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Vinegar Can Clean Almost All of Charleston’s Problems…


No, not really…but it will help in removing the common mold and moss problem nearly every Lowcountry resident is all too familiar with! All while pleasing the eco-friendly inhabitants that our city is becoming more and more known for.

There is a lot to consider when cleaning around the outside of your Charleston home.

The weather worn, aged look is a popular style for outdoor spaces. Not just in Charleston but around the country. The important thing to keep in mind when it comes to moss or algae is control. Once you lose it, your stylish design choice can become a hazard. One step on a slick, moss-covered brick patio will easily prove that. And from an aesthetic perspective, there’s a fine line between intentionally distressed and just plain distressed.


Most harsh cleaners or solvents that promise to remove moss or algae stains have a tendency to damage finishes. Not to mention those harsh chemicals can do a number on the environment. So what can you do about it? The answer is sitting right in your pantry.

Vinegar. That’s right. Good old fashioned household vinegar. Whether it be siding, brick, stucco or wood, vinegar kills moss and mold without any of the harmful effects of bleach or other household cleaners. And it’s all natural so you don’t have to worry about breathing the fumes or causing damage to your garden.

So what is vinegar exactly and what makes it so effective for outdoor cleaning? While primarily used in cooking, vinegar is actually an acid. Acetic acid to be exact. Household vinegar is a combination of acetic acid (between 4% and 8%) and water. Because of the solution’s acidity it’s an extremely effective at killing mold and bacteria.

So there you have it. Next time you step outside and find your beautiful outdoor space overrun with moss and mold, spray it down with some vinegar from your pantry. A good soak, a quick rinse with some water, and you’ll have your yard back in no time.

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