The many uses for baking soda at the barn
- You can use baking soda everywhere at the barn. And you should! It’s handy to have around, easy to store, and has a bunch of uses.
Here are some uses that baking soda can help with around the barn.
- Clean your coffee pot by using baking soda instead of coffee through a cycle. Then you can brew your fuel and get going on the rest of this cleaning list.
- Use baking soda and water to clean buckets, tubs, feeders, and auto water dishes. You can make a paste with baking soda and water, or add baking soda to a larger amount of water. I prefer to use the paste on a scrubby sponge or small brush to get into the nooks and crannies of slobbery stuff.
- Clean your grooming supplies with a little bit of baking soda mixed into the mix. Some folks suggest that you can even let your brushes and supplies soak overnight, but I don’t suggest this as the water soaking may warp how the bristles attach into the wood handles.
A few tablespoons of baking soda in a tub of water removes all sorts of grime from your grooming supplies.
- Create that paste with some baking soda and a tiny bit of water to spot clean horse (or human) laundry. This can help with stain removal. You can also add 1/4 cup of baking soda to the washing machine to help brighten your horse’s laundry.
- That baking soda paste also makes a nice soothing bug bite medication. For you or your horse.
- Clean the barn fridge, the barn drains, and the stall walls. For a few recipes and suggestions for homemade cleaning solutions, this article will have your barn clean in no time.
About 3 parts baking soda to one part water for a baking soda cleaning paste.
- Shine up your horse’s bits, buckles, stirrups, and other metal parts. Once again, the baking soda paste comes in handy here.
- Here’s what I DON’T use baking soda for – ammonia removal from stalls. Zeolites are half the price per pound, and zeolites don’t turn to paste when wet with urine. It’s also much easier to have a 40 lb. bag of zeolites at the barn than 53 (give or take) containers of baking soda. For more on zeolites, read this article.