Simple to use, short gardening tool with a forked metal end and a short grip that helps remove the weeds from the ground.
Poke the forked prong of the hand weeder into the soil near the root of the weed to loosen the soil around the root of the weed. Go far enough down to get around as much of the root as possible.
Use your other hand to hold the top of the weed and push the hand weeder handle down like a lever toward the soil to pull the root of the weed up. Pull the weed up and out of the ground with the other hand while still pressing down on the handle.
Dig deeper for larger or more stubborn weeds. Very shallow weeds may pop out easily using the hand weeder.
For weeds with thicker roots that don't pull up easily with the hand weeder on a first try, work the weeder all the way around the circumference of the weed to loosen its hold in the soil. Dig down deep with the forked prongs.
Check in the hole for any more pieces of leftover root, and dig them out with the weeder if you find any.
Leaving behind part of the roots can allow the weed to grow again.