Why you need baking soda at the barn

Here are four ways that this common household product makes horsekeeping easier.

Next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up a box of baking soda for the barn. You’ll be surprised at how many uses you’ll find for it there.

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Scrub out water buckets and troughs. Combine a few tablespoons of baking soda with just enough water to make a paste that you can use on a sponge to scrub buckets. The baking soda is abrasive enough to remove “gunk,” but rinses away easily with no chemical residue.

Clean bits and metal stirrups. Apply some of your baking soda paste to a toothbrush to clean the metal parts of your tack.

Freshen your horse’s laundry. A sprinkling of baking soda in a load of saddle pads or leg wraps will help deodorize the material while brightening the colors.

Deodorize drains. Pour a half-cup of baking soda down a stinky wash-stall drain, then follow that up with a half-cup of vinegar. The mixture will bubble and overflow, so don’t be surprised. After five minutes, flush the drain with water.