Natural Homestead Sprays

Hey Friends!! I don't know about you, but I love it when something is functional and cute at the same time!! I've been using a few mixtures here on the farm that have worked and I thought it was time to pass them along to all of you!  Of course I created some cute labels you can print and use for yourself! This way we can all share the love and keep our farms and animals happy and healthy.

Hey Friends!! I don't know about you, but I love it when something is functional and cute at the same time!! I've been using a few mixtures here on the farm that have worked and I thought it was time to pass them along to all of you!

Of course I created some cute labels you can print and use for yourself! This way we can all share the love and keep our farms and animals happy and healthy.


Here's what you'll need to make these! 

* 2-4 Glass bottles depending on how many of the formula's you'd like to make 

I used these 16 once bottles from AMAZON. Click HERE to purchase. You can also purchase the dark glass bottle as well. Sometimes essential oils keep best in a darker bottle. I tend to go through these pretty quick and make new mixtures every couple weeks, but if you're gonna just use sporadically I'd get the darker bottles. 

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There's a few options for the labels. You can print them on cardstock and adhere with glue, or you can print them on label paper and spray them with a protectant sealer to keep them fresh. You can use a sealer such as this one on amazon! Click HERE

You can also use clear label paper!

Then just follow the recipes below for each type of spray.Below are the ingredients and directions for each one!! You may add different essential oils or even make different combinations to your taste and like. Most all these recipes will work well even if you change the essential oil. 

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Coop Spray

Lemon oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties which makes it a good cleaner and disinfectant! I have made this spray every couple weeks and spray it all over the chicken coop and bars.I also use it in the duck house and alpaca area when I'm cleaning anything. This is also GREAT for your kitchen countertops, etc. And it also smells delicious!

 

Farm Spray

 This is a much stronger/concentrated version of the Coop Spray. You are essentially letting the natural oils and properties of the orange and lemon peels diffuse into the vinegar over a period of a month or so. You are then straining the vinegar and using that very concentrated formula. No water added, just the vinegar you let sit in the peels. 

This really works well to clean and disinfect. You can use it to clean your oven and kitchen, Even your bathrooms, etc. It will be an orange tinted liquid when poured into your glass bottle. 

Insect Spray

This is safe for humans and animals. Lavender is a natural mosquito repellent and it can also deter flies. I spray this on the animals directly and around my ankles and clothing when going outside. Tea Tree oil is used as a combination insect repellent and natural insecticide against numerous pests, including mosquitoes, ants, and other biting or stinging insects. It has also been used to effectively kill lice and other parasites. The solvent properties of tea tree oil soaks into an insect’s exoskeleton upon contact and suffocates them.

I usually take tea tree oil and rub it onto a washcloth which I wipe around the donkeys ears and tops of their head. We had some trouble with Buddy getting ticks on him. Once I started using the tea tree oil he has had no ticks! The ticks dislike the smell and back out or suffocate. 

This spray is great because it uses both the tea tree oil and the lavender to work together! This is safe to use on yourself and on your farm items and animals. NEVER spray on an animals face, or any open or sore areas. Of course use your judgement when it comes to how much you're spraying. For animals I'd say spray 1-2 daily and the same for yourself. When going out to areas where there will be lots of insects or mosquitos more frequent application will be necessary. 

Mite Spray

This spray is mostly specific to chicken coops or areas where fowl congregate. Mites can be a real issue for them and it's necessary to maintain areas clean. If you have a mite problem this spray works great to kill the mites and eliminate them for good. 

* Another tip that's easy is to add garlic powder to your chickens feed! Mites do not like the smell of garlic and when the chickens eat the garlic the mites can sense that and won't come near. 

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To print these labels simply drag the image below to your desktop and print! If you're viewing on your mobile device just press down on the image below and save, then e-mail to yourself and print. They will be the correct size for a 16 oz bottle! If you have trouble doing this let me know!

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Let me know what you all think and tag me in your post if you make them!! I would love to see them being put to good use!! Happy Spraying! 

xoxo:

Annette

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The Homestead Week Printable

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I don’t know about you but the weeks definitely fly by! Sometimes I don’t now what’s going on and it’s hard to keep track.

The homestead week printable is very easy to use and helps you visualize your week! Simply print out weekly and you can view all your plans, notes, etc on one page. I hope this helps you stay organized and focused on what matters most.


xoxo,

Annette

Simply drag the printable off the screen or right click and save if you’re on your computer. Or, if you’re on your phone just hold down your finger on the printable and save it. They will bring on a 8.5x11 piece of paper.

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