Magic homemade weed killer recipe gardeners claim makes weeds die for good

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Weeds tend to be a gardener’s worst nightmare. During autumn, weeds divert their energy into their roots, so even though the weeds might not appear to be getting worse above ground, it’s highly likely that they’re establishing a deep root system underground.

Once this root system is established, gardeners will have a hard time eradicating them.

Unless they regularly hoe annual weeds, hand-weed problem areas and prepare the soil thoroughly, they’re going to be overwhelmed the minute their back is turned.

Not wanting to use harsh chemicals in their garden, one woman took to the Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips and Tricks Facebook page to ask for a homemade weed killer recipe.

Maxine Goodfellow wrote: “Does anyone have a recipe for homemade weedkiller, please? They’re taking over my garden. Thanks in advance.”

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Group members in the comments were all in agreement that homemade weedkillers need to include three particular ingredients – white vinegar, salt and washing-up liquid.

Bonnie Messner said: “Any type of salt, dish soap and vinegar.” Jody Morris added: “Rock salt is really good, works really well.”

Katie Fletcher commented: “Dishwashing liquid (Fairy in the UK), white vinegar and salt.

“Mix them up in a jug and pour on the weeds, ideally when it’s going to be a dry couple of days following.”

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Liz Burgess said: “White vinegar, Fairy Liquid and salt. You need five litres of vinegar, 250 ml of Fairy and 100g of salt.”

Lydia Murphy wrote: “White vinegar, washing up liquid and salt. It’s magic.”

John Nicholson commented: “Salt, washing up liquid white vinegar in a bottle and shake well. Job done. Repeat every two days and the weeds will die off for good.”

Angela Carvalho replied: “White vinegar, salt, and dish soap. Almost any amount of each would do, so I threw together a cup of salt and a tablespoon of soap into a jug of vinegar and stuck a sprayer in there.

“Spray the leaves and stem (not the root) on a sunny day so it burns them.”

Angela argued that while “this will kill the weed”, it “may not harm the root” so gardeners may need to dig the rest up if they see it begin to sprout again in a few weeks.

This solution can be very harmful to plants if applied in high enough doses so only use it on paving and paths and make sure that the solution does not leach into nearby soil.

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