How to Get Rid of Weeds With Vinegar, Salt and Dish Soap

4 Materials
20 Minutes

Is your yard overgrown with weeds and grass that you want to get rid of permanently? Learn how to get rid of unwanted vegetation once and for all. Try this homemade weed killer with vinegar, Epsom salt and Dawn dish detergent. This three ingredient weed, grass and vegetation killer is non-toxic and easy to make. Get control over weeds in your garden and skip the Round Up with these tips that will kill grass and weeds forever.

Watch the video and learn how to make the weed killer

Then follow the instructions below


4 cups of vinegar

2 cups of salt

1/4 cup of Dawn dish soap

Boil the vinegar in a kettle

Boil 4 cups of vinegar in a kettle and pour it into the watering can. Be careful not to burn yourself.

Add the salt

Pour 2 cups of salt to the hot vinegar and swish it around until it dissolves.

Add the dish soap

Add 1/4 cup of dish soap and mix it gently until everything is dissolved.

Your mixture is ready

The homemade weed killer is ready to use.

Pour it on your weeds

Choose a sunny day when there is no rain in the forecast for a day or two and pour the homemade weed killer onto the weeds. After a couple of days the weeds will have shriveled up and died and they will be easy to pull up.

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3 of 5 questions
  • Jeanne
    on May 16, 2020

    Will this kill poison ivy?

  • Tom Towey
    on May 19, 2020

    I love this idea. My beloved dog lives in the back yard. Do you think this would kill wild strawberry? Perhaps another idea?

  • Joan
    on May 24, 2020

    Please answer about which type of salt and also is it white distilled vinegar as pictured or the horticultural vinegar??? don't leave answers empty so we can do what is the correct ingredients! thank you.

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  • Bobbee Wilcox
    on May 16, 2020

    It works just okay. Takes several applications. And not permanent.

    • Connie Boudreau
      on May 17, 2020

      After yrs of doing this I found you need horticulture vinegar! You can find it on Amazon’, now it’s my go to! You will find an amazing difference he fast this kills weeds and yes poison ivy! Use a mask, it is strong! Besides who doesn’t have a mask now ? Be careful n windy days, especially if you have breathing issue, asthma etc! Just wear a mask! Hope this helps!

  • Sharron White
    on May 25, 2020

    I have found the sunnier and warm the day ,the better it works.

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