Make Your Own DIY Weed Killer Using Vinegar, Epsom Salt, And Dawn!

by craftyclub

Weeds grow even in the most well-maintained pieces of land. And why not? The sunlight, water,
and inviting soil that you have prepared for your garden plants are ideal conditions for weeds to
thrive as well. If you have kids, pets, or seasonal allergies, using chemical weed killers is bad.
Not only are they harmful to the environment, but they are also detrimental to your health and
the health of your loved ones.

So, if you are also fighting the good fight against the unwanted guests in your garden, here is an
easy and cheap weed killer recipe made from ingredients readily available in your kitchen-
vinegar, Epsom salt, and dawn.

Recipe for weed killer with vinegar, Epsom salt, and dawn

For making a weed killer using vinegar, Epsom salt, and dawn, you need to gather a few basic
supplies.

You will need:

  • Vinegar with 5% acetic acid – 1 gallon 
  • Dawn dish soap- 1/4th cup
  • Epsom salt- 2 cups
  • A big bucket
  • A paint stirrer or wooden spoon
  • Spray bottle
  • Funnel or measuring cup

Directions

Step 1: Take a big bucket and pour the vinegar, dawn dish soap, and Epsom salt into it. Please give it a good mix using a paint stirrer or wooden spoon. While vinegar alone is potent enough to kill the weeds, it is more lethal when combined with salt and dawn.

The acetic acid present in the vinegar and the Epsom salt dehydrates the weeds by sucking out the moisture. The dawn helps break down the cuticle and allows the mixture to be easily absorbed by the weeds.

Step 2: Transfer the prepared mixture into a spray bottle. Use a funnel or a measuring cup to pour the mixture into the spray bottle to avoid any mess and unnecessary cleaning.

Step 3: Go to your garden and spray the mixture on the weeds. Ensure the weeds are well coated with the mixture. 

Step 4: Make sure that you only coat the unwanted weeds and not your beloved plants. This weed killer recipe is nonselective and will kill any expensive plant or grass in the surrounding area. While the younger weeds die easily when you spray the mixture, you may have to reapply the mixture for those older and stubborn weeds.

Vinegar weed killer recipe with Epsom salt

Although Epsom salt weed killer recipes are highly effective, one must be very careful while spraying the weeds’ mixture. This is because it can build up in the soil and permanently damage the soil’s quality, making it impossible for plants to grow in it in the future.

Therefore, use this vinegar weed killer recipe with Epsom salt in places where you prefer to have no plant life such as sidewalk cracks, driveways, underneath patio blocks, and decks around your home’s foundation.

You will need:

  • Vinegar with 5% acetic acid – 1 gallon 
  • Epsom salt- 1 and 1/4th cups
  • A big bucket
  • A paint stirrer or wooden spoon
  • Spray bottle
  • Funnel or measuring cup

Directions

Step 1: Pour the vinegar and Epsom salt in the big bucket.

Step 2: Use the paint stirrer or wooden spoon to mix it well.

Step 3: Use a funnel or measuring cup to transfer the solution into the spray bottle.

Step 4: Shake it well and spritz the solution on the weeds.

Recipe for natural weed killer with vinegar and dawn

If you do not wish to take the risk associated with using Epsom salt, you can use the below recipe for natural weed killer with vinegar and dawn only:

You will need:

  • Vinegar with 5% acetic acid – 1 gallon 
  • Dawn- 1 cup
  • A big bucket
  • A paint stirrer or wooden spoon
  • Spray bottle
  • Funnel or measuring cup

Directions

Step 1: Take a big bucket and pour the vinegar and dawn dish soap in it. 

Step 2: Stir the mixture using a paint stirrer or wooden spoon.

Step 3: Pour the mixture into a spray bottle using a funnel or measuring cup.

Step 4: Shake the bottle well and spray the mixture on only the weeds.

Other natural remedies

Here are 2 more weed killer recipes that you can try to curb the pesky intruders’ growth.

Boiling water and Epsom salt weed killer

You will need:

  • Epsom salt- 1 ½ cups
  • Boiling water- 4 cups
  • A wooden spoon
  • Spray bottle
  • Funnel or measuring cup

Directions

Step 1: Boil water in a large vessel and add Epsom salt with a wooden spoon. 

Step 2: Carefully pour the hot mixture into a spray bottle using a funnel or measuring cup.

Step 3: Spray the mixture on the plant. Make sure to spray the plant with enough mixture. 

Step 4: Re-apply the mixture for a couple of days until the weeds wither and die.

Essential Oil Based Weed Killer

You will need:

  • Epsom salt- 1 cup
  • Horticultural vinegar- 3 cups
  • Spray bottle
  • A bucket
  • Citrus or peppermint essential oil- 20 drops
  • Funnel or measuring cup
  • A wooden spoon

Directions

Step 1: Combine the Epsom salt, horticultural vinegar, and citrus or peppermint essential oil in a bucket. Mix it well using a wooden spoon.

Step 2: Pour the mixture into the spray bottle using a funnel or measuring cup.

Step 3: Spray the mixture on the weeds completely. Clear any mulch to coat the entire plant with the mixture.

Step 4: Do this daily for 2-3 weeks for the best results.

Points to remember

While killing weeds using vinegar, Epsom salt dawn in it, it is handy to keep the below points in mind:

  • Use the weed killer recipes in conjunction with cultural weed eradication methods or hand weeding to get the best results.
  • These recipes work best on smaller or younger weeds.
  • To get the desired results, you must ensure that the weed is fully coated in the mixture. Therefore, cover the entire plant with the prepared mixture.
  • Spray the mixture on a hot, sunny day. Warmer temperatures help the mixture to work more effectively and at a faster rate.
  • Multiple applications of the mixture are necessary to get rid of stubborn weeds.

Conclusion

Our gardens and laws make us happy and beautify our homes. However, a few invasive weeds can rob us of this pleasure. Use the above-mentioned DIY weed killer recipes to keep your green spaces pristine and beautiful! 

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