Thursday, September 26, 2013

DIY Orange Peel Vinegar Coop Cleaner

With our new coop nearly done (stay tuned for a big post on the new coop, coming soon) I've been getting everything ready for moving the girls into their new home. One thing that's essential for having happy, healthy chickens is a clean coop.

We use all natural cleaners around the house, so why should the coop be any different? My favorite chicken-resource blog, Fresh Eggs Daily (LOVE this site), had a lovely and easy 'recipe' for a natural coop cleaner and I finally got around to making a few jars of it today.

I wish I would have made it sooner since it needs to sit and 'age' in the pantry for at least a month before it's ready to use. Oh well!

Even if you don't have chickens and a coop to clean, this spray works great around the house too!

Orange Peel Vinegar Coop Cleaner

four oranges
3 long cinnamon sticks or 6 short ones
2 long vanilla beans (need to be long enough to cut into thirds)
gallon of white vinegar
jars for canning
spray bottle (for when it's finished 'aging')

peel the oranges and disperse the peels evenly between the jars

break the cinnamon sticks in half (if needed) and place two pieces in each jar

slit the vanilla beans, cut in thirds and disperse evenly between the jars

fill jars with vinegar
seal jars
let age for about a month
open and enjoy!

*cinnamon and vanilla can be reused at least once for next batch

Super easy and I'm sure it will smell amazing when it's done! I think you could also use cheap vodka and it would smell even better since there wouldn't be any vinegar smell lingering. Lisa (from Fresh Eggs Daily) mentioned that she uses vodka in her other coop refreshing spray - here.


  1. I love this DIY. I actually just saw it on a Canadian talk show yesterday.

    1. So funny! It really was easy and looks lovely in the jars! I can't wait to see how it smells when it's finished!

  2. awesome! I think this would work perfectly for my cloth diaper pail! :)

    1. I bet it work perfectly for that! Great idea:)

  3. I agree with Hannah! That's what I should use it for too!!!

    1. Definitely make some, so easy and pretty! And then come back and tell me how it works!!

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