Mrs Hinch reveals the dirt and grime lurking in her tumble dryer

Mrs Hinch reveals the grime lurking in her tumble dryer as she shares a step-by-step cleaning regime to banish dirt and fluff

  • Cleaning sensation, aka Sophie Hinchliffe, shared guide on Instagram Stories
  • Revealed mounds of fluff lurking in her dust filter and grime in the vent tubes
  • Despite regular cleaning, admitted dust and lint builds quickly in the machine 

Most of us are guilty of neglecting our washing machines and tumble dryers when it comes to cleaning – but Mrs Hinch proved today how grubby they can get in just a short space of time.

The Essex-based cleaning whizz, 30, whose real name is Sophie Hinchcliffe, gave her machine some much needed TLC in a video shared to her Instagram Stories yesterday.

While inspecting the state of her tumble dryer, Mrs Hinch revealed mounds of fluff collecting in her dust filter and brown grime lurking in the vent tubes.

Essex-based cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch, 30, whose real name is Sophie Hinchcliffe, pictured with her husband Jamie, gave her machine some much needed TLC in a video shared to her Instagram Stories yesterday


While inspecting the state of her tumble dryer, Mrs Hinch revealed mounds of fluff collecting in her dust filter (left) and brown grime lurking in the vent tubes (right)

The mother-of-one told her 3.3million followers she has had the machine, which she keeps in her garage, for years.

But while she is ‘paranoid’ about checking the fluff filter at the front every time she does laundry, she admitted it’s been a while since she gave the dryer a thorough clean.

‘I know the fluff filter at the front here is more or less clean, because I’ve become paranoid about it and I’ve been changing it every time I put a load in here,’ she explained.

‘But I want to clean the door, and I want to pull the whole thing out as well and check the vent tubes. Just give it a freshen up.’


While she is ‘paranoid’ about checking the fluff filter at the front every time she does laundry, it still gathers dirt (left). Pictured right: Mrs Hinch uses a long hoover attachment to suck out grime

Mrs Hinch roped in her husband Jamie to help her pull the machine out, joking he ‘couldn’t walk away quick enough’, so that she could clean behind it and access the vent tubes. 

The top of the dryer was coated in a thin layer of dust, but the real grime lay in the tube, which the clean queen admitted was ‘worse than she thought’.

And despite its regular clear out, the fluff filter also contained a fist-sized ball of lint and dust. 


The real grime lay in the tube, which the clean queen admitted was ‘worse than I thought’ (left). But after a hoover it looked good as new (right)

To tackle it, Mrs Hinch unplugged the machine and reached for her ‘light-saber’ – aka the long attachment for her Shark hoover – and vacuumed behind the machine, inside the fluff filter compartment and down the vent tube, while watching out for any rips or tears. 

She then used a cloth and Elbow Grease spray, an all purpose degreaser, to clean and wipe down the external elements of the machine before washing the fluff filter in warm soapy water.

Mrs Hinch recommended drying the filter completely before replacing it, and ended the video by marvelling at her machine, which she said ‘feels like new’.   

Mrs Hinch’s step-by-step guide to cleaning your tumble dryer 

1. Carefully pull the machine out from the wall – enlist the help of another person if necessary as it can be heavy and awkward to move.

2. Remove the fluff filter and soak in warm soapy water.

3. Using a long hoover attachment, hoover behind the machine, inside the vent tube – watching out for rips and tears – and inside the fluff filter compartment before wiping it out with a dry cloth.

4. Use a cloth and Elbow Grease spray to wipe clean the exterior of the machine.

5. Dry the fluff filter thoroughly before replacing it. 

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