Hinch advised viewers to use a cup full of soda crystals. Pour them down the plug hole and then pour down the same amount of white vinegar.

She said: “Leave it for up to 30 minutes, then boil the kettle and just wash it all away. I do it about once a fortnight.”

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Flower pollen:  Lillies are the worst for this.

If you catch it early, the best thing to do is to use Sellotape to lift the pollen off the fabric.

But if the stain has settled, apply a small amount of undiluted detergent to the stain and massage gently with a cloth.

Then pop this in the washing machine on a cool rinse setting.

Red wine:  Lift as much as you can with a dry towel, then cover the entire stain with salt.

Leave the salt to soak in – it will absorb the wine and help lift the liquid.

Once dry, vacuum everything up.

Urine:  Make a paste with bicarb and white vinegar. Massage into the problem area and hoover away. Finish with a spritz of Febreze.

Sweat:  Soak in cold water and white vinegar for 30 minutes, then wash in the machine as normal.

Ink:  Spray the problem area with hairspray, wait for 30 seconds, then wipe away with a clean damp cloth

Wax:  Lay a brown paper bag across the wax stain and iron over the top.

The bag will absorb the wax, leaving your carpet or rug looking brand new.

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