Mrs Hinch: How cleaning helps me fight off panic attacks

Don’t miss the full exclusive interview with Mrs Hinch only inside this Sunday’s Mail on Sunday. Plus her ingenious tips and tricks on how to make spring cleaning easy & fun, free inside The Mail on Sunday. 

She’s the glamorous Instagram star leading an extraordinary social media cleaning craze after declaring that housework can ‘soothe your soul’.

But Sophie Hinchcliffe – known to her two million followers as Mrs Hinch – this weekend reveals her battles with anxiety and how a youthful attempt to lose weight led to a disastrous gastric band operation.

In her first major interview, Sophie tells The Mail on Sunday’s You magazine how she underwent a £6,000 operation to have a gastric band fitted – but was left in agony after it slipped two years later and became wedged in her oesophagus. 

Sophie Hinchcliffe, pictured - known to her two million followers as Mrs Hinch - this weekend reveals how a youthful attempt to lose weight led to a disastrous gastric band operation

Sophie Hinchcliffe, pictured - known to her two million followers as Mrs Hinch - this weekend reveals how a youthful attempt to lose weight led to a disastrous gastric band operation

Sophie Hinchcliffe, pictured – known to her two million followers as Mrs Hinch – this weekend reveals how a youthful attempt to lose weight led to a disastrous gastric band operation

Surgeons were able to move the band during an emergency operation. It no longer works but has not actually been removed.

‘The surgery works for some people,’ said Sophie, whose new book packed with ingenious tips and tricks on how to make cleaning easy, fun – and even glamorous – features in an eight-page pull out in this weekend’s Mail on Sunday.

‘But for me, if I had known the complications and risks, I wouldn’t have done it.’

After battling issues with self-confidence, Sophie piled on weight in her late teens.

‘I’d just passed my driving test, so I was able to go out in the car and get takeaways at McDonald’s Drive-Thrus,’ she said. ‘Before I knew it, I was eating for what felt like eating’s sake.’

Aged 21, she took out a bank loan to pay for the gastric band procedure.

But in addition to the slipped band, her dramatic eight-stone weight loss left excess skin on her arms. An operation to remove it in 2016 led to a serious infection and for a time she feared her left arm would have to be amputated.

Sophie tells The Mail on Sunday's You magazine how she underwent a £6,000 operation to have a gastric band fitted - but was left in agony after it slipped two years later and became wedged in her oesophagus

Sophie tells The Mail on Sunday's You magazine how she underwent a £6,000 operation to have a gastric band fitted - but was left in agony after it slipped two years later and became wedged in her oesophagus

Sophie tells The Mail on Sunday’s You magazine how she underwent a £6,000 operation to have a gastric band fitted – but was left in agony after it slipped two years later and became wedged in her oesophagus

The 29 year-old, who married husband Jamie last year and is five months pregnant, said the ordeal has left her angry at anyone who engages in ‘body shaming’, adding: ‘Even if you lose the weight you never forget the comments.’

The former hairdresser started creating an inspiring social media phenomenon two years ago after offering cleaning tips and posting stylish pictures of her home.

Her fans are known as the ‘Hinch Army’ and refer to cleaning as ‘Hinching’.

The so-called ‘Mrs Hinch effect’ sees supermarkets selling out of her favourite cleaning products – which she gives affectionate nicknames calling her duster Dave and her glass-cleaning cloth Kermit.

Sophie, from Maldon, Essex, also tells The Mail on Sunday’s You magazine about her battle with anxiety and how cleaning helps control her panic attacks.

‘When I’m at home, and I start to feel a bit of panic in my chest, I will grab a mop or a cloth and put on some good music,’ she says. ‘It really helps me relax.’

Hinch Yourself Happy: All The Best Cleaning Tips To Shine Your Sink And Soothe Your Soul by Mrs Hinch which is published by Michael Joseph on April 4, priced £12.99. 

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