EQUUS - - Eq Handson -

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.

• 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 wash­stall 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.

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