Homemade Weed Killer

We moved into our house about three years ago. We love it. We searched and searched (and searched and searched and searched) for the perfect home for our family for MONTHS, and at the very end, after we had given up and started to give in on some of our “must-have’s,” this one just sort of magically appeared.

It had everything we were looking for… 3 bedrooms, an office, an open floor plan. It’s one-story, and it’s in the neighborhood we were dying to get into.

As wonderful as it is, we inherited a little problem when we took ownership of it…

The front flower bed is loaded with weeds that we simply have not been able to get rid of.

These particular weeds are called nutsedge and if you’ve had them before, you know they are a huge pain. We’ve actually had a landscaper come in, rip everything out, put down heavy duty weed barriers, treat the weeds, and plant new plants. It wasn’t cheap to do that, by the way.

But guess what…? Within a month, those pesky little things had grown back. No kidding.

After all of the news came out about weed killer being linked to cancer this year, we really don’t want to buy it. But y’all… these weeds are a huge eyesore, and I know our neighbors hate having to drive past it all the time. I sure do.

So we searched the internet and found this homemade weed killer from The Garden Counselor and decided to give it a shot.

If you visit the link, you’ll see that there are a number of different ways to make it. Here’s what we chose to do:

Home-Made Weed Killer


  • 1 gallon white vinegar
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp dish soap


  1. Mix all ingredients until salt dissolves.

  2. Spray on weeds.

From what I’ve read, you have to be extremely careful with this weed killer because it can kill your good plants too, but we’re up for the challenge.

Here’s how it’s supposed to work:

Vinegar and salt dry the plant out, and dish soap helps the solution stick to the plant.

We tested it out on a small area of our flower bed, and within a week, the nutsedge in that area was completely brown.

So now were spraying one entire side of the bed. I’ll let you know how it goes. Fingers crossed that we’ve finally found a solution to our weed problem!

2020 update: They came back, and our flower bed is so gigantic that we can’t spray enough of the solution to get rid of it all. (Not without getting our other plants covered too). I have no doubt that this homemade weed killer will work for smaller areas, but it just doesn’t work for what we need it to.

So if you have any other suggestions, please let me know!

homemade weed killer