May 29, 2019
Make Your Own Organic Weed Killers!
With recent news stories breaking about the dangerous effects of commercial chemical-based weed killers, more and more homeowners are looking for ways to control weeds without risking the health and well-being of their families and pets. Many are surprised to learn that several safe, effective weed killers are already in your pantry, garage or laundry room. A few quick, easy tricks and recipes are all that’s needed to rid your flower beds and lawns of some of nature’s most stubborn party-crashers. For best results, you should treat weeds during the warmest part of the day, and under strong sun. White Distilled Vinegar This common household staple is one of the most effective weed killers you can find. The active ingredient in vinegar is acetic acid, which is known for its ability to draw moisture out of whatever it touches. The white distilled vinegar commonly available in stores is typically 3-5% acetic acid. When you spray white vinegar directly on to your weeds, it pulls all above ground moisture from the plant. When used alone, it can effectively destroy young or weak weeds after a couple of applications. If you have tough to kill weeds, you can find vinegars with a higher acetic acid content of up to 1-20% at lawn and garden centers or home improvement stores. Since vinegar will draw the moisture out of any plants, it’s important to use caution to spray it only on the weed itself. Use a spray bottle with a stream setting, rather than a mist setting that will spread the liquid to nearby desired plants or grasses. You can also boost the effectiveness of vinegar as a weed killer by mixing it with other common household products. Try one of these recipes:
- 1 gallon white vinegar
- 1 cup salt
- 1 Tablespoon liquid dish soap (Blue Dawn tends to be the most effective.)
- 2 cups of apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup of Epsom salt