Does apple cider vinegar kill weeds like distilled white vinegar?

Susan Schuetze
by Susan Schuetze
  7 answers
  • Rowgop (Pam) Rowgop (Pam) on May 02, 2018

    Apple cider vinegar and other types of vinegar kill plants by drying out their top growth. Vinegar will not kill the roots, so some weeds will regrow after treatment. Weeds or plants that have leaves covered by a waxy cuticle do not readily absorb vinegar and so may not be killed.

  • Yes, typically the same acidity content, 5%, but it can be sticky, which is why most people use white vinegar. I purchase at Costco or Sam's Club for about $2 a gallon. Restaurant supply houses are also inexpensive. My local grocery store charges $4 a gallon, big savings - pays to shop around. I never have less than 2 gallons at home, I use it for everything!

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 02, 2018

    yes all vinegar will work and with proper application it will get rid of the weeds.Only use this where there are no other plants around.whote vinegar and water 50/50 a dab of salt and a dab of dish soap

  • AmAtHome AmAtHome on May 02, 2018

    Be careful not to use it use around any areas where you have plants you want to keep, or plan to plant in.

  • Shoshana Shoshana on May 03, 2018

    Best of luck!

  • Cindy Cindy on May 03, 2018

    Any vinegar will kill weeds. Salt will kill weeds too.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Apr 01, 2022

    Weed Killer Made From Apple Cider Vinegar

    At 5 percent acetic acid, typically found in household vinegar, including apple cider vinegar, vinegar killed weeds during the first two weeks of emergence. Killing of adult weeds required concentrations of acetic acid greater than 10 percent.