How can I make my own barn cleaning supplies?
As if grooming and mucking and riding wasn’t enough… we also need to keep the barn CLEAN? I guess it’s not mandatory, but it sure is nice. It’s also nice to have your own stash of ingredients to make your own cleaners - just in case you want to be totally green. This also reduces clutter at the barn - no need for a bunch of separate cleaners, just a few simple ingredients and you can mix as you need.
Just a few of the things that need cleaning at the barn besides horse related stuff:
- Counters and walls in the feed room and tack room
- Bathrooms (are you lucky enough to have a shower at the barn, too?)
- Any drains (aisle, wash stalls, sinks, shower)
- Stall fronts
- And all of that horse laundry!
- Fridge and freezer
So a few ingredients to have on hand:
- Vinegar - distilled white is best for cleaning (tons more uses for vinegar here!)
- Baking soda
- Reusable bottle with nozzle
- Maybe a lemon or two
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Olive oil
And some dandy cleaning recipes for various things:
For stained laundry:
Hydrogen peroxide can help eliminate yellow sweat stains, blood stains, and grass stains. It can also lighten fabrics, so do a patch test on your purple saddle pad in an inconspicuous area first. Great for show whites.
Same goes for baking soda. Make a 2:1 baking soda to water paste and pretreat any stains. This may also bleed out some of your item’s color, but will work to lift stains before you launder.
Vinegar in the rinse cycle of the laundry is also a fabric softener.
So many uses.
For cleaning bathrooms:
Lemons can help remove hard water stains. And they come with their own “handle” after you cut them in half.
For general cleaning in the bathroom, use a 1:1 vinegar to water combo in a spray bottle. Avoid grout lines and natural stone surfaces. Vinegar can also help remove toilet stains in the bowl by using full strength.
Your baking soda scrub that was made for laundry can gently buff stains from grout and counters, too.
For cleaning wood surfaces:
Olive oil, vinegar and some water in your spray bottle make a nice wood cleaner. Be careful with the olive oil amount, it can leave the wood greasy and therefore a wonderful way to attract more dust.
For cleaning stall fronts and stuff:
Try your vinegar and water mixture, you may need to toss in some baking soda, too.
Drains become stinky gross over time!
For cleaning out drains:
Drains are the stinkiest things to clean, but using baking soda can help. Use one portion of baking soda (try 1/2 cup at first for a small drain). Pour in the drain! Follow that with the same amount of vinegar. And yes, you will get the elementary school science fair volcano reaction. Let this simmer for a few minutes, like 5 or 10, then flush with scalding hot water.
How do you make your own cleaning supplies for the barn?