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    Default Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap okay for tack?

    Hello,

    I have traditionally used Kirk's Castile soap (liquid and bar form) on my tack. I love it.

    However, I recently discovered Dr. Bronner's 100% pure castile soap at Whole Foods. It has many different uses: the bottle says for shampoo, body wash, laundry detergent, even for toothpaste! (ew) But I was wondering if anyone has ever tried this on tack and if it is okay. It smells incredible and comes in several different scents: ie peppermint and citrus.

    By the ingredients list, it seems okay, but I wanted to check here first.

    Here is their website:

    http://www.drbronner.com/DBMS/LS.htm

    And the ingredients list:

    INGREDIENTS: Water, Saponified Organic Coconut*, Organic Palm* and Organic Olive* Oils (w/Retained Glycerin), Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Essential Oils**, Citric Acid, Vitamin E

    It says "with retained glycerin," so I am guessing that it will lock in moisture to some extent. I would use it on older gross tack that I'm not worried about darkening. Okay for this purpose?



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    We've used Castile Soap on tack for ages. It's an old horseman's secret.
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    Love, love, love Castile soap for leather.

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    I've been using it for years.
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    Did you guys use the Dr. Bronner's or another brand? I have always used Kirk's, just wondering if this would be okay too because it has very different ingredients.



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    I use Dr. Bronner's on myself, the peppermint is my favorite, but not on tack. For leather I use Kirk's. I don't want to be putting all that fragrance of the Dr. Bronner's on my tack, I prefer the plain Kirk's for that. And Dr. Bronner's is a lot more expensive than Kirk's too.



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    I've used Dr Bronner's soap on my tack for a long time and it works great. I keep a diluted bottle of it in my tack trunk and use it at least once a week to remove dirt/sweat, etc. from bridles, saddles and girths.
    I love the peppermint smell.
    I follow up occasionally with a good leather conditioner.

    I'm very particular about my tack - buy quality stuff and take good care of it so it will last a long time.



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    Ive always used kirks but i'd guess this stuff would be equally as good, perhaps even better with the glycerin. However, I go through my soap pretty fast (granted, i use it when i clean other tack too, like my trainers, and so i guess that might be why) b/c i clean a lot of tack every day, and so I don't think I want to spend $4/bar when I am cleaning 10 saddles almost every day,a nd then some more bridles. But if you're just cleaning your own, go for it! I'll bet it makes your tack smell so yummy (you might want to go for plain kirk's when you go to shows in the summer, though... if your horse/saddle smells yummy, youre going to have a bunch of bees and flies flocking to you!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by superpony123 View Post
    Ive always used kirks but i'd guess this stuff would be equally as good, perhaps even better with the glycerin. However, I go through my soap pretty fast (granted, i use it when i clean other tack too, like my trainers, and so i guess that might be why) b/c i clean a lot of tack every day, and so I don't think I want to spend $4/bar when I am cleaning 10 saddles almost every day,a nd then some more bridles. But if you're just cleaning your own, go for it! I'll bet it makes your tack smell so yummy (you might want to go for plain kirk's when you go to shows in the summer, though... if your horse/saddle smells yummy, youre going to have a bunch of bees and flies flocking to you!)
    Oh my gosh can you imagine!!! that would be a nightmare, swarms of bees in your saddle!!!
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    I use Dr. Bronner's (no fragrance) on my Beval Puissance tall boots and they are gorgeous and very shiny!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hellerkm View Post
    Oh my gosh can you imagine!!! that would be a nightmare, swarms of bees in your saddle!!!
    :< ask me how i know! except it was a bomber fly (arguably WORSE! except really not because i am allergic to bees) (i was standing up in my stirrups to stretch out my legs, sat back down, OOOOOOOOOOOOOOW! stupid stupid bomber flies, that is the last time i used nice-smelling conditioner before i ride outside
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    I use Dr. Bonner's. I use the unscented baby version... in the liquid. I only use castile every few weeks, so it lasts a long time. The rest of the time I use glycerine bar soap.



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    Quote Originally Posted by fourmares View Post
    I use Dr. Bonner's. I use the unscented baby version... in the liquid.
    Same one I use for tack.

    I reserve the scented ones (peppermint for summer, eucalyptus for illnesses, lavender for whenever one wants to relax a little deeper....you get the idea) for the bath & shower.
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    The scent doesn't remain on my tack and it's never attracted anything besides my horse - who LOVES peppermints....and then only while I'm actually cleaning my stuff.
    He will stand in the crossties looking around wanting to know where the treats are.

    Believe me, if my tack still smelled like peppermint after cleaning - he'd be chewing on it.


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    I make my homemade tack wipes using about 1/3 Dr. Bronners peppermint liquid soap to 2/3 water. The smell has not been an issue whatsoever. I think it just smells nice while you are wiping down the tack and after that it is not noticeable to me. Keeps my leather stuff clean between more thorough cleanings.



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    This is awesome! I just bought some for myself to use, but I can set up a bottle for down at the barn! Do you condition or oild afterwards?



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    I like the peppermint kind for washing legs, too! It has a refreshing, cooling effect.
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