‘Keeps limescale at bay!’ Mrs Hinch fans share 65p hack for cleaning washing machines

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Cleaning star Mrs Hinch, whose real name is Sophie Hinchliffe, became famous after she shared her cleaning tips and recommendations on social media and TV. The cleaning enthusiast now has managed to gain over 4.1 million followers on Instagram. Fans love her tips so much, they have even created social media groups dedicated to sharing cleaning tips and tricks.

On one group, a Facebook user asked how to clean her washing machine and descale it.

Social media user Natalie Davenport said: “I live in a hard water area and I’m worried about limescale in my washing machine.

“I know I should start using Calgon but is there any way of descaling it?

“I usually use vinegar to do my kettle. Thank you!”

The post was inundated with comments from fellow cleaning enthusiasts.

The post was popular suggestion was to use soda crystals.

Facebook user Anita Wright said: “Just use soda crystals in every wash….it’s good for clothes as well as keeping machine clean and a lot cheaper than Calgon.”

Jackie Hicks said: “I use a scoop of soda crystals in every wash.”

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Tracie Fergusson commented on the post: “One scoop of soda crystals.”

Sandra Baum wrote: “I use soda crystals in every wash. Keeps the limescale at bay and is cheaper than Calgon.”

Sarah Newman replied: “I usually just run a 90C wash with 125ml in the detergent compartment of the drawer and a good measure of soda crystals that seems to keep the limescale at bay.

“I’m also in a really bad hard hard water area.”

Some Mrs Hinch fans asked how to use the soda crystals.

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Rachael Lea suggested: “I put two tablespoons of soda crystals in the drawer with the detergent.

“They are only 70p a pack and really do keep the laundry and machine much cleaner.

“Have a look on the dri pak website for loads of tips, they are environmentally friendly too.”

Jodie Louise Smith explained: “I usually run them through my machine on their own to give it a clean out.

“I started using Calgon and then the cheap Asda version.

“Soda crystals are so cheap though if that works I’m switching.”

You can buy soda crystals from ASDA for 65p.

Other suggestions from Mrs Hinch fans included using biological washing powder and white vinegar.

Facebook user Gaynor Smith said: “We’ve got something called a Combimate which helps with the limescale but is a lot less expensive than a softener (we’ve had both) and and I also use white vinegar instead of conditioner – so far so good.”

Emma Louise Daglish said: “Once a week do a very hot empty wash with a scoop of biological washing powder.”

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