Stubborn Weeds Don't Stand A Chance Against A Handy Ingredient You Already Own

There are various ways to get rid of the weeds in your garden. Some methods opt for pesticides which can end up being costly and sometimes use iffy ingredients. Others take advantage of things that you likely already have around the house, which is obviously more cost-effective. When it comes to the latter, you can actually use salt to help you tackle unwanted weeds that have popped up on your property. More specifically, table salt can be used for more than just flavoring your food.

How does this handy hack work? Well, when a salt mixture is poured onto weeds, the root systems soak it up. In turn, the water content in the plant becomes unbalanced and it isn't able to get the nutrients it needs to survive. Eventually, it will die and won't be as likely to grow back because the area has now become inhospitable.

It may take around 10 days for the salt to be absorbed by the weeds and a little more time for it to kill them off. Keep in mind, too, that while table salt might be just what you need to get rid of the smaller weeds around your home, it may not be able to take down bigger, nastier weeds. Of course, to make sure this method is truly effective, then you need to make sure that you execute it correctly by using a specific salt mixture and taking the proper steps.

How to use a table salt mixture to kill weeds

If you want to give this weed-targeting trick a try, then you'll want to grab both table salt and water. To start off, you should aim to use three times more water than salt. When you have what you need, dissolve the salt into the water and your mixture is ready.

Although you may be eager to run out and immediately pour your salty water solution over every weed you see, you'll want to take your time and pour the mixture directly onto the weed to prevent harming other plants or soil. If you find this too difficult, then grab a funnel to help you be more precise. Once you've covered each weed, be sure to give the rest of the plants in your garden some water and also shower the areas around them. This will force the salt away from these plants and keep them safe. Then, just sit back and watch the weeds disappear.

If you're not getting the kind of results that you want, then you can increase the strength of your mixture. Do this by upping the amount of salt over time. On top of that, you can also add white vinegar and dish soap to the mixture. This will give the salt a little help by softening the tension on the surface of the water which makes it easier for the plant to soak up more of the salt.