Whitewashing (Limewashing) & Milk paint

LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,374 admin

Above are two recipes. I have read over & over how whitewashing or using milk paint on buildings is a great way to preserve wood & keep the mites & lice issues down in coops & barns. It does need to be reapplied every so often, however.

Have you ever done this to any of your animal housing? What is your experience?

We have talked about this for the wooden sections of our coops and possibly in/on our little barn.


  • silvertipgrizz
    silvertipgrizz Posts: 1,990 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @LaurieLovesLearning I'm so glad you posted this. I have been so busy that I have not had the time to look into this as I want to use this method in my kitchin on an old hutch I bought a long time ago to redo..Thanks much!

  • Hassena
    Hassena Posts: 345 ✭✭✭

    We are also considering this! Mostly for a bee boxes. Please keep us posted. Hopefully someone here has tried this.

    Thanks for posting :)

  • ltwickey
    ltwickey Posts: 369 ✭✭✭

    My neighbors do this with their beehives after losing 2 hives from mites and not being comfortable with powder sugaring them.

    The lime is the antimicrobial factor in this equation. Lemons and limes (citric acid) are great at preventing a great number of microbes from bacteria to fungus!

    My neighbors are overly cautious and repaint every year!

  • Marjory Wildcraft
    Marjory Wildcraft Posts: 1,585 admin

    We painted the interior of my home with milk paint as I didn't want the emissions that came with commercial paints. This was about two decades ago before the 0 VOC paints were available. I think we got it form the Milk Paint Company? It was a beautiful paint that was nice to apply and held up for many years.

    I didn't every use it for livestock areas though...