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'Weekly cleaning job': Pour soda crystals down the sink to tackle a blocked drain

A cleaning expert urged readers to make pouring soda crystals down the sink part of their weekly to-do list.

Lucy, a cleaning, home, motherhood, and lifestyle influencer, has a whopping 74k likes to date on her real-life cleaning videos on her TikTok account, Cleaning With Lucy.

She said: “Soda crystals and boiling water can usually tackle a normal blocked drain.”

The cleaner, who has amassed a legion of followers on her Instagram account @cleaningwithlucy and her YouTube channel, went on: “If this doesn’t work mixing bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar together should as the chemical reaction is what clears the blockage.

“Once a week I pour a cupful of soda crystals and hot water down my sink to prevent blockages.

“I ensure this is a weekly cleaning job as it definitely keeps blockages at bay.”

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Baking soda and salt

Mix half a cup of each substance together and pour it down your drain, before allowing it to sit in your drain for up to overnight.

Then use boiling water to clean the drain, as with the baking soda and vinegar tip above.

A plunger

Don’t forget an old-fashioned plunger to remove food stuck in the pipes.

Don’t pour grease down the sink

Oil and grease should never be poured down the sink as it will become hard in the pipes.

Pour it into a jar and when the jar is full, throw it away.

Pour boiling water down the sink

Pour boiling water down the plug once a week to help dislodge and dissolve the build up of debris.



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