Quick and Easy DIY Weed Killer Solutions

Whether you’re growing fruit, vegetables, herbs, or just some decorative plants, every gardener will experience the unwanted intrusion of weeds at some point or another. It may start as a single 1-2" stalk popping up on the outskirts of your garden, but the problem can quickly spiral out of control if left untreated, sapping vital nutrients from the soil while crowding your plant bed.

Vinegar and Salt

One of my personal favorite weed killing solutions is a mixture of vinegar and salt. Being that vinegar is such a highly acidic liquid, it’s able to kill weeds by burning them on contact. The only downside to this technique is the lack of residual effect. If a storm comes through immediately after application, most of the salt and vinegar will get washed away.

Here are the steps to using vinegar and salt as a weed killer:
1.Fill a 1-gallon garden sprayer about 90% full with filtered white apple cider vinegar.
2.Add 1 cup of table salt.
3.Close the lid on the sprayer and shake vigorously to ensure the salt is mixed throughout.
4.Go around your garden and spot treat any visible weeds by spraying them. Use a generous amount of saturate them in the vinegar and salt solution.
5.You can also use this concoction to protect driveways, sidewalks and garages from the intrusion of weds.

Dig ‘Em Up!

Of course, another idea is to physically pull up your weeds. If you’re able to pull up the roots, they shouldn’t come back – at least for a while.

Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty by digging small holes around your weeds, pulling them and their roots up at the same time. Just carry a small hand shovel with a bucket and tackle each root you come across. After digging up a weed, toss it in the bucket and move on to the next.


Borax, also known as a sodium borate, is another effective DIY weed killer. You can purchase boxes of this powdery compound from most home improvement stores and even some grocery stores. If you’re looking for an all-natural weed killer, you can’t go wrong with Borax, as it’s safe, powerful and easy to use.

Start by diluting borax in water (pure borax won’t work since it’s powdered). The exact ratio varies depending on the severity of your weed problem. With that said, 1 part borax and 4 parts water seems to work well for most instances. Just remember to stir and/or shake the mixture to ensure the borax is evenly distributed. When you are finished preparing the solution, spray it directly on your garden’s weeds.