Freshen up the barn with essential oils and himalayan salt
it takes less than five minutes and works like a charm
If you would rather be spending quality time with your horse than doing extra cleaning around the barn then this quick tip is perfect. It super handy and has ridiculously good results to freshen things up when it’s too cold out to leave all the doors open.
As an added bonus when people walk in they will think you did way more spring cleaning than you actually did because everything will smell clean.
After falling in love with Himalayan salt and all its benefits (not only is it amazing for freshening up bit, it also has over 80 trace minerals so it’s a fantastic option to offer your horse free choice instead of table salt) I now find myself using it everywhere I can. Needless to say it’s easy to go through a lot of it. I’ve found it super handy and reasonable to grab it here. By adding one tablespoon of finely ground salt to two gallons of water in a sprinkling can, swishing it vigorously, then sprinkling it generously down the barn aisle you will not only get the benefit of pulling stray dust and allergens out of the air but also have the salt working hard to clear the air as the water continues to evaporate. -Added bonus making pretty doodles with the water is fun.
Round two-bring on the essential oils
Taking a second pass through the aisle and stall areas with ten drops of high-quality essential oil added to a couple of gallons of water in a sprinkling can, gives an abundance of aromatic oily benefits in no time flat.
When I came up with this super speedy way to freshen up the barn without adding a ton of extra time to my cleaning routine I was thrilled. I knew I was on to something when people would walk in the barn, take a deep breath, and say its so clean in here and it smells so good. Talk about a perfect way to start your ride!
Not sure which oils to use? Here are some ideas to get you started…
Cleaning the air & deodorizing – lemon, lime, and pine
Calming- lavender, ylang-ylang, cedarwood, sandalwood, spearmint
Energizing- grapefruit, wild orange, bergamot, peppermint
Clearing the air- eucalyptus, melaleuca (tea tree), peppermint
Repelling insects lemongrass, cedarwood, eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender
My favorite combo at the moment is lavender and peppermint.
* Remember not all oils are created equal. I highly recommend always using high quality certified therapeutic grade essential oils – you and your horse are going to be breathing them in so it’s definitely worth knowing exactly what’s in the bottle.
*One other thing to note is to avoid pouring salt water on any metal -doors, walls, etc (salt + water + metal = rust)