Frugal Friday : Natural Weed Killer

I have this grand idea this summer of having a beautiful vegetable garden, Plants that grow big and tall and produce so many veggies I don’t know what to do with them all.

But the weeds keep growing. And growing, and growing. And growing some more.

I literally weeded about a quarter of the garden yesterday morning and turned on the sprinklers when I was done. A few hours later, I walked back outside to get the mail and thought I’d check to see how everything was doing, and the weeds were back up! Seriously! I had just picked those! Argh.

I have this thing with spraying chemicals on my plants though. See most herbicides are bountiful in many chemicals that in large does can mess with your body. My thinking is, plants can soak in water from the ground right? So these herbicides, although not sprayed onto my good veggies, may make their way into the ground and be pulled up into the plant with water. Not enough to kill them, but enough. Then, those same chemicals help produce the vegetables that are supposed to be healthy for me.

I don’t like that idea at all, so I won’t be spraying chemicals on my garden. But I will spray vinegar! (I know, I know, I talk about vinegar a lot. Like here, here, here, and here. Just wait. My mom bought me the book “1001 uses for vinegar”!) Anyways, back to the point. I mixed up a spray bottle of vinegar with a couple squirts of my Seventh Generation dish soap, (it helps the vinegar stick to the plant) sprayed it on some unsuspecting weeds, let them scorch in the hot summer sun all day, and what do you know? They are finally dying. I’ll probably have to spray them more than once as it’s considered a weed suppressant and not a killer, but it will eventually kill the root if the plant can’t grow. I think I’ll just be giving each root tip a squirt as I pull the top of the plant out from now on. And I don’t need to worry about going broke buying the store bought natural stuff. Vinegar is cheap!

About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.


  1. Nice idea! I hate using any chemicals near my food.

  2. BarbaraLee says:

    It helps keep pest away that eat at your garden.

  3. nice!


  4. Gruppie Girl says:

    Great idea!

    I too am a puller. Oh, how that gets old by the time fall rolls around.

  5. Daiquiri says:

    Hey, good idea. I’ll have to give it a try. I hate spraying herbicides too…I’ve just been trying to stay on top of pulling them. Thanks for the tip!

  6. Catty Ax Lady says:

    Interesting idea…yet another wonder of vinegar! I’ll be trying this for certain.

  7. My favorite method for reducing the amount of weeding that I have to do is mulching! Wherever there are not plants I put mulch if I can. For paths I like to use strips of old carpet (which works very well!) and most other places I use newspaper which I put weeds on top of to dry out and dye and then compost right where they are. It is pretty easy and so much easier than pulling weeds over and over again.