Did you know that glyphosate, used in Roundup, is one of the most toxic chemicals on the planet? There are plenty of all-natural ways to eliminate weeds. One of my favorite is this quick and easy weed killer DIY. It’s great to use on pavers, sidewalks, and gravel or stone areas where weeds pop through. Bonus – no harmful chemicals!
The ingredients are all simple products you already have in your home:
This is not an exact science – approximate measures are totally fine. You will want to pour in about 1/4 of the watering can with vinegar. Then add about 2 TBSP or one squirt of the dish soap, and about 1/4 cup of salt. Again – no stress… a little more or less of anything and it will still work. Then fill up the remainder of the watering can with your garden hose. You may need to rest for a minute here and there to let the bubbles subside.
Also, I use a dedicated watering can for this so I don’t have to worry about cleaning it out to water my flowers.
This is the before picture. Lots of unwanted weeds poking through the pavers in our back walkway. I don’t mind the moss so much, but not the weeds.
A few things to keep in mind. Depending on the size of your area, you may need to refill the watering can. If so, don’t add any more dish soap, as those suds will keep on going! But add a little more vinegar and salt and then fill it back up with the garden hose. For the stubborn weeds, you may need to reapply every few days.
This is best done when the sun it out. The sun will interact with the mixture to help kill the weeds. It will work on a cloudy day, but it works twice as well on a hot sunny day.
This is our second year using this mixture and it actually worked better the second year. The weeds did not come back as strong or as plentiful and were much easier to kill this year.
Finally, don’t use this on or near the plants you want to keep alive – fruits, vegetables, flowers, shrubs, plants, etc. While it’s all-natural, the mixture is designed to kill anything green in its path.
Back to Roundup. It’s actually the brand name for a poison called glyphosate. Glyphosate is one of the most toxic chemicals known to man and is a patented antibiotic that destroys the good bacteria in your gut. With so much of our produce being sprayed with Roundup, that is why it’s important to purchase organic and/or non-GMO produce, and also to not spray Roundup near your home.
That is why I love this weed killer. It’s so simple and inexpensive and it works. All-naturally!
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UPDATE – Questions About Pets, Baking Soda & Boiling Water
Quick update as this post has been shared all over the world and I’m getting a lot of great feedback in from other channels.
1. Is this safe to use around my pets? It’s certainly safer than Roundup. We only have Mr. Swimmy, no dogs or cats. I did a little research and from what I could find, it does look to be a safe method to use around pets. But I would recommend researching more as like humans, every pet and breed is different.
2. Many folks have said that they use boiling water. Super simple, and it doesn’t get any greener than that! I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s another great all-natural method.
3. Other folks have used baking soda and water and said it works too. Again, I have not tried this method, but quite a few said it works too.
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