Asked on May 7, 2013

Does this work

Pat GAaron FosterLeigh


Can you really kill weeds with this recipe:
Dandelion Season ==>> NON-toxic Weed Killer Recipe ==>> Good to use in yards with Pets & Children roaming around!
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1/2 gallon of Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 c table salt
1/2 tsp Dawn liquid dish soap
Mix above ingredients in a spray bottle.
Spray weeds thoroughly.
1/2 gallon for around $6.40
Works better than Round Up - kills weeds on 1st application.
The Dawn dish soap strips the weed of its protective oils so the vinegar can work with deadly force. Safe for use in yards used by children and pets!!
Can you really kill these with above recipe
25 answers
  • Catherine Smith
    on May 7, 2013

    You can also use horticultural grade vinegar, it's stronger and soaks into more of the tap root system. You do need to reapply periodically, but eventually you'll "wear" the weed out and kill it completely.

  • Jessica C
    on May 7, 2013

    I haven't had much luck with solutions like this. I have heard boiling water works just as well. I have better luck with 10-12" of mulch applied in early spring before the weeds begin to grow. Good luck!

    • Veg2836516
      on Jun 28, 2017

      My BIL used EPSOM SALT and had good success. I add clove oil to like as well.
  • Maureen Durno
    on May 7, 2013

    boiling water is pretty good depending on how many you have..hope it helps

  • Cyndi Moore Tippett
    on May 8, 2013

    Can you kill poison ivy with this recipe?

    • @Cyndi Moore Tippett Just as Catherine Smith pointed out~it does not work on poison ivy, oak, or sumac. You need a strong herbacide made for killing poison ivy. The recipe above will work but I have found that the grasses such as water grass, crabgrass, and other intrusive weeds will just brown and then come right back. Plus what Donna Dixson pointed out you are sterilizing your soil. I tried to use these recipes to kill weeds but they are not effective. As Jessica Cramer points out mulch is great at a weed preventer and 4-6 inches what I use and when weeds do rear their ugly heads (not very often) I just pluck it out of the ground with little effort. Mulch also serves to keep moisture in the ground for the plants. Good luck with the poison ivy and you will have to use a herbacide formulated for poison ivy. Do not burn it and wear protective gear after it is dead. You can still get poison ivy after it dies.

  • Nakeisha F
    on May 8, 2013

    Hi, do I have to use apple cider vinegar or any vinegar could use?

    • Chansen
      on May 4, 2014

      @Nakeisha F I use plain white vinegar and it works better than round- up

  • Catherine Smith
    on May 8, 2013

    Cyndi, this won't work with poison ivy, unfortunately.

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on May 8, 2013

    The problem with using a high salt solution or even the highly acidic vinegar is that you are also sterilizing the soil below the the offending weed. Depending on your rain fall this could remain in your soil for several months preventing desirable plant growth as well as the ones you don't want. Salts and roots are not compatible and the salt is not selective.

  • Sandra
    on May 9, 2013

    I tried this a couple of days ago and now, weeds b gone!! It may take repeated applications but hey, it's cheap and safe...I'm always in my garden working every day so I just carry my small squirt container with me.. much handier than lugging around one of those bigger weed killer containers!!

  • Patricia Pierson
    on May 9, 2013

    does anyone know if this or anything works on Stinging Neddles? i have 10 acres with this weed and the Neddles and don't want to use chemicals.

  • Evelyn McMullen
    on May 11, 2013

    Don't kill dandelion, eat it. Makes a great addition to your diet.

  • Linda B
    on May 11, 2013

    Sorry, folks. The vinegar you can purchase at the store is only about half the strength it needs to be in order to kill weeds. And do you want to grow anything else in that spot, ever again, for the next few years? Then DON'T pour SALT onto your soil. You can check this out by going to the Garden Professors' site:‎. They have the science to back this up.

    • Linda B
      on Apr 22, 2015

      @RoxyWillie And I, in turn, am skeptical about Dr. Mercola, whose background in peer-reviewed publications is extremely skimpy. In point of fact, everyone who does research gets funding from somewhere . . . . What I was saying was not an endorsement of a product, but a warning that the "natural" ingredients in this mixture -- salt, vinegar -- and still CHEMICALS, and the salt, in particular, has a very long-term effect on the soil.

  • Carroll A
    on May 12, 2013

    I would not take the time to put anything on Dandelions. Get yourself a good old fashion weed puller. Grandpa's Weeder. The kind you step on. Everyone use to have one when I was a kid... Kind of hard to find now. I got a new one last week at True Value. No mess, no chemicals gone in 2 seconds. And if you have a mouthy teenager.... great punishment aid.

  • Phyllis W
    on May 16, 2013

    Hi Cyndi - I had one poison ivey plant that gave me trouble for years. I'd dig it out and it would come back. It was under pine trees so I tried liquid bleach. This is the third year of no PI.

  • Sharon moyer
    on Sep 18, 2013

    I did this and within 3 hours the weeds were turning brown and the next day, dead!

  • Cyndi Moore Tippett
    on Sep 19, 2013

    @C Renee Fuller, Thanks for the info. I did spray with a herbacide for poison ivey and it did get rid of most of it and I have also been cutting if off my pine trees. I have most of it gone, and didn't get any on me UNTIL I was helping my husband clean up a tree and I got it on two places on my arms. I guess that is what I get for not be as careful as I was when it was everywhere. :)

    • @Cyndi Moore Tippett I had poison ivy and poison oak 3 times this summer. I had it on the back of my knees so bad I could not bend them for 3 weeks! so I feel for you when you say you had it. LOL

  • Cas328895
    on Apr 16, 2014

    can i use this in the yard on the grass, ( will it kill the grass

  • Ian Beyer
    on May 8, 2014

    This is an awfully expensive workaround to replace something that is relatively benign to most animals and humans (LD50 of glyphosate is about 2x that of vinegar, the normal concentration in roundup is about 2% vs. 5% in vinegar, mammals, birds and fish just pass it on through, and it is neutralized on contact with the soil). As others have mentioned, the salt will kill your grass (just like Roundup will). using apple cider vinegar will give you no advantage over much cheaper white vinegar. All in all, if this does work, it's a colossal waste of time and money.

    • Susan Holland
      on Jan 7, 2015

      @Ian Beyer Dr. Seneff is more than an electrical engineer. She also holds a BS in BioPhysics. Her interest is in human health and the environment. The abstract of the paper she co-wrote published by the National Institute of Health is a solid testimony of the 200+ reference materials for me. It would help if one reads the entire article and check out the research conducted by many listed in the reference material. The paper was put down as 'bad science' in the Huffington Post by the journalist, Tamar Haspel.

  • Susan
    on May 28, 2014

    Ok so this mixture worked VERY well but I now have brown grass spots all over my lawn!! any suggestions

  • Chris Code
    on Mar 9, 2015

    I spray this on my gravel driveway. I found it works best if it stays dry without rain for at least three days.

  • Kris
    on Mar 15, 2015

    Also, I found out it will kill any garden worms it comes in contact with because of the salt. I used two bottles of this before I noticed what was happening. So, I guess I just need to keep digging.

  • Karen L. Grohs
    on Mar 16, 2015

    I have no problem pulling the weeds in the garden or the yard (we live in the desert and have desert landscaping. But I want to try this on the weeds that come up between the pavers and in the cracks of the sidewalk. I can't pull them or dig them out. I don't care if nothing grows there again! I don't want to use chemicals because the cats are out there and sometimes take a bite of the plants. I'll try this on those.

  • Lori Baptiste
    on Mar 17, 2015

    yes it does work I use it all the time.

  • Leigh
    on Apr 7, 2015

    Does the weed killer have to include the Dawn brand washing up liquid ? - I can't find that brand on the supermarket shelf - Leigh

  • Aaron Foster
    on May 4, 2015

    Should water be added to this or is it a compound that only works at 100%

  • Pat G
    on Jan 18, 2016

    If you use much of this, the salt will poison your dirt. Only use it where you never want to grow anything again, like on your gravel driveway.

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