Weed Killing!

by Ivory Soap on 07/28/2009

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We played this game last week.  Are you ready?  What do you think this is?

Are you sure?

You know I don’t play fair, so I’ll just tell you…


It’s an herbicide drift eliminator!  Ever try to kill something lame and accidentally injure your awesome stuff?  If you’ve ever had a dog that wasn’t supposed to scratch his face, you have the perfect solution to your problem!

Oh, and here’s the recipe for my weed killer…

Ivory’s Non-Selective Herbicide

2c vinegar
1 T liquid soap
1 T salt
Dog cone

Mix first three ingredients in spray bottle. Will kill anything it touches. Place doggie cone over weeds. Spray, don’t pour or nothing will grow there for a while.


{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Craig April 3, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Very clever!

I pinned this to The Home Depot’s Eco-Friendly Home board on Pinterest.


-Craig, from The Home Depot

Lisa April 5, 2013 at 8:30 am

Ahhh…the Cone of Shame! Yep, my dog has one! Can’t wait to give this a try.

Sharon April 6, 2013 at 9:09 am

No dog cone? Try a thrift store lamp shade or fashion an old place mat with staples or duct tape?

Kay April 16, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Does this solution harm the soil for future plantings where it is sprayed?

jennifer April 17, 2013 at 1:45 pm

I am having trouble keeping grass out of my vegetable garden, i am wondering if this works on grass and if it will affect my vegetables in the surroung area.

shannon May 15, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Are those strawberry plants by the offender?

Ivory Soap June 6, 2013 at 7:12 am

Shannon–Yes, ma’am.

Ivory Soap June 6, 2013 at 7:13 am

Kathy–We’ve never had a rain issue.

Jon Conley June 24, 2013 at 8:16 pm

I love this! I will surely be testing this weed killer idea out this week. I have some issues with weeds around sidewalk edges and the driveway. Although, I don’t need the “cone of shame” for that. Thanks for the article! I can’t wait to read the next one!

Lori Houldsworth June 27, 2013 at 10:32 pm

does T stand for Teaspoon…Tablespoon???? some things don’t translate to other countries 🙂

Ivory Soap June 28, 2013 at 8:01 am

Tablespoon, sorry!

Jon Conley June 28, 2013 at 10:56 am

Yeah.. usually capital T stands for Tablespoon and lower case t stands for teaspoon 🙂

Cath June 29, 2013 at 12:32 pm

What is 2c of vinegar? Whats the C stand for?

diane lindall July 4, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Cath, 2c is 2 cups

diane lindall July 4, 2013 at 8:05 pm

will this work on blackberry plants or scotch broom? they grow like weeds here and with animals, I hate using pesticides

Brenda July 5, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I’m going to cut the bottom off a gallon milk jug and try this. Sometimes the perfect answer is right in front of you! Thanks for the great idea!

Ellen Peavey July 6, 2013 at 5:13 am

I like the milk jug idea, would this work in a garden that has tomatoes still growing? Ellen from Georgia

Mary July 13, 2013 at 7:27 am

What if you have an entire pasture with noxious weeds on top, and healthy grasses below? Any ideas?

We literally have tens of thousands of a specific type of weed that is poisonous to our animals. We have hand pulled thousands, and can’t get a handle on it at all. Still, want to keep the area as organic as possible….

Also, we discovered last year, that store bought vinegar will not work for serious weed problems in our area…required a much more concentrated vinegar–21%–and actually that didn’t work on the weeds we were hoping to eliminate. I’m wondering if the dishsoap increases the effectiveness…will give this recipe a try today on some spot areas without much at risk near it….

D February 1, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Mary – contact your local agricultural office for suggestions. Consider boarding out your animals for a year to tackle the problem. Mow before it seeds, high enough to allow for good plants to seed and grow. Try a blowtorch on the weeds. Consider spraying for one year with something low toxicity as possible, so that you can move forward organically and without the risk of losing your animals.

Cocoa March 13, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Going to try weed killer! Love using vinegar baking soda, peroxide (peroxide is amazing!) Kids ever have “boo-boo?” little one cut finger, little blood on shirt?
No rub, just pour that stuff on blood stain disappears!
Hope everyone has poured ” Ani-Bacterial hand soap” down the drain? HEY,
It’s harmful to humans, can cause all kinds of problems, hormone damage, &
Much more I’m sure. Since it contains a PESTICIDE, the FDA wants all of
Them out of stores by end of this year. Triclosin? If I remember correctly.
Don’t buy ANI-BACTERIAL hand soap. It’s killing more than germs. It’s just the hand soap. Can you believe how long we have exposed our little ones to this?
Pass the word around, it’s horrible to continue to sell the stuff till 2015.
Maybe we should try the stuff on our weeds.

Cheryl May 11, 2014 at 5:47 pm

White vinegar or apple cider vinegar?

Denise July 30, 2015 at 12:42 pm

I have one big sprayers that holds about 1 1/2 gallons. has anyone used that also?

so for that container I would use 16 cups of vinegar (1 gal.), 8 T of salt, 8 T of liquid. is that too much soap? just wondering…..

Christina May 26, 2016 at 7:58 am

I love the dog collar idea. I have use this mix to kill weeks. When treating cracks I use a 38 oz squeeze ketchup bottle. I can direct the solution into the cracks and at Virginia creeper roots with having to get too close. Thank you sharing.

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