I have tried many recipes looking for the perfect udder wash over the last few years. I have tried iodine, baby wipes, the dish soap recipes, there was one made with liquid castille soap, a very very weak bleach solution, and even vinegar. (the bleach was the worst and I’m embarrassed that I even tried it)
With the exception of the bleach solution, they were all OK but I wasn’t thrilled with any of them. The daily preparation was annoying for me because I don’t like to have to measure or think hard in the morning. A side effect of most of the cleansers was that the goats and I always ended up with rough, sometimes chapped skin.
On a whim I grabbed my spray bottle of Thieves cleaner spray that I use to clean everything in the house. It is natural and non-toxic and has the power of Thieves essential oil. I can’t believe I didn’t think of it a year ago when I first got it. Thieves cleaner comes in a concentrate, so I dilute it into a spray bottle. I usually use a capful to a 20 oz spray bottle filled with water.
After a few weeks I believe it is THE BEST udder cleanser I have used. I love that it is grab and go – no measuring, no hot water needed, no sloshing it out of the container onto my shirt as I try to carry everything at once. Simply spray on and let soak in, then dry off with a paper towel.
I am seeing improving the health of the udder tissue and they are in the best condition I have seen in the few years I have been milking. The skin is soft and supple, all the chapping and bite marks on the teats (ouch!) from the nursing kids healed very quickly. One of my goats has always had a very fleshy, meaty udder and it is getting softer every day. My hands are as not dried out and irritated either.
This is a terrific, economical, multipurpose bottle of awesomeness. It is a concentrate so you can mix it to whatever ratio you need and the mixing instructions are on the bottle. A small bottle lasts me for months with daily use.
If you want to see what it can do for your herd and home, check out Thieves cleaner at my website. You can purchase it at retail cost or if you want to get it at the 24% off price that I get, ask me about a wholesale account by leaving a comment or see more here.