‘Works really well’: Mrs Hinch shares ‘number-one’ tip to clean your handbag

Mrs Hinch shows of her Home Bargains shopping haul

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Sophie Hinchcliffe, the cleaning and tidying influencer with 4.2 million Instagram followers, wrote the Sunday Times number one bestseller Hinch Yourself Happy. In her book, she shared how she organises and tidies her handbags.

She said: “Keeping my handbag clean and tidy is one of the number-one things for me.

“I hate it when I try to find my phone and I have to wade through a mountain of tissues and hairbands.”

Cleaning out your handbag is a sure-fire way of de-stressing; a decluttered bag paves the way for a decluttered mind.

She continued: “Let’s face it, whatever we do, rubbish does build up in our handbags. I will go through mine every few days and clear it out, but because I use it every day, by the time I do it, it’s built up again.”

Mrs Hinch’s first tip was to sort out your receipts – promptly.

“Whenever I get in from shopping, I’ll put all of my receipts in my little plastic wallet so they’re out of the way.

“If you don’t empty out your receipts, your purse ends up bulging at the seams and you’ll end up losing them.”

Additionally, keeping track of receipts means that they don’t get lost – and you never know when you’re going to have to dig one out!

“As we all know, it’s always the one you can’t find that’s the one you need!”

For a handbag deep clean, Mrs Hinch provided a step-by-step guide on how to “hinch” that handbag.

Every few weeks she removes the contents of her handbag and wipes the inside with an anti-back wipe: “You would not believe how dirty it gets.”

Then, she turns the lining inside out “to get rid of any crumbs”.

To make the handbag appear and smell fresh, she runs an anti-bac wipe over the outside of the bag before spritzing it with some Febreeze.

Makeup lovers should keep a trusty empty makeup bag in their handbag rather than “just chucking it in loose”.

Little bags within a larger bag are a saving grace, with Mrs Hinch also dedicating a little bag to her medication so it’s “not free-floating”.

“If you’ve got some little bags it means if you do put other things in you can find them easily. It’s basically the cupboard equivalent of your cupboard baskets.”

A top tip for accidentally staining a bag: “If you get a lipstick or pen mark on your bag, spraying it with hairspray and wiping it with a white cloth works really well on leather.”

She warned: “But go easy, and do a patch test first!”

Mrs Hinch believes that cleaning is a way to reduce feelings of anxiety.

“Some people go to the gym or bake a cake, and that’s what helps to ease their whirring minds. For me, it’s cleaning.”

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