How to Kill Poison Ivy With Household Products

Written by kimberly johnson
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How to Kill Poison Ivy With Household Products
(poison ivy image by Predrag Marcikic from

Poison ivy is a pervasive weed, the oil of which causes an allergic skin reaction. Because of its rapid growth and toxicity, most homeowners attempt to kill it at the first sign of growth. Although there are many commercially available herbicides to kill poison ivy, many prefer to use more natural ingredients. Poison ivy can be killed using products that are found around the home. This approach is better for the environment and much cheaper, too.

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Things you need

  • Salt
  • Vinegar
  • Stove
  • Stock pot
  • Dish soap
  • Spoon
  • Garden sprayer

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  1. 1

    Pour 1 gallon of vinegar into a large stock pot. Add 1 cup of salt. Stir the mixture with a spoon to dissolve some of the salt.

  2. 2

    Place the stock pot on a stove burner set to high. Heat the mixture until all of the salt is dissolved, which should take less than five minutes. Remove the pot from the burner and allow to cool.

  3. 3

    Add eight drops of dish soap to the mixture. Stir it with a spoon. Mix slowly to prevent creating bubbles in the solution.

  4. 4

    Pour the mixture into a garden sprayer. Place the top securely on the garden sprayer.

  5. 5

    Spray the vines thoroughly until the solution drips off of the leaves. Make sure to completely saturate the surrounding soil as well, so that the vinegar will kill the roots of the poison ivy.

  6. 6

    Wait two to three days and examine the poison ivy plant. Apply a second application of the solution to the plant if the poison ivy remains green.

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