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Homemade Coop Cleaning Recipes

How to.., Recipes for your chooks

It is so important to keep a clean coop and we have some fabulous ready-made cleaning options available. However, if you want a completely natural homemade or DIY cleaner we can also help.

Waterer and Feeder Cleaner

White vinegar, baking soda, and sunlight can all do an amazing job of killing bacteria, mould, and pathogens.

Ultraviolet rays are also a powerful disinfectant, and vinegar kills many types of mould, as does baking soda. Using all in combination will keep your chicken feeders and waterers clean and your chickens healthy.

Mix 1 part white vinegar with 1 part water. Using a stiff brush, scrub the inside of the feeders with the solution, then follow up with a sprinkle of baking soda. Add more water and vinegar solution, and keep scrubbing.

Finally, rinse the feeders off with a hose and let them dry in direct sun.

Citrus Cleaner


  • 6 grapefruit or 8 oranges or 12 lemons or limes
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Cinnamon if you have it
  • Jar with airtight lid
  • Spray bottle


  1. Remove skin from the citrus you have chosen with a peeler. You will only need the skin for this recipe
  2. Place the fruit skins into a large jar (with an airtight lid), and add apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of cinnamon(or one cinnamon quill) until the skins are submerged.
  3. Place in the pantry and ferment for two weeks.
  4. After two weeks, get a strainer and empty the jars contents through it, keeping the liquid and discarding the skin.
  5. Add equal parts concentrate and water to spray bottle.
  6. Use to clean coops and all areas where chooks reside

Orange Cleaner

You can make your own natural orange coop cleaner. It’s less expensive than buying a cleaner at the store, and it’s nontoxic so you’ll know your birds won’t be affected. Plus, it smells great.

  1. First, fill a jar 3⁄4 full with white vinegar.
  2. Peel and separate one orange. Place a few sections of orange and orange peels in the jar.
  3. Next, add three cinnamon sticks, 1 tablespoon lavender essential oil and 1 tablespoon vanilla or several vanilla beans.
  4. Shake well.
  5. Let sit in your kitchen or pantry for at least a week before use.
  6. Finally, strain and pour into a spray bottle. Now, you’re ready to go.

DIY Coop Clean

For your chicken coop, use a homemade cleaning spray.

  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons dishwashing liquid
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

You can also add essential oils to your mix. Some of the most effective are eucalyptus and tea tree oil. Be sure to shake the bottle every time you use it as the oil will separate. You’ll want to spray the roosts, nesting boxes and walls at least twice per week

Lemon-thyme Spray

This bright-yellow spray will add a cheerful citrus scent to your coop.  Lemon oil is a natural insect repellent, so it’s a nice addition to the herbs in this spray. Thyme is an antiparasitic that helps repel flies.


To a  500ml Mason jar, add the peels of 1 lemon, a few sprigs of fresh thyme, and white vinegar to cover the solids. Screw on the jar cover and ring.  Let the jar sit for a few weeks, shaking the contents every few days until the mixture is fragrant and the vinegar scent is gone. Strain into a squirt bottle and squirt around your coop and on the roosting bars as needed.

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