Monday, May 06, 2013

Tip of the Week: Get Rid of Dandelions without Harmful Chemicals

Dandelions & Cat - Photo by Morgan Clancy
Dandelion season is upon us. As such, I want to share a non-toxic weed killer recipe with everyone. It's good to use in yards with pets and small children roaming around, since homeowners especially don't want to expose them to any kind of harmful chemicals.

Plus, it's a lot cheaper than any of the conventional weed killers one might find at a home and garden store.

In order to make this non-toxic dandelion killer, one will need:
  • 1/2 gallon of apple cider vinegar;
  • 1/4 cup of table salt; and
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Dawn liquid dish soap.
To kill dandelions safely, one simply mixes the three ingredients above into a spray bottle. Once that is done, spray the targeted weeds thoroughly with this mixture.

The Dawn dish soap will strip dandelions of their protective oils. This, in turn, enables the apple cider vinegar to work with deadly force. Plus, there aren't any chemicals in the mixture that would toxic to either pets or small children.

One can make 1/2 gallon of this non-toxic dandelion killer for $6 - $7, which is cheaper than a similar bottle of Round Up. It generally kills on the first application.

A cheap, non-toxic way of getting rid of dandelions is your Warrendale Tip of the Week.

1 comment:

Julie Taylor said...

Can't wait to try...I am on my 9th straight day of digging out dandelions (we have a very big yard that is heavily infested!). I assume this mixture will kill the surrounding grass? I will try for sure on driveway and sidewalks though-