Hello everybody! How was your weekend? Mine was spent on yard work. We had some serious issues: our bushes looked like trees and the weeds were, like, 3 feet tall.
Fun fact about me: I actually like pulling weeds. I find it therapeutic. There’s something wonderfully satisfying about pulling out those weeds and getting the whole root system with it. And, once all the weeds are pulled, everything looks so.much.better. Why do I allow my weeds to get 3 feet tall if I love pulling them? No clue. Next time I’m stressed, I’ll have to remember to head out and pull weeds. Zen.
There are, however, two types of weeds that make me want to seek therapy: the ones that are super prickly, and those that grow in the cracks of the sidewalk. I am not a fan of feeling like I’m getting 74 shots to my fingers, and those ones in the sidewalk never come out. I grab hold, pull, and end up tearing off 1/3 of a leaf… annoying. We had a couple of these non-therapeutic weeds growing around our house, so I thought I’d try out a DIY weed killer.
Here’s What You’ll Need
- 1 Cup Vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon Dish Soap
- 1 Tablespoon Salt
- Spray Bottle
Have you noticed I went two whole weeks without using vinegar in my cleaning tip? I think my gallon jug was getting lonely, so I brought ‘er out again this week.
Mix the dish soap, salt, and vinegar in the spray bottle. Find your weeds, and generously spray some on.
Here’s the deal: I sprayed my prickly weed and about an hour later, it started raining. I thought, for sure, the rain would have diluted my solution, so I went out to spray the weed again, and this is what I found:
For a little side-by-side comparison: Here’s the weed at 11:00 in the morning and then at, about 5:30 in the evening. (Time lapse of 6 1/2 hours):
Looks like it’s working!
*Please note that the vinegar is strong and will kill lots of stuff, including your lawn and pretty flowers, so make sure you are only spraying your weeds!
How Much Do You Save?:
Buying Weed Killer at the Store:
- Weed Killer= The cheapest weed killer I could find was Ortho Weed B Gon at Walmart for 7.4¢ per fluid ounce ($12.72 for 1.33 Gallons).
Making Your Own Weed Killer:
1 Cup Vinegar= about 15.2¢ (based on Walmart’s price of $2.48 for 128 oz., or 1.9¢ per fluid ounce)
1 Tablespoon Salt= about 1¢ (based on Walmart’s price of 42¢ for 26 oz.)
1/4 tsp. Dish Soap= less than 1¢ (based on Target’s price of $2.24 for 24 fluid ounces)
My solution makes about 8 oz. for 17¢
This means that for 170 ounces of weed killer from Walmart for $12.72, you could make your own for $3.61, saving yourself $9.11. And remember that Walmart’s price is the cheapest price I could find!
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