THREE years ago we couldn’t have told you what a Minky was – let alone which supermarket stocked the cheapest Zoflora scents.
But thanks to “cleanfluencers” like Ms. Hinch, these must-have products have now become things we reach for in our everyday lives.
However, not all tips shared by cleaning fanatics on TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram are safe to use at home — and some are even incredibly dangerous.
Here, Fabulous reveals the popular tips to avoid — including one woman’s harrowing Fabulosa warning.
Why you should NEVER spray Fabulosa in radiators
Earlier this year, homeowners warned against using Fabulosa’s scented spray cans on radiators after a woman claimed it caused an EXPLOSION in her living room.
Before trying it out herself, the woman said she saw the hack plugged in on TikTok, where people said it effectively removed dust from radiators and made her home smell amazing.
However, she was devastated when the hack allegedly caused a “fireball” in her home, blowing out her window and leaving her with burns to her ankles
In one post, she wrote: “WARNING. If you’re thinking of using the Shock Can to clean your radiators, DON’T DO IT.
“I did this today and somehow a massive fireball explosion happened which resulted in my windows being blown out and both of my ankles being burned.
“PLEASE DON’T, USE MY EXPERIENCE AS A WARNING.”
A spokesman for Fabulosa said: “The health and safety of our customers is of the utmost importance to us and we take all reported incidents seriously.
“We have contacted the affected customers so we can investigate.
“Fabulosa and its packaging fully comply with all safety regulations for safe use and all the risks involved.
“Accordingly, our Shock Can makes it very clear that it is highly flammable and should therefore be kept away from heat and all sources of ignition.”
Zoflora Boiling water warning
There’s no denying that Zoflora sanitizers always smell amazing – but the company had to warn fans not to mix the product with boiling water.
People raved about trying out the sanitizer’s numerous flavors by pouring it into jars.
On a Facebook page with cleaning tips, one homeowner warned, “I can’t believe I have to write another warning… please please please… Don’t mix Zoflora with boiling water. It is a disinfectant, it is not intended for inhalation.
“I’m obviously not talking about using it to clean, I’m talking about leaving it on a countertop all night with the sole purpose of allowing the ‘scent’ to fill the room/house.”
Do not mix Zoflora with boiling water. It is a disinfectant, it must not be inhaled.
She added: “If you want your room to smell nice, do you use a wax melt?
“Rather than promoting on Instagram letting Zoflora sit in boiling water all night to release its vapors?”
A spokeswoman for Zoflora said: “We do not recommend using Zoflora with boiling water as this has not been tested and could potentially negatively affect the ingredients in Zoflora and the vapor they release.
“Using boiling water does not offer any benefits in terms of Zoflora’s disinfecting properties, so we recommend using it with cold or warm water.
“All product uses we recommend are related to eliminating bacteria and viruses as Zoflora is an effective disinfectant and we therefore do not recommend any use that is not in tune with the function of this type of product.”
Damaging vacuum hack
A mum has claimed putting a dryer sheet in her vacuum made her carpets smell amazing – but one expert warned it could damage machines in the long run.
In a post on the Mums Who Clean Facebook page, the mum explained how she puts a fluffy dryer sheet down the barrel of her Dyson vacuum every time she wants to tackle her carpets, claiming it makes her home “lovely “ lets smell.
However, Dyson’s Lead Separation Systems Engineer Jonathan McGaughey warned that the mother’s method could damage your vacuum cleaner.
The expert told Yahoo Lifestyle: “While we love the idea of finding ways to reduce bad odors in your home, we would never recommend intentionally putting large foreign objects in the tank of a Dyson vacuum as this will compromise the functionality of the primary cyclone and cause loss of suction.
“We advise owners against exposing their machines to any liquid, including water or essential oils. Owners should refer to the instructions in the manual when purchasing the machine, as use of their machine for anything other than its intended purpose may void their warranty.”
We get it – cleaning the loo isn’t the most glamorous task, so it’s no wonder some people like to liven it up with some great-smelling products.
However, housekeeper Emma Dunbar was slammed last year for mixing several toilet cleaners together to create a rainbow effect in her loo.
Emma uploaded it to the Facebook group Cleaning Hacks, Tips & Recommendations (UK Group) and said: “If you are tired of looking at boring old toilets!”
But she was immediately inundated with warnings from people telling her that mixing chemicals could be dangerous.
Darren Kingston, Station Manager and Hazmat Manager at AF&RS, said: “People often think that if one product works, mixing it with another will make it even better, but that’s not the case.
“Certain products that are safe to use alone can sometimes produce noxious fumes or other chemical reactions when mixed with other products.
“We urge people to always read and follow directions and never mix cleaning products.”
Emma later clarified that she had used the same product in different colors and urged people not to mix chemicals
For more cleaning tips and tricks, this professional cleaner has revealed the hidden part that is making your toilet smelly and how to sort it.
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Plus, this woman reveals a simple trick to get the sink draining again after a horrible build-up of hair clogged it for a YEAR
https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/3046440/dangerous-cleaning-spray-radiator-blow-up/ Dangerous cleaning tricks NOT to be used – from vacuuming drying towels to spraying Fabulosa on radiators