How To Make Homemade Weed Killer With Vinegar

Being able to kill weeds naturally is a great thing.

But the problem is most of the formulas and recipes you’ll find online just do nothing or they don’t work very well at all.

But in this article, I’m going to show you how to make your own formula that will kill weeds effectively in a way that you can do it yourself that’s fast and easy.

I’m going to show you how to make it and the before and after so you can judge yourself if this is the right way for you to go.

How To Kill Weeds With Vinegar

This is exactly why most of those recipes out there on the internet just don’t work for Weeds.

Most just grab the vinegar straight out of the pantry. This is standard household vinegar that we’ve probably all got around.

And the reason this doesn’t work for weeds is because it only has what they call 5% acidity.

Think of like the acidity is kind of like the power in the vinegar. That’s what we need to kill weeds.

The higher the better and this 5% Formula is not going to do it.

Tons and tons of people have tried this and all pretty much got the same similar lousy results, and you don’t want to waste your time and energy with getting the same poor results.

What you want to get is vinegar that has 30% acidity.

30% Vinegar

Now this vinegar is still very safe to use but this extra power is the key reason that the formula I’m going to show you works perfectly for killing weeds.

The 3 Ingredient Homemade Weed Killer

What you will need to make this weed-killing formula is going to include table salt and some dishwashing soap and of course 30% plus vinegar.

And we’re going to make enough so that we end up with a half a gallon of an all-natural weed killing solution.

This is a nice easy amount that you can adjust more or less depending on what you need.

Now for this powerful version of the formula I’m going to use the vinegar as is straight out of the container.

If you’ve got a lighter amount of weeds or they’re not quite as tough you can dilute the vinegar down with water but for this formula, I’m gonna use it straight full strength.

So pour in 2 qt or 1/2 gallon into a mixing bucket or straight into your sprayer. I’ve been using this one for quite a while now and more than happy with it.

Our next ingredient is just going to be any kind of salt. It doesn’t have to be table salt just any salt will do the trick.

You can even use rock salt or water softener salt.

You want to put in about 3 to 4 tablespoons of salt.

Then finally you want to add some regular dish soap. You’ll wanna put in about 1 tablespoon.

You can put it a little bit more if you like, but this is going to allow the weed-killing formula to stick to those leaves better and you’ll get better results using it.

Just stir the mix-up and you should be good to go.

Some important things.

You have to remember that this formula is going to kill anything that you spray it on.

So things like these weeds are great if you get rid of them, but if you were to spray this on your grass because you wanted to get a weed you were going kill the grass and the weed.

So this has somewhat limited uses depending on your situation.

Just keep that in mind as you use this formula that it’s not perfect for every situation. It makes it ideal for gravel driveways, sandpits those pesky weeds that come up between the pavement.

So this all-natural solution is just kind of a no worry way to treat weeds naturally.

Below you can see a test I did from within just 1 hour apart of spraying.

They’re already getting pale. They’re starting to get a little bit yellow to even that’s really incredible for this short amount of time.

You can see the difference in just an hour of spraying them.

They’re starting to get more of a brown twinge to them and they’re definitely not looking good.

So I was really Blown Away the first time I mix this up because these weeds are least starting to get hurt by this in a short amount of time.

Now for the big reveal.

What you’re looking at here is 24 hours after I sprayed and you can see that these weeds are on their way out or they’re already dead.


They were either brown or white in this formula absolutely worked.

So the things you need to keep in mind are that the roots to these weeds are not necessarily dead.

Some of them in my experience will die.

So after you do a treatment like this you’re going to have far fewer weeds regrowing.

If you keep at it with this type of mix you’ll be able to keep them under control and the important thing with this one is it’s completely natural.

You don’t have to have any concerns about it or if you’re in an area that’s very sensitive then this is the right formula for you.

Now, remember what with this formula it’s not going to be selective and that just means that if you spray it on any kind of plant you’re going to kill it.

So don’t use this on your lawn unless you are sure that you want to kill the grass along with the weed.

There are better solutions for killing weeds in the lawn, but that, unfortunately, isn’t natural but is a very effective way to control your weeds. I’ve done some articles to help you out here.

Another tip when you spray this it’s very good if the weeds are dry and it happens to be a warm day that just seems to work a little bit better.

With natural products, you’re going to need to have a little bit more tolerance because they’re not going to always be perfect.

So I hope this has helped you guys out when making your own natural homemade weed killer and now you have an actual recipe that works too.

That wraps up this guide on using vinegar and killing weeds with vinegar.


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