My daughter left her Leather New in the tack room when she brought her tack home to clean. The Murphy's says that it can be used for leather so she tried it & it did an AMAZING job! Has anyone used it long term for their tack? Were there any problems?
We used Murphy's every time we wanted to do a deep clean of the school tack at the stable where I was a working student for, oh, forever
Our routine cleanings used glycerine soap, but every so often we'd dump some Murphy's in a bucket of water to do a deeper cleaning before oiling the tack.
Leather New never crossed the threshold of that barn!
I've used Leather New for YEARS and my tack never looked as shiny and clean as my daughter's does now (except when it was new!). The buckles even sparkle! Is there any reason to not use it all the time? Will it break down the leather with long term use?
Murphy's Oil Soap just a solution of modified animal fats suspended in water with a little citronella oil. It's not harmful to your tack as long as you treat it like any other tack soap (meaning use it judiciously and rinse afterward).
I find it good for really dirty tack - say after hunting - but for nice tack I'd use something else. It is gentle, and has never harmed my stuff in years and years of use, but there are others out there that are less goopy. Leather New is good for quick do-ups.
I mix half 1/3 MOS liquid with 2/3 water in a spray bottle. It's all I use to clean my tack and I never rinse it off. When I ride other people's horses and clean their bridles, they often ask me what I use because they found their bridle in better shape than they left it. I've got gobs of tack cleaner and conditioner in my garage--I just prefer the MOS.