Are there any weed killers that aren't endocrine disruptors or carcinogens?

I'm at war with dandelions, but prefer a few dandelions to cancer or reproductive damage, most days.

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    This question is probably better suited for the Gardening and Landscaping site currently in commitment phase. You might consider committing to it yourself if you're into working in the yard!
    – Shane
    May 30, 2011 at 0:18

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For a completely pesticide-free way to get rid of dandelions, you'll need one of these.

A bit more work, but if you have as many of them as I do, you'll be able to skip the aerator when you're done.

  • It's hard work, but yanking them is often the better way to go.
    – Tim Meers
    May 30, 2011 at 0:33
  • I tend to use a long knife to cut the weeds well below the surface, and pop 'em out that way. :-)
    – Dean J
    Jun 1, 2011 at 20:54

I was shopping at the local organic supply store the other day, and was advised to try a concentrated vinegar product. Check out this advice -


Couldn't hurt to try! I am going to!

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    – Tester101
    Jan 27, 2012 at 15:31


See why, check out the MSDS sheet. It shown no registered carcinogens.

  • I don't think you can preen your lawn can you? The OP didn't say it was his lawn so I'm just guessing.
    – Tim Meers
    May 29, 2011 at 13:27
  • "Trifluralin -- Herbicide found in: Preen, Preen & Green, Scotts Garden Weed Preventer, Trefanocide, Treficon, and Trust. Kills annual grasses and broadleaf weeds. Highly toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms. It is a possible cause of cancer and a probable cause of endocrine disruption. It has been demonstrated that it causes reproductive effects, kidney damage, liver damage, sensitivity, and irritation." Unfortunately, not quite what I want next to the garden. :-/
    – Dean J
    Jun 1, 2011 at 20:53

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