The pros and cons of five popular odor eliminators for your Barn

Find the option to meet your needs and your budget so you can breathe easy.

Feeling overwhelmed by ammonia in your horse’s stall? Having a stinky barn is more than just off putting, it’s harmful to you and your horse. 

There are lots of options out available to help out with neutralizing and eliminating odors. After trying a bunch of different ones I’m sharing the benefits and pitfalls of each of them so you can get the one that meets your needs and your budget. 

Find out which stall odor neutralizers are worth spending more on and which ones fall short. Eliminate harmful ammonia from your barn and have a healthier horse with these air cleaning products. Plus find out which ones will freshen stinky saddle pads and can be used to stop mildew.

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Basic info: 1 gal of concentrate makes over 5 gallons of odor eliminator. Kills germs and inhibits mold & mildew.
Pros: Works well to spray it through a pump sprayer to spray a thin layer on large areas. If you are using it on urine areas of stall mats it can also be sprinkled on with a watering can. Can be used on stinky barn laundry as well, particularly for things like saddle pads or items that have mildew. Works great for disinfecting stalls, easy to apply to walls and stall mats, especially for stripping stalls to eliminate hoof issues like thrush.
Cons: I’ve tried a few different scents of Odoban and don’t mind any of them but some people find that it is one of the stronger smelling odor eliminators.
If you want to give it a try you can get a bottle here.

Basics: One 4 oz bottle make 2.5 gallons of odor neutralizer. Must be applied using a pump sprayer or spray bottle
Pros: Created with natural microbes that consume ammonia to eliminate odor and improve air quality. Excellent choice for use with horses that have respiratory issues. Worth the extra money for barns with poor ventilation or horses that are stalled without turnout as well. 
Cons: It works well but overall its costly to use. Doesn’t disinfect. Pick up the handy concentrated bottles here. 

Basics: One 64oz bottle makes 2 gallons of odor eliminator. Apply it with a pump sprayer.
Pros: Contains enzymes that consume odor rather than mask it. It’s biodegradable and non-toxic and it helps with fly control.
Cons: After initially using it serval days in a row it is labeled to still be effective to use every few days or even once per week, but I have found that spacing out applications makes odors return quickly. One of the pricier options considering how much you have to use. You can find it here.

Basics: For odor eliminator use 8 oz od Pine-sol per gallon of water. For disinfectant, it is recommended to use at full strength let sit for ten minutes then rinse.
Pros: Very cost effective, can be applied liberally with a sprinkling can. Can be used on a variety of surfaces. Easy to find.
Cons: Does not contain microbes or enzymes that break down odors. Not the best choice to use for disinfecting/preventing germs from spreading. Has more additives than some other options (colors, thickeners, more fragrance components).

Basics: Apply using a spray bottle or pump sprayer at full strength.
Pros: Contains enzymes that consume odor. Continues to work long after being sprayed. Can be used on stinky laundry and areas that are smelly from other animals such as barn cat hangouts and bedding. Best reserved for deep cleaning every few months, laundry applications or for accidents in unwanted areas (i.e. pee in the middle of the barn aisle).
Cons: The priciest option, not economical for large-scale daily use. Pick some up here.

Powdered Odor Eliminators

Some of you maybe wondering why this post does not touch on powdered odor eliminators. I chose to leave them out because it is tough to make a comparison between spray on and sprinkle on options. Powdered options such as Sweet PDZ and basic barn lime are handy for putting directly on urine spots but can only be used on certain types of stall mats/liners. They are also not great options to use on barn odors in other areas such as walls that get splashed with urine or for washing stinky blankets/saddle pads. 

Until next time may your barn be filled with the sweet smell of happy horses.  



This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Noelle Dever

    Do you think you could use these odor eliminators in temp stalls at horse shows? When my horses go to events, they spend 2-7 days in their stalls so they can end up pretty smelly even with obsessive stall picking. Any tips or tricks to help with stall cleanliness while traveling? Thanks!

    1. InsightfulBR

      In that situation, I would go with Bye Bye Odor to help with neutralizing the ammonia to keep them breathing easy while performing.

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