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Homemade Natural Weed Killer

By Clover Carroll

By now most of us know that we should avoid using Roundup, the glyphosate pesticide sold by Monsanto. Roundup pollutes our groundwater and can be extremely harmful to people, pets, butterflies, and all pollinators; it has been shown to cause cancer, infertility, birth defects, and respiratory problems when breathed. Moreover, cultivation of genetically modified “Roundup Ready” crops results in the death of insects beyond those intended, including butterfly larvae, and its widespread use has spawned new “superweeds” (similar to antibiotic-resistant bacteria) that Roundup can no longer kill.

So why not use this natural weed killer that you can make at home and use to control your weeds? I found this cheap, easy recipe on Facebook, thanks to www.thecentsableshoppin.com. Best of all, it works!

  • 1 gallon white vinegar
  • 1 cup table salt
  • 1/3 cup (or 6 Tbsp) liquid Dawn dish detergent

Mix well, pour into a spray bottle, and spray on weeds. I used it on the grass growing through the cracks in my long brick sidewalk. They were dead as doornails in less than 24 hours, and stayed that way. Happy gardening!


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1 Comment

  1. We have a place up in Maine with a dirt driveway right near water, we’ll let you know how it works, thank-you, Katie