How to Kill Vines With Bleach & Detergent

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Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle

  • Bleach

  • Dish detergent

  • Drop cloths

Remove backyard vines with a bleach and detergent solution.

While vines can provide a wonderful ground cover in your yard, they also can quickly get out of hand and choke out nearby plants and shrubs. Removing the vines is not a difficult process, however. In fact, a simple bleach and detergent solution is all you need to start the removal process. These household items allow you to avoid the use of dangerous chemical herbicides without sacrificing effectiveness.

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Step 1

Fill a spray bottle with household bleach.

Step 2

Add two to three drops of liquid dish detergent to the bleach. Secure the cap on the sprayer.

Step 3

Shake the bottle to integrate the bleach and detergent. The bleach will effectively kill the vines, while the detergent helps the bleach stick to the vines.

Step 4

Cover plants surrounding the vines with drop cloths. This will protect them from the bleach application.

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Step 5

Hold the spray bottle 3 to 4 inches away from the vines and spray thoroughly with the bleach and detergent mixture. Monitor the vines, then re-spray the mixture if necessary. Be sure to thoroughly coat the leaves of the vines as well as the base of each vine.

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