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Vinegar Weed Killer

By: Tricia Craven Worley

Weeds popping up through paving stones or cracks in sidewalks can be a huge annoyance. Here’s a solution to stop them without back breaking work or toxic pesticides. Fill a spray bottle with household white vinegar, and spray it liberally on the offending weeds.

The acidity of the vinegar with a little help from the sun will quickly burn the weeds up. Stubborn weeds may require a second application and English ivy may resist the treatment all together, but most weeds will be gone in a few hours.


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  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    March 20th, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Hi there!
    Here’s some great information from the Clemson Cooperative Extension:
    Good luck with that dollarweed!

  • N.White Says:
    March 18th, 2019 at 10:29 am


  • Teagan Parker Says:
    February 7th, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Will this kill my Aloe Vera ? I’ve been looking for a weed killer that won’t damage them . My Aloe Vera are rather big .

  • C. J. Sala Says:
    October 17th, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    If I pour the vinegar/epsom salt on the dirt to hopefully kill off the roots of the lamium that had invaded my flower bed, will it affect the spirea and the peony that are close by (approx a foot away)?

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    July 18th, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Hi, Tommy!
    Centipede grass can be vulnerable to various weed killers.
    Here’s an excellent resource for more information:
    Thanks for writing!

  • Tommy Temple Says:
    July 17th, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Will it kill my centipede grass

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    July 16th, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Hi, Tena!
    We provide questions (we receive thousands each year) to Danny Lipford, America’s leading home improvement expert, on a weekly basis. We’re not able to answer every question due to the high volume of mail we receive and Danny’s busy schedule, but we sure do our best.

    We encourage the community to help each other when they can. One fan may have the answer to another fan’s question, and we think that’s awesome. 🙂
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  • Tena Skelly Says:
    July 12th, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Where are the answers to these queshions located?

  • Bob Ireland Says:
    June 4th, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Large sections of my back lawn is being taken over by clover. How can I eliminate the clover in favor of grass?

  • Paula Says:
    April 30th, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    What exactly is the best way to prevent or quit Crab grass, Dandelions and Prostate Spurge? I’ve all of those inside the lawn. I’ve study about pre-emergents and need to have anything that’s not going to kill the grass and is safe or kids and pets.

  • Noriko Low Says:
    April 17th, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Hi. I do a morning foot soak of Apple cider vinegar added to my bucket of cold kitchen sink hot water waiting for warmup. After boiled water soak has cooled down I was wondering what I could do with this water. Great idea to kill weeds!

  • Debbie Ione Says:
    August 25th, 2012 at 11:09 am

    What is the best way to prevent or stop Crab grass, Dandelions and Prostate Spurge? I have all of these in the lawn. I have read about pre-emergents and need something that is not going to kill the grass and is safe or kids and pets.

  • Marilee Hill Says:
    August 7th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Can I use ammonia or bleach on some stubbron Trumpet vine that is in a relatively small space between our garage and a 5 foot high fence? We have been cutting them back for yers, and just want them gone! No one will ever have a garden in that area.

  • Debbie Says:
    May 29th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    What is the best product to use to get rid of Dollar weed in Saint Augustine/Centipede grass?

  • Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    November 30th, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Hi Ronnie,
    I had the same problem in my yard. Last spring I used a fertilizer spreader to broadcast a product called Over ‘n Out, that’s guaranteed to keep fire ants away for a year, on my entire yard. I haven’t had any fire ants at all in the six months since then. Check out our video on Fire Ant Removal for more information and a link to their website.

  • Ronnie Says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 9:13 am

    We have fireants that you can not see because the grass is so thick. What is the best insectide for fire ants. It seems what ever we use they just move from one place in the yard to another? Or is it best just to hire a professional lawn service which can be costly?

  • Sansa Says:
    August 10th, 2009 at 5:40 am

    Vinegar seems to kill some small weeds popping up in paving and gravel but it is certainly not of any assistance in a lawn or border.

    In a border, hoeing and digging is the only way of controlling weeds. Mulch of bark or compost always rots down and is also of no use.

    In a lawn however, normal table salt is an excellent weedkiller. Spread liberally, it collects on broadleaf weed’s leaves and burns them. It falls of the small upright leaves of grasses and falls to the soil, topping up internal sodium and chloride-2-propanal levels in the soil giving healthier plants.

  • Shannon Says:
    April 22nd, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Vinegar products, if sold as a herbicide, are illegal unless registered with the EPA.

  • Steven Fein Says:
    September 28th, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Tried it earlier this summer–didn’t faze my weeds. I’m afraid I’m back to 2,4-D and Glyphosate.

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