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    Default Murphy's Oil Soap for Cleaning Tack?

    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?



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    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!



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    Oldtimer at our local tack shop says to always use this. Doesnt dry out leather and does a good job.

    Takes some rubing of sweat but no big.
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    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?



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    Welp... my old working student haunt had strap goods and saddles that have to have been at least 4 decades old, and they're still sound & supple.



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    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).
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    i found MOS to be disgusting to use to clean tack--it made it sticky and gross. Give me Kirk's Castile soap any day.
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    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.



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    Love it. Keeps the leather nice and supple.



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    It's all I ever use.



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    Cool Murphy's Liquid ~ Spray Bottle

    I use the liquid Murphy's in a spray bottle ~

    or Lexol Leather Cleaner in a spray bottle ~

    I have heard that if you mix the two products they are even BETTER ~

    and I use old socks to apply ... stick hand into sock and clean tack when sock is soiled ... turn inside out and continue cleaning with said sock ~
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    The MOS that my daughter used is in a spray bottle. I forgot that MOS originally came as a gel like substance in a jar.



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    Oh, and we use the "sock method" also. Dollar store socks work well if you run out of good used socks.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Miichelle View Post
    Oh, and we use the "sock method" also. Dollar store socks work well if you run out of good used socks.
    Who could evah run out of sox?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miichelle View Post
    I forgot that MOS originally came as a gel like substance in a jar.
    Yes, and I have some! I love it! I clean with it, then just work some more gel into the leather for conditioning.



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