Hinchmania is sweeping the nation! Sophie Hinchliffe is an Instagram star from Essex. By giving her dishcloths quirky names and making quirky Instagram stories of her cleaning exploits, she’s making cleaning fun and exciting, and has amassed a loyal following of over 3 million people (also known as ‘hinchers’)! If you haven’t heard of ‘Mrs Hinch’ before, she’s brilliantly entertaining and well worth looking up, and she’s inspired this post of our ten top tips for keeping your home sparkling!
After microwaving particularly pungent or exploding food items, put some water and a few slices of lemon in a microwavable bowl or cup and heat on full power for 1-2 minutes. Leave it to stand for 5 and allow the steam to do its magic, it will loosen any culinary explosions and reduce smells, making it easy to wipe clean. If the smell lingers, pop a small cup of soda crystals in the microwave and shut the door – the crystals will absorb any lingering odours.
This tip is also handy if you work in an office with someone who likes to microwave smoked kippers for lunch…
Stainless steel looks incredibly chic, but can be a nightmare if there are lots of sticky fingers in your household! Fingerprints can be tricky to remove, but by popping a small amount of baby oil onto a microfibre cloth, you can lift that grease with no trouble at all leaving your appliances gleaming.
Miscellaneous smells coming from the sink aren’t welcome and drain unblocking fluid can be really expensive replacing one smell with the whiff of heavy chemicals. Why not use soda crystals and vinegar instead? Pour the soda crystals down the plug and follow them up with a chaser of white vinegar until the powder is fizzing away nicely. Go away and leave it for 10 minutes or so, then come back and run the hot tap for a few seconds. Repeat this until the smell has gone – maximum satisfaction, minimum bank balance damage.
You know the other half of the lemon we didn’t use from the microwave? Rub it on your tired looking chopping boards to lift stains and remove strong smells of chopped garlic. If it’s quite bad, dip the lemon half into some baking soda before rubbing.
Use a toothbrush
No, we’re not talking about using your partner’s toothbrush as revenge for them watching the latest episode of Line of Duty when they promised they’d wait for you, old toothbrushes are brilliant cleaning tools for getting in those hard-to-reach areas around the taps.
In the loo
If the bottom of your loo isn’t looking its white porcelain best, simply pour in a can of fizzy cola and let it sit overnight. In the morning give it a scrub, flush, and it’ll be as good as new.
Get felt tip pen stains out of wood
Has your miniature Picasso created their best work on your lovely pine coffee table? Don’t fear! Gently rub the pen marks with a little bit of toothpaste to remove the stain and wipe clean with a damp cloth. This also works on coffee stains– we know it’s not just the kids who don’t always use coasters, your secret’s safe with us.
Eliminate greasy finger marks
Often trying to wash greasy finger marks from walls is completely futile. They won’t shift. This time, we’ve got the one weird old trick that works! Take a slice of white bread and rub it gently over the marks. We’re not sure why it works, but it does, trust us.
Use a squeegee to get rid of pet hair
This is something Mrs Hinch does, and we’re obsessed! Don’t do it too often as you will ruin the pile of your carpet, but if you have pets take a squeegee to your floor after hoovering and you will be amazed at how much extra fluff gets picked up!
The vinegar tip really works! After you’ve cleaned your windows including the surrounds, spray on a tiny amount of white vinegar and buff with a microfibre cloth until it has disappeared. You’ll be amazed by the super shine.
Do you have any more tried and tested cleaning tips and tricks? Let us know, we’d love to hear them!
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