Dad's homemade hack to make 'natural weed killer' to clear patios and driveways fast

Dandelion weeds growing through the cracks of a patio
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As summer approaches, many are enjoying the sight of blooming flowers in their gardens. However, the warmer weather also brings with it the unwelcome appearance of weeds.

These pesky plants can sprout up anywhere, from lawns and flower beds to patios and driveways. One father claims to have discovered a simple homemade solution to rid your driveway of these unwanted intruders.

Sharing his "weed killer recipe" on Reddit, he explained that this mixture uses everyday household items and is not only "much cheaper" than branded weed killers but also poses no harm to animals. He did caution, however, that it might not be suitable for areas where you wish to cultivate other plants.

To create this natural weed deterrent, all you need to do is combine a gallon of vinegar with a cup of salt and two tablespoons of liquid dish soap. If you want to keep the solution entirely natural, opt for an eco-friendly soap.

After mixing these three ingredients, pour the concoction into a spray bottle and apply it to the affected areas, allowing it to soak in. The high concentration of acetic acid in the vinegar will dehydrate the weeds, causing them to wither and die. For optimal results, use vinegar with a high percentage of acetic acid, ideally between 10 and 20 per cent, according to the Express.

Similarly, salt works by dehydrating the plants and disrupting the internal water balance of the plant's cells. As it is water-soluble, it works best when mixed with a liquid and applied, making it easier for the weeds to absorb. Dish soap acts as a binder, helping the vinegar and salt stick to the plant's leaves. With this combination, the weed should die off.