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 of 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 animals 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 lavendar oil

1 drop clove oil

ingredients used

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.

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17 Responses to “How to Make A Natural Disinfectant Teat Spray for Your Milking Goats”

  1. Traci Says:

    Hi Jenny,

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I am strongly against the use of bleach and am looking for a teat wash. Do you use this teat spray before milking as well as a dip/spray afterwards? If not, what do you wash with before? Thanks for the help.

    Happy Spring, Traci

  2. Jenny Says:

    Hi Tracy,
    I use the spray when I am finished milking. I spray it directly on the teats without my hands coming into contact with the teat and let it air-dry. In the first video from my series ‘A Day in the Life with Dairy Goats,’ I explain how I make my udder wash. The soap I use is not labeled ‘anti-bacterial’ but it is a natural soap that contains lavender and tea tree essential oils which have anti-bacterial properties. I am comfortable using this to clean the udders before milking; you will need to decide what you are comfortable using. This combination of udder wash and teat spray has worked very well for me; no harsh chemicals on the udders or the hands! Link to video:

  3. Nancy Says:

    Hi Jenny,
    I made up some of your herbal teat spray. My goat still has her kid with her during the day. Do I need to worry about him nursing with the essential oils on her teat?

  4. Jenny Says:

    Hi Nancy,
    There is no concern with the small amount of herbal residue on the teat. It is much safer than chemical teat dips or bleach water. I have two kids currently nursing on a milking doe and my concern at first was that they would not accept the teats with the taste of the spray but it didn’t bother them at all. After spraying the teats, I usually spend a couple minutes scratching the doe’s ears and letting her finish her grain which also gives the spray time to air dry before going back out to the kids.

  5. Amy Says:

    Thanks for the recipe. My two does only recently kidded, so I’m gearing up to separate the moms from the babies at night so I can milk in the morning. I am very hesitant to use bleach, so this looks great. Do you mind explaining why you chose each of these ingredients (i.e. the properties)? Thanks again for your knowledge…I’m gleaning lots of info from you…love your videos, too!

  6. Susan Says:

    Hi Jenny,

    Where can I get the oils used for this spray? Is there a better place to get them than others? Thanks so much for all you have put on your site…I’m learning so much and you are inspiring me to do more with my land and animals 🙂

  7. Jenny Says:

    These are common oils that should be easy to find at any health-food store (or even Fred-Meyer’s heath-food dept.). I would also check sources on-line, you may find a better price. I buy on a regular basis from Azure Standard (which may or may not be available to you – to is a food co-op of sorts) so I buy my oils through them. The grapefruit seed extract I picked up locally. It has lasted well over two years. I may start going through it a little faster now since I am using a drop or two in a glass of water as a bacteria-fighting mouth rinse.

  8. Jen Says:

    Hi! I am really pleased with this spray, it uses all the ingredients I have used in other areas of my life. Tha only interesting thing I have noticed is that the teats on my goats have turned black. I think it must be the GSE, and I’m going to have to find a substitute because we are going to take them to the fair, and I don’t think the color would be a good thing. Do you have any experience with this happening or any suggestions on what to do? Thanks a bunch! 🙂

  9. Jenny Says:

    Hi Jen,
    Hmmm…it sounds like you have something else going on. I have never heard of anyone experiencing any discoloration from the teat spray and pure grapefruit-seed extract is clear so I’m not sure how that could be related. The only time I have heard of ‘blackening’ is from a bruising of the teats from improper milking (do you have a new milker?) or an advanced state of mastitis (and it is generally of the udder). Not saying that’s all it could be or that it is that, but I definitely wouldn’t procrastinate on doing a mastitis test to be sure.

  10. Kate Nicolazzo Says:

    Jenny, Thank you for passing on your experiences and helpful knowledge. I really enjoy the videos and your photography is amazing! It is so wonderful that you take the time to share with others. Cheers!

  11. kristen Says:

    Hi jenny, my name is kristen and i’m 13 years old i love your videos and website. i’m doing a 4h project about dairy goats and am planning on getting one soon i was wondering if you could give me some advie on wich breed i should get and stuff like that.

  12. Jenny Says:

    Hi Kristen,

    Telling people what breed they should raise is a bit like telling someone what make of car they should drive. Rather than giving you advice on which breed is best for you, I want to share with you a few points I feel are even more important…

    1. The breeder is just as, if not more important than the breed. The breed means nothing if the animal is not cared for properly and its nutritional needs not met. Find out what nutritional deficiencies your area has that are needed for caprines (such as selenium). Has the breeder compensated for these nutritional needs? The health of your doe will affect her ability to become pregnant, deliver kids, and produce milk regardless what breed she is.

    2. What breeds are raised in your area? Not every breed is readily available everywhere so the combination of a good breeder and what’s local is a big factor. A goat does not have to be expensive to be a good goat either.
    3. Once you’ve found out what is available, research those breeds, talk with breeders, and see what suits you best. Keep in mind, just like with any breed of animal, the breed descriptions are generalizations. Personalities vary within a breed.
    4. Learn what good confirmation is. If you are in 4H, I know they won’t let you by without learning this 😉 It is extremely important. If you want to breed your doe, she needs to have a nice, long body to carry kids with little complication and she needs a nice wide stance, no in-turned hocks, so there is ample room for a full udder. Remember, bad confirmation will affect your herd on out so become very familiar with those 4H confirmation charts! You should know it like the back of your hand before going to look at a goat.

    5. If buying a doe in milk, find out how much she produces and for how long. Make sure you like the milk. Ask the seller if you can sample it. A goat’s milk flavor can vary in flavor and creaminess. (If the milk is not pasteurized and you are concerned about that, ask to take some home to pasteurize it first but keep in mind that heating milk will bring out a more ‘goaty’ flavor).

    I am not ‘stuck’ on any one breed, the above points are far more important to me. The best goat I ever had, both in personality AND milk quality was a mixed breed!

  13. marianne Says:

    Hi Jenny, i love your videos on milking goats. My family are new to raising goats. one of our does just kidded 2 weeks ago we would like to start milking her soon. can we use the herbal teat spray while she is still nursing. also, do you have any suggestions for a herbal deworming procedure.Thanks Marianne

  14. Jenny Says:

    I used the teat spray while my does were nursing with no problem. I just allowed it a few minutes to dry before putting the doe back with the kids. I have never had a kid resist nursing due to the flavor of the spray and it’s far safer than a chemical dip touching their lips. The herbal dewormer I recommend is Molly’s Herbals. I wrote an article about it here:

  15. Kayla Says:

    This is so helpful to me! i have seen your you tube videos which also help me a lot. Thank you!

  16. Verena Says:

    Hi, I was interested in knowing if your teat-spray would be ideal for pre-milking in dairy cows as there a strict new rules for DR in milk. They wouldn’t pick any detergent residues up would they?

  17. Jenny Says:

    Hi Verena,
    I am not qualified to answer that question. I’ve never raised milking cows and our goat milk was for our own personal use. I can tell you though that there is no detergent in the teat-spray recipe, just water, alcohol, natural extract and essential oils. It left no aftertaste in the milk.

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