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Natural Weed Killer

How to Kill Weeds with Vinegar

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Use Vinegar to Kill Dandelions, Crab Grass, Wild Violets and Other Weeds

Photo © Erin Huffstetler
Tired of fighting the weeds in your yard with hard-earned dollars and loads of chemicals? Then, try this frugal fix:

What You Do:

Spray or pour white vinegar directly onto the weeds. Then, continue about your day. Those pesky weeds should be dead in a matter of hours.

Why This Works

The acetic acid in the vinegar does two things: it burns the weed's foliage on contact and it temporarily lowers the pH of the soil, making it hard for the weed to make a comeback.

Benefits of Killing Weeds with Vinegar

  • inexpensive
  • non-toxic
  • fast-acting
  • doesn't do long-term damage to the soil

Tips and Warnings:

1) For best results, use on a sunny, dry day.

2) Vinegar will kill any vegetation that it comes into contact with, so avoid using it around plants that you wish to keep

3) A teaspoon of dish soap can be added to the vinegar to help it stick to the weeds

4) Some weeds are persistent, and may need to be treated more than once.

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