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How to Kill English Ivy With Dawn Liquid

By Alicia Bodine ; Updated September 21, 2017
English ivy can climb up your house.
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English ivy is an evergreen plant that is known for its ability to climb. You may find it wrapped around your tree or creeping up the side of your house. You can purchase an herbicide to get rid of the English ivy, but it is full of harsh chemicals that can irritate your skin and harm your eyes and airway. An alternative is to use products such as Dawn dish soap to create an English ivy killer.

Pour vinegar in a pot, and bring it to a boil. Then immediately remove it from the stovetop. The vinegar will kill the English ivy leaves.

Add salt, and stir until the salt has dissipated in the vinegar. The salt will kill the roots of the English ivy plant so that it does not grow back.

Spoon in your Dawn dish soap. The Dawn will work as a bonding agent. It will keep the vinegar and salt stuck to the English ivy plant, leading to its demise. Make sure all three ingredients are combined.

Transfer your homemade English ivy killer to a spray bottle.

Spray your English ivy plants with this mixture.

Bag up your dead English ivy, and throw it away.


Things You Will Need

  • 1 gallon vinegar
  • 1 cup salt
  • Pan
  • 2 tsp. Dawn dish soap
  • Spray bottle
  • Garbage bag


  • If you have an empty space after you remove the English ivy, you may want to reseed it with some grass seed.


  • Don't spray other vegetation with your homemade English ivy killer. It will kill any vegetation it comes in contact with.

About the Author


Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for 13 years. She has produced thousands of articles for online publications such as Demand Studios, GoBankingRates and WiseGeek. Bodine is passionate about gardening, travel, education and finance. She has received awards for being a top content producer.