Homemade Weed Spray


According to Patricia Diaz in the Healthful Resources Newsletter, distilled forms of vinegar have potential use as a herbicide. While vinegar for weed removal is recommended at a 15 to 30 percent concentration, gardeners can combine vinegar with additional ingredients to create a garden spray that is effective on both young and mature weeds.

Step 1

Pour a small amount of the vinegar out of the gallon jug to make room for the additional ingredients.

Step 2

Place the funnel into the neck of the vinegar jug, and add the salt to the vinegar.

Step 3

Add the liquid dish soap to the vinegar.

Step 4

Replace the lid on the vinegar jug and shake gently to combine all ingredients.

Step 5

Pour some mixture into a spray bottle and apply to the weeds you wish to remove from your garden or yard. If weeds are located in a tightly planted area, wipe the leaves of the weeds with the weed spray using a paint brush or cloth. This prevents the spray from hitting the plants you wish to keep in the garden.

Tips and Warnings

  • Vinegar will affect the pH balance of the soil temporarily. In general, the pH of the soil should recover to normal levels within 48 hours of application. Over-use of vinegar in a garden may result in the loss of micro-organisms. Use sparingly in garden areas that rely on the health of micro-organisms in the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 gallon white vinegar
  • 1 cup table salt
  • 1 tbsp. liquid dish soap
  • Funnel
  • Spray bottle
  • Paint brush or cloth


  • "Vinegar as an Organic Weed Killer"; Patricia Diaz; July 2002
  • Children's Environmental Health Institue: The Pesticide Issue
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