Homemade Weed Killer

by Merissa on July 10, 2013

in Make Your Own

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Homemade Weed Killer

So we've taken care of the bug problem in our gardens, but what about weeds? They can be just as much of a terror as the little creepy crawlies. No matter if you have a full blown garden or just a patch of grass-weeds can creep in and mess it all up. Here are some tried and trued at-home remedies for homemade weed killer that can help battle these green monsters.

1. Vinegar. This is what we use the most to kill the weeds in our yard. Spray some on a sunny day and watch them burn up. Be careful though not to spray your grass or other plants.

2. Salt. Placing salt at the base of the plant will cause it to die. Now, this won't work if you're in rainy season.

3. Corn Meal. This is an option if you are not wanting ANYTHING to grow in a particular area. Spreading this around will cause any seeds in that area to cease to grow.

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4. Burn Them. Running a slight flame (you can actually purchase a weed scorcher) over the weed will cause it to shrivel up and die. This is a pretty serious one!

5. Bleach. Not my favorite thing in the world, but it does work. Spraying the weed with bleach will definitely kill it. Again, make sure you're not spraying anything else except what you to want to be removed. The best thing? You'll only need to wait about four or five days to be able to use the soil for planting again.

6. Pull them up. Well, I know this is a "duh" moment, but there's nothing cheaper than just getting your hands dirty and pulling up the weeds yourself. Some say this is therapeutic- I can't say I agree!

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7. Place down newspaper. This is another method we love. Before planting flowers, we always place a layer of newspaper down in order to keep weeds at bay. This works incredibly well. You do have to replace it after about a year, but that's okay with us!

8. Rubbing Alcohol. Spraying this on a weed will cause the very life of it to evaporate. Another extremely cheap option.

9. Boiling water. This will kill pretty much anything. Great for larger areas (like driveways) where you want everything to evacuate quickly!

10. Eat them up. I love this idea. Many common weeds can be eaten in a fresh salad like dandelion. Talk about using your resources to your advantage!

Getting rid of weeds doesn't mean running to the store and purchasing a bunch of chemicals to spray in your yard. As you can see, many items can be found right in your cupboards!

Do you have any other ways you've learned to get rid of weeds? Have you ever made your own homemade weed killer?

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1 Mike the Gardener July 10, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I use newspaper as a weed barrier in my vegetable gardens, then place straw on top of that. Works great! You will get a weed here or there, but nothing like what you will get if you do not put it down.

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2 Kathe July 10, 2013 at 3:48 pm

All good choices! I do like to go out and pull some every now and then…helps take my mind off things or releases any frustration :-)

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3 Alecia @ Chicken Scratch NY July 10, 2013 at 3:56 pm

What a great round up! I’ve got wooden raised beds (super clay soil takes forever to dry in the spring without them) and the paths between them have been horribly neglected! I’ll have to try out a bunch of these

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4 Cynthia L July 11, 2013 at 6:26 am

Great list! I recently found our about vinegar and it works like a charm. Never knew about corn meal. Will keep this in mind!

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5 Mia K. Levy July 12, 2013 at 4:50 am

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

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6 Stacy @Stacy Makes Cents July 17, 2013 at 3:36 am

This is great! We use the vinegar method and it works like a charm – I’m going to post this link on FB today as my Daily Duh. :-)
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7 Ali @Crafty WI Mama July 17, 2013 at 8:31 am

I use the vinegar method frequently, but just as a note it doesn’t work on big weeds. I’m talking the ones you’ve ignored for 3 months, and are 3 feet high :) Probably another “duh” moment, but they are thorny and I don’t want to touch them. Other than those monsters… vinegar works well. I’ll have to try the cornmeal method around our mulched swing set.
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8 Nancy H July 17, 2013 at 8:36 pm

How much newspaper constitutes a layer? We tried this last year in the front flower bed (of our rental) before putting down mulch and had weeds popping back up through after a few weeks. We’re trying to get it ready for a small vegetable garden for next summer (since family illness kept me from working at it more for this year) It’s been neglected for several years and the neighborhood dogs had destroyed it. Thanks! (And I’m going to try some of the other suggestions on this list for other weeds out back.)

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9 Faulkner September 5, 2013 at 9:48 am

Weeds are the only green things in my yard. Why do I want to get rid of them?

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10 Merissa September 5, 2013 at 9:49 am

Well maybe in that case you don’t! :)

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11 Keith Douglas September 12, 2013 at 5:01 pm
12 Keith Douglas September 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm

A gallon of white vinegar(you can get organic), 2 cups of salt, a tablespoon of dish liquid. Works great in our yard.

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13 Merissa September 12, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Thanks for sharing that!

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14 Lynn October 22, 2013 at 6:24 pm

My daughter uses flattened cardboard boxes in her raised vegetable beds, and rarely sees any weeds at all.

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15 Cynthia Martin February 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm

How long will the cornmeal keep seed from germinating and can i plant area later.

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16 Dianne Anthony March 7, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Corn Gluten Meal is the correct product. You spread it in the spring before weeds emerge. It prevents the seeds from germinating. Available at feed stores and natural garden centers. It is a preventer rather than a killer.
Dianne Anthony

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17 Marcia March 7, 2014 at 9:55 pm

Great post, newspaper is so much better than commercial weed barriers. I am going to try the vinegar solution. I was wondering about corn meal attracting ants, we tend to have such a problem with them. I would cation anyone using bleach to not use it in an area frequented by the family pets. You never know what they will sniff/lick.

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18 Susan March 7, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Merissa, I just love Little House Living. Your ideas are so down to earth and helpful!

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19 Benjamin Comeau March 8, 2014 at 5:23 am

Regarding vinegar: most stores sell a 5% acidity formula. HEB, for example, sells a 9% acidity formula. Nurseries & garden centers often carry 20%. The higher the acid the better job at killing weeds. The 20% is usually cost prohibitive so the 9-10% solution is generally your best buy.

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20 Merissa March 8, 2014 at 9:58 am

Thanks for the tip!

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