I put the bridle in the washing machine
I have decided to start riding our percheron again and found all of his tack. Saddle - fine. Bridle - OMG. It is faux leather and no matter how much I scrubbed when it dried it still had a film on it. Maybe it was dirt and soap residue. At any rate, I took the entire thing apart and put it in the washing machine with a bunch of towels. The bit went into the dishwasher.
The bridle looks brand new. It is black with white padding and the white is snow white again. Since we do not show I am tempted to get rid of anything leather. Who knew it could be so easy? I wonder if the saddle can fit in the washing machine. :D
Not the washing machine, but the dishwasher
Adventures in tack cleaning - with dressage rally approaching my friend cracked open the old club rally trunks that had not been opened for three years. Thick green fuzz covered all the leather and mold spores filled the air. The thought of replacing several hundred dollars worth of leather was weighed against the many hours that would be required to rescue the tack using conventional methods. In despair, the woman summed up her courage and did the unthinkable.
She fired up the dishwasher.
Thirty minutes and several nervously chewed fingernails later, she reported that the tack was indeed sparkling clean and scum-free.
The dishwasher tack cleaning method has been a PC urban legend for many years, but it seems to work. The wash cycles can run very hot so turn it down a bit if possible, the leather will also need a good conditioning afterward.