Submitted to us by our neighbor Christopher A.

Controlling Weeds on the Cheap

I’m not a big fan of spraying chemicals around my house. While I know that it is sometimes necessary, we can get away with less toxic solutions for some household tasks. One of those is killing weeds in your mulched beds and around the house.

A simple and inexpensive recipe is salt, vinegar, and dish detergent. I have had good results in the past using the following recipe for weed control. I’ve seen some differences of opinion on the recipe itself and its effectiveness. But this recipe seems to kill most things for me.

A couple of things to keep in mind:

  1. Administer this solution on a sunny day when you are not expecting rain. Rain will dilute it and basically render it ineffectual.
  2. You may need to administer it a several days in a row.
  3. Your yard will smell like vinegar for a day or two.

Weed Control Ingredients

  1. A one or two gallon sprayer. Generally around $15 – $30.
  2. 1 gallon of white vinegar. Generally around $4
  3. 1 cup (8.3oz) of salt. A 26oz package of Morton’s salt is in the $1 price range.
  4. 1 drop of liquid dish washing liquid


  1. Mix these ingredients in your sprayer
  2. Make sure the salt is completely disolved so it doesn’t clog your sprayer.
  3. Spray directly on weeds.
  4. Obviously, avoid spraying on plants you don’t want to kill.
  5. Repeat for as many days as it takes to kill the weeds,.

I often see results the same day. Good luck!