Natural Weed Killer

Full of Great Ideas has shared her Natural Weed Killer concoction with us, assuring that we won’t grow a 3rd eyeball using it!

Always on the hunt for safe products to use around our kids and pets, we were eager to test this recipe out on our toughest lawn offenders!

 

Please click here to visit Full of Great Ideas and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Amanda

Mission:  To put some weeds down with a safe solution.

 

 

Details:

  • So I used a slightly different source post when I made this weed killer but found my variation to also be effective. Instead of using pickling vinegar I ended up using cider vinegar.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I got a little frustrated at the speed of which the solution was dispensing out of my tiny spray bottle and decided to use the dumping method instead. It was very effective!

I also made only a quarter of a batch instead of a whole batch (1qt cider vinegar, 1/8 cup of salt and a couple squirts of Dawn dish soap).

I let the weed killer work its magic overnight before taking the “after” pics (which aren’t great considering my weeds really intermingle with a lot of other crap).

Pros:

Cheap, quick and it worked!

Cons:

STINKY!!!

Conclusion:

I think it might take a couple of douses before you could really get rid of the weeds but it definitely killed what I wanted and oddly didn’t kill the random grass growing in with the weeds in the rock bed. I will be trying this again for sure!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Sheri

Mission:  To once and for all win the never-ending battle of weeds that invade my walkway, my gardens, and my yard like ants to a dropped Popsicle. I would have to spend a fortune on toxic weed killer to keep up with the crabgrass infestation that occurs every year. I was thrilled to see this recipe for weed killer using basic and inexpensive ingredients via Full of Great Ideas’ blog.

Details:

  • Only three ingredients: 1 gallon of vinegar, ½ a cup of salt, and a squeeze of dish soap.
  • Just combine and get spraying. Take that!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t just follow the instructions that are on the Pinterest Pin. Go to the site for the recipe. The site suggests using pickling vinegar because it is more acidic. Yeah, I screwed that up and used cider vinegar. I’m thinking my results might have been better had I read the instruction directly from the site. Grr.

Pros:

Inexpensive and easy to do.

Cons:

It didn’t work too well and it stinks to high heaven. I could smell it from my second floor window. I had to shut the window and light a candle.

Conclusion:

I was super disappointed in this one and now I want to try it again using pickling vinegar. I can see that it started to wilt the dreaded crabgrass, but it didn’t kill it. The major drawback for me was the stench, but at least it’s outside, rather than inside. I guess I’ll go back to blistered fingers. I’m admitting defeat.

 

 
 

Reviewer #3 – Mandy

Mission:  Kill those nasty devils hanging out all over my yard!

 

 

Details:

  • I followed the recipe as written except for using pickling vinegar. The regular vinegar worked so well in the Soap Scum Killa recipe that I thought I’d give it a shot. (Plus, a girl gets lazy after work sometimes and just doesn’t want to run another errand.)

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Ok, so follow the recipe and use pickling vinegar. It so didn’t work!! Retry.

Pros:

If this really works – so easy, cheap and quick!

Cons:

I really can’t handle the smell of vinegar. Pew!! After I put it on the weeds, I could practically smell it from down the road.

Conclusion:

Do it right and you’ll hopefully give those weeds a fight!

 

 

 

The lovely Natural Weed Killer ingredients photo taken by Full of Great Ideas


1 Comment

  1. Thanks ladies for testing my weedkiller recipe and featuring my blog. I wish you had tested it using the correct ingredients (as opposed to the incorrect pinned source) so you could experience the same results I got. I agree with you that the absolute key to this is the pickling vinegar. I will admit it smells a lot but I would rather smell of vinegar than inhale Roundup 🙂 Let me know if you try it again with pickling vinegar!
    Thanks again! Stephanie

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