No matter how good of a gardener you are, weeds always seem to find a way to pop up in the most irritating of places. To make matters more frustrating, widely used pesticides like Roundup and Atrazine do their job well, but potentially at the cost of your health later on. Though studies are still rolling out, there is compelling evidence suggesting that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, may negatively affect human health. In 2015, the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization released a study listing glyphosate as a probable carcinogen (aka cancer-causing chemical). Though some find the results controversial because research looked at animal models and not humans, I personally would rather be safe than sorry!
Now for the good news! There are more natural ways to get rid of weeds if you choose to stray away from the conventional products. I’ve found the recipe below to be effective, especially when combined with picking weeds by hand. As a bonus, you probably already have some of the ingredients laying around in your house! I also want to mention that I’ve even let the weeds do their thing in some places – and you know what? Dandelions can be pretty darn beautiful!
DIY Vinegar Weed Spray
Prep time: 3 minutes
What you’ll need:
- 16 oz. glass spray bottle
- 4 Cups distilled white vinegar
- 2 Tsp clove oil
- 1 Tsp cinnamon leaf oil
- 1 Tsp
- 2 Tsp of pure unscented castile soap
- ¼ Cup salt
Making sure to have gloves on, mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Shake and spray directly on the weeds you wish to kill. This herbicide is non-selective and could potentially kill other plants, so be sure to keep it away from the ones you want to stay alive!