Some lawn and garden pesticides contain suspected carcinogens, according to EPA data.
Long-term exposure to these pesticides may be related to changes in the brain and nervous system, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center reports. “Not only are you breathing the chemicals in, but you bring them indoors and onto carpets via your shoes,“ says McKay Jenkins, PhD, a journalism professor at the University of Delaware.
Healthier brands like BurnOut and EcoClear are made from vinegar and lemon juice, and are effective weed-killers.
To find less-toxic lawn-care companies in your area, go to Health.com/lawn-care.
Or you can always make your own. Here is a recipe for you to try…
Things You Will Need
- 24-ounce plastic spray bottle
- White vinegar
- Liquid dish soap
- Lawn bag, if needed
- Fill your plastic spray bottle with distilled white vinegar, leaving some additional space at the top.
- Add two generous squirts of liquid dish soap, or roughly an ounce, to the bottle. If you are using a bottle smaller than 24 ounces, slightly reduce the amount of soap. Secure the head of the bottle and shake vigorously to mix the vinegar and soap.
- Apply the mixture generously to unwanted weeds and patches of Bermuda grass. Be sure to avoid accidentally spraying plants, flowers and other greenery you wish to preserve.
- Check your yard or garden after 24 to 48 hours. The areas you applied to the mixture to should be dead and brown, especially if they received several hours of full sunlight afterward.
- Pull up the dead weeds and Bermuda grass with your hands and dispose of them in a yard waste container or lawn bag.
- Perform treatment with the vinegar and soap mixture each time you notice a new batch of weeds or Bermuda grass.
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