3 Ways to Kill Weeds Without Harsh Chemicals That Actually Work!

The weather has been so nice out – it’s almost as if we skipped right past spring and went straight to summer! We have been spending a lot of time in the yard lately – Myra loves exploring outside! Where we live, we have long wet winters with lots of rain that while it gives us beautiful lush green forests…it also brings a lot of weeds!

Homemade weed killer
I don’t like the idea of using harsh weed killers like Round-up, especially since Myra is at such a curious stage and seems to want to put E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G she picks up into her mouth. So I spent some time this past week trying and testing different homemade options that don’t contain any poisonous chemicals – perfect for keeping little ones and pets safe! Below are the ones I found worked best!

Boiling Water

This one I found worked great initially, but you will probably find you have the repeat the process a 1-2 times a month to keep the weeds at bay. After all – it is just water and isn’t actually changing or damaging the soil and preventing anything from growing back right away. But it is a great option if you are wanting to kill off weeds in an area that you plan on planting anything soon after!

Vinegar/Salt/Soap Mixture

Mix 1/2 gallon plain white vinegar with 1/4 cup of salt and 2 tbsp regular dish soap (not hand soap) in a spray bottle. I found this one to be best to kill off weeds and make them easy to pull from the ground once dead. Will dry up sand kill weeds and patches of grass growing through sidewalk cracks when sprayed. Recommended to soak soil at the root in order to completely and permanently eliminate large established weeds. If you are planning to plant in the area shortly after, you will want to try and avoid soaking the soil as the mixture will affect the soil in a negative way and make it difficult for future plants to grow.

Baking Soda

I had never heard of this technique before, but it seriously is amazing for longer term removal of weeds! For permanent removal of weeds in areas you don’t want anything to grow, like on sideways, driveways or cracks, just sprinkle baking soda. Do not use on lawns or near garden areas as rain water may cause run off to damage them.

What household items do you use for making weed removal easier? Share with me in the comments so I can try them out!

Pulling weeds comic


  1. Thank you so much I am definitely trying this out. It sounds like a safer alternative to chemicals especially as we have two little pugs and two cats☺

  2. Some great ideas for killing weeds. I will pass them on to friends who have a garden. Also love your blog and will continue to follow you.

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