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Natural Weed Killer

Warm weather can coax weeds to pop up from the tiniest cracks in the sidewalk. But don't go for the weed killer. Douse them with vinegar, lemon juice, or boiling water instead. The weeds will likely shrivel in a day or so; resilient ones rarely withstand a second treatment.

Comments (14)

  • Msgardengirl 2 Aug, 2014

    cider vinegar or white?

  • Ellen Mann 7 Jul, 2014

    Since the people who posted this aren't answering. I wouldn't try this around other perennials or trees. It probably will kill the grass too....but don't quote me.

  • Rita Kaufmann 6 Jul, 2014

    I have tried the vinegar, salt and dish detergent recipe three times now and the weeds are still thriving. I will try the vinegar and lemon but am not holding my breath.

  • cartimko 5 Jul, 2014

    I tried straight vinegar, wilted a couple of leaves, but that was it. Weeds still growing.

  • sweetpealisa23 29 Jun, 2014

    Well it kill my plants in my garden?

  • Donna Baker 22 Jun, 2014

    Use straight vinegar. I don't know about the lemon. For stubborn weeds I use a mixture of 16 oz straight vinegar, 1 teaspoon of salt and a few drops of Dawn dishwashing liquid (blue). The Dawn kills the oils on the plant allowing the vinegar and salt to kill it.

  • Kimberly Torrence-Smith 31 Jul, 2013

    why put this on here if your not going to be more specific? Straight vinegar? Pure lemon? already know that in my yard boiling water doesn't work! Please give more details??Anyone??

  • ariel 20 May, 2012

    i too need to know if the weed killer will kill grass and the new trees i planted.
    also is it pure vinegar, pure lemon juice , etc or is it diluted with water??

  • Jen6756 21 Mar, 2012

    Does anyone know- does this only kill weeds or anything in it's path? Wanting to use it in an area with bushes nearby. I don't want to kill the bushes too!

  • joysprojects 4 Jul, 2011

    I used weed killer & nearly killed my cat as I did not know he used our garden to do his business untill he went out one morning, i will be trying the vinegar,lemon, will write again if it has worked or not.

  • fairday 4 Jul, 2011

    No worries about harming pets or wildlife

  • tarbeanny 24 Jul, 2009

    I did the vinegar , and next day they were gone!!!

  • voodoo 19 Jul, 2008

    works perfectly!

  • MaryL62 12 Jul, 2008

    This is fantastic and so natural!