Spring has sprung and along came the heavy rain showers. You’ve recovered from cancer and go for a walk through your yard to see all the beautiful plants flourishing, then you spot your least favorite plants…
No, not marijuana unless you were intending to grow it.
Weeds are everywhere thanks to the wonderful rain. Some people like to leave them alone, but others are ready to do anything they can to get rid of them. You can dig them up or use RoundUp, but why risk your health?
Cancer-free weed killer is the right choice.
Here’s how you can make your own and it’s quite simple.
- 1 Gal of Great Lakes Wholesale 7468000212 5% White Vinegar Cleaner, 1-Gal. Household Cleaner, All Purpose
- 1/2 Cup of Morton Salt Regular Salt – 26 oz
- 1 Tbsp of Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid, Original Scent, 21.6 Ounce
- 1 Gal sized Hudson 60131 Lawn and Garden Sprayer, 1-Gallon (Disregard the 2-star rating. I bought one of these and it works perfectly)
Mix all of these safe ingredients together inside the pump sprayer and be sure that the salt completely dissolves. On a calm day without wind, pump the solution and spray it on the leaves of the weeds. This should only be done on a warm sunny day without rain in the forecast for at least 2-3 days. Within 24 hrs you should see immediate results. A second application might be needed if you have very big weeds. I used this on dandelion weeds and poison ivy revealing incredible effectiveness. If you perform this on a windy day, the spray might land on your favorite plants
How does this work?
The 5% white vinegar is just enough acidity to kill the plant although I highly recommend this 30% Pure Vinegar – Home&Garden (1 Gallon) which is much better. The dish detergent keeps the vinegar from draining off of the leaves too quickly, which helps to permeate the cell structure. The salt gets onto the soil and kills the weed for good. Be careful though. The salt in the soil might prevent other plants from growing, although rain will help dilute the soil.
Optional: dig up the roots of the weed once it’s dead. Wear Playtex Gloves Living Premium Protection, Large 1 Pair if it’s poison ivy roots, because the poisonous oils may remain on the vine even if it’s dead.
Of course, if you’d rather use a spray that has immediate results and you don’t care if you get cancer or poison your soil, then go ahead and get some Roundup For Lawns RTU Wand (Northern) – 1.33 Gallon