As fun as tiny bouncy balls and other vending machine toys are, they can wreak havoc on your plumbing. TikToker Alexis Carlton (@lexilynne95) knows this all too well. Recently, the parent posted a video of a brilliant hack for removing certain small objects from the sink, and the best part is it only requires a single can of soda.
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The clip opens with a shot of a bathroom sink with a text overlay telling viewers that her son’s toy ball is stuck in the sink. To retrieve the ball, Carlton begins to pour a can of Coke Zero into the drain.
The fizzy beverage starts to bubble, forming what appears to be a whirlpool of Coke swirling in the sink’s drain. The bubbling intensifies, and all of a sudden, a little orange ball emerges from the drain, ending the video on a high note.
Carlton’s soda pop plumbing trick had jaws dropping all over TikTok, and many viewers wanted to know if the hack would work for other objects.
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“Think smarter, not harder,” said one user.
“Would my earrings come up if I try this? I really need them back,” asked one TikToker.
While the hack is undoubtedly helpful, Carlton posted a disclaimer in the comments to mention that there’s a stopper inside of her sink’s drain, so the ball did not fall into the pipe, making it easy for the soda’s carbonation to bring it to the surface.
Fixing a clogged sink can feel like an upstream battle. Fortunately, simple hacks like Carlton’s can help clear blocked pipes without the plumbing bill.
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