While researching ways to kill the pesky weeds in our grass, I stumbled across a brilliant idea. Want to know what is less expensive than a 10lb bag of weed killer? Dish Soap. Did you know one of the uses of soap is to help kill weeds? I didn’t. Soap is not only tough on grease and soft on hands, it is also tough on weeds while soft on the environment.
How to Make the Solution to Kill Weeds
The measurements for the weed killing concoction I found seemed a little extreme – a whole gallon of vinegar to treat my small backyard?! I think not… I mixed 2 cups vinegar, 1/2 salt, and 1 tablespoon of dish soap. I mixed up the concoction in a spray bottle and headed outside to tackle some pesky weeds.
The most annoying weeds in our lawn live by the cement patio. We hate using weed killer from the store because Annabelle likes to play in the grass, and I always worry she might end up eating something that has been contaminated. The soap, vinegar, and salt is harmless to her. I sprayed the heck out of those weeds… and also a few ant hills.
I sprayed the area 3 times last week, and then when my husband went out to pull some of the longer weeds, he noticed that the ones I sprayed were DRIED OUT and dying! I am guessing the spray killed the entire weed down to the root?! Hip hip hooray! Goodbye weeds!
Mixing 1 tablespoon of dish soap, 1 cup of salt, and 1 gallon of vinegar is how you make the magical potion to kill weeds.
Note: I have also used the concoction in the spray bottle to clean off our patio table. The combination of vinegar. salt, and dish soap cut right through the muck that had built up on our glass table top. My next task is going to be to spray this stuff on my glass shower door… I’ll let you know how that turns out.
Caitlin Houston is a Wallingford blogger and mom of two who loves sharing all of her favorites on the Caitlin Houston Blog. Learn about fun activities at home, family friendly travels, easy recipes and more.