The manufacturers of disinfectant Zoflora have issued a warning not to copy a dangerous tip shared by popular cleanfluencer Mrs Hinch.
Sophie Hinchliffe, who has 3.7million Instagram followers, shared a picture of how she decides whether she likes a new Zoflora scent.
Describing her method, she says she likes to put Zoflora in a jar, and then add boiling water.
But the manufacturers have pointed out this could be dangerous.
A Zoflora spokesman said: “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.
“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.
“As an alternative we would suggest you soak your dishcloths and sponges in a sink or bowl with Zoflora diluted 1 in 40 in warm water, which will eliminate 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, as well as filling your room with beautiful fragrance for up to 24 hours.”
Posting to the Mrs Hinch Made me Do It Facebook page, one mum said: “Can’t believe I’m having to write another warning…. please please PLEASE… DO NOT MIX Zoflora with boiling water… 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.”
She added: “To sit out all night with no other reason than to make the kitchen smell? Its not designed for that. If you want your room to smell nice, use a wax melt?”