Weed Control With Bleach and Vinegar

Weed control is one of the less enjoyable parts of maintaining a beautiful lawn or flower bed. Although an array of herbicides are available at any gardening or home improvement store, you can also control weeds in your lawn or landscaping with a couple of common household items: bleach and vinegar. Vinegar is most useful for killing young weeds because it kills the leaves and prevents photosynthesis. This eventually kills the root system. Bleach is most useful for killing mature weeds.

Two household liquids can be used to kill weeds.

Step 1

Fill one quart-size spray bottle with household bleach and another quart-size spray bottle with white vinegar.

Step 2

Spray vinegar on young weeds. The vinegar will kill the leaves and prevent the weed from producing more.

Step 3

Spray mature weeds with bleach to kill the root. Bleach will kill plants as well as weeds, so be careful when spraying not to saturate lawn or plants that you want to keep.. If you accidentally get bleach on a plant that shouldn't have it, then rinse the plant with water to remove the bleach.

Kaye Morris

Kaye Morris has over four years of technical writing experience as a curriculum design specialist and is a published fiction author. She has over 20 years of real estate development experience and received her Bachelor of Science in accounting from McNeese State University along with minors in programming and English.