How to Kill Moss With Household Ingredients
Typically found growing on tree bark, the forest floor and other damp areas, moss is a common non-flowering plant that can quickly cover large areas such as sidewalks and walls. The moss traps moisture between itself and the surface on which it grows. This trapped moisture will cause fungus, such as mold, to begin to grow. Moss can become quite slippery, which creates a safety hazard when growing on walkways. Kill moss with a few household ingredients.
Push the moss off the surface using the pressure from a water hose. Brush any remaining moss from the surface using a stiff-bristled brush broom.
Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of warm water. Add 1/2 cup of household bleach. Mix the contents together with a spoon.
Saturate the stiff-bristled brush broom with the mixture. Scrub the surface with the saturated brush broom. Dip the broom back into the mixture when the broom becomes dry or soiled.
Continue scrubbing the surface until you have thoroughly cleaned the area. Allow the mixture to sit on the surface for 10 to 15 minutes.
Rinse the mixture off the surface with the water hose. Allow the surface to air dry. Repeat the process if necessary.
Things You Will Need
- Water hose
- Stiff-bristle brush broom
- 1/2 cup bleach
- Wooden spoon
- Wear rubber gloves when working with chemicals to prevent skin irritation.
- Trisodium phosphate -- also known as TSP -- can be used instead of bleach. TSP is a heavy-duty cleaning agent that will kill mold, mildew, fungus and moss. It is available at department stores and home improvement centers.
- Bleach can kill plant life and harm humans, pets and wildlife.