The Baking-Soda Bargain

It has many uses around your barn.

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. 

Credit: Thinkstock  A shiny bit can be as simple as using a little baking soda.

Credit: Thinkstock A shiny bit can be as simple as using a little baking soda.

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.