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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Homemade Weed Killer ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 6/2/13 3:04 PM

Saw the thread about the homemade laundry soap, thought I would post our weed killer recipe.

1/2 gallon Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup table salt
1/2 tsp. Dawn dishwashing liquid.

Mix and put in sprayer or spray bottle (I make half a batch which fits perfectly in my 32 oz spray bottle.

This stuff is great. Works better than Round-up at a fraction of the cost. I buy a gallon bottle of ACV for less than $4 and the cost of salt and dawn liquid are negligible since such a small quantity is used.

The dish soap strips the leaves of their coating so the vinegar and salt can be absorbed and kill the plant. Do not spray it on your grass or nearby plants that you want to keep because it will kill those too.

We just found a few weeds out in our rock yard and sprayed them. We are actually timing it this time. 2 hours down and the weeds are all withered and dead looking. I figure in another 2 hours it will be brown and almost shrunk down to nothing. I love this stuff!

Best part is that it is non toxic so I don't have to worry about all the cats that hang out in my yard! :)

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Date: 6/2/13 3:21 PM

This kills the tops quite effectively, but if the weeds were healthy - and aren't they always - the will grow back from the roots. But if you keep after them, the roots will eventually starve and die. This is what I use now that we have dogs.

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Date: 6/2/13 4:44 PM

Just watch salting the soil, this will create a dead zone. Only put this where you don't want anything to grow.

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Date: 6/2/13 10:21 PM

Is this one where you have to use Dawn, or will any dish soap do? I know that there is something in original blue Dawn that is magical that sometimes makes it the only thing that will work.

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