DIY: How to Make a Non-Toxic Weed Killer

ThinkstockPhotos-179989262Is it safe or not safe? For years, many are dumbfounded by the safety of popular weed killer Roundup. Despite its toxicity, people still use it. In fact, to this day, I know people who have been declared cancer-free who have started working on their yards again using Roundup.

“That may cause cancer,” I said.

“I use a mask,” the person replied.

To me, I think that’s not enough even for healthy people. But, if someone’s been through chemotherapy and radiation and is now cancer-free, it doesn’t make any sense that one would want to introduce a toxic compound into the system. I understand the person can go back and live a presumably normal lifestyle, but, if anything, having gone through that and then using a very toxic compound when there are other options is like a non sequitur. But, I get it. Not everyone follows the news or reads about the harmful effects pesticides and herbicides have on people.

Hopefully, this latest evaluation from the World Health Organization (WHO) may help change some minds.

The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRAC) recently came out and said that the active ingredient glyphosate can “probably” cause cancer. They say that there is now “limited evidence,” reports Reuters, that glyphosate increases the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Their findings appear in THE LANCENT Oncology journal.

What’s interesting is the timing of all of this.

Rodale news reports:

“The timing of the finding is important, given that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is poised to review glyphosate’s registration to keep it on the market this year. While farmworkers likely face the highest exposures, scientists have also found that lower levels of glyphosate are present in our food, too. The IRAC announcement came just days before New Zealand researchers found Roundup changes bacteria in a dangerous way that make important human drugs less likely to work.”

Moreover, several sources noted that the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was aware that glyphosate isn’t safe. After that bombshell news by WHO came out, Sustainable Pulse discovered documents from 1991 that showed that the EPA was fully aware of glyphosate’s carcinogenic potential. In 1985, glyphosate was declared Class C Carcinogen meaning “Suggestive evidence of carcinogenic potential.”

Also according to Sustainable Pulse, that classification was later changed to Class E meaning “‘Not likely to be carcinogenic to humans,’ during the same period that Monsanto was developing its first Roundup-Ready (glyphosate-resistant) GM Crops.”

Sustainable Pulse went on to say:

“The thirty-year glyphosate cancer cover up will go down in history as yet another failure, by the U.S. government, the EPA and worldwide regulators, to put the health of the general public before the need to protect and expand company profits.”

Hopefully, this information will help people think twice about using toxic weed chemicals. If you have been using toxic weed killers, consider making the switch to something more non-toxic. Here’s a simple non-toxic weed solution you can do-it-yourself and share the recipe with your friends.

Watch the video by Quantum Techniques co-founder Beth Daniel on how to make it.

Non-Toxic Weed Killer Recipe




1 gallon white vinegar

2 cups Epsom salt

¼ cup Dawn dish soap

Directions: Mix together in something like a HD Hudson Green Thumb Back Reliever Sprayer similar to the one shown in the video.




About Sarah Bun

Sarah writes about the QT life + style and everything in between. When she is not empowering through words, you may find her in the kitchen whipping up some no-sugar added paleo and raw desserts. If you don’t catch her there, then you may just find her somewhere with a notebook and pen—writing.


  1. Dear Sarah, Beth’s video is not showing/added… just wanted to let you know.
    Much love, Sonia

  2. Great video. Thank you. I need to try this on the weed weeds (as opposed to misunderstood herbs). Btw, wish I looked that good on camera. 🙂

  3. I made this weed-killer. It worked very well!

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