Mrs Hinch and Hinchmania has swept the land, but in case you’ve been on holiday on a desert island for the past few months (lucky you!), here’s a bit of an introduction.
Mrs Hinch is a female cleaning phenomenon who began her mission to clean up Britain’s act in early 2018. Now with millions of followers on Instagram where she posts photos and videos of her enthusiastic cleaning exploits, she’s a household name. Her book ‘Hinch Yourself Happy’ has just been released and she’s a regular guest on This Morning, where she talks about her favourite cleaning products and tips to clean those stubborn areas of dirt and grime in the house.
If you haven’t succumbed to the Hinch way of life yet, don’t worry. We have some tips to make cleaning your kitchen simple and even enjoyable! After all, part of the Hinch army’s love for cleaning is down to how much joy they feel when their sinks sparkle, their toilets smell of pine and their floors radiate with the welcoming aroma of Flash multi-purpose. Ready? Let’s get scrubbing!
Invest in some Elbow Grease
If your new kitchen has an induction hob, or a shiny extractor hood that’s a little awkward to clean, a spray on product called Elbow Grease will change your life.
Simply spray onto countertops, cooker surfaces, extractor hoods, tiles and anything that’s been splattered with cooking grease – think about where those sausages you fried for breakfast on Saturday were spraying. Then, after leaving for a minute or so, wipe away. Easy!
Get That Sink Sparkling
One of Mrs Hinch’s favourite things to clean is her stainless steel kitchen sink. If yours is looking a little less than lustrous, here’s how to get it gleaming again.
Step 1: Give it a good rinse out and add some bicarbonate of soda to the sink and plughole, sprinkling liberally.
Step 2: Add some white vinegar. The bicarb will froth up nicely, adding some extra power to your products. Leave it to do its thing for about five minutes.
Step 3: Scrub with a non-scratch brillo pad or sponge. This will get all the tea and coffee stains off, and blast away the grime.
Step 4: Rinse well and finish with a stainless steel spray, or good old fashioned diluted washing up liquid.
Clean Your Washing Machine
Is your washing machine smelling a bit whiffy? Inside the door seal water can get trapped, leading to some very smelly odours. You can easily fix this!
First, take out the detergent tray and give it a good scrub with an old toothbrush, a Dishmatic filled with all-purpose cleaner or a tough cloth that won’t rip on the sharp edges. Pop some bicarb in the hole where the drawer sits, and add some white vinegar and let it do its thing.
Next, wipe out the rubber seal all the way around with a cloth doused in diluted Zoflora or Dettol. This will kill off the bacteria and leave a lovely scent.
Then, wipe the inside of the door and the outside of the washing machine to get rid of any dirt that’s built up (you’d be surprised!) Pop the cloth you’ve used in the washing machine.
Replace the detergent drawer, and add a capful of Zoflora and a tablespoon of white vinegar to the fabric softener compartment. Set the machine to wash at 60 degrees celsius. Done!
Put Zoflora in a bottle
Mrs Hinch would be lost without her trusty Zoflora. This scented, antibacterial disinfectant is the key to many of her handy hints, and she’s never without a bottle of it in her home.
Dilute your favourite scented Zof in a spray bottle according to the directions, and you’ve got a handy disinfectant spray ready to wipe surfaces down, clean cupboard doors, or just use as an air freshener.
Which tips will you be using in your kitchen?
Until next time…