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Homemade Weed Killer

Written by Paulo Martirez on Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Having problem about weeds in your garden or any place around your house? Here's a homemade recipe to answer your need:

• 1 gallon of white vinegar
• 1 cup of table salt
• 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap

1. Mix thoroughly until the salt dissolves, pour into a hand-held spray bottle and spray the solution directly on the target weeds.

Note: For weeds growing out of cracks in driveways and sidewalks, some people pour salt directly on the weeds. Other people pour straight vinegar directly on weeds. Still others add a few drops of liquid dish soap to the recipe to help the solution stick to the weeds. The important thing to know about this homemade recipe is that is non-selective. Just like any weed killer, use it sparingly and with caution. Non-selective means it will kill or damage any plants or grass that come into contact with it. Also, try to avoid spraying it directly on the soil. Vinegar breaks down the soil structure and kills beneficial microorganisms. In areas where this is applied, the vinegar can render the soil sterile for several years. Other organic methods of weed control include hand-pulling, boiling water or torching.

FACT: Since salt can really ruin your garden soil. Here is another recipe that don't use salt:

• 1 cup of vinegar
• 1/2 cup of regular dish soap (not dishwasher detergent)
• Fill the rest of the bottle up with water.

1. Shake well before each use.
2. Spray mixture directly on the weed itself; if weed is out in the yard, be careful not to spray the grass! The vinegar is what kills the weeds, but the dish soap holds the vinegar in place so it stays on the plant instead of running off.

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