Homemade Weed Killer With Vinegar


Weeds can destroy the looks and beauty of any lawn or garden. Weed killers purchased from a garden specialty store can be expensive and harmful to people and pets if extreme caution is not used. Everyday household items, such as vinegar, can be used to effectively remove weeds without the worry of harming people and pets. Because vinegar is a usually derived from grain, grapes or apples, it is natural and inexpensive. When mixed with the proper amount of water, vinegar can make an effective weed killer.

Step 1

Pour 1 gallon of white distilled vinegar into a 5-gallon bucket. Do not spill any vinegar when transferring into the clean 5 gallon bucket. You will need the entire 1 gallon of vinegar to make an effective weed killer.

Step 2

Pour 1 cup of salt into the vinegar. Mix until the salt begins to dissolve.

Step 3

Add 1 tablespoon of liquid soap to the salt-and-vinegar mixture. You may use dish or liquid hand soap. Stir lightly to mix.

Step 4

Transfer the mixture from the 5-gallon bucket into a spray bottle. You may use a funnel to transfer the mixture into the bottle to prevent any waste.

Step 5

Place the lid onto the 5-gallon bucket containing the weed-killing mixture. Place in a cool, safe storage area out of direct sunlight.

Step 6

Spray the mixture daily onto the weeds, soaking the weeds with the solution. Do this until the weeds begin to turn brown and die. Complete the weed treatment in the morning before the sun gets too warm.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 gallon white distilled vinegar
  • 1 cup salt
  • 5-gallon bucket with lid
  • Spray bottle
  • Liquid soap
  • Water


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Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.