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Gardeners share how to ‘kill’ paving moss and algae for 30p – no jet washer needed


Moss grows in shady conditions where there isn’t much drainage, which is why it favours lawns and driveways.

Whilst the majority of moss species are endangered, letting it grow can be a slip hazard as well as ruin the look of a garden or home.

With spring and summer the peak for moss growth, Mrs Hinch fans have shared their best tips for removing it without scrubbing or using a pressure washer.

Posting on the Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips Facebook page, Manda Jayne wrote: “Any advice would be greatly received.

“Can anyone suggest what I can use to get rid of the green moss and gunge on the floor from our paving blocks in the garden?

“Please bear in mind that we do have a small dog who likes to explore, so no harsh chemicals. Also, we don’t own a pressure washer or know anyone with one. Thank you in advance.”

The majority of the comments recommended white vinegar which can help to dry out moss and weeds.

Sue Wilding commented: “Dilute white vinegar with water, about one part vinegar and 10 parts water.

“Let it sit on the patio for a while and it should melt away with a brush, no scrubbing needed.”

Pat Barker also recommended white vinegar in the comments, claiming it would “kill moss” on any hard surface.

It is important to ensure white vinegar doesn’t touch any nearby plants as it will kill them too.

When poured onto the moss, the acetic acid present will kill any moss present within a matter of minutes.

White vinegar can be picked up from a variety of retailers, including Tesco for as little as 30p.

Other group members recommended using boiling water, advising the group member to make sure her dog is far away at the time of cleaning.

Mandi Marsh said: “Boiling water and a sweeping brush.”

Talia Louise added: “This is what I do, it’s great because I have a dog and need to be careful to keep chemicals away from him.”

While bleach was recommended in the comments, others advised against using cheap bleach as it could cause harm to the dog as well as leave marks on the patio.

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