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Professional cleaner urges everyone to stop using popular two-ingredient cleaning trick


An Aussie professional cleaner has issued a warning for DIY cleaners to stop using the viral two-ingredient hack to clean your sink.

Kacie Stephens, who runs The Big Clean Co cleaning service in Melbourne, has warned Aussies against deep cleaning clogged kitchen drains using vinegar and bi-carb soda.

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The viral cleaning method has been doing the rounds on TikTok for years – with many “cleaning influencers” around the world swearing by the hack in videos racking up millions of views.

However, Stephens warned the ”old wives tale” of mixing vinegar and bi-carb soda to clean clogged drains can actually do more harm than good.

“Hear me out,” she captioned her video.

“Using vinegar and bi-carb soda to unblock your drains is reckless.

“You risk creating more of a blockage.”

A professional cleaner says we should stop using vinegar and bi-carb soda to clear our sink drains. Credit: TikTok

Stephens said many people are guilty of using the the vinegar and bi-carb soda combo to clean out their drains.

“Firstly, it’s not normal for your drains to be blocked regularly and there’s a larger issue there you need to look at,” she explained.

“If your drains are regularly ‘needing’ this, it’s because you’re not actually unblocking your drain.

“If you’re using this because you think it’ll break down any grease or oil in the drain – it won’t.

“There’s no surfactants in this formula, you’re just creating salty water when you mix these two.”

Water and detergent

She said you’re “better off” putting hot water and dishwashing detergent down the drain to get the “oil moving”.

“If you’re using this technique and relying on the pressure of the chemical reaction moving out the blockage? You’re half way there.

“But that would happen only if you were able to close the drain, allowing this to exist inside a closed space so the pressure can build.

“But you can’t do that with your drain and so you’re getting this half a**ed reaction that means what’s most likely happening is part of the bicarb is sitting in the drain – causing even more of a blockage.”

Kacie Stephens shares simple cleaning tips for the kitchen sink. Credit: TikTok

She suggested calling a plumber.

“Find out what’s blocking it – clean it out – and stop that from going down there again by using a plug hole strainer,” she said.

Stephens isn’t the only one criticising the popular cleaning hack.

According to cleaning blogger Bren Did, using bi-carb soda and vinegar is ineffective in fighting grease-clogged drains.

“Baking soda is a base while vinegar is an acid, their chemical reaction produces water with a tiny amount of salt in it, not a fat destroying drain cleaner,” she wrote in a blog post.

“Plus vinegar and baking soda are not surfactants, so they do not help water carry oil and grease away the same way that detergents can.”

How to clean your sink

Stephens from The Big Clean has some advice to clean your sink effectively in under seven minutes, useful non-toxic Australian products.

“I’m a professional cleaner, and this is a really dirty sink clean from start to finish,” she said in an earlier video in March this year.

Before and after Stephens cleaned the sink in under 7 minutes. Credit: TikTok

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Stephens uses two products – For All and Gumption – and three tools – a cloth, brush and a magic eraser.

She starts by lathering the sink with For All.

“It removes all that surface level gunk and leaves the sink really shiny.”

For the “stubborn build-up” of grime, she used Gumption, a cloth and a Magic Eraser.

“You can see how that just brings that sink back to silver,” she said.

“I used an electric brush for all the crevices, but a grout brush or even just a toothbrush works just as well if you ask me.”

Finally, she rinsed the sink with water and dried it off.

“All those minerals in the water from the tap – those will even start to discolour your sink, so that’s why drying it is important. It also just leaves it with that wow-factor.

“Super simple process. I think this took me about seven minutes all up.”

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