Can I use baking soda at the barn?

Yes, yes you can.  And you should!  It’s handy to have around, easy to store, and has a bunch of uses.  There are some uses that baking soda can help with around the barn.  


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  • Clean your coffee pot by using baking soda instead of coffee through a cycle.  Then you can brew your fuel an 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.  




About 3 parts baking soda to one part water.  Or make it thinner or thicker as you like. 


  • 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. 


How do you use baking soda at the barn?