Clean your barn with homemade cleaners
As if grooming and mucking and riding wasn’t enough… Do 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 the 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
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 a nozzle
- Maybe a lemon or two
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Olive oil
Cleaning recipes for various things at the barn:
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?