As soon as the weather begins to get nice again, we all usually have to same ongoing battle with those stubborn weeds that begin to pop up just about everywhere. Most of us run out and grab a bottle of Roundup to get the job done. It’s true that Roundup’s harsh chemicals will kill the weeds, but at what cost to you and your family? According to a new study published in Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology, the chemically engineered product that most of us use to get rid of those pesky weeds is linked to causing cancer, infertility, and birth defects. (Sarich.1). The main ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate. Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide which means it will kill most plants (General Fact Sheet). No wonder it is bad! Its sole purpose is to kill unwanted plants. Here at Page’s, Stephen Page did his research. So there is no need to worry because we have a simple homemade solution that will get the job done just as well!
Homemade Weed Killer
-1 gallon vinegar
– 2 cups epsom salt
– 1/4 cup Dawn dish soap
– 2-gallon capacity tank sprayer
All you have to do is mix all of the ingredients together in a 2-gallon spray tank and you are ready to go! Spray directly onto the leaves of any unwanted vegetation in your yard. *Please Note: This is a Roundup replacement and it will KILL your grass and any plants that are sprayed with the solution.
Why does this work?
Vinegar- Contains acetic acid which retracts the moisture out of the weed and destroys it all the way down to the roots.
Epsom Salt- Absorbs the moisture from the weed.
Dawn Soap- Acts as a coating to allow the mixture to adhere to the weed.
This is a cost-effective way to destroy all of those irritating weeds without all of the risks. You can pick up everything you need here at Page’s!
“Glyphosate.” General Fact Sheet. 1 Sept. 2010. Web. 5 May 2015. <http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/glyphogen.html>.
Sarich, Christina. “Exposing RoundUp and Glyphosate: Humans Are Not ‘RoundUp Ready'” Natural Society. 5 Mar. 2014. Web. 5 May 2015. <http://naturalsociety.com/human-blood-round-ready/>.