Saturday, May 20, 2017

Homemade Weed Killer

As many of you know, we are renting a small house. Instead of paying someone else to mow the lawn, which is quite large, our landlord offered to give us a $100 break on rent if we agreed to take care of the yard.

Mr. Handsome cuts the grass, while I keep tabs on the weeds scattered all over our cobblestone driveway and walkway. We bought a container of Roundup, but it wasn't long before we had emptied it...and the weeds were still growing.

Rather than spend $10 on another container, I decided to research homemade weed killer. Surprisingly, I found a simple recipe that worked wonders! Here it is:

Homemade Weed Killer

Ingredients:
4 cups white vinegar
1/4 cup salt
1/2 Tablespoon liquid dishwashing soap 

Directions:
Mix ingredients together until salt dissolves, and transfer to spray bottle. One batch will fill a 32-oz spray bottle.
On a sunny day with no rain in the forecast, spray weed killer generously on weeds. Weeds should start to shrivel up within hours. Tougher weeks may require multiple treatments.

*Be warned that this weed killer will kill everything in its path.

16 comments:

  1. HI Ellie,
    Do you know offhand if this would hurt rabbits? We have a lot rabbits in our area but I don't want to hurt them because they are so cute! Can you recommend a good homemade one that is safe?
    Thank you in advanced.

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    1. Hi Regina,

      I did some research, and the ingredients are listed as safe for animals. (Dish soap in large quantities can be dangerous, but this is a very small quantity.)

      Rabbits sure are adorable. Sadly, we don't have many in our area.

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous5/23/2017

      Excellent question Regina. We have lots of rabbits here as well and I did not think of them when contemplating the use of weed killer! Shame on me. I am also happy to know about dish soap Ellie, as I have many roses and use a dish soap concoction to stop all the aphids. Have a great day you two. Eileen

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  2. Anonymous5/20/2017

    How does this mixture tell the difference between a weed and grass? Or does it just kill everything it gets on? We spent Big Bucks getting the yard landscaped and sod put down. I don't think I'd want to spray any of that mixture on my sod. Vinegar would change the pH of the soil, and salt is never good to have in a lawn.

    We're on an organic program with a lawn care company. If I see a weed between treatments, I call them and they come back out. Or I just get a small screwdriver out, find the weed root, and pull it myself, no spraying or substances needed.

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    1. Anonymous5/22/2017

      I think her post answers your questions. They don't use on the lawn but between cobblestones, and they don't have a company do it to save on rent money.

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  3. What a great idea, would be super handy for your cobblestone driveway. We have a paved courtyard that is always growing weeds and grass in the cracks too. It's almost impossible to get them out by the roots. I've tried spraying straight vinegar but your recipe sounds great, will have to try it. Sounds a lot safer than the toxic chemicals in round up too :)

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    1. Anonymous5/20/2017

      Plain boiling hot water will kill weeds in cracks. Ants outdoors, too.

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  4. Anonymous5/21/2017

    Are you planting flowers? Do you plant seeds or bedding pants for flowers? You should send a picture when they bloom.

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    1. Hi there,

      We don't have any flowers, just a few tomato and pepper plants. What about you?

      Ellie

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  5. Anonymous5/22/2017

    In my country you're not allowed to use vinegar and salt to kill weeds, because it's considered bad for the environment.

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  6. Anonymous5/23/2017

    Thanks for sharing this! We needed something safer than the chemicals.

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  7. Anonymous5/23/2017

    We tried this and it didn't work for us at all. But I'm wondering if we didn't use the correct amount of portions called. Also the recipe we had called for epsom salt and not regular salt so I wonder if that made a difference.

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    1. I would recommend trying regular salt. The recipe works wonders for me. The weeds start to shrivel up almost immediately. If your weeds are especially tough, you may need a couple applications.

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous6/15/2017

      I followed the recipe to a T and it didn't work. Will see what happens on the second application. Maybe California weeds are more resistant?

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    3. Some weeds do require multiple applications (sometimes even more than 2). Mine must be weak. Lol.

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  8. Anonymous6/03/2017

    I'm glad you're not using Roundup. It's a proven carcinogen.

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