How to Nip Poison Ivy in the Bud

Spring is one of the very best and easiest times to rid your land of poison ivy in a safe, environmentally friendly way.

The key is catching the plant when the leaves are new and shiny.

Here is an easy formula for killing new poison ivy growth using simple kitchen cupboard ingredients:

Soap has been used for centuries as an all-purpose herbicide.

Note: Buy a liquid soap and not a detergent. Health food stores have liquid soaps, such as Dr. Bronnerís Pure-Castile Soaps.

Soap Spray

4 tablespoons liquid soap
1 quart water

Combine ingredients in a bucket, mix, then transfer to a spray bottle as needed.

Note that this recipe will kill neighboring vegetation also, so focus the spray on the poison ivy.

Here is another alternative solution to herbicides: Goats! For some reason, Spanish and Angora goat breeds absolutely love poison ivy. Make sure you get those particular breeds; most others don’t like poison ivy for their main meal. I would love to have goats, but my family won’t let me… !

Here is the homemade poison ivy vegetation killer spray that I’ve found is safe and effective if you are reading this when the leaves are no longer shiny:

Poison Ivy Vegetation Killer
1 cup salt
8 drops liquid detergent
1 gallon vinegar

Combine the salt and vinegar in a pan and heat to dissolve the salt. Cool the vinegar, add the detergent, and pour some of the liquid into a large spray bottle. Spray the vegetation. (You can also just pour the mixture onto the weeds.) Refill the spray bottle as necessary. Note that this formula will kill all the vegetation, so make sure that you are only spraying the plants you want to kill. If you need to use a lot of this spray, avoid spraying it near wells, as the salt can leach into your water supply.

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Anteater Ants
Anteater Antsabout a year ago


Dave C.
Dave C.about a year ago

noted, thanks.

Alan Lambert
Alan` Lambertabout a year ago


Charlie Rush
Charlene Rushabout a year ago

Interesting, but time consuming.

Cathleen K.
Cathleen K.about a year ago

Interesting; thanks!

Julia Cabrera-Woscek
Julia Cabrera-Woscekabout a year ago

This is very useful in our yard. Thank you for the information!

da c.
Past Member about a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

Melissa DogLover
Melissa DogLoverabout a year ago

TY for sharing.... Poison Ivy is a terrible thing!!!!! >.

Marianne R.
Marianne R.about a year ago


Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago