A shiny bit can be as simple as using a little baking soda.
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is inexpensive and found in any grocery story. It has myriad uses and performs as well as many more-expensive products. At 50 to 75 cents a pound, it’s hard to complain about the price. At a warehouse club, it may be as low as 20 cents a pound.
Some of our favorite uses around the barn include:
- Clean bits, stirrup irons, any metal. Rinses off easily with plain, cold water and leaves no after-taste.
- Scrub algae and any type of buildup from water buckets/troughs and feed buckets.
- Excellent choice to scour automatic waterers.
- Absorb spills of hoof oil and other greasy substances.
- Soak brushes clean.
- Gentle spot cleaner to remove urine or manure stains from coats and blankets. Mist area to be cleaned with water, apply paste of baking soda, rub in with a small brush. Brush off when dry.
- Use as a deodorizer on wet spots in stalls.
- Sprinkle in barn aisle to control odors and moisture.
- Use liberally on trailer floors to neutralize manure and urine odors before hosing off.
- Keep barn drains free flowing with four tablespoons per week of baking soda.
- Remove mold from walls.
- Treat mouth sores with a rinse of 1 tablespoon of baking soda mixed into 1 ounce of water.
- Apply as a paste to soothe bites, stings and sunburn.
- Use as an emergency remedy to cut gut acidity in ”horse got into the grain bin” emergencies (call your veterinarian for approval and dose).
- Effective cleanser for barn refrigerators and bathrooms.
- Sprinkle along an ant trail to destroy their scent signal.