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The surprising £2 kitchen ingredient that can kill patio moss

green moss plants growing in cracks of grey stone tiles on ground
The kitchen ingredient that can kill patio mossJustin Smith - Getty Images

Controlling moss growth on your patio is no easy feat, but there's a surprising kitchen ingredient that can work wonders when it comes to removing the green clumps: white vinegar.

Moss is particularly fond of the gaps in paving slabs, but removing it can be challenging (even with the right tools). However, the acetic acid found in vinegar, a traditional cleaning solution, can effectively remove moss from brick structures, driveways or paths.

'Vinegar is a relatively cheap and easy method to remove moss from pavers. The acetic acid in the vinegar can kill the moss on your pavers,' an expert from Harwood's Garden Supplies told The Express. 'For the best results, use white vinegar with a solution of about five per cent. However, for a more potent option try a six per cent cleaning vinegar solution.'

Getting your garden ready for spring? Here's how to use white vinegar to banish moss:

1. Before you begin, dab a small amount of white vinegar on a corner of your moss-covered paving slab. This will help determine whether you need to use it neat or diluted with water. For heavier breakouts, you may need to pour the vinegar directly onto the moss.

2. Once you have covered the affected area with vinegar, let it sit for around one hour. Then take an old scrubbing brush and firmly scrub the moss away. Thanks to the vinegar, it should break away easily.

3. Finally, fill a bucket with soapy water to rinse away any remaining moss. A pressure washer will also work well here, removing moss that may need a final blast. Your outdoor space will look as good as new.

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