Homemade Weed Killer
Homemade Weed Killer - opens in a new windowGoya Picante Hot Sauce
I love testing things. I also hate chemical weed killers that have names it's nearly impossible to pronounce.
My front sidewalk is immediately adjacent to my water well. I would never use regular weed killers on my lawn or the sidewalk for fear of poisoning my family and myself.
Homemade Weed Killer Recipe
A few days ago, I decided to do a test. I had some leftover opens in a new windowGoya Hot Sauce Salsa Picante that had been up in my daughter's room. There was a very small amount in the bottle. I took it outside and put some drops of the sauce directly on the weeds in between the brick in the sidewalk.
Keep reading to see what I did to get the results you see in the photo above and how fast it worked. After the hot sauce test, I did another test using a very common liquid you have in your home. The results were fascinating.
A very good friend of mine told me she uses a brew of salt, Dawn dish soap, and vinegar. Go online and there are as many different homemade weed and grass killer concoctions as there are ants and flies at a summer BBQ.
All of them may work, but how FAST do they work? Are they SAFE? Will they kill weeds and grass in hours?
Homemade Weed Killer Safe for Pets
Humans can eat hot sauce, well most of us can! Many vets recommend not feeding it to dogs. But I've got really great news for you because if you keep your dog in at night, Goya Hot Sauce is completely safe! Keep reading.
Homemade Weed and Grass Killer
Here's what I did. As I said, I put the hot sauce directly on the weeds full strength. It soaked into the soil and sand in between the brick. I then just walked away hoping that I'd see results in a week.
How Fast Did Your Homemade Recipe for Weed Killer Take to Kill?
The weeds and grass died in less than twelve HOURS. That's not a typo. I think the only way you could get faster results would be to use a hand-held propane torch. That's really dangerous to do as you can set mulch on fire and you can ruin brick if it gets too hot too fast.
If you have dogs, cats, or other animals just apply the Goya sauce before it gets dark and leave your pets inside all night. In the morning go out and sprinkle some water where you sprayed the hot sauce. This will dilute any sauce on the surface. Overnight the weeds and grass died so the water is not going to interfere with the killing action.
Should I Mix the Hot Sauce with Water?
Yes, since it killed the weeds so fast, I'd say you can mix it with water and still have a very strong weed killer. I'm going to mix it 50/50 with water to do my next test. I don't need it to kill in 12 hours for goodness sake and neither do you.
To save lots of money, you might try a weaker concentration to see what kind of results you get.
What About Vinegar as a Homemade Weed and Grass Killer?
My son thought that the vinegar in the hot sauce was responsible for the fast-killing action. I decided to test that hypothesis with full-strength white vinegar. The photos show vinegar had little effect over 12 hours.
But after 24 hours it had the same result as the Goya hot sauce. Some other ingredient in the hot sauce makes it more toxic to the weeds and grass.