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Homemade Remedy to Kill Poison Ivy

By Angela LaFollette
Kill poison ivy with a homemade solution.
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The three-leaved poison ivy plant can invade your yard. The plant causes a person’s skin to break out in a bumpy rash. Instead of spending a lot of money on a commercial weedkiller, you can make a natural solution with items around your home to kill the poison ivy. Removing the poison ivy plant from your yard naturally will protect the environment from dangerous chemicals.

Combine 4 cups of white vinegar with 1/4 cup of table salt in a spray bottle.

Add 1 tsp. of liquid dish soap to the solution.

Shake the spray bottle to dissolve the salt.

Spray the homemade mixture onto the poison ivy plant. Cover the leaves and the soil around the poison ivy plant to ensure that you kill it. The soap helps the solution to stick to the weed, which will allow the salt and vinegar to soak into the plant and deprive it of moisture.

Spray the solution on the poison ivy daily. When it is dead, wear gloves to protect your hands, dig up the poison ivy and dispose of it.


Things You Will Need

  • 4 cups white distilled vinegar
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • Spray bottle
  • 1 tsp. liquid dish soap
  • Garden gloves


  • The solution may kill other vegetation around the poison ivy.

About the Author


Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.