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How To Make Safe Weed Killer

Updated on December 1, 2014
Safe Weed Killer
Safe Weed Killer

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 one gallon of white vinegar in a garden sprayer

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.

Do you think that it's important to avoid chemicals in your food?  Do you plan to try this weed killer?  Please share your thoughts with us.

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    Tracey Boyer 3 years ago from Michigan

    @jennymdoughty: I never said it was chemical free. However, it is much healthier for humans and animals than weed killers like Roundup that cause liver damage and many other ailments. My weed killer also does not stack up in the soil and find it's way into the vegetables that we eat. I know it is not perfect, but I stand by this weed killer as a healthy alternative to herbicides like Roundup.

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    Tracey Boyer 3 years ago from Michigan

    @GrammieOlivia: Thank you !

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    GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

    It works well too! Thanks for this lens, time to move it over to the Weekend Gardeners FB page for more views and likes hopefully!

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    Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

    This sounds perfect for me. I really don't like all the chemicals sold in the stores.

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    Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

    WOW!! I have been trying to make friendly weedkiller for ages. Just today I was in my garden on my hands and knees pulling up weeds ! So guest what I'll be making tomorrow! Thanks for this GREAT LENS.

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    Sara2901 3 years ago

    I have been looking for a safer way to kill weeds in my front and back yards. Will try this. Thanks.

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    Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

    I've just written down this recipe and will be using it because yes, I'm more and more concerned about using chemicals in my lawn and garden. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    great tip! thank you