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Easy Homemade Weed Killer Recipe

homemade weed killer recipe

homemade weed killer recipe

Hey!  I’ve got an easy homemade weed killer recipe for you today!

Weed killer is one of those things that makes me feel a bit uneasy.  I don’t like to keep it in the house, and I don’t like to use it in the garden.  I’ve recently come up with my own eco-friendly homemade weed killer to tackle the persistent weeds that blight our yard but is gentle on the wildlife that frequent it (like this little guy).

I mentioned the other week that I’ve been trying to turn our unloved yard into a cared for space that we enjoy using.  Along with a good clear out, a lick of paint, a few plants and hanging baskets, and this homemade weed killer recipe, I feel like I’m slowly getting somewhere with the yard.

This wildlife friendly weed killer contains just three common household ingredients that you’ll probably have to hand – white vinegar, salt, and washing up liquid.  The vinegar and salt help to dry out the weeds and the washing up liquid ensures the salty vinegar solution sticks to the leaves of the weeds.

See the results for yourself!

homemade weedkiller recipe

Want the recipe?  Of course you do!  Here you go!

Homemade Weed Killer Recipe

You Will Need:

1 litre white vinegar

3 large spoons of salt

3 large spoons of  washing up liquid / dish soap (Don’t worry if it’s a more environmentally friendly brand – I used Ecover and it did the job)

Spray bottle

Method:

Add your salt to your vinegar and stir until dissolved.

Once the salt is dissolved add your washing up liquid, and stir well.

To Use:

This homemade weed killer recipe works best on a sunny day.  I’d suggest applying at midday, or just before when the sun is at its peak.

The weed killer works indiscriminately on all plant life and can turn your soil acidic.  For this reason, it’s best used to kill weeds that have appeared in the gaps between paving slabs or monoblocks, rather than to tackle the weeds in your lawn or flower bed.

For small weeds and younger dandelions spray the solution directly on to the leaves.

For larger, more well-established weeds spray the leaves and also pour a good glug on to the plant.  It’s very effective – you should notice the weeds beginning to wilt within an hour.

This homemade weedkiller recipe probably won’t kill dandelion roots, but it’s a quick, easy and green way to deal with dandelions and other weeds as soon as they appear.

More green gardening tips this way!

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How To Dry Clean At Home

dry cleaning at home

I’ve always wondered how to dry clean at home.  I try not to buy dry clean only clothes, but sometimes unsuspecting dry clean only clothing works it’s way into my wardrobe.  More often than not this happens when I’ve bought clothes on eBay and haven’t been able to inspect the care label.  These items will inevitably end up in the laundry basket and sadly never see the light of day again.

I’m a bit loathe to dry clean my clothes, you see.  The most commonly dry cleaning chemical used is perchloroethylene, a carcinogenic and neurotoxic chemical linked to higher incidences of leukemia and tumors in dry cleaning staff, and who knows to what effect to those wearing dry cleaned clothes.  To add to this, dry cleaned clothing is hung on plastic hangers and wrapped in plastic adding to it’s environmental impact.   If we can lessen this impact by bypassing the dry cleaners then I’m all for that.

I’ve never known the right way to dry clean at home, so some attempts at home dry cleaning have been successful.  The “dry clean only” coat I’ve worn every winter for the last five years has been gently machine washed time and time again and still looks fresh as a daisy.  Other times the odd item of clothing has come to a sad end at the hands of my washing machine – RIP my lovely but synthetic pleated skirt circa 2006.

Thankfully for me, and for you, I’ve recently come across this guide from the wonderful Yumi Sakugawa over on WonderHowTo.com on how to dry clean at home that helps take the guess work out of dry cleaning:

How To Dry Clean At Homehow to dry clean at home

Of course, if you are in any doubt, or if an item of clothing is particularly special to you, then do use a dry cleaners.  I don’t want to be responsible for ruining your wedding dress or bespoke suit!  I have heard of dry cleaners that don’t use perchloroethylene but at present I don’t know enough about them to vouch for their environmentally friendliness.

ps: 12 natural stain remover tips to remove almost any stain from your clothes.