Zoflora, the cleaning product that has taken the world by storm since 'Hinching' became an Instagram sensation, has many uses around the home. It's safe to use around pets, and kills 99.9 per cent of bacteria and viruses, but it's the oh-so-fresh scent that seems to be making it a winner with Mrs Hinch and all those cleaning fan Hinchers. So, wondering what all the fuss was about, we thought we'd try out this three-in-one disinfectant liquid. Read on below to see how to clean your home with Zoflora.
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1. Use Zoflora to mop your floors (obvs) – but your child's high chair?
We'll talk floors in a minute. But first... did you know that your child's high chair has, on average, 1,500 times more faecal matter on it than his/her potty. Really. Well, according to Zoflora. So, wiping it down after every meal and thoroughly once a week will banish all that bacteria – and, hopefully, the image we've just conjured for you.
Moving swiftly on to floors... After you've vacuumed your floor and it's free of crumbs, dirt and pet hair, grab a mop and bucket and dilute four capfuls of Zoflora to 1.5 litres of hot water. Squeeze the mop well and buff after for a lovely shine. You can do this on tiles, lino and painted pine floors, and it'll ensure any bacteria which has been brought in from outside is killed, while making your floors look clean.
Use a spray mop for easier mopping, but be careful not to soak your floors. It's worth noting though, that Zoflora can't be used on polished or oiled wood.
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2. SPRAY IT ON UPHOLSTERY, curtains and mattresses FOR AN INSTANT REFRESH
Sofa a bit, well, niffy? Curtains giving off a scent of last weekend's party? Mattress... sweaty? Forget your average fabric refresh, dilute some Zoflora (as directed on the box) in a spray bottle and spritz sparingly on to your upholstery, curtains and mattresses to not only make your home smell fresh but to kill bacteria, too.
Don't use so much that furnishings become damp – even a light application will make the product's scent stick for a while. And it's a smart idea to carry out a patch-test beforehand to prevent marking delicate furniture. We'd avoid using on fabrics such as velvet, too.
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3. USE ZOFLORA TO CLEAN YOUR bathroom... and toilet brush
Let's take those bacteria-killing but kid-friendly properties into the bathroom. Of course, you can use it as an air freshener but spritz it over your shower tray, add a capful to your toilet, and add capful to a sink or bath bath filled with hot water, leave for 20 minutes, empty and rinse, and your fittings will be gleaming (and hygienic).
Wait a minute, though, we're not finished – and sorry about this, but we're going to talk toilet brushes, the ultimate germ hot spot in the bathroom. Our advice, soak the whole thing in a bucket filled with a capful of Zoflora and hot water, then fill the bottom of the toilet brush holder with neat Zoflora to keep it smelling sweet(ish).
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4. Use it as a germ-killing, odour-stopping AIR FRESHENER
Hey, we're down with living with a bit of bacteria – it's all good for the immune system, right? And, we all know that most cleaning agents we buy remove dirt... But did you know that a lingering niffs are usually down to the bacteria that's left behind by any products we're using that don't deal with them?
That's where a good clean with bacteria-murdering really comes into its own. Or, if you just want to give your home a quick refresh, use a spray bottle to spritz diluted Zoflora around the house. It'll kill any bacteria or viruses developing on surfaces, banishing those household smells for just a little longer.
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5. DISINFECT YOUR BINS USING ZOFLORA
So, we might all clean our indoor bins regularly (right?), and of course you can do it with Zoflora (add some kettle water and a neat capful of Zoflora into the bottom of an empty bin and leave for 20 minutes, wipe down with kitchen roll or leave to air dry), but it turns out that it's also good for disinfecting recycling bins, nappy bins and other bins outdoors, too.
6. Disinfect and clean pet trays, beds and carriers
Cleaning after pets is a tricky one. If your cat or house rabbit use a litter tray, you need something that will do a good job of cleaning and disinfecting but that is also pet-friendly. Step forward Fresh Home Zoflora, created specifically for homes with pets. You can simply spray it (follow instructions on the bottle for dilution) into the empty tray, leave to soak then wipe out. You can also spray pet carriers so they stay fresh smelling, and you can clean pet beds and toys with it, too.
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7. GIVE YOUR WASHING MACHINE and dishwasher A DEEP CLEAN
Cleaning your washing machine and dishwasher every now and then extends their lifetimes and ensures they're cleaning your clothes as well as they can. We're all for that. But did you know that washing machine drums and dishwasher interiors are the perfect habitat for collecting and growing harmful bacteria?
Adding a neat capful of Zoflora to your empty washing machine/dishwasher and running a hot cycle every once in a while will keep yours in squeaky clean condition. Funky odours be gone!
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8. DISINFECT YOUR WASHING CLOTHS, SPONGES AND MOP HEADS
If you have favourite washing cloths you like to keep for a deep clean like Mrs Hinch does (Minkehs, Pinkehs and Dave), then give them a good wash with some Zoflora to keep them smelling fresh and free of germs. Fill up your kitchen sink with hot water, add a capful of Zoflora and your cloths and let them soak for 20 minutes. Squeeze them out and hang to air dry.
9. STERILISE YOUR phone and desk (you'll want to if you read this)
Ready for some more gross-out facts? The average home office desk is home to 20,000 PER SQUARE INCH. And, your phone's ear piece and mouth piece each harbours 1,400 germs. Germs also thrive on lots of the household items you use day-to-day, such as remote controls, light switches and, of course, on your mobile phone. Panic not. Spray a little diluted Zoflora on to a cloth and wipe down your electrical items for peace of mind. Once a week will do.
10. Now go outside and clean
So, that's the house done. Now, venture outdoors and ad a neat capful to your drains. Of course it's not going to knock out every germ lurking but they will smell fresher, which is handy if you've got a smelly drain right by the patio and guests due for a lunch al fresco any minute.
Giving the garden a deeper clean? You can use diluted Zoflora on patios to freshen them up and to clean pet soils, as well as on garden furniture and children's play apparatus to keep them clean. The neighbours may start asking for tips.
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