Weed Control with Bleach & Vinegar


Weeds are a seasonal challenge for every gardener, whether seasoned or beginning. Weeds can pop up anywhere, including flower beds, flower pots, lawns and sidewalk cracks. While you could go to the store and purchase an expensive chemical weed killer, there are some equally effective control methods that can be found right in your pantry--including bleach and vinegar.

Vinegar Toddy

Step 1

Combine 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup inexpensive gin and 8 cups water in a large bowl.

Step 2

Stir the mixture with a spoon.

Step 3

Pour the mixture directly onto the weeds. Be sure an cover both the leaves and the root system for the quickest result. This works especially well on a hot day because the roots will absorb the mixture faster.


Step 1

Fill a spray bottle with household bleach.

Step 2

Spray the weed's foliage with the bleach during the sunniest part of the day. The bleach will absorb into the leaves and burn them.

Step 3

Rinse off any plants that are accidentally sprayed immediately to ensure they are not damaged.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Inexpensive gin
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Bleach
  • Spray bottle


  • "Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean;" Linda Cobb; 2004
Keywords: weed killers, vinegar for weeds, bleach for weeds

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