These days many people are searching for more natural methods to control weeds in their lawns and gardens. They are worried about the caustic ingredients of store bought weed ingredients, and the affects they may have on animals and children. Homemade weed killers can be combined easily from common household ingredients, and are not only safer than their store bought counterparts, but are also more cost effective, costing a fraction of the price of store bought killers.
The most commonly used ingredient in homemade weed killer is vinegar. It can be used alone or combined with other substances to make a more powerful weed killer. Put regular white vinegar into a spray bottle undiluted and spray directly on weeds. This method works best on young emerging weeds. Stronger vinegar, such as pickling vinegar, may be effective against more mature weeds.
Vinegar can also be combined with liquid dish soap (not dish detergent). Dish soap helps to break down the surface wax found on many weeds, and helps the solution cling better to the leaves of the weed. Mix 1 cup vinegar with 1/2 cup dish soap in a spray bottle, then fill the remainder of the bottle with water. Be careful not to spray this mixture on grass or other plants, as it will kill them as well. Dish soap alone is also sometimes used as a homemade weed killer. Mix 1 part dish soap to 10 parts water and spray directly on weeds.
Salt is another effective homemade weed killer, and is best used when sprinkled directly onto weeds coming up through cracks or seams in driveways. Salt will kill other plants, so it must be used carefully. Salt can remain in the soil, so it should only be used to kill weeds that are a distance from other plants. You can also mix salt with vinegar for a more powerful weed killer - just add 1 1/4 cups salt to a gallon of vinegar and shake to dissolve before spraying on weeds. Salt can also be added to a vinegar/ dish soap solution in these proportions: 1 gallon white vinegar, 1 cup salt, and 1 tablespoon dish soap.
Sprinkling baking soda directly onto a weed has a similar effect as salt, and will turn the weed black and kill it.
These solutions work best on sunny days when there is no chance of rain. Again, take care to only spray the weed with these homemade weed killers and not surrounding lawn and plants. Also be careful not to spray too much into surrounding soil, as these substances will remain in the soil for some time.
These homemade weed killers can help to kill a variety of common weeds around your lawn and gardens. When used properly, they can safely help you control weeds and make your yard more beautiful.