Homemade All Natural Inexpensive Weed Killer

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Homemade All-Natural Inexpensive Weed Killer

Our yards been over run by weeds this year, so I decided to make Homemade All Natural Weed Killer thats super inexpensive.

I usually buy the all natural weed killer at the local home improvement store because of the kids, and dogs, but it is so expensive.

Vinegar on the other hand is very inexpensive, and works even better then the fancy all natural weed killer I had been buying.

We picked up 2 gallons of vinegar at Costco for under $4.00 and it worked wonderfully when mixed with salt, and a little dish soap.

Under $5.00 bucks total for something that is completely safe for my kids, and pets, that kills weeds is a good thing in my book! 


In a clean pump sprayer that hasn't had any chemicals added mix 1/3 cup Salt or 2 ounces Orange Oil, 1 teaspoon All Natural  Liquid Dish Soap.

Tip: If your wanting to grow other things where you are spraying this mixture use orange oil instead of salt according to a reader on Facebook the salt will make it hard for other plants to grow in the soil.


Pour in 1 gallon of White Vinegar and use a long paint stir stick and mix until combined. 
Alternately if your strong like Colt you can just shake it until well combined.

Make sure the salt on the bottom becomes dissolved.


Weeds are best sprayed on a warm day when their is no rain for 24 hours.

The picture on the right was 12 hours after the weeds were sprayed.


Looks like it worked to me! 

Now at least I have the weeds under control until Colt has time to pull them.

All Natural Inexpensive Weed Killer
yield: 1 Gallonprint recipe

Homemade Inexpensive Weed Killer

Homemade All-Natural Inexpensive Weed Killer
prep time: 5 MINScook time: total time: 5 mins


  • 1/3 cup Salt or 2 ounces Orange Oil
  • 1 teaspoon All Natural Dish Soap
  • 1 Gallon Plain White Vinegar


  1. Add all ingredients to a clean pump spray that hasn't been used for chemicals and mix or shake until salt is dissolved. The salt provide long term weed control but seedlings and delicate plants might have a hard time growing in the soil after spraying with salt. If you will be planting in the area you are spraying orange oil is a better alternative.
  2. Spray weeds on a warm day when no rain is expected for 24 hours.
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  1. Great tip! I've used vinegar to kill fungus growing on my mulch, but nice to know this combo makes a "green" weed killer.
    PS. I was thrilled to see that you are joining the Sunday Supper crew on Mother's Day!!! Let me know if you have any questions. I'm happy to help!

    1. Thanks so much Liz for hosting Sunday Supper I'm excited to join! I feel blessed to have been invited to join such a lovely group of bloggers!

  2. Thanks for this. We have just been told by our garden centre to use spirits on ivy, this is also cheap but I would prefer to use vinegar elsewhere. Have a good weekend Diane

  3. I'm going to try this. I usually just boil water but it takes forever. :)

  4. Do you know if this kills other plants and veggies too? We planted garden last year and the weeds just took over....we forgot to spray the ground at the end of the year because the snow fell so fast. But now this year the weeds are already coming back before the veggies. I could spend all day out there picking weeds to get no where. I am trying to find something to help kill weeds without killing the veggies

    1. Hi Dustin, It could potentially kill all plants that it is sprayed on or near, one area of our yard had a little over spray and it killed the grass. I wouldn't recommend spraying it directly into your garden beds and would hand weed around your plants. I use this for walk ways and beds where the plants are spaced far enough apart I don't need to worry about the mixture getting on the leaves of the other plants. If your using around other plants or an area you will eventually want to plant again I would use the orange oil over the salt because the salt will hinder growth in the soil but the orange oil will still kill all plants that it comes in contact with. Good luck with your garden!

  5. A good tip for not spraying other things with weedkiller next to what you want to spray is, take a dixie cup, or something similar, cut a small hole in the bottom the size of the spray nozzle, and put the cup/etc over the weed you want to spray and spray inside it. I attach the cup right to the end of my spray wand or tip of sprayer and just hold it next to the specific thing I want when spraying, but some people hold the cup in one hand and spray with the other.


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