Vinegar is Great for Killing Weeds

by Amy Gordon
(last updated July 8, 2015)


Weeds can be one of the greatest pests around your house. Unlike the plants you want to grow, weeds need no work and no effort, and they grow everywhere you do not want them to grow. Weeds can spring up in annoying places, ranging from your beautiful garden to the cracks in your sidewalk. There are many different ways to attack weeds, from pulling them out by the roots and hoping that is enough, to using weed killer.

Weed killer is clearly the most effective option you have, but it has many problems. It can be expensive, but more importantly, it can be harmful to the environment and just as hazardous to your health, especially if you have children that like to play outside. Instead, try this alternative that is both effective and not hazardous to anyone but the weeds.

If you want to kill weeds, just try using some vinegar. All you will have to do to remove those pesky plants from your garden, yard, paths, driveway, or patio is spray some common household vinegar on them. The vinegar will penetrate the plant and get rid of that weed for good.

The best time to attack weeds is on a dry day. Put the vinegar into a spray bottle and spray it directly onto the weed. Be careful only to spray on the weed, otherwise it will kill the other plants it hits as well. A few days after you spray the weed with vinegar, you will find a small, brown area where the weed once stood. Do not worry: the area will turn back to normal in no time at all.

If you need an extra-strength natural weed killer, just add a little orange oil extract to the vinegar. Orange oil extract can be a little difficult to obtain, so here are a few suggestions of what to look for on the Internet.

  • Aura Cacia's Essential Oil Orange Bergamot, one-half ounce
  • Orange Sweet Essential Oil, sixteen fluid ounces
  • Orange Sweet Essential Oil, one fluid ounce

Author Bio

Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...


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2012-09-25 04:40:50

Rick Delorme

Yes this REALLY works. Another way is to use 50% vinegar, 50% HOT water. Use less vinegar!


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