by Roger C.
vase of dandelions
Looking for a non-toxic dandelion weed killer? Better to be safe than sorry if you have kids and animals around your house.
Some people just love the dandelions. They are natural looking wildflowers, make great dandelion wine, and kids just get a thrill picking bouquets of them for people.
Other people dread them arriving at all, because if you get a sea of them, doesn't really look that great on your lawn. You may also have neighbors complaining for fear that they will somehow drift over onto their beautifully cared for lawns.
Spring, lots of rain and very warm temperatures can have you waking up to your lawn covered with them. It happens overnight.
Digging them up is back-breaking, so many of us don't look forward to this. Store-bought name-brand weed-killers are expensive and toxic. Here's a home recipe you can try as a cheaper non-toxic dandelion weed killer for use when they arrive.
1/2 gallon of Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup of regular table salt
1/2 tsp. Dawn liquid dish detergent
Dandelion weeds have a protective kind of oil on them which the Dawn dish soap can penetrate so that the vinegar can do its' job.
Mix up all ingredients really well and pour into a spray bottle.
Go out and spray the dandelion weeds. Be thorough enough and it should work with the first application.
This is cheap and a lot less expensive than some of the name-brands advertised. More importantly, it's safe for humans and animals to be around.
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