How to Make A Natural Disinfectant Teat Spray for Your Milking Goats
Jenny’s Natural Teat Spray Recipe for Milking Goats:
This is my own recipe that I use on my does after each milking. This natural disinfectant is used in a spray form which prevents any bacteria from spreading from one teat to the other (no contact) and eliminates the need for disposable Dixie cups for a ‘teat dip’.
It also contains NO BLEACH, which is effective at killing germs but is a harsh chemical that I do not like to put on my skin or my animal’s skin on a daily basis. I use rubbing alcohol and a combination of extracts with antibacterial qualities instead.
I have also found this spray useful for spraying faucets, doorknobs, refrigerator handles, toilet handles, light switches, or directly on the hands when we have something contagious going around.
How to make it:
In a 2 oz dark glass spray bottle (I save them from herbal throat sprays or other products in an herbal jar with a spray pump top) I combine the following:
Filtered water filled to the point where the bottle begins to curve inwards
(this gives you adequate room for the added ingredients and the pump to fit)
¼ tsp. Isopropyl alcohol
20 drops grapefruit seed extract
8 drops tea tree oil
5 drops lavender oil
1 drop clove oil
empty herbal spray bottle
Shake gently just before applying. Apply to all areas of the teat. I use my hand on the udder to ‘lift’ up the teats which gives me easier access to spray all sides without further contact. Let teats air dry.