Easy Homemade Weed Killer Safe for Pets and Gardens

Does dealing with pesky weeds seem like a never ending struggle for you? Then there is the struggle of choosing a weed killer to help maintain them throughout the year. Not only do we want one that is effective but also safe to use around your family, pets and garden.

Pulling weeds sounds so therapeutic to some people, but the majority of us out here don’t find it therapeutic and seek out weed killers to help get the job done for us quickly. But, then there is the worry of toxic pesticides in your yard. 

If you are pet owners or have kids, this is usually a huge worry for people. The decision between having a nice looking yard or keeping your pets and kids safe can be a struggle. I feel like keeping our pets and kids safe always wins this battle, no questions asked. That is why we came up with a Homemade Weed Killer Safe for Pets, Kids and Gardens!

We were tired of having to make the decision and let the weeds just do what they want to keep our pets and little ones safe in the yard. We have a 75lb+ dog and 20lb+ cat that both love lounging in the backyard.

The answer we needed for so long was finally answered. We started making our own all natural weed killer. Little did we know until we did some research we already had all the ingredients we needed in our house to make it. The supplies needed for this are very minimal.

You could make this natural ingredients weed killer in as little time as it takes you to read this!

Not only have we been able to maintain our healthy lawn and gorgeous garden with this effective weed killer. We know our little one and our pets are safe from toxic ingredients.

Let’s make some Homemade Weed Killer Safe for Pets!

Supplies needed to make homemade weed killer

I was not kidding when I said you could have everything you need already in your home. You could have it made by the time you finish reading this.

The only thing you may not have one hand is a Garden Sprayer. They are affordable and here are a couple different ones from Amazon: 1 Gallon Garden Sprayer and Walmart: 1 Gallon Garden Sprayer. These are the best prices I could find for these garden sprayers online.

If you do have a garden Sprayer and all the ingredients then you are ready to make your own homemade weed killer in less than 5 minutes!

Supplies Needed to make homemade weed killer

Step-by-Step how to make homemade DIY weed killer

The best part about this Easy Homemade Weed Killer Safe for Pets and Vegetable Garden is that you can make it in less than 5 minutes. It is a quick mix of ingredients and you are ready to start neutralizing those weeds.

  1. Measure out all of your ingredients
  2. Pour all of ingredients into a pump sprayer
  3. Gently stir to help incorporate all ingredients together

You are ready to get rid of those unwanted weeds the safe way!!!

It’s important to note that this method does not work as fast as your traditional commercial weed killers, but, you trade a little more time to wait for the safety of making sure your family and home is safer by not using those harmful chemicals. For us, that’s a great trade off!

How to use your own natural weed killer

Make sure to apply on a hot sunny day and low wind day. It’s a good idea to avoid any over spray onto any nearby plants you don’t want it to kill. This will kill any plant in your garden beds it comes into contact with or severely damage it.

Spray before the sun is at its hottest, the sun will help burn the weed with the mixture on it. Leave it alone for a couple days and you should come back to the treated area with dying weeds. 

You can reapply if needed for those harder to kill weeds. Our nightmare weed growth in early spring is crab grass and for best results we do two treatments. But, once the crab grass patches are dead it is gone for good. We also like to pull up any lawn weeds we kill that we can so there is less chance of their roots surviving and possibly coming back.

I know, we were just talking about killing the weeds with our eco-friendly weed killer and being done. You can leave some weeds to just die off for good after you spray them, but sometimes you have weeds that are so hard to get rid of and you are better off just pulling them, making sure you take them and their root systems out for good. If you don’t get rid of their root system you may just drive yourself crazy constantly treating the same weeds over and over again.

But, wait…what was that about pulling the weeds once they are dead?

Let’s be real this is hands down the most daunting part of weed control, the hand pulling.

Don’t stress, we feel the same way and don’t want to spend all of our free time pulling weeds. If we don’t have to hand pull weeds we are not going to either! 

We like to use leather palm garden gloves to keep our hands safe from bugs and thorns when doing any yard work!

Every house should have one of these…

 The real MVP is this Grandpa’s Weeder, it is hands down the best way to remove the weeds from the ground once they are dead. This weed puller has been a game changer for us and has saved our knees and backs time and time again. We will always use our weed puller for any unwanted plants in our lawn!

Before you go…

I just wish we would have found this natural alternative sooner. Not only do we save a ton of money by not buying those store-bought weed killers, we also  know our furry friends, beautiful garden and little one have no access to those harsh chemicals. They can continue to be out in their yard whenever they want and we don’t have to worry about them being exposed to toxic chemicals.

What are you waiting for?

I think another reason we love it so much is even before we had a young child in the home, our niece, nephew and friends’ kids would come over often and we never had to worry about their safety either because we never used chemical weed killers.

So, if you don’t have kids or pets to worry about, this is still a good option in case you ever have little visitors with two feet or four paws that come to visit! No worries for you while you maintain your amazing yard and host friends and family.

If or when you do this recipe, I’d love for you to tag us on Instagram so I can see what you create! 


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  1. Patty says:

    Great tip I did have all the items in my home. Going to try it out this weekend. Thanks for the tip Bryanna!

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