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I had a real weed problem in the front yard and bed. The home owners assn threatened bloody murder if I did not take care of it. I searched the web and found a weed killer that puts the commercial stuff to shame and it is a lot safer on the environment. I have not had to weed in several months. It is probably time for a second application this year.

Step 1: Ingredients.

Picture of Ingredients.
1 gallon or thereabouts of the cheapest vinegar. s/b under 2 dollars.
1 container table salt. s/b under 50 cents.
 2 tablespoons liquid detergent for washing dishes or such.  whole bottle should be under a dollar.
Extra container the size of the vinegar container.

1 sprayer unless you want to splash it out manually.

Oroka3 years ago
So, a lot of vinegar, a lot of salt, splash of dish soap.

I am removing weeds from a concrete area that was formerly used as a skate park. A new fancy park was built and this one was abandoned, but perfect for ball hockey... so time to salt the earth (and vinegar, with a splash of detergent). The longer (ie never) it takes the weeds to come back the better.
Computothought (author)  Oroka3 years ago
It will not last forever, but it sure beats removing weeds all the time.

I love the idea of using non-toxic solutions but, the table salt will sterilize the ground for what will seem like "forever". Substitute the table salt with Epsom salt which does not contain sodium chloride. The vinegar and soap will still be effective without sterilizing the soil. Props to…


Killed a few small broad leaf plants, but they grew back after 2 weeks. The smaller leaf plants it did nothing and the tall weeds in the back, same thing nothing. Back to roundup for me.

wolfsmane2 years ago
How well does this work using on poison oaks, ivys, etc.?
Also, will it hurt Holly shrubs to use around it?

Computothought (author)  wolfsmane1 year ago

YOu will have to try it yourself as I have not done an exhaustive search.

lcaldwell51 year ago

This is so great and I don't have to worry about the pets getting on it!!

Tamaresque3 years ago
This will be great for my gravel-covered parking area which always has weeds popping through. No need to worry about the effect the salt has, either. Thanks for this. Now to convert to litres, grams, etc. :-)
Computothought (author)  Tamaresque3 years ago
Thankx for the comments. if you go to a search engine and tpe in say 1 litre =, you can easily get your answer. Works with at least Google.
annaharris4 years ago
Awesome. I'm going out to spray the bindii right now.
Computothought (author)  annaharris4 years ago
Thank you for the command and glad you liked it. Good luck.
Computothought (author) 5 years ago
Thank you for your comment. I am sure you are right. but after several months I need to do a re-application. It does not bother the grass we have here at all. As for a flour or vegetable garden, I would not use the salt there either. Where there are only bushes or trees, I have no problem with it.
l8nite5 years ago
I wouldnt recommend using the salt in any area you want anything to grow as it builds up in the soil, takes forever to disapate and will kill almost anything planted. That being said.... Ive used vinager and a little dish detergent for yrs to control all but the most stubborn weeds. it works best if applied early in the day and be sure to soak the base of the weed