Keeping a horse farm safe, clean, and organized is a year-round job, but the onset of spring inevitably signals even more work. Often, the upkeep required by a thawing landscape is compounded by the simultaneous desire to freshen up any indoor spaces: dusting, mopping, shop vac-ing, tack scrubbing … the list goes on. This year (with a bit of extra time on our hands), we’ve taken a deep dive into our cleaning supplies, overhauling our respective inventories in favor of some greener options.
We know that even the smallest adjustments in individual consumption can aid in the planet’s recovery, and are particularly motivated by the fact that just the short stretch of diminished human activity over the last couple of months has helped the environment begin to heal. As promised, and in honor of Earth Month, this week we shine a light on some of the planet-friendly but effective products that we’ve begun to utilize around our barns and homes. Most of these items are made with only non-toxic ingredients; use biodegradable, compostable, and/or recycled packaging; and have eliminated the [often 90%!] water found in typical cleaning solutions, therefore minimizing carbon emissions from shipping them around the world.
Our goal is to cut out some of the research and guesswork involved in moving toward cleaner cleaners, and think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how a few small tweaks can make your routine green.