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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Homemade Weed Killer Spray That Uses Non Chemical Products


Spring is here and so are the weeds. I hate weeds in my yard and I hate pulling them. I also do not like using chemical weed killer sprays as they have harmful effects on the environment. I have found a natural weed killer that not only kills the weeds but is easy to make. The best part is the 3 ingredients that you need are not expensive.  The total cost to make this weed killer is under $ 5.00 and it makes a whole gallon. The three items that you need are vinegar, dish soap and salt

Homemade Weed Killer
1 gallon vinegar
1/4 cup dish soap
2 cups epsom salt or regular table salt
an empty clean gallon milk container or any other comparable size container
a spray bottle

Using a funnel pour the epsom salt into the empty container and then add the vinegar, leaving a little room at the top for the dish soap. Place the lid on the container and shake the vinegar and salt together. I recommend letting this mixture sit for an hour to allow the salt to dissolve before adding the dish soap. After you add the dish soap put the lid on the container and shake it. Then pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Then spray the weeds with the mixture. Bigger weeds may need more spray than the smaller ones. It can take 24 hours for the weeds to die. Don't spray plants you want to keep or grass as it will kill both. 


Here are the weeds before I sprayed them. I live in New Mexico and we landscape with rocks. I have rocks instead of grass as we live in the desert so not much rain here to grow grass.


This is what the weeds looked like after 24 hours. I like to use this weed spray on small weeds that are a pain to pull. The larger ones I just pull them. This weed spray is also great for weeds that grow along the sidewalk as those are so hard to pull out.






18 comments:

  1. This is so awesome! I have been looking for something just like this so thank you so much for sharing!

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  2. Wow this is great! I def need to get this for my yard this year!

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  3. Love it!! I'm so scared about the chemicals that are in some of that junk, so this would be great!! Saving this for when things start growing!

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  4. Going to make up a batch of that this year!!

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  5. Going to have to make this. I have a bunch of wasps nests on my roof

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  6. Awesome! I always have these three products around the house.

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  7. We are totally making this! I am sure is is WAY safer for kids & pets! PINNED!

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  8. I have to share this with my grandma. Great natural recipe.

    Michelle F.

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  9. This is great to know. Spring will be here soon. The snow is starting to melt.

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  10. This is awesome because we have animals & kids running around all the time. Pinning now! Thx!

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  11. What a great tip. I will have to share that with my husband. Thanks for sharing!!

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  12. We somehow are still in the dead of winter here in April....but I am bookmarking this for the summer, I have a nasty weed problem around the planters at the side of my house! Thank you!! :)

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  13. $10 makes a gallon... wow! $7 for generic weed killer makes 5 gallon...

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  14. $10 makes a gallon... wow! $7 for generic weed killer makes 5 gallon...

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    1. I actually made it for it for less but I said under 10 as I know prices vary for the ingredients. I paid 2.00 for the vinegar, 3.00 for the bag of salt but only used 1/2 of it and I had the dish soap. This is natural vs chemical and I will gladly pay more for it.

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  15. I live in NM. I have binding weed...the killer weed. I just sprayed all of the little weeds I could find. Thanks for the recipe. We have 4 pets...do not like weed killer as they dig around in the yard. I have enough to repeat. Rock yards are the hardest yards to keep clear of weeds. The general population of NM people don't seem to mind mile high weeds. I do. I'm not from here. thanks.

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  16. What can you use to kill a maple tree that keeps starting from under a monument?

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  17. My grandma has always poured pure bleach on stubborn trees that like trying to grow in bad places. I has always killed them.

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