Wipe out Weeds: Highly Effective Homemade and Eco-Friendly Weed Killer
My husband was addicted to store bought weed killer until I armed him with this homemade concoction. I love this weed killer because it is effective and works quickly. It is also cheap to make and is completely non-toxic to both humans and animals. Additionally, this weed killer is more gentle on the environment than the store-bought options like Roundup.
Here is what you need to get started:
White vinegar. Ordinary distilled white vinegar with at least 5% acidity. It is cheap and works great. If you can, find a higher acidity even up to 20%. It is going to work faster.
Table salt. Use cheap iodized or non-ionized generic salt from the grocery store. Do not use sea salt, rock salt, Epsom salts or anything fancy.
Dish-washing liquid. The soap is used to break the surface tension of the vinegar so it sticks to the weeds, forcing them to absorb it more readily. The brand of dish-washing liquid doesn’t matter.
WEED KILLER RECIPE FOR AREAS TO BE REPLANTED
(Use this solution for areas in areas where you want to replant once the weeds have died)
1 teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap
Fill an ordinary garden sprayer with vinegar and liquid dishwashing.
Apply sprayer top and follow the instructions on the sprayer to get it ready to spray.
Pick a hot, dry day to spray weeds until saturated. They will wilt and shrivel up within hours so be careful to not spray anything you want to live. You don’t have to worry about the vinegar killing anything below the soil because vinegar will not harm the soil. You can safely replant the area once the weeds have died.
WEED KILLER RECIPE FOR AREAS NEVER TO GROW AGAIN
(Use this recipe for areas like driveways, walkways and other areas where you don’t want any living thing to grow again)
2 cups ordinary table salt
1 gallon of white vinegar
1 teaspoon of liquid dish-washing soap
Add salt and vinegar to a clean empty gallon jug. Apply the lid and shake to dissolve the salt.
Add liquid dishwashing soap
Pour into an ordinary garden sprayer. Apply to weeds or grass on a dry, sunny day to areas in which you don’t want to see vegetation of any kind in the future.
I've had a great experience with this weed killer but it may take several applications to permanently destroy weeds.
Recipes adapted from Everyday Cheapskate