Here are 5 homemade weed killer recipes, plus instructions for how to kill weeds quickly, easily and cheaply.
It seems like as much as you try to keep up with your lawn work, and maintenace of the outside of your home weeds just seem to pop up.
When those weeds get into your yard, including into cracks of your sidewalks and your driveway, you can reach for a commercial weed killing product.
However, these products can be expensive, and you also don't exactly know what types of chemicals are in them.
That's why I have compiled some recipes for weed killer below that you can use.
Create a solution of 95% boiling water, 5% chlorine bleach and douse the weeds you want to kill with this solution.
Please note you need to be careful when putting this solution in anything plastic to make sure it does not melt the plastic.
Wait a day and watch to see if the weeds begin to wither and die.
Generally this recipe works pretty well, but if for some reason the weed is very hardy and does not die you should do this again, but increase the percentage of bleach this time.
This weed killer is best for spot killing weeds, like a weed that you see in your sidewalk crack or in your driveway.
It will kill any plant that it touches, so use with caution around plants that you want to stay alive.
One idea for protecting the plants you want to stay alive when applying this weed killer is to isolate the weed from other plants, so when you are applying the solution you don't accidentally splash a good plant.
To do this take an old plastic milk jug, cut out the bottom and place it over the weed you wish to kill.
Then, apply the weed killer through the top of the milk jug so it only gets on the weed, and doesn't splash anything else.
This tip requires caution and common sense.
You can burn individual weeds with a small propane torch.
Another way to kill weeds is to spread something, such as straw, mulch, compost, wood chips, or something else similar which is biodegradable, onto the weed.
Make sure when you use this method to make a thick enough layer so that no sunlight can penetrate onto the weeds, about three inches is good.
This is a great way to kill weeds which are beginning to spread in your garden after your wanted garden plants have sprouted and are tall enough to not, themselves, be covered by the straw or wood chips.
Salt kills just about any plant, including weeds. That is, in fact, where the term "salt the earth" comes from, because enemies would put salt on the fields keeping anything from growing on them for years to come.
Here is a video giving suggestions for how to get rid of dandelions naturally, with salt. Of course, these suggestions would work for any weeds, not just dandelions.
Another way to kill unwanted plants is by using either undiluted white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Click here to learn more about vinegar weed killer.
You can also see a video about using vinegar to kill weeds here.
I've only given a few of the many recipes for weed killers that work well.
You can submit your own recipes for weed killers here, or read more recipes already submitted.
Bottom photo by Sara Bjork
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