All-Natural Weed KIller

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Spring is finally here! The flowers are blooming, the grass is growing, and so are the weeds! If you're like me, you hate to use chemicals, but you want something that actually works. I've found the solution!

I start with a 24 ounce spray bottle and cover the bottom with salt. I held it up to the light so you could see how much salt I use...since I don't measure it!

Then, I fill it up with vinegar and add a few drops of dish soap. Any brand will do since it just helps the solution stick to the leaves. Shake it up and don't forget to label the bottle.

The only thing left to do is spray the weeds. As you can see, I got this one good and wet.

Two hours later...

Isn't that amazing?

Here's a before and after:

I've been using this solution for years and it's never let me down. One thing I will tell you, though, it seems to work better on a sunny day.  

I love this solution because it is safe for children and pets and I love anything that doesn't have chemicals in it!

I hope you'll give it a try!

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  • Brenda Taylor Brenda Taylor on May 07, 2019

    Will it kill the grass, also?

    • William William on May 07, 2019

      I use a similar mixture. (See my comment). It will kill grass and plants. Target the weed and may not affect the grass too much. Use mine on a side gravel walk. Great for driveways, pavers and gravel. Lasted the treated area about two years.

    • Yes, it will. Brenda.

    • Tracie Elrod-Kerns Tracie Elrod-Kerns on May 15, 2019

      Yes it will so be careful.

    • Wdn41367517 Wdn41367517 on May 15, 2019

      Too bad she killed her can be used for medicinal purposes. I love finding patches of it; it makes wonderful salve for "ow-ies". Just plantain, beeswax and olive oil.

    • Wdn41367517 Wdn41367517 on May 15, 2019

      The remark above was made by Sandy in North Carolina.

  • This is as great idea. I have used it in places that have no plants I want to keep alive. My question is, can I use this under full size trees without harming the tree?

    • All I can tell you, Terrie, is that my husband has used it on some weeds right behind some giant arborvitaes in our backyard, and they've been fine.

  • Sissybrat Sissybrat on May 15, 2019

    Will it kill some bulbs planted that haven't sprouted with grass starting to grow over them

    • Bklyn Cowgirl Bklyn Cowgirl on May 15, 2019

      It might. The salt kills all plants it gets on.

    • I would pull the grass by hand just to be sure.

    • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on May 15, 2019

      Both the salt and vinegar will kill any plant it comes in contact with, especially if it absorbs into the ground to the roots. You would be better off pulling those by hand. The vinegar will kill the beneficial bacteria in the soil, so it may affect the bulbs, also. The salt will also change the salinity of the soil and the combination may affect the bulbs easily.

  • Berry Daugherty Berry Daugherty on May 15, 2019

    will this kill your flowers

  • Jim Jim on May 15, 2019

    How do I get rid of grass in succulent ground cover? It is quite annoying and difficult to weed out. Thank you.

  • Susans Susans on May 15, 2019

    I noticed you used cleaning vinegar. Will any type of vinegar work?

  • Dione Dione on May 15, 2019

    My father in law planted bamboo in our yard, and it has taken over! will this work?

    • Tammy Kelley Tammy Kelley on May 15, 2019

      No. You need to fertilize the bamboo. It sends out runners looking for nutrients. If you feed it there is no need for it to send runners.

    • Linda Linda on May 15, 2019

      Bamboo will literally take over the yard. And go into neighbor's yards. Our neighbor had the same problem when they bought the house nextdoor to us. The previous owner had planted bamboo. They hired a man with a Bobcat and he had to take 2 ft. of soil off to get rid of it. Even with that we were helping them dig runners out for weeks. Nothing seems to affect it spray wise because of the runners. Their backyard looked like an 👽 skeleton! 😂

    • Bamboo is invasive. You have to dig it out, just like Linda said above.

    • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on May 15, 2019

      Bamboo is really tenacious. Perhaps if you cut it off and pour vinegar in the stump it may get down to the roots, but you will have to do it to every one that is present and all shoots that still come up. It may take more than one time going after it, bamboo is really tough.

  • Mat19960843 Mat19960843 on May 15, 2019

    How often do you have to spray the stuff to keep it continually gone and does any kind of vinegar work..and does it hurt the grass around where you spray?

    • Darlene Olson Tonjum Darlene Olson Tonjum on May 15, 2019

      I would not allow the solution to come in contact with any plants that you are not wanting to eliminate. It will kill them.

    • Aprile Aprile on May 15, 2019

      It will kill grass and/or plants so it is best used in the cracks of sidewalks or driveways.

    • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on May 15, 2019

      If you use a brush to apply it to the weeds leaves, it may not affect other plants and you will not get it into the soil either to affect the wanted plants and grass roots.

  • Christine Ziola Christine Ziola on May 15, 2019

    Will it kill flowers if sprayed in a garden? It is chemical free and I love that.

    • It will, Christine. I have used it in my gardens - away from any plants I want to keep.

    • Dona Dona on May 15, 2019

      I believe it would because the salt will kill just about any type of plant.

    • Deb Mahre Deb Mahre on May 15, 2019

      Hi. Yes. It will kill whatever it contacts. I'm with you... natural products are great!

    • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on May 15, 2019

      They are natural, but they still destroy the environment by changing the soil to make it unhealthy if it gets into the soil. Basically they have a chemical make up just like everything else. The vinegar sterilizes the soil if it comes into contact with it and the salt changes the salinity of fresh water that ends up in all the fresh bodies of water and doesn't go away for a long time. In larger cities there is even an increase in salinity in the drinking water.

  • Suzetta Suzetta on May 15, 2019

    Will it kill poison ivy?

  • Pam Pam on May 15, 2019

    Will winter driveway salt work?

  • Vera piantedosi Vera piantedosi on May 15, 2019

    will it kill my grass also? I don't want to do that, just the weeds.

  • The Flower Lady The Flower Lady on May 15, 2019

    Will it kill daffodil, tulip, crocus bulbs planted in the flower bed where weeds and poison oak/ivy is located? Will it kill a walnut tree with poison oak/ivy growing on it?

    • Nikki Nikki on May 15, 2019

      Salt will destroy the growing ability of any soil that is contaminated by it.

      Trees, flowers, daffodils, any plant life.

    • I agree with Nikki, although, my husband has sprayed it behind our giant arborvitaes and they are fine. I wouldn't use it right next to any trees.

    • Only if you use lots of salt as in repeated sprayings. If you water lots after the weed is dead, this will dilute the effects of the salt.

    • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on May 15, 2019

      The vinegar is what is the most deadly to any living plant. The salt dessicates the greenery, but the vinegar kills any plants The tree with the poison ivy/oak on it, if you cut the weed down a few inches from the soil and paint the raw part with the solution so that it doesn't touch the tree trunk, branches or leaves may work. It may take a few applications. Let the weed dry up on the tree unless it is already forming seeds, then remove it from the tree. Anything above the cut should die on its own.

  • Dpbeee2 Dpbeee2 on May 15, 2019

    I tried this. The weeds wilted. Did not die. Do you have to completely saturate the plant? I tried to concentrate on the roots. I did spray the leafy parts too. The dandelions here in Va are on steroids!

  • Sunny Sunny on May 15, 2019

    Hi, I see this kills almost everything it touches, but I didn't see anyone ask about shrubs. I have massive grass growing under my birdfeeder, but a have shrubs in the area. What do you think? Can I safely kill the grass and not the shrubs? Thanks appreciate any feedback!

  • Rhonda Rhonda on May 16, 2019

    What kind of salt. Table or Epsom?

  • Rhonda Galvin Rhonda Galvin on May 20, 2019

    I have grass around my fence line, can't weed whack as too close to growing wanted plants, would this work on that?

  • Betty Betty on May 22, 2019

    Can you spray this in the grass where there are weeds

  • Beth Pacheco Collazo Beth Pacheco Collazo on May 22, 2019

    Does this work for bamboo

  • Amanda Amanda on May 22, 2019

    Will it kill plants

  • Pat Pat on May 22, 2019

    Does it kill creeping Charlie?

    • Jim Jim on May 22, 2019

      A ball bat works well on creepy Charlie

    • Judy Goodrich Judy Goodrich on May 22, 2019

      It may kill what you can see but the problem with Creeping Charlie is the runners. You have to get them all to kill it.

  • Reginia Reginia on May 22, 2019

    Will this hurt rose bushes and flowers

  • Vicky Vicky on May 22, 2019

    Ann, I am actually looking for something that will kill thistle. Do you have any remedies? Thanks

  • Anne Anne on May 22, 2019

    Japanese beetles eat my garden... Any solutions???

  • Silvia Soto Silvia Soto on May 22, 2019

    Can I put it on my flower bed do you think it will kill my grouncover?

  • Jacki Clements Jacki Clements on May 22, 2019

    I’ve seen other recipes with Apple Cider Vinegar. Does it matter whether it’s regular or apple cider? I bought both, but your picture is the only one I’ve seen actual results.

  • Rose Rose on May 22, 2019

    Does it kill carpet grass?

  • Rose Marie Hall Rose Marie Hall on May 23, 2019

    When you say dish soap do you mean washing up liquid

  • Jeanne Jeanne on May 23, 2019

    Would you use this on weeds mixed in your grass or would it kill the grass as well? Or just for weeds say that are in your sidewalk etc?

  • Aimee Myers Aimee Myers on May 23, 2019

    Will this work for thistles?

  • Vicky Vicky on May 23, 2019

    Will it dry my grass if I spray the weeds that grow in my grass

  • Kathey Kathey on May 23, 2019

    Does it kill flowers in in flowerbed?

  • Sheila Sheila on May 23, 2019

    How about weeds on the lawn

  • Cheneatia Cheneatia on May 24, 2019

    If I accidentally got some in my soil will I be able to grow wanted plants in that area?

  • Eileen Eileen on May 25, 2019

    This would be good I am assume in a rock bed where weeds pop up And I do t plan on planting anything there anyways. Has anyone tried it for that reason ?

  • Annie Fannie Annie Fannie on Jun 03, 2019

    Will it kill your plants also? I'd have to spray it all around my plants.

    • If you get it on them, yes, it will, Annie.

    • Kat Kat on Jun 04, 2019

      Just spraying this around your plants they will die.. The salt n vinegar will soak into the dirt and possibly travel towards your flowers.. I use Baking Soda, white vinegar, water and a small pump of Dawn. Kill my weeds but not my flowers..

    • Annie Fannie Annie Fannie on Jun 17, 2019

      Hi Kat, Could you please tell me the ratio?

  • Karen Karen on Jun 04, 2019

    How much salt? I didn't see it.

  • Christine Christine on Jun 10, 2019

    can u use distilled vinegar?

  • Judi Gregory Judi Gregory on Jun 10, 2019

    Can I plant seeds and plants in that soil if I pull up the dead plant.

  • N Anderson N Anderson on Jun 14, 2019

    Does it work on grass? Does it kill the root or do you have to repeat spraying?

  • Vickie Vickie on Jul 17, 2019

    Will this spray kill grass?


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  • Merelyn sale Merelyn sale on Jun 09, 2019

    I will try. Be sure to let people know it's WHITE vinegar. I have used around the fence but will spray stronger.

  • Percy Pinto Percy Pinto on Aug 10, 2020

    It works on stand alone weeds as well grass which you want kill. I will make this as a permanent solution instead of using expensive 'ground clear chemicals'. Thanks,