Baking Soda is one of the most versatile and useful substances in the universe. Why restrict it to your household when it has so many uses at the barn! Check out the following list for ways you can use this wonder product:
- Stall Deodorizer - We all see the commercials about kitty litter that includes baking soda, well it's not only for cats! Next time you strip your stall sprinkle a light dusting of baking soda over the bare floor and then recover with bedding. It will eliminate the smell of urine and keep your stall smelling clean and fresh! An added bonus, it keeps the flies away too!
- Cleaning Walls and Buckets – You know how there always seems to be some gunky build up around where your feed buckets hang? Well the fastest and easiest way to remove it by making a paste with baking soda a scrubbing it away! Combine 2 teaspoons of baking soda and add 1 teaspoon of water until it is the consistency of paste. Using a toothbrush, apply the paste to the gunky areas and scrub away. It should come off in seconds without much effort. You can also use the same paste to deep clean water and feed buckets.
- Tack Trunks and Grooming Boxes – At the end of show season you should take some time to clean out your tack trunk and grooming boxes to make sure everything is sanitized. After you empty everything out, sprinkle a light dusting of baking soda in the bottom and let it sit overnight. The next day as you wipe out the baking soda you will also be wiping away all of the funky smells that have accumulated over the season.
- Brushes – While you’re letting your trunk sit and grooming boxes sit overnight you might as well go ahead and clean your brushes! Pour one cup of baking soda into a large bucket of water and stir until clear. Then just add your brushes and let them soak. Overnight is best. The next day pour out the water and hose off your brushes. The built up dirt should come right off and they should smell fresh again!
- Horse Laundry – Next time you go to wash your saddle pads or polos add ¼ of a cup of baking soda to your wash. It will help brighten colors and whites as well as deodorize. If your horse has sensitive skin and adverse reactions to detergent, you can use baking soda alone to prevent a break out.
- Metal Cleaner – Remember the paste we talked about earlier? Use the same recipe to clean all the metal pieces on your tack. Don’t forget about the bit, using baking soda to clean your bit will also freshen your horse’s mouth like toothpaste!
- Exfoliate – Ok so you will probably do this at home, but did you know that baking soda is one of the best natural exfoliants around? Like better then microbraision? Same paste as before, just rub it in small circle on damp skin to remove calluses from your hands and feet and to help repair sun damage on your arms and face.
There you have it! The 7 ways you didn’t know you could use baking soda at the barn! Did you learn anything new or have you used baking soda in other ways? Share with us!
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