'Weeds will never come back' using Mrs Hinch fans' garden tip

Garden weeds are unsightly nuisances that can emerge in the most inconvenient places from between paving stones to cracks on driveways and amidst patios. While reaching for a chemical weed killer might seem like an easy solution, it can be detrimental to the environment and pose risks to pets and other wildlife.

Instead, gardeners can opt for natural methods that are gentler on a garden's ecosystem such as boiling water. In this vein, devotees of cleaning guru Mrs Hinch have been sharing their top tips for tackling weeds without resorting to harsh chemicals.

Mrs Hinch, also known as Sophie Hinchliffe, has become an influential figure in the realms of gardening, lifestyle, and cleaning, amassing over 4.8 million followers on Instagram. Her enthusiasts have formed various Facebook groups over time where they exchange advice on gardening and home care issues.

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In one such group, Julie Lucas asked: "Any ideas for killing weeds on patio slabs please?" reports the Express. The query received a flurry of nearly 50 responses from Mrs Hinch's followers. Yet, the most popular piece of advice was to use boiling water.

Gill Cardwell Jones advised: "Boil your kettle and while it's still bubbling, pour over the weeds and they'll never come back. My gardener told me that and it works great. Obviously, don't do it to weeds on your grass though."

Victoria Jewell echoed the sentiment, saying: "I just boil the kettle and pour it on. Kills them straight away! " Jean Clough and Kim Hudspeth concurred with fellow members, recommending "boiling water" as the solution. Meanwhile, Facebook user Natalie Dawson suggested using "boiling water and salt" to banish weeds for good.

Boiling water almost instantaneously destroys weeds. The heat of the water kills the plant's root tissue which shocks the plant. The plant will wither and die within a day or two. It's one of the best ways to kill weeds on paths and driveways. However, this method should not be used on lawns or flower beds as the water could destroy grass and plants gardeners want to keep.

Other suggestions from Mrs Hinch fans for removing weeds included using salt, white vinegar and a weed burner.

Irene Ducros said: "Salt - just salt. It does the job. I've been using it for years now and nothing else seems to work."

Jan Mchugh replied to the post: "Mixture of salt, washing up liquid and white vinegar."

Ally East suggested: "I tried the vinegar and washing up water method and it works, but have now decided that I like the effect of moss in amongst my slabs. Gives it a cottage-y feel, like the paving you see in gardens of listed buildings. I just pull up the weeds."

Liz Hogan wrote: "One litre of white vinegar. Do it when the sun is on it."

Jacqui Spelman replied: "I was told pure vinegar they get in the chippies and water it down. I used it and it's brilliant. Does the job and quickly. Just don't get it on the grass as it burns it."

Paula Forester commented: "I use a weed burner. It kills right down to the root."