Weed Killer recipe

So, the other weekend the hubs mentioned something weird… he was going to spray our 1 million dandelions with vinegar… ok. I thought he was insane (well, after almost 10 years together… I knew he was crazy… but, this was almost solid proof).

Miss Ruari and I wandered away for a walk around the neighborhood. 2 hours later we came home to a vinaigrette smelling yard. For reals. It smelled like a crazy salad. So, here I am… continuing to know that the hubs is crazy.

One week later… I was proven wrong. He was still crazy… But, he knew how to kill weeds the most tree-hugging way he could come up with: Vinegar + Soap. I had no idea he was doing all this research. WHICH, is totally awesome. I am usually the more earth-friendly person in this family… so, when the hubs participates in my hippie ways… it’s amazing and completely awesome.

Guess what: it worked! Our weeds were dying. Less than a week later. Made pulling them about 1 million times easier. The lack of massive chemicals made me smile and the local squirrels and birdies threw a party (how many of you now think my neighborhood is crazy? Or, think I’m crazy? Hee!)

All that matters is my husband was right… gosh darn it! And, I’m admitting it. Here’s the formula: 2 cups white vinegar and 1 tablespoon dish soap. Blended into a spray bottle (P.S. I’ve heard a little bit of salt added to this mixture helps).

So, here’s a little fancy smart info for you: Vinegar removes moisture… which means, when sprayed on foliage, the water in the leaves is drawn out. This can’t guarantee the killing of the root (if it’s an old weed… might be harder to get rid of). Adding soap to your vinegar helps break down the waxy coating on the foliage. The plant is more┬ásusceptible to the active ingredient, vinegar. Yup: awesome.

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18 Comments on "Weed Killer recipe"


Guest
July 11, 2013

If you ad salt to this mixture, it will encourage toxic amounts of salt to build up in your garden and kill everything.

Guest
June 7, 2012

I will add this to my arsenal. I've been fighting fleas and dirt with all natural methods, but haven't yet got around to weed control ­čśë

Guest
June 7, 2012

Your husband is genius! I am going to do this when we get back home from California

Guest
June 7, 2012

Holy cow, I'm totally trying this! Well, I'm making some and giving it to my husband to use. haha

Guest
June 7, 2012

I've used a similar concoction on the little weeds that come up in the cracks in our driveway, but haven't tried it in the yard. What does it do to your grass? Do you have dead spots now?

Guest
June 8, 2012

I haven't noticed. But, we get so much darn rain, maybe it just grows back?

Guest
June 7, 2012

That's a great tip!!! I'll have to try that soon =D
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Guest
June 7, 2012

Did you have to be really careful about getting it on the plants? I"m wondering if this mixture could also kill my plants! I have some weeds growing in my lettuce pots as well as bugs on them and I was wondering if this would work as well!

Guest
June 8, 2012

Hmmm, I'm not sure.

Guest
June 7, 2012

Oof, I'd be careful about salting your lawn unless you don't want anything to grow in that spot. But I'm stoked about this tip, we actually eat our dandelions in the spring which keeps their numbers low since we're uprooting them, but we have these bizarro plants that get slimy if you accidentally break the stalk..slimy. Gross. I'm going to see if this will work on those beasts!