A visit to a plumber can cost between $175 and $450. If you don’t have that cash lying around, you should chat with your TikTok-loving grandkids before they come to visit. A viral TikTok pipe cleaning trend could destroy your home’s sewage system.
It’s all part of a viral trend called “product overload.” Users film themselves filling toilets, tubs and sinks with excess astringent cleansers. Not only is it wasteful, but it can also be dangerous.
Before we dive into the details, here’s a quick disclaimer: no everything TikTok cleaning trends are dangerous. In fact, cleaning-focused TikTokers often share great product recommendations. But this particular tendency can cause serious damage to your pipes and lungs.
This “CleanTok” Trend May Poison Your Family
If you’ve ever wondered, “How dangerous is TikTok?” here is a perfect example. If you’re late, here’s a quick look at how a video on social media can even put you at risk.
TikTok is a video-sharing app with 1 billion active users in 2022. It’s hard for moderators to control so many people at once. This means that dangerous trends can slip through the cracks.
Some videos with the #productoverload hashtag have disclaimers at the bottom. For example, a footer below this video reads, “Participating in this activity could hurt you or others.”
That’s a bit of an understatement because the wrong combination of chemical cleaners could lead to homemade mustard gas. Just in case you forgot this historic treat, mustard gas is a chemical warfare weapon. The Genoa Convention banned it in 1925.
It may be hard for you to imagine the trend when you don’t have video. We have what you need. Here is an example :
@cleaningmamabee Reply to @asyy_yyy ✨💋💎💗 #emojiclean part 1 of 2 #MadewithKAContest #asmrcleaning #cleanok #fypシ #for you #satisfying #cleantoilet #asmr #colorful cleaning #productoverload ♬ original sound – Cleaning Mama Bee🐝
Notice how the person behind the camera layers different cleansers. Stacking chemicals like this can burn your throat or skin. It can also poison you or knock you unconscious.
Here’s why the user is doing this in the first place. They respond to a challenge, which you can see in the upper left corner of the video.
One of their followers challenged them to use emoji-based toilet cleaners. Thus, the TikTok user cleans his toilet bowl as an artistic challenge. They focus on colors rather than ingredients.
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Dangers Aside, This TikTok Pipe Cleaning Trend Can Harm Your Home
Expensive damage can dig a huge hole in your bank account. The mixture of harsh cleaning chemicals can damage household drain systems and pipes. The tendency to overload products introduces the risk of fires and explosions and can also cause erosion or flooding of pipes.
You might even face clogged pipes. This is because a muddy mixture of cleaning products can form a thick, gooey paste that clogs your pipes. In some cases, internal pipe damage could impact your entire community’s wastewater.
You may think that your city’s wastewater treatment system is too strong to be damaged so easily. But your pipes need a lot of water to flush those thick mixtures down the drain. These volatile chemical combinations are demanding, which could strain local resources. In addition, it could harm the environment.
If you want to eliminate chemical cleaners from your life, switch to herbal products. Here are some of the best natural cleansers you should try.
You need to know about this if you have any friends or family members who love TikTok
If you have loved ones who love TikTok, bring it to their attention. You need to warn them in advance so they don’t get hurt. In fact, they might hurt you if they come to visit you!
Share this article with your friends in case they need a refresher on the most dangerous cleaner combos:
- Ammonia + Bleach = Chloramine.
- Dishwashing liquid + Bleach = Poison gas.
- Hydrogen peroxide + The vinegar = Peracetic acid.
- Lysol + Bleach = Poison gas.
- Mildew Stain Remover + Bleach = Chlorine gas.
- oven cleaner + Bleach = Chlorine gas.
- rubbing alcohol + Bleach = Chloroform.
- Toilet bowl cleaner + Bleach = Toxic fumes.
- The vinegar + Bleach = Chlorine gas.
Oh, and don’t mix different drain openers. This can release chlorine gas, causing fires or even an explosion!
The same goes for your children or grandchildren. Maybe they didn’t take their chemistry class and they need some advice. Warn them about this trend, or you might catch them doing this in the sink!
@cleaningmamabee ⚠️1k PRODUCT SURCHARGE⚠️ PT. 1/5 product dump🤪 #fyp #cleaningtiktok #cleanok #foryoupage #for you #productoverload #cleaning #asmrcleaning #asmr ♬ original sound – Cleaning Mama Bee🐝
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