Killing weeds can be a tedious job for sure. I do as much digging and pulling of the weeds as I can, but some of them either just keep coming back or creep up in hard to reach areas...namely, between our patio pavers. We have kids and pets, so I really try to stay away from chemical filled weed killers. I have been making my own homemade weed killer for the past couple of years and it works great!
This homemade weed killer will help deter weeds in a safe way so you can feel good about not harming your kids or animals when using it, plus you can make it with some household ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. So, whose ready to kill some weeds?
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What You Will Need:
2 Cups of Distilled White Vinegar ( Purchase HERE )
2 Tablespoons of Dish Liquid ( Purchase HERE )
Add 2 cups of distilled white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of dish liquid (any brand will work) to a clean spray bottle and shake well before each use. The vinegar kills the weeds, and they dish soap helps the vinegar stick to the weeds instead of just sliding off of them.
Just spray on weeds and watch them die within a few days. It's best to spray the weeds when it is going to be dry outside for a couple of days so the mixture has time to penetrate the weeds and their roots. If it rains, just reapply after everything is dry.
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Maribel Arista says
Will this kill your grass?
Hi, Maribel! Nope...it doesn't harm grass! Hope this helps! ~Jess
If you get some on your good plants, will it kill them? So do I need to be careful about where I spray?
Hi, Deborah! It Shouldn't harm your good plants at all, only weeds. You could test it out on a small portion of a leaf of your plants if it would make you more comfortable. ~Jess
Does it kill dandelions?
Can you use cleaning vinegar for this?
Paul Harris says
Wow, just tried this and it works great. Sprayed a few days ago and weeds are turning brown. It is even killing a very invasive weed which standard weed killer did nothing on.
Thank you so much, cheaper than weedkiller and works better.
Mrs j says
Thank you for letting me know this works,will be making some up this afternoon! Thanks Jess for sharing the recipe!
Work on clover? I have tried every store bought weed killer there is and it seems that it just makes it come back worse.
I'm not positive, but I'd definitely give it a try! Let me know if you try it! ~Jess
Shirley @Housepitality Designs says
Going to try this for sure!....I hate the thought of harsh chemicals getting into the ground too!
Miguel Kovacevich says
You can also water weeds with boiling water. In coloured pavement, it won´t faint. Please, apologize my English. I´m from Argentina
Daniel J DelMastro says
Welcome to Mom 4 Real, Miguel. Hope you like it here.
Not quite sure how the vinegar is going to know which is a weed and which is a flower plant It might not kill grass which is not a broad leaf plant
I won't use harsh chemicals on my yard because of my bunny who lives under my deck. I pull weeds out by hand to protect her but guess who is losing the battle - me. I honestly don't believe this mixture would hurt her. In fact I think the vinegar smell would drive her away from eating the greens and she would look elsewhere. P.S. She does enjoy the lettuce in my neighbors garden. :)
So cool and good to know, especially this time of the year. Will be making and using some this weekend.
When making your weed killer, can I use your recipe for dish detergent?
Thanks, I already use that spray. But it is also a great mosquito and fly killer andwill kill odors on rugs.
That's amazing! Will have to try on those annoying mosquitos and flies!
Hi, do you have something for wee ants in your home?
I do...here ya go!
Lynn Pezza says
how do i get yur recipe to kill little ants
Here ya go!
Do you have a grease cleaning recipe for like vents above stoves?
Hi, Janice! I do...try this Homemade Degreaser Spray...it works wonders on hood vents!
above my stove on the walls and cabinets gets so dusty and it’s a greasy dust do you know anything that would stop that from sticking to the wall? I cook all the time so the vent fan is on a lot but it drives me crazy. Thanks for all your great tips!!!
Cyndi adams says
Does your natural weed killer w vinegar and soap kill weeds but my weeds are surrounded by bushes . Will this kill my bushes roots ? And my bushes?
It shouldn't kill roots, but it may kill leaves that it is sprayed on. I would be careful using it around plants that you don't want to be effected.
Not sure how that weed spray affects the soil. Is it okay? I usually want to replant something after I get rid of weeds.
It shouldn't effect the soil, and usually washes away after rain.
Donna Kimble Dobson says
Can you use the weed killer on weeds growing up thru weed barrier and mulch?
What is the ratio for a two gallon sprayer? For vivager and soap and salt? And what can i use to kill multiflora rose? Thanks
What about grass in my flower gardens?
Yes...but be careful not to spray your flowers!
Will your weed spray hurt a fruit and vegetable garden box. I need to kill the grass and weeds that are in the box but not harm the soil for when I plant my plants.
Hi Jessica, I just looked at your weed killer recipe. But, I don't want to use Dawn dish soap for the soap in it it's very harsh on a lot of things. Can I use Seventh Generation Dish Soap instead?