You are a horse person.  You regularly drive your car or truck to and from the barn.  You carry all sorts of smells with you as you get in and out of that vehicle.  You may not notice it since you’re bathed in barn smells, but you stink.  Someone recently brought to my attention that Champ smells horrible and that I have always smelled bad, but now I smell horrendous because his body odor is downright gross (he’s groomed and bathed just as regularly as anyone else…it’s just his natural smell).  Because someone pointed it out, now I cannot NOT notice how badly I smell and how I’ve made the car smell equally horrible.

There are a couple of DIY things you can do:

1.  Baking Soda – It’s an old remedy that does work.  Poke holes in a box of baking soda and hide it somewhere in your car.  Buy a new one and switch out every month or so.

2.  Make your own Deodorizing Spray

  • Spray bottle (glass if possible)
  • 1-2 cups distilled water
  • 1 cup of cheap high proof vodka (helps the oils to be dispersed throughout the solution and kills bacteria on fabrics)
  • 15-25 drops of any of the suggested oils
  • A few sprinkles of Baking Soda wouldn’t be amiss here either, but is optional.

We recommend Lavender, Tea Tree, Clary Sage, Rosemary or Peppermint.  Any of these will do a good job of deodorizing (or any mixture of these).

Mix all in the bottle. Shake before each use. Store in a cool, dry place.  It’s good to have a large batch made and store it in the house with a small purse sized bottle to keep in your purse.

These methods can also work well in trailer tack rooms, your home, and anywhere else you are leaving your stink.  Just be careful not to spray onto any of your tack or other leather items.