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How To Make Safe Weed Killer

Updated on May 21, 2018
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Tracey has been writing online for over 10 years. She also is a graphical artist for social media sites. She loves writing about home life!


A couple years ago, I decided to start growing some of my own food.  I created some raised beds in my back yard, planted some peppers, tomatoes and beans and never looked back.  The reason that I decided to do this was because of the horrible things I kept hearing about the pesticides on commercially grown vegetables.  Actually not just on them, but in them because they are sprayed over and over the entire time they are growing.  Chemicals in the ground, air, water, how could they not be in the food?

Then it occurred to me that the weed killers that I was using were the very same dangerous chemicals that I was trying to avoid by growing my own food.  I threw them all in the garbage, and set out to find a safe weed killer that I could make myself.  Making something yourself, is the only sure way to know what is in it.  I found many supposedly safe ways to kill weed, on the internet:  red wine vinegar (didn't work), boiling water (didn't work), alcohol and water (didn't work).  Then I ran across a recipe on a homesteading website, so I decided to try it.  It worked like a charm and the ingredients are totally safe for kids, pets and everyone else.  It is easy to make and also safe to store.  It was exactly what I wanted!

Time required: 10 minutes

Difficulty: easy

Cost: Less than $10


  • 1 gallon white vinegar
  • 2 cups Epsom Salt
  • 1/4 cup Blue Dawn Dishwashing Liquid


  • Garden Sprayer

1. Pour in one gallon of white vinegar

2. Add Epsom Salt

3. Pour in dishwashing liquid

4. Mix thoroughly but gently until epsom salt dissolves. Try not to cause too much foam.

Pump Sprayer - Great for Larger Areas

iLOT Pump Up Sprayer with Funnel and Shoulder Strap in Lawn and Garden(1.3Gallon)
iLOT Pump Up Sprayer with Funnel and Shoulder Strap in Lawn and Garden(1.3Gallon)
1.3 Gallon Capacity with straps for easy carrying 2 kinds of nozzles for different applications Funnel included for no mess filling Pressure Release Valve Trigger Lock Perfect for insecticides, herbicides and weed killers

© 2014 Tracey Boyer


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