Dangerous home scent hacks you should NEVER doincluding popular Mrs Hinch tip

OKAY we’ll admit itwe have a slight addiction to buying surface sprays, wax melts and candles which all promise to make our home smell divine.

But despite having enough of these products to rival our local B&METRO, we’ve also picked up a few home scent hacks from Tik Tok and cleanfluencers in recent years.

Are YOU guilty of any of these dangerous cleaning hacks?

Are YOU guilty of any of these dangerous cleaning hacks?Crédito: Getty

And while we can’t remember life before we discovered this DIY Lenor spray, there are some viral cleaning tips that are destined to do more harm than good.

From putting vapour rub in your wax burner to pouring fabric softener down the loo, here Fabulous reveals the dangerous home scenting hacks you should NEVER try at home.

Bad In-flu-ence

Although Vicks VapoRub is usually applied directly to the chest to relieve flu symptoms, one mum sparked backlash online after she put in her wax melt burnerand people warned it could put lives at risk.

This mum was accused of putting lives at risk with her Vicks hack

This mum was accused of putting lives at risk with her Vicks hackCrédito: Tik Tok

In a TikTok video which has beenlikedby over one MILLION people, the woman said she used thislife hackwhen her family isfull of cold”.

To begin with, the woman put a generous dollop of the ointmentwhich contains the cough suppressants eucalyptus oil and mentholin the top of the burner.

She then places a tealight underneath, lights it and watches as the product dissolves into a puddle.

But while thousands of people in the comments said they couldn’t wait to try it themselves, others highlighted how dangerous it is as Vaporub is flammable.

Vicks warns against heating up the product

Vicks warns against heating up the productCrédito: Not known, clear with picture desk

I did this and almost burnt my house down,” one replied. “Do not recommend doing thisso unsafe!”

Otro agregado: “Please don’t do this is if you have cats or dogs.

It’s really bad for their respiratory system and can make them really sick.

You can buy Vicks candles from B&M for £1,a third wrote. “Works the same and is safe.

I did this and almost burnt my house down!

On the Vicks website, the brand warns against heating up their VapoRub.

The advice reads: “You should not heat or microwave Vicks VapoRub. Do not add Vicks VapoRub to hot water or any container where heating water. Doing so may cause splatters and burns.

Loo Knew?

This cleaner insisted putting fabric softener in toilets makes them smell amazing - but experts say it'll do more harm than good

This cleaner insisted putting fabric softener in toilets makes them smell amazingbut experts say it’ll do more harm than goodCrédito: Facebook

Without a shadow of a doubt, fabric softener is our ultimate hero cleaning productas well as making our clothes smell heavenly, it’s also a dream for removing smudges from walls.

Eso dicho, certain cleaning fans have taken matters to all new extremes by pouring it down their LOOS – sí, you read that correctly.

Raving about the hack on Instagram, an American cleaner advisedpouring a cup [230ml] of laundry detergent in the tank of the toiletwhich will then sink to the bottom.

Ellos escribieron: “Each time you flush, a sweet aroma will be released in the tank, and the whole bathroom will smell amazing.

If fabric softener is added to a toilet, this means it may build-up and stick somewhere in your drainage

This is because the water in the tankwhich contains the fabric softenerwill then be flushed into the bowl.

sin embargo, Izzy Shulmandirector of Plumbers4Utold IdealHome that thehackcould potentially damage your drains and increase your risk of flooding.

Ella dijo: “We’ve all seen the mess fabric softener can leave in a washing machine drawer. Over time it leaves a sticky film, which can coagulate and block your washing machine.

If added to a toilet this means it may build-up and stick somewhere in your drainage.

Instead of trying to make your loo smell great with every flush, the expert recommended regularly cleaning it with products actually designed for toilets.

Makes Scents

Mrs Hinch previously mixed Zoflora with boiling water before the brand warned against it

Mrs Hinch previously mixed Zoflora with boiling water before the brand warned against itCrédito: Instagram / Mrs Hinch

We can’t deny we have a lot to thank Mrs Hinch por – namely for introducing us to the wondrous Pink Stuff paste and Minky cleaning pads.

But in September 2020, the cleaning influencer told her 4m Instagram followers that the way she judges a new Zoflora disinfectant scent was by mixing it with boiling water and leaving it out overnight.

Filming the process on her Instagram Stories, the mum-of-two wrote: “I’ll know instantly [if I like it] when I wake up in the morning and walk into the kitchen.

After it was posted cleaning tips Facebook page, one homeowner warned: “Can’t believe I’m having to write another warning…. por favor, por favor, please… do not mix Zoflora with boiling water.

Mrs Hinch has not recommended the hack since Zoflora's warning

Mrs Hinch has not recommended the hack since Zoflora’s warning

“It is a disinfectant, it is not meant to be inhaled. I am obviously not talking about when being used for cleaning, I am talking about leaving it out on a counter all night with the sole purpose of the ‘fragrance’ filling the room/house.

“If you want your room to smell nice, use a wax melt?”

As other members of the group complained of having headaches and asthma reactions, Zoflora released a statement re-iterating that the product should be used as a disinfectant and NOT an air freshener.

Ellos dijeron: “We do not advise using Zoflora with boiling water as this has not been tested, and could potentially negatively impact the ingredients within Zoflora and the vapour they release.

It is a disinfectant, it is not meant to be inhaled. If you want your room to smell nice, use a wax melt?

The use of boiling water offers no benefits in terms of the disinfecting properties of Zoflora, and we therefore recommend using with cool or warm water.

“All of our recommended product uses are related to the elimination of bacteria and viruses as Zoflora is an effective disinfectant, and we therefore do not recommend any use which isn’t aligned to the function of this type of product.”

Loo-py

Cleaning fans were putting bottles of multipurpose cleaner in their loos

Cleaning fans were putting bottles of multipurpose cleaner in their loosCrédito: @sheiskd_/TikTok
The hack promised to make bathrooms smell incredible

The hack promised to make bathrooms smell incredibleCrédito: @sheiskd_/TikTok

We know that cleaning your loo isn’t the most glamorous chore in the worldbut trust us when we say there is no cutting corners with it.

A principios de este año, married couple the Herreraswho have a shared TikTok accounttried out a viralcleaning hackwhere people were popping bottles of Fabuloso multi-purpose cleaner in their cisterns.

At first, the couple were pleased with how the Ocean Paradise scent made their bathroom smellbut it didn’t take long for things to go awry.

In a follow-up video, the TikTok stars revealed that it had caused their entire apartment to flood after the bottle made their loo run overnight.

This couple who tried the hack ended up with a flooded flat

This couple who tried the hack ended up with a flooded flatCrédito: Tik Tok

Ella explicó: “Our bottle lasted a week before floating and knocking the hosecausing water to spray all night long.

Don’t try this hack!!”

As well as drenching their bathroom floor, the water also soaked into the carpetswhich they’ll now have to replace.

Thanks for sharing,” one replied. “I almost did this!”

Otro agregado: “I was waiting for people to realise how big a mistake this hack was.

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