The ultimate Zoflora guide: how to use Mrs Hinch's favourite disinfectant
Find out how to use Zoflora, a round-up of the best scents, and all the info you need about Zoflora Pet
If you’re familiar with the Instagram phenomenon that is Mrs Hinch, then you’ve probably heard of Zoflora. Created almost 100 years ago, the beautifully-scented disinfectant shot to fame after being deemed the cleaning star’s favourite product, and since then, it’s gone on to gain somewhat of a cult following.But, what exactly is Zoflora? How are you supposed to use it? And, most importantly, just how effective is it?
Read on for our ultimate Zoflora guide.
What is Zoflora?
Zoflora is a disinfectant, which means that when you use it to clean your home, it’ll kill 99.9% of the bacteria and viruses that could cause you illness or create a bad odour.
What gives the product its cult status, however, is the fact that it comes in almost 40 different scents variations - from Lemon Zing to Midnight Blooms - that each fill your home with fragrance for 24 hours!
How to use Zoflora
Zoflora is a multi-use product, so you can use it for many different cleaning tasks, without having to buy lots of expensive sprays or pastes.
Here are some of our favourite ways to use the it around the house:
1. To clean surfaces
You can use diluted Zoflora on nearly all hard surfaces, including kitchen surfaces, fridge shelves and tables, to give them an instant refresh.
All you need to do is mix 10ml of disinfectant with 400ml of water, and use with a cloth to wipe over your surface. Don’t forget - when you’re finished, you can soak your dishcloth in diluted Zoflora to stop bacteria growing on it.
2. To clean floors
Again, a little bit goes a long way - just add one part disinfectant to 40 parts water in a mop bucket, and use it to clean over hard flooring like tiles and lino. Just be careful not to use it on polished wood, as it might damage the surface.
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3. To target germ-heavy zones
You can use a capful of undiluted Zoflora to target areas that harbour high amounts of bacteria: think drains, toilet bowls and toilet brush holders. It can also be used neat to scrub metal and ceramic sinks - just remember to wear gloves when you use it.
Zoflora spray bottle
If you’re looking for a quick and convenient cleaning solution, you can make Zoflora into a handy disinfectant spray.
To make, simply add 2 capfuls of your favourite Zoflora fragrance into a 800ml trigger spray bottle containing water. You can then spray the solution directly onto regularly touched fixtures like door handles and taps – we also use it on kitchen surfaces, desks, mobile phones and light switches – and wipe it over with a cloth to disinfect.
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The best Zoflora scents
There are almost 40 different Zoflora scents, so whatever your taste, there’s likely a scent that you’ll love for your home. Here at YourHomeStyle, however, we do have our firm favourites, so we thought we’d share our picks:
1. Buy Linen Fresh, £4 for 500ml, Wilko
There’s nothing better than a fresh laundry smell, and that’s why we can’t get enough of Zoflora’s linen scent. Clean, crisp and fresh, this one is great if you don’t want the smell of your cleaning products to interfere with the home fragrance you already have.
2. Buy Peony Blush, £4 for 500ml, Amazon
Peony Blush, part of the botanical fragrance collection, is one of Zoflora’s newer scents. Developed by a team of in-house perfumers, this one’s great if you’re a fan of luxurious smells - it combines peony, jasmine and rose with orchard fruits and a hint of citrus.
3. Coconut and Lime, £4 for 400ml, Wilko
If you tend to opt for summery scents, you’ll love Zoflora's Coconut and Lime scent, available exclusively at Wilko. Inspired by traditional tropical scents, the fragrance combines coconut and green citrus fruits with hints of pineapple and vanilla – it’s bright, light and uplifting, and great for use in high-traffic areas like your kitchen or hallway.
4. Honeysuckle and Jasmine, £3.00 for 250ml, Amazon
Zoflora’s Honeysuckle and Jasmine has a green tea and sandalwood base, giving it an elegant, sophisticated edge. We love using this one in the autumn months - it's the perfect scent for cooler weather.
5. Sparkling Spruce, £8.49 for 500ml, Amazon
Zoflora’s Sparkling Spruce is a perfect thing to have in your cupboard at Christmas time – it’ll leave your home smelling fresh and festive. The scent is amazingly warming and wintery – it combines pine and eucalyptus with nutmeg, what’s not to love!
6.Frosted Peppermint, £5.99 for 500ml, Amazon
Zoflora’s Frosted Peppermint is an uplifting and energising scent, inspired by Christmas candy canes. It blends dark chocolate notes with fresh eucalyptus and vanilla, making it the perfect scent to use on a cold, wintery morning.
7. Bluebell Woods, £4 for 500ml, Wilko
Zoflora's Bluebell Woods scent is ideal for use in spring - it smells delicate, floral and nostalgic. We particularly like using this scent in a bathroom, but it'll give any room in your home a leafy, woodland fragrance.
8. Mandarin and Lime, £2.57 for 250ml, Amazon
Much like the coconut and lime scent, Zoflora's mandarin and lime disinfectant is ideal for use in the summer. Combining notes of basil with juicy mandarin, lime and peach, it's a zingy, energising scent that works particularly well in a kitchen.
9. Cypress and Sea Sage, £1.25 for 120ml, poundshop.com
One of the newest additions to the Zoflora family, the Cypress & Sea Sage scent has to be one of our favourite fragrances yet! The scent is super fresh and not at all sweet, blending herbs, citrus and cedar with a hint of geranium. It's perfect for using in a bathroom, although we'll be using it in every room.
Does Zoflora kill Covid-19?
After extensive laboratory testing, Zoflora recently confirmed that it is proven to kill coronaviruses, including the COVID-19 strain, when used at 1:40 dilution with a 5 minute contact time.
This means that the product will kill Covid, if mixed at 1 part disinfectant to 40 parts water, and left in contact with the surface you wish to clean for at least 5 minutes. The testing conforms to the latest British standard - you can find out more here.
Is Zoflora safe for pets?
According to the Veterinary Poisons Information Service, Zoflora disinfectant is safe to be used on hard surfaces where pets are kept, as long as it’s correctly diluted. You just have to make sure that your pets don’t walk over or lick the wet treated surfaces.
In fact, you can even use the product to clean pet beds (simply add two capfuls into the washing machine) or to wipe down cages.
Although regular Zoflora is safe for use with pets when the directions for use are correctly followed, the Fresh Home Odour Remover and Disinfectant is specially formulated for homes with pets.
This one has been specifically tested against pet-related bacteria, and kills 99.9% of the bacteria and viruses that can cause illness in animals. It’ll also help to eliminate pet related odours, such as wet dog smell and urine
Thea Jeffreys is the Digital Writer on YourHomeStyle.uk, and is passionate about all things home décor. When she’s not scouring the internet for budget-friendly homeware finds, you’ll find her writing about the latest interior trends and handy upcycling tricks.