How to Make Organic Alternatives
The active ingredient that makes Chemical Weed Killers so effective is glyphosate.
Unfortunately, the surfactant in popular chemical weed killers is said to be even more toxic than glyphosate, and in combination, the two are more toxic still!
Rather than expose yourself and family (not to mention animals and wildlife) to glyphosate that has been linked to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, try these organic alternatives for a beautiful weed free lawn and garden
Things You'll Need
1. White Vinegar can Kill Weeds
For Garden Sprayer, organic weed killer recipe #1:
In a bucket, mix one quart of white vinegar with ¼ cup of salt. Stir till salt dissolves. Slowly add two teaspoons of vegetable based liquid dish soap. Gently mix and pour solution in your garden sprayer.
Spray directly on the offending weeds at the base using the narrow stream setting. Best if used in direct sunlight and when rain is NOT in the forecast. This organic alternative to Roundup Weed Killer works well for those weeds growing sidewalk cracks.
2. Organic Dish Soap can Kill Weeds
For Garden Sprayer, organic weed killer recipe #2:
Pour three quarts of white vinegar in a bucket or directly into your garden sprayer. Slowly pour in one quart of vegetable based liquid dish soap, gently swish to mix. Spray on leaves and the base of the plants, again using a narrow stream. Be sure to spray only the plants you wish to kill as this is not a selective organic weed killer.
Do not water for three days. Reapply if rain falls before the three days are up.
3. Rubbing Alcohol can Kill Weeds
For Garden Sprayer, organic weed killer recipe #3:
Pour one quart water into your garden sprayer and add one tablespoon rubbing alcohol. Spray the undersides of the weed you want to kill with a thorough light mist. Again, use care not to spray non-target plants.
Increase alcohol content for stubborn weeds.
4. Table Salt can Kill Weeds
For Garden Sprayer, organic weed killer recipe #4
Here is another organic alternative to Roundup Weed Killer for weeds that grow in the cracks of your sidewalk only.
Lightly spray sidewalk weeds with water. Sprinkle weeds with a light layer of table salt. Lightly wet the weeds again. Be sure not to use too much water, you don't want to wash off the salt or cause runoff. And be sure not to use too much near other plants as the salt is very potent & could upset the plants you want to keep.
5. Boiling water will kill weeds
Boiling water method
This is the simplest organic weed killer. Boil water in your tea kettle, pour it directly on the offending weeds. Be sure to pour close to the weed to minimize splatter and use just enough to cover the weed(s).
Weed killer kills human cells. Study intensifies debate over 'inert' ingredients.
Used in yards, farms and parks throughout the world, Roundup has long been a top-selling weed killer. But now researchers have found that one of Roundup’s inert ingredients can kill human cells, particularly embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells. The new findings intensify a debate about so-called “inerts” — the solvents, preservatives, surfactants and other substances that manufacturers add to pesticides. Nearly 4,000 inert ingredients are approved for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
By Crystal Gammon
Environmental Health News
June 22, 2009
Used in yards, farms and parks throughout the world, Roundup has long been a top-selling weed killer. But now researchers have found that one of Roundup’s inert ingredients can kill human cells, particularly embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells.