About a month ago I posted about trying vinegar weed killer as an alternative to some of the commercial chemical weed killers out there. By no means am I going to tell you that this is better than what you can buy in the stores as far as effectiveness. It is not.
However, one must take into account how those chemical weed killers (yes everything is a chemical, when I say chemical I mean poisonous) are dangerous and that it can leech into our plants. That is dangerous if those plants are in a garden and you’re going to eat the vegetables they produce.
In my first post about this topic, I tried 1 gallon of water, 1 cup of epson salt, and 2 tablespoons of dish soap. This time I changed the salt content. Changed from epson salt to iodized salt, and went from 1 cup to 1 and 1/2 cups of salt. Kept the 1 gallon of vinegar and the 2 tablespoons of dish soap. I mixed it all up and sprayed a few weeds around the yard.
Those two pictures are 2 hours apart. The other weeds I sprayed this solution on, were pretty much completely brown and dead within 2 hours. I sprayed this in the cracks of my sidewalk and have also noticed that the weeds are not coming back like they used to with commercial weed killers.
To make this work as best as possible, it is best to apply the vinegar weed killer during the early afternoon. This is when plants are trying to retain their water, but the salt, vinegar, and soap all cause the plant to loose water, then causing the weed to burn up in a sense.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with the results I’ve seen using this over the last month. How it compares to commercially bought weed killers:
- Not as poisonous
- Seems to prevent weeds from coming back (I have issues with this when using commercially bought weed killer)
- Results not always as fast as the commercially bought weed killer
- Does require you working with vinegar and if you spill it on yourself you get that acetic acid smell.
If you’re looking for a safer alternative to commercially bought weed killer for your gardening purposes, I would suggest giving this a try. Just be careful not to get it on your plants you don’t want to kill. This is not discriminating like some of the weed killers off the store shelf.